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Anatech Electronics Newsletter - October 2014

Anatech Electronics

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.

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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 (ISR).

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

Anatech Electronics Newsletter for September 2014 (Sam Benzacar) - RF CafeBy Sam Benzacar

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 failure.

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 technical@anatechelectronics.com.

Anatech Electronics will be exhibiting at the following conferences! Please visit us.

Global Milsatcom 2014 banner

Global Milsatcom 2014
4th November to 6th November 2014
London, United Kingdom

 

The 26th International Trade Fair for Electronic Components, Systems and Applications
Messe Munchen
November 11-14th

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.  For example:

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.

and more..

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 or distributors. 

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, AMCrf.com.

 

Contact:

Anatech Electronics, Inc.
70 Outwater Lane
Garfield, NJ 07026
(973) 772-4242
sales@anatechelectronics.com

 

 

 

 

Posted  September 16, 2014

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