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Anatech Electronics February 2020 Newsletter

Anatech Electronics February 2020 Newsletter - RF CafeSam Benzacar of Anatech Electronics, an RF and microwave filter company, has published his February newsletter that features his short op−ed entitled "Dynamic Spectrum Sharing Coming Next Year," which discusses the quandary the wireless industry finds itself in with very limited spectrum available in the millimeter-wave bands that can accommodate high data rates necessary for 5G schemes. I like a statement made from another source about 5G being the first wireless protocol to perform like wired connections, but without the wires. Until more spectrum is freed up, some form of spectrum sharing plan is needed, and service providers are working on what had been dubbed "dynamic spectrum sharing" (an innovation claimed Ericsson), which allows available segments of spectrum to be accessed...

Copper Mountain Technologies Partners with Purdue University

Copper Mountain Technologies Becomes Corporate Partner of Purdue University - RF CafeTo help grow the next generation of RF Engineers, Copper Mountain Technologies (CMT) has become a corporate partner with the Purdue University Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Program in West Lafayette, Indiana. The mission of CMT is to extend the reach of engineers by providing vector network analyzers that are portable, accessible, and affordable. By partnering with Purdue, we hope to promote growth in the increasingly important field of RF engineering. Despite a recent rise in engineering students and degree options, there is a shortage of RF engineers. With the abundance of wireless and IoT devices being created around the world, the requirement for engineers researching, designing, and working with these devices has grown and the demand for these professionals is not being met. There is a wide range of job opportunities for RF engineers in industries...

Teledyne 2 in 1 Dual L/S-Band SSPA for Satcom C&C

Teledyne Paradise Datacom 2 in 1 Dual L/S-Band SSPA for Satcom Command & Control - RF CafeTeledyne Paradise Datacom, part of the Teledyne Defense Electronics Group, today announced the wide availability of a new, leading edge L- and S-Dual Band solid state power amplifier (SSPA) for today's evolving satellite command systems. Both S- and L-band frequencies have been the industry's bands of choice for positioning and tracking applications like global positioning systems (GPS) and Tracking, Telemetry, and Control (TTC) ground stations. This new dual band product offers customers a virtual "two for the price of one" SSPA solution that dramatically lowers the costs of command and control, leaves a much smaller footprint, but also delivers higher reliability compared to traditional klystron power amplifiers...

Video: In-Circuit Antenna Verification

Copper Mountain Technologies Video: In-Circuit Antenna Verification - RF Copper Mountain Technologies (CMT) has produced a series of videos to help users of its diverse line of vector network analyzers (VNAs) get the most out of their extensive capabilities. Proprietary features in both hardware and software supplies VNAs designed by CMT with capabilities far beyond similar equipment by other companies. In this video entitled, "In-Circuit Antenna Verification," CMT's Brian Walker, Senior RF Design Engineer, shows how there can be significant variation of performance of a PCB mounted antenna when it is close enough to other objects to disturb the near field response. It is best to measure the return loss of an embedded antenna in its final configuration and be prepared to add matching elements to improve radiation efficiency...

Anatech Electronics February 2020 Product Update

Anatech Electronics February 2020 Product Update - RF CafeAnatech Electronics offers the industry's largest portfolio of high-performance standard and customized RF and microwave filters and filter-related products for military, commercial, aerospace and defense, and industrial applications up to 40 GHz. In their February Product Update, Anatech has introduced a surface mount 5245-5855 MHz cavity bandpass filter with 40 W power handling, a 5550 MHz (902 MHz bandwidth) cavity bandpass filter, and a surface mount 5400 MHz MonoBlock ceramic bandpass filter . Custom RF power directional coupler designs can be designed and produced when a standard cannot be found, or the requirements are such that a custom approach is necessary...

ATER Offering HILO-Test Automotive Test Systems

Advanced Test Equipment Rentals Now Offering HILO-Test Automotive Test Systems - RF CafeAdvanced Test Equipment Corporation (ATEC)announced it is now offering HILO-Test automotive test systems for rent. ATEC, a leading provider in test and measurement equipment for automotive testing and numerous other industry tests, now stocks the HILO-Test CAR PG 2804 and the HILO-Test CAR Test System 14 for immediate rental. ATEC offers a growing inventory of products from top manufacturers, like HILO-Test, with flexible rental options at affordable prices. ATEC sets the industry standard for test equipment rentals, combining next-day shipping and reliable equipment with knowledgeable customer support. ATEC simplifies the rental and testing process to help clients complete...

