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Welcome to RF Globalnet's IMS2015 Resource Center, your guide to the 2015 IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Symposium.

This year's event will take place from May 17 - 22 in Phoenix, AZ. As always, it boasts a strong technical program covering the latest research, development, and trends in the RF and microwave industry, along with an exhibition of the newest technologies and services available.

So take a look around this resource center. Plan your trip to IMS2015. Get a small taste of what the event will hold. And, if you go to the show, stop by and visit us at BOOTH 1022. Among other things, you can register to win an Elite Edition Parrot AR Drone Quadricopter in RF Globalnet's IMS2015 giveaway. We look forward to seeing you in Phoenix!


ShockLine™ 4-port Performance VNA: MS46524B ShockLine™ 4-port Performance VNA: MS46524B

The MS46524B series of 4-port Performance ShockLine Vector Network Analyzers are designed to deliver an unprecedented level of value and performance. With features such as a best-in-class dynamic range, this Performance series lowers cost-of-test and speeds time to market in numerous testing applications up to 92 GHz. Typical applications include designing and manufacturing multi-port mobile network equipment, mobile devices, automotive cables, high-speed data interconnects, and system integration components.

RF Switch Matrix: RFMS-4X256-B RF Switch Matrix: RFMS-4X256-B

Corry Micronics’ RFMS-4X256-B is a 4 to 256 blocking RF switch matrix covering the 900-2500 MHz frequency range. It has a -8dB insertion loss, 50 ohms impedance, 10 dB return loss, +30 dBm P1dB, -80 dB isolation, and a 5µs switching speed (50% trigger to 10% RF power).

Low Loss RF Cable Assemblies: GrooveTube<sup>®</sup> Series Low Loss RF Cable Assemblies: GrooveTube® Series

MegaPhase offers a series of low loss cable systems made with the industry-leading GrooveTube® design and rugged construction to resist torque, pull, and crush forces. This wide range of connector types may be used in many different markets including phased array radar, electronic warfare, military, and communication systems.

1200W GaN L-Band Avionics Transistor: Highest Power In The Industry 1200W GaN L-Band Avionics Transistor: Highest Power In The Industry

Integra Technologies introduces IGN1011L1200 on GaN/SiC, exhibiting 17dB gain and 75% efficiency at 1030-1090 MHz, 50V, for IFF at ELM Mode S pulse conditions. Devices are 100% tested.


  • From Familiarization To Multi-Physics
    From Familiarization To Multi-Physics

    Martin Timm with CST kicked off our IMS 2015 coverage by catching us up on the end-of-March release of the student edition of CST Suite electromagnetic simulation software, designed for those looking to learn more about electromagnetic theory and/or to familiarize themselves better with CST’s software.

  • Low Phase Noise Under Vibration
    Low Phase Noise Under Vibration

    Dave Curtis with Bliley Technologies gave us a little background information on his company and their capabilities before giving us a closer look at what they had on display at IMS in 2015. Stick around towards the ends to see an OCXO for extreme low-g critical applications in harsh environments.

  • Hit The Bricks
    Hit The Bricks

    On Day 1 of IMS 2015, George Solomon of CPI showed us a new, 1400-watt solid-state amplifier brick they’ve recently begun to manufacture, as well as a 14kW transmitter into which these new bricks can be integrated.

  • Always Adapting, Always Improving
    Always Adapting, Always Improving

    It’s always a pleasure to catch up with Don “Shep” Shepherd at IMS. This year, he caught us up on a lot of new products, including TWT replacements, a line of 50 kW solid-state, broadband, low tolerance amplifiers with unprecedented performance and capabilities, and more.

  • Booster Amplifiers For Commercial And Defense
    Booster Amplifiers For Commercial And Defense

    While we didn’t get to see Chris Heavens this year, Ray Munden did an outstanding job filling in for him. Check out the video for a closer look at the booster amplifier solutions they had on display at IMS 2015 and to hear about how they’re used.

  • Some Of The Largest Amplifiers Known To Man
    Some Of The Largest Amplifiers Known To Man

    On day 1 at IMS 2015 in Phoenix, Joe Diesso welcomed us to the valley of the sun before giving us an overview of what AR has been up to, and what’s to come.

