Anatech Electronics, a manufacturer of RF and microwave filters, has published its October 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 subject of "So Many Bands, Too Much Hardware." There are also a couple headlines
on MRI on Steroids, Biggest Wireless Job Slashers of 2014, Microwave Device Market Poised for Growth, Analysts Predicts
2.48% Growth in EW Spending, and NASA Lets You Listen To Space.
MRI on Steroids
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), a staple of healthcare, can resolve details as small as 1 mm. Now researchers
at the University of Leipzig and ETH Zurich have been able to detect a single hydrogen atom using MRI. Their goal
is to ultimately image a single molecule a one million times increase in resolution.
Biggest Wireless Job Slashers of 2014
What wireless companies reduced their workforces the most in 2014? FierceWireless has compiled a list of the
five biggest job cutters. In fifth place is Ericcson with 1,000 as it exited the wireless-modem business. Next
is Broadcom with 2,500 job reductions (a fifth of its work force in order to scale back its baseband chipset unit.
Sprint is in third place with 5,000 jobs after closing call centers, reduced the people needed to refurbish phones,
and close retail stores. Coming in second is Cisco, which slashed 6,000 jobs after forecasting weak near-term
future growth. And the grand “prize” goes to Microsoft with 18,000 jobs as it implements new CEO Satya Nadella’s
“vision” for the future company’s future.
Report: Microwave Device Market Poised for Growth
According to at MarketsandMarkets research report, "Microwave Devices Market by Application”, the global microwave
devices market is expected to grow 3.4% and reach $1.2 billion by 2019. The global microwave devices market is
expected to register a growth of 3.40%, and reach $1.2 billion by 2019. The increase in the number of navigation
radars used by UAV will be one of the factors driving the market.
Analysts Predicts 2.48% Growth in EW Spending
According to “The Global Electronic Warfare (EW) Market 2014-2024,” a report published by Strategic Defence
Intelligence, EW will have an annual growth rate of 2.48% through 2024 with North America and Asia-Pacific the
largest markets. The report states that the electronic protection segment will dominate the sector accounting
for 45.6% of it. Drivers will include the need for technology advances in intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance
NASA Lets You Listen to Space
The only vibrations that survive the vacuum of space are electromagnetic waves and NASA has found a way to
hear them. Using a “plasma wave antenna” to record vibrations within 20 Hz to 20 kHz NASA has captured the actual
sounds of planets. Waves crashing on the beach, thunder, or wind whistling through a canyon, are some of the descriptions
of these sounds. Listen to them here.
So Many Bands, Too Much Hardware
Smartphone manufacturers today somehow manage to add more and more band allocations to the products, which
is an incredible design and manufacturing challenge to say the least. Their only relief is that smartphones have
been steadily increasing in screen size so that even “standard-size” models have larger displays than phones of
only a year ago and “phablets” have surely helped as well. It’s a rare occurrence when marketing and the perceived
desires of the customer have actually converged to help design engineers.
Manufacturers of infrastructure equipment and wireless carriers have it easier, as there is vastly more space
to work with and fewer bands to cover in a given geographic area. The does not mean adding bands is a walk in
the park, as it still affects the entire transmit and receive chains all the way to the antenna. The result is
growing rat’s nest of coax, power dividers and combiners, and assorted other hardware and potential points of
Fortunately, there’s a way to significantly reduce the number of components required: the front end interconnection
unit. In a typical base station, there are more specific transmit and receive frequencies than antennas, as the
latter can have a bandwidth broad enough to cover several continuous or nearby bands. So public safety and commercial
wireless bands at 700 MHz can be served by a single antenna.
However, this still means that the transmit outputs for different bands must combined to feed this smaller
number of antennas, which still results in a considerable number of transmission lines. The front end interconnection
unit is more than a simple power combiner (or divider), as it integrates diplexers and triplexers, hybrid couples,
and bandpass filters that have high attenuation characteristics that ensure the integrity of each band. The result
is a reduction in the number of required transmission lines.
Anatech Electronics has developed front end interconnection units for many of the bands used by the four major
U.S. wireless carriers as well as public safety services. They single-slot rack-mount units and are designed to
handle the less than ideal conditions in equipment shelters, and can prove very cost-effective solutions.
If this is a challenge you’re faced with, please let us know. You can call us at (973) 772-4242 or send us
an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anatech Electronics will be exhibiting at the following conferences! Please visit us.
Global Milsatcom 2014
4th November to 6th November 2014
London, United Kingdom
The 26th International Trade Fair for Electronic Components, Systems and Applications
See you there!
Why You Should Buy from Anatech Electronics, Inc. (AEI)
Unlike other Supplier/Vendors, Anatech Electronics, Inc. (AEI) is also a manufacturer that designs, and makes
those products. While most supplier, and distributors are selling their products "as is", AEI has the
flexibility, and technical knowledge to modify many of its products to better match the customer’s requirements.
Changing the connectors from one type to another. Shifting the frequency to meet the exact frequency requirement.
Possibility to build the filter in a smaller package, should size is a problem. Modifying the bandwidth to closely
match the customer’s requirement. Modifying the package from an indoor version to an outdoor (weatherproof) one.
Slight modifications to the design to get sharper transition from pass band to stop band. Adding brackets, or
mechanical elements for mounting requirements, such as mounting the filter on an antenna pole. Propose different
design options, based on size, cost, and performance.
AEI will typically bend over backwards to provide you with first rate customer service, and being a manufacturer/Supplier,
we cater to small quantities as well as large. After all AEI has a personal interest in ensuring fast quote, quick
custom/ new designs feedbacks, and excellent service before and after the sale is made.
But these are just some of the reasons why you may want to use AEI for your RF filters and related RF products
requirements. Flexibility, ability for quick changes in requirements, before and after sale customer service,
quality, and cost are good reasons to buy from a manufacturer/supplier versus non-manufacturer suppliers, vendors
Choosing from a large database of products, and the ability to custom design almost any product, enables AEI to
recommend products and solutions that most closely meets your requirements needs, pricing, and corporate objectives.
Purchasing products from AEI can provide the customer with expertise, flexibility, cost saving, and
of utmost importance continuous professional relationship.
Proof is the redesign of our website where our customers or potential customers have the option to request
a quote for specific standard products in multiple quantity levels, or request a quotation for a custom product
with the ability to enter your own specifications.
Please visit us at www.anatechelectronics.com and
find out how easy it is to request a quote on either standard or custom products.
About Anatech Electronics
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 custom products and capabilities
are available at www.anatechelectronics.com and standard
products are available for purchase at the Anatech Electronics Web store,
Anatech Electronics, Inc.
70 Outwater Lane
Garfield, NJ 07026
Posted September 16, 2014