QuinStar Cryogenic Line Featured at American Physical Society Meeting

QuinStar Cryogenic Line Featured at the American Physical Society Meeting - RF CafeQuinStar Technology will feature its cryogenic product line at the American Physical Society March Meeting. This event is March 2nd through 4th at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver. QuinStar cryogenic circulators, isolators, and arrays offer exceptional broadband performance down to the mK range. These components support applications such as quantum computing, radio astronomy, STM research, particle physics research, and electron spin resonance measurement systems. QuinStar engineers have over 36 years of experience in cryogenic ferrite design. With this extensive experience, we continually advance state-of-the-art...

Finding Faults with TDR Test Instruments

Axiom Test Equipment Blog – Finding Faults with TDR Test Instruments - RF CafeAxiom Test Equipment, an electronic test equipment rentals and sales company headquartered in North County San Diego, has published a blog post entitled "Finding Faults with TDR Test Instruments," explaining how to source the right electronic load for your next project. Finding Faults with TDR Test Instruments "Time-domain reflectometers (TDRs) are easy-to-use test instruments usually associated with finding faults in cables and antennas. How they work is simple: send a pulse with fast rise time into a cable under test and measure reflected signals that take place where the characteristic impedance (usually 50 Ω) deviates from the nominal value, usually because of a break or disturbance in the line. This approach to finding a fault can also be applied to fiber-optic cables using an optical pulse. Comparisons of the transmitted and reflected signals...

Best Thermal Testing Practices on Electronic Devices

TotalTemp Technologies Blog: Best Thermal Testing Practices on an Electronic Device - RF CafeTotalTemp Technologies has another good blog article posted entitled, "Best Thermal Testing Practices on an Electronic Device." There are many reasons thermal testing on products is required. Primarily to verify that the product will work properly in the environment (thermal and otherwise) that it is intended to perform. Sometimes, also to discover end-of-life issues for products, maximize performance or to weed out early failures that might result in product failures For reasons primarily of simplicity and ease of use, the most widely employed method of forcing products to temperatures for thermal testing is a (convection based) temperature chamber. According to laws of Thermodynamics, heat transfer (in and out of a product) is accomplished through one or more of the three following methods. Conduction, convection and radiation...

Triad Launches New Brand Identity and Website

Triad Launches New Brand Identity and Website - RF CafeTriad RF Systems, a leading designer and manufacturer of high performance RF/Microwave amplifiers and integrated radio systems, has recently announced the launch of a new brand identity and website. Founded in 2013 by three partners with decades of accumulated knowledge of RF/Microwave amplifier and integrated radio system design and manufacturing experience, Triad is making a strategic move to continue its dominance within high-performance radio system applications. Already respected by the military, defense, commercial radio, and UAV marketplace for making high quality, state-of-the-art RF/Microwave amplifiers and subsystems, their new logo and website is a move that clearly is intended to help further position them as leaders in their field. Visitors to their new website will discover Triad's track record of creating RF/microwave amplifier products...

ConductRF Lab / Production Test Cables for DC to 40 GHz

ConductRF Lab / Production Test Cables for DC to 40 GHz - RF CafeConductRF offers many lines of Lab & Production RF Test solutions for DC to 40 GHz. TESTeCON and TESTeCON RF Cable lines feature standard connector choices include straight male, female, and bulkhead, and right angle male. Standard interfaces include type-N, TNC, SMA, 3.5 mm, and 2.92 mm. Phase stable testing ±4° to 18 GHz, amplitude stable to ±0.2 dB to 18 GHz, max power 170 W @ 18 GHz, flex life over 10,000 cycles, cable loss <0.330 dB/ft @ 18 GHz, VSWR < 1.30:1 (typical < 1.20:1). ConductRF also offers RF Engineers a large selection of Hi Flex cable for vector network analyzers (VNAs)...

