Anatech Electronics has published its March 2014 newsletter. As always, it includes both company
news and some tidbits about relevant industry events, regulations, and standards. This month,
Sam Benzacar offers his views on the subjects of AT&T's Digital Life service, LightSquared
"Crawling back to life," the challenges of Defense contracting, and IMS2014 in Tampa Bay,
It's a Digital Life
There's been a lot
of talk over the years about home automation and AT&T and other carriers are making sure
everybody knows they're leading the charge. AT&T's Digital Life service is now available
in 68 markets throughout the US, and Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks and Comcast
are also are introducing their own as well. Digital Life lets you control everything from
cameras to door locks to lights, thermostats, appliances, and security cameras via an
app available for iOS, Android, Windows and Blackberry phones. Entry level is $29.99 a month
plus $149.99 for equipment and installation. The high-end variant costs $39.99, $249.99.
LightSquared: Crawling Back to Life?
As LightSquared moves
out of bankruptcy, people close to the hearings have indicated that the FCC will approve 30
MHz of LightSquared's spectrum for use by the end of 2015 and another 10 MHz in seven years.
LightSquared filed for bankruptcy protection in May 2012 after the FCC, after rancorous hearings
and massive outpourings of loathing from the GPS industry, DoD, and other "interested parties"
revoked its license based on potential interference with GPS receivers. The company will first
have to pay off its creditors, which has been an arduous process.
Can Run But You Can't Hide
Wi-Fi, which started its life as is a wireless
alternative to wired LANs is now the elephant in the room. Cisco VNI estimates that 45% of
global wireless traffic was offloaded to Wi-Fi hotspots or femto cells in 2012 and that every
year it will increase until it actually passes traffic on carrier wireless networks.
Cable operators were leaders in deploying service provider Wi-Fi, but wireless carriers
are catching up quickly. AT&T now claims the nation's largest Wi-Fi network, and the roll-out
of Wi-Fi hotspots by carriers is projected to increase 13% per year through 2018.
|THE CHALLENGES OF DEFENSE SYSTEMS
By Sam Benzacar
Systems designed for use in defense applications have always been the toughest challenge
(aside from the space environment) for RF designers, and for good reason. DoD has typically
always wanted the highest levels of performance regardless of cost. These days, cost is a
far bigger consideration, but performance is still the crucial metric.
systems are not the only ones that require the highest levels of RF and microwave performance.
For example, even though the FAA is not an agency of DoD, the tunable filters we design for
their avionics systems must tune extremely fast from frequency to frequency, reliably, day
in and day out for many years.
Our voltage-tuned filters used in airborne applications
need to function under wide temperature ranges, sometimes hostile environments, while still
providing precision frequency accuracy, high speed, very low loss and high rejection.
To satisfy these demands, we subject these products to extreme conditions, often well
beyond what they will ever encounter in service, for the simple reason that they absolutely
must deliver their rated performance in order to meet the requirements of specific standards.
Tests include, shock, vibration, temperature cycling, exposure to hazardous substances,
and the ability to resist the intrusion of dust and other contaminants, and to name a few.
We've learned a lot over the last 24 years about new ways to ensure that once Deployed
these products will continue to perform unfailingly for the many years they are likely to
be in service.
As a result, Anatech continues to be a major supplier to all branches
of DoD, the FAA, as well as prime contractors, when ultimate reliability and performance "under
duress" are the key criteria.
So if you're looking tunable filters, voltage-tuned filters,
cavity filters, duplexers, and other components designed for extreme service, you ought to
call us first. You won't be disappointed.
has been solving interference problems in wireless systems since the first cellular systems
appeared, and we can help you solve yours today. So please give us a call at (973) 772-4242
or send us an email to
IT'S THAT TIME AGAIN
Difficult as it may be to believe, less than three
months from now IMS 2014 will Once again be upon us, this time and sunny Tampa. And after
this winter, here in New Jersey were definitely looking forward to it.
We hope to
see you there and that you'll make it a point to stop by our booth and see our new products
and discuss your needs. You'll find us at Booth 239.
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speed, propagation time versus frequency and many other helpful tools. Check it out!
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Anatech Electronics, Inc. (AEI) specializes in the design and
manufacture of standard and custom RF and microwave filters and other passive components and subsystems
employed in commercial, industrial, and aerospace and applications. Products are available from
an operating frequency range of 10 kHz to 30 GHz and include cavity, ceramic, crystal, LC, and
surface acoustic wave (SAW), as well as power combiners/dividers, duplexers and diplexers, directional
couplers, terminations, attenuators, circulators, EMI filters, and lightning arrestors. The company's
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Posted February 25, 2014