  • One Product, Multiple Solvers
    One Product, Multiple Solvers

    Derek Campbell with Altair gave us an overview on their electromagnetic solver solutions and how they can be used in mechanical engineering applications involving multi-body dynamics, thermal analysis, and structural optimization.

  • Duplexers For Picocell, Small Cell, And Metro Cell Applications
    Duplexers For Picocell, Small Cell, And Metro Cell Applications

    At IMS 2015, Fred Baum with CTS Electronic Components talked with us about duplexers for picocell and small cell applications, as well as a pair of bandpass filters that have been duplexed together for use in metro cell applications.

  • EM Analysis And RF System Simulation
    EM Analysis And RF System Simulation

    Shawn Carpenter of Delcross Technologies closed out Day 1 of IMS 2015 with an overview of his company's electromagnetic analysis software - designed for electrically large problems - as well as a look at software for RF system simulation issues – particularly where cosite analysis is concerned.

  • Challenge: Accepted
    Challenge: Accepted

    Teledyne Microwave Solutions’ wide breadth of capabilities has the company poised to take on any RF/microwave product challenges. This year, at IMS 2015, Sean Souffie gave us some background information on his company, a quick overview of some of their capabilities, and some information on recent releases.

  • Optimal Circuit Components In A PCB
    Optimal Circuit Components In A PCB

    Day 2 of IMS 2015 gave us the opportunity to check in with Remcom and to hear Jeff Barney talk about a new feature in their electromagnetic simulation software – a circuit element optimizer for determining optimal circuit components in a PCB layout.

  • Fourth-Generation GaN Technology
    Fourth-Generation GaN Technology

    Day 2 of the IMS 2015 exhibition brought us by M/A-COM’s booth, where Greg Baker gave us an overview of his company’s recent announcement of its fourth-generation GaN technology.

  • Frequency And Spectrum Control
    Frequency And Spectrum Control

    Paul Dechen with MtronPTI took a few minutes out of day two of the IMS2015 exhibition to catch us up on their solutions for frequency and spectrum control.

  • Simultaneous Forward And Reverse Sweeping VNAs
    Simultaneous Forward And Reverse Sweeping VNAs

    Stan Oda with Anritsu closed out day two of our IMS coverage by giving us a closer look at the latest addition to their ShockLine™ series of VNAs.

  • 5G Modulated VNA Measurements
    5G Modulated VNA Measurements

    At IMS2015, Walt Strickler ran us through a demo showcasing one of their VNAs providing fully corrected and traceable measurements of a simulated 5G signal — a project that they did in cooperation with Chalmers University in Sweden.

  • Two New High-Linearity Gain Blocks
    Two New High-Linearity Gain Blocks

    Alan Ake with Guerrilla RF spent a few minutes in the press room at IMS 2015 to tell us about two new broadband, high-linearity gain blocks.

  • Next-Gen Phase Noise Analyzer
    Next-Gen Phase Noise Analyzer

    The third and final day of IMS 2015 started off with Greg Bonaguide giving us an overview of their next generation phase noise analyzer covering the 1 MHz to 26.5 GHz range.

  • Responding To Low PIM Demands
    Responding To Low PIM Demands

    On the last day of IMS 2015, CJ McBride with Corry Micronics introduced us to their 3-channel attenuator. It covers the 400 MHz to 3 GHz frequency range and was designed for a major mobile access carrier.

  • Broadening Their RF Portfolio
    Broadening Their RF Portfolio

    Tim Brauner with Dielectric Labs gave us an up-close view of what his company had on display at IMS in 2015. Check out the video to hear about lowpass filters, power dividers, a brand new line of directional couplers, and an SMT 6dB resistive divider.

  • Switch, Amplify, Split, Route
    Switch, Amplify, Split, Route

    Dominic Overton and Dr. Esen Bayar took a few minutes out of day three of IMS in 2015 to familiarize us with their wide range of offerings. Watch the video for an overview of solutions designed for telecoms operators, global satellite operators, and the government and military sector.

  • Attenuation Made Easy
    Attenuation Made Easy

    Bryan Walker with JFW closed out our IMS 2015 coverage with a short and sweet demo of the ease-of-use of their 50P2014 SMA attenuator.

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