GPS / GSM / ARGOS Wireless Tracking Tags & Equipment

Cellular Tracking Technologies - RF CafeDan F., of Cellular Tracking Technologies (CTT®), wrote to ask that his company be listed on the RF Cafe categorized vendor pages. Per their website, the founders of CTT have over 40 years of telemetry research experience between them. In 2007, when not satisfied with the current products on the market, they created Cellular Tracking Technologies in order to bring the newest innovations and highest levels of service to the wildlife research market. They offer a full complement of GPS / GSM / ARGOS and digitally coded radio products that can be used for tracking wildlife, pets, disabled family members, etc. All products can be fit into almost any case design, from standard backpacks to ultra-customized solutions. CTT is located in Rio Grande, NJ (who knew there was a Rio Grande in New Jersey?)

TotalTemp Technologies Blog: Temperature Testing Practices

TotalTemp Technologies Blog: Temperature Testing Practices - RF CafeMany items require thermal environmental testing. Items going through product development, requiring validation for high reliability applications and products exposed to extreme environments among others require specific thermal testing. Diligent adherence to requirements results in performing meaningful test and ultimately higher quality products as opposed to simply taking the easiest route to put a testing checkmark in the box. A few important aspects to the testing can help ensure that best practices in thermal testing are followed to get real results from testing efforts. Testing can be time consuming. Properly applied automation will increase the repeatability and can produce consistent results. Test results...

Empower RF Systems Intros 4 kW S-Band SSPA for Satcom Uplink - RF CafeEmpower's model 2176 is a compact high power GaN on SiC solid state CW amplifier. Standing 27 inches tall, it's less than half the size of the typical legacy uplink HPA's that it replaces. The slightly broader band brings flexibility to transmit in either of the two uplink channels. Besides the dramatic size reduction, the upgrade from legacy design to a next generation SSPA from Empower RF brings greater reliability and improved spectral purity for increased data rates. The 2176 is based on Empower's established and field proven Next Generation architecture that is tactically deployed and operating on multiple levels in support of a variety of critical DOD missions...

Custom MMIC's Keysight 130+ Model Library Download

Custom MMIC's Keysight 130+ Model Library Download - RF CafeCustom MMIC has made installing and updating our SystemVue™ and Genesys™ compatible component libraries even simpler, just follow the step-by-step instructions provided on the download page. SystemVue or Genesys must already be installed on the user's computer. Click on the version of the specific link to download the library installer. Ensure SystemVue or Genesys is shut down before running installer. Run the library installer executable. Follow the on-screen prompts to finish the installation. Open Keysight’s SystemVue or Genesys and start using your updated Custom MMIC Library...

Webinar: Testing in the Automotive Radar Ecosystem

Webinar: Testing in the Automotive Radar Ecosystem - RF CafeOn February 11, Keysight Electronics will present a live webinar entitled, "Testing in the Automotive Radar Ecosystem," running from 9:00-11:00 am EST. Learn how to identify and solve advanced automotive radar design test challenges. Growing demand of advanced radar technologies, such as 79 GHz high frequency with 4 GHz wide modulation bandwidth and micro-Doppler to detect and protect pedestrians, has led to new design and test challenges. With the wide-scale adoption of radar, interference is now a very real issue to solve. Guest presenters from Michigan Technological University and Sekisui Chemical Group will contribute knowledge around mutual interference and radar absorbers. Join this live streaming presentation from Keysight's Automotive Customer Center in Novi, MI.

ConductRF High Flex VNA Test Cables for 40, 50 & 70 GHz

ConductRF High Flex VNA Test Cables for 40, 50 & 70 GHz - RF CafeConductRF offers RF Engineers a large selection of Hi Flex cable for vector network analyzers (VNAs). We have standards for applications at 18-40 GHz, 50 GHz & 70 GHz. Our torque resistant connector heads and phase stable constructions ensure great performance for many tests to come. Other key features include: 2.92 mm, 2.4 mm & 1.85 mm connector options, low VSWR & insertion loss, low phase change with flexing, options available swept right angle connectors. ConductRF VNA series provides customers with reliable ruggedized solutions for Lab and Production Vector Network Analyzer testing. With options for 18 GHz, 26.5 GHz, 40 GHz, 50 GHz, & 70 GHz, these cables offer cost leading alternatives to original OEM VNA cable solutions...

Qorvo Acquires Decawave and Custom MMIC

Qorvo Announces Acquisition of Decawave and Custom MMIC - RF CafeBreaking News! Qorvo Announces Acquisition of Decawave and Custom MMIC- proving once again that if you work hard and create a good product and/or service, you just might be handsomely rewarded. Bob Bruggeworth, president and chief executive officer of Qorvo, said, "Qorvo delivered an exceptional December quarter. In Mobile Products, 5G design wins are accelerating, and in IDP we are enjoying robust design win momentum. We're also looking forward to welcoming two industry-leading teams, Decawave and Custom MMIC, to the Qorvo family, expanding our technology portfolio and product offerings." Fiscal 2020 3rd Quarter Financial Results Strategic Highlights: "Signed, following the quarter, definitive agreements to acquire Decawave, a pioneer in ultra-wideband (UWB) technology and provider of UWB solutions for mobile, automotive and IoT applications; and Custom MMIC, a leading supplier of high-performance GaAs and GaN MMICs for defense and aerospace applications..."

Anatech Electronics January 2020 Newsletter

Anatech Electronics January 2020 Newsletter - RF CafeSam Benzacar of Anatech Electronics, an RF and microwave filter company, has published his January newsletter that features his short op−ed entitled "Some Good News on IoT Wireless Protocol Incompatibility," which gives kudos to the many independent IoT device manufacturers who are making their products with in[ter]compatible - rather than incompatible - communications protocols. Was there no organized industry collaboration effort for this before a group called "Open Connectivity Foundation" introduced itself at CES 2020? Sam also mentions Amazon's new 900 MHz "Sidewalk" longer range, low datarate device protocol. Verizon believes that 5G can eventually replace Wi-Fi, reversing the trend for small Wi-Fi cells filling the bandwidth gap...

ThinkRF Launches Continuous RF Surveillance Solution

ThinkRF Launches Continuous RF Surveillance Solution - RF CafeThinkRF Corporation, the leader in software-defined spectrum analysis, today announced the launch of the ThinkRF™ Surveillance System for in place monitoring and bug detection to secure facilities or to understand channel utilization for dynamic signal allocation. The complete surveillance system allows government agencies and enterprises to locate unauthorized RF signals more quickly and cost-effectively, even in difficult indoor environments, such as large corporate office buildings, government facilities, and other secure locations. The system is comprised of a ThinkRF R5x50 Real-Time Spectrum Analyzer, combined with the Kestrel Technical Surveillance Countermeasures (TSCM) Professional Software, as well as omni-directional or optional directional antennae, and all other required equipment in an easily transportable case. The fully integrated, networkable system can be deployed...

Time Domain Reflectometry Measurements with a VNA

Copper Mountain Technologies Video: Time Domain Reflectometry Measurements with a Vector Network Analyzer - RF CafeCopper Mountain Technologies (CMT) has produced a series of videos to help users of its diverse line of VNAs get the most out of their extensive capabilities. Proprietary features in both hardware and software supplies VNAs designed by CMT with capabilities far beyond similar equipment by other companies. This video entitled, "Time Domain Reflectometry Measurements with a Vector Network Analyzer," is one of a series of videos that can be found on the Copper Mountain Technologies website. Time Domain Reflectometry (TDR) has traditionally been performed using a fast oscilloscope and a very sharp impulse or step type excitation. Reflections from the excitation are measured at the source and distance and the magnitude...

ConductRF Rugged Replacement VNA Coaxial Cables

ConductRF Rugged Replacement VNA Coaxial Cables - RF CafePrecision ruggedized VNA cables from ConductRF offer RF engineers great alternatives to costly OEM cables that are now past their best days, and now you can reach out to Digi-Key for a quick and easy replacement. We have standards for applications at 18 GHz, 27 GHz, 40 GHz, 50 GHz & 70 GHz. Our torque resistant connector heads and phase stable constructions ensure great performance for many tests to come. ConductRF VNA series provides customers with reliable ruggedized solutions for lab and production vector network analyzer testing. We Know, Results Count...

One SDR Software Defined Radio Resources

One SDR Software Defined Radio Resources - RF CafeSam wrote from his One SDR website to request I post a note about the resources he is providing on Software Defined Radios. It is in its start-up phase and already has many articles introducing the concepts of SDR. Topics include low noise amplifiers, filters, bias tees, and how to shop for equipment. Says Sam, "I hope to demystify RF technology and make it more accessible to the growing community of SDR enthusiasts." The amateur radio community is adopting SDR in a major way in order to make existence in the crowded electromagnetic environment more successful.

Take to the Air with Dependable Avionics Testing

Axiom Test Equipment Blog – Take to the Air with Dependable Avionics Testing - RF CafeAxiom Test Equipment, an electronic test equipment rentals and sales company headquartered in North County San Diego, has published a blog post entitled "Take to the Air with Dependable Avionics Testing," explaining how to source the right electronic load for your next project. "Avionics systems assist pilots in providing safe flights on commercial, industrial, and military aircraft. Failures in those systems usually leads to catastrophe, stressing the importance of proper testing of avionics systems and their components. As avionics systems become more automated and autonomous, they become more complex in their software and hardware. Suitable test equipment must keep pace with the functionality needed to 'exercise' avionic systems and subsystems under real-world conditions, so that designers can fully understand the behavior of those systems, installers and maintainers know their performance levels, and pilots...

Atenlab R-Series CATR OTA Measurement Systems

Atenlab R-Series CATR OTA Measurement Systems - RF CafeAtenlab Corporation's R-Series of Compact Antenna Test Range (CATR) Over-the-Air (OTA) Measurement Systems facilitate testing in the 1.7 to 110 GHz electromagnetic spectrum in the convenience of a self-contained anechoic enclosure. Type R2, designed for testing in the 18-110 GHz range, is the smallest, lightest, and very mobile type self-contained cabinet enclosure that easily fit in a typical laboratory or office-size room. MIMO, antenna near-field measurement, EMI, EMS, 3G, 4G, 5G, WiFi, and other modern wireless standards are easily tested. The R6 model is an agile design suitable for 6 GHz 100 GHz measurements. It is extremely flexible and adaptable for a wide range of applications...

i-tech Specialty Inductors

Inductive Technologies - RF Cafei-tech (Inductive Technologies) manufactures many types of inductors and transformers used apart from our typical RF and microwave applications, but might be needed for ancillary functions that include motion control, sensing, power line conditioning, and beam steering. Toroidal and pot core inductors, flyback transformers, drum core power inductors, primary transformers, surface mount toroids and power inductors, common mode chokes, and current sense transformers. These are the components you see sprinkled around the semiconductor parts of the circuits inside printers, phones (real phones, not cellphones), garage door openers, HVAC systems, etc.

ConductRF Performance Flexible RF Cable Assemblies

ConductRF Performance Flexible RF Cable Assemblies - RF CafeConductRF LSA series of Low Loss, Performance flexible RF Cable Assemblies, provide microwave system designers with a versatile solution for most applications. Here we offer customers a solution for 0.086" diameter cable that facilitates greater flexibility and handling or, 0.141" diameter that exploits the same great performance but with almost half the loss. Connector options include SMA, Type-N, TNC & SMP that provide excellent VSWR between DC and 18GHz, also solutions for MCX & SMB are available in a wide array of configurations. These assemblies are built using our own double shielded, FEP jacketed cable, that was developed specifically for performance solutions. With shielding effectiveness exceeding 90 dB through 18 GHz...

Electro-Photonics Intros 6-18 GHz Power Divider

Electro-Photonics Intros 6 - 18 GHz Power Divider - RF CafeElectro-Photonics, a market leader in RF and microwave components, has released a new thin film, surface-mount technology (SMT) power divider/combiner. The EP2D-1200R-M-001 delivers exceptional performance in a compact size due to the use of a high dielectric material, total thin film process, and integrated resistors. Its 6-18 GHz bandwidth, low insertion loss, high isolation, and low phase unbalance is perfect for use in intermodulation measurements, signal distribution for antenna arrays, and beam forming. Package size measures 0.185 x 0.160 x 0.020 inch (4.7 mm by 4.06 mm by 0.51 mm).

Cyberwarfare: An Introduction to Information Age Conflict

Cyberwarfare: An Introduction to Information Age Conflict (Artech House) - RF CafeArtech House today announced the publication Cyberwarfare: An Introduction to Information Age Conflict, by Isaac R. Porche, III. Conflict in cyberspace is becoming more prevalent in all public and private sectors and is of concern on many levels. As a result, knowledge of the topic is becoming essential across most disciplines. This book reviews and explains the technologies that underlie offensive and defensive cyber operations, which are practiced by a range of cyber actors including state actors, criminal enterprises, activists, and individuals. It explains the processes and technologies that enable the full spectrum of cyber operations. Readers will learn how to use basic tools for cyber security and pen-testing, and also be able to quantitatively assess cyber risk...

VidaRF