Custom Microwave CornerSource: SenarioTek
RF and microwave test engineers often require unique test solutions for simplifying and optimizing their overall test process. In this quarterly column series, Bob Alman of SenarioTek explores various challenges related to the design and manufacture of these custom RF and microwave solutions.
RF Switch Matrix Basics: Configuring And Verifying With Simulation Tools
RF and microwave switch matrix solutions play a key role in a variety of test systems. At SenarioTek, we design and configure signal routing solutions that are often unique to a specific application. Over the years, we have found some basic steps that help facilitate the design process and ensure that the finished product meets the needs of the test system. This column covers what I believe are the most important initial steps in the process. Read the article.
RF Switch Matrix/Signal Conditioning Challenge: Surviving And Thriving In A Thermal Vacuum Chamber
This column provides an overview of the challenges facing satellite test engineers and how they are optimizing their TVAC tests. SenarioTek is a leader in enabling RF/microwave switch matrix and signal conditioning capabilities to be reliably used inside TVAC chambers. Read the article.
RF Switch Matrix/Signal Conditioning Challenge: Reverse Engineering And Updating Your Legacy Test System
Almost every company has an old test system in the corner of their lab that provides a test capability that they require. Perhaps it is related to a government program or a commercial product line that has been around forever. Sometimes the system has been mothballed and they need to get it to run again. Read the article.
About The Author
Bob Alman, co-founder and CTO, is responsible for the long-term technical and strategic direction of SenarioTek's products. Along with Simi Ghiasvand, Bob founded SenarioTek in 2003 and has helped build the company from just a few people to where it is today. With more than 25 years of RF and microwave design experience, Bob's knowledge has successfully positioned SenarioTek as a leader in complex switch matrices, thermal vacuum solutions, and innovative calibration solutions.
Bob graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering with an emphasis in electromagnetic fields and waves and transmission line theory. Prior to founding SenarioTek, Bob was responsible for the development of Hewlett-Packard/Agilent Technologies RF switches, such as the 8765X SPDT, multiport and matrix switches, and the N181X family of electromechanical switches. During his career, Bob has designed electromechanical, solid state, and thin-film components covering DC to 70 GHz.
SenarioTek designs and manufactures RF and microwave solutions for the wireless, telecom, ATE, aerospace, and defense industries. They offer the market's most competitive alternative for the creation of RF and microwave switch matrix products, frequency converters, calibration solutions, and integrated test systems with frequencies up to 60 GHz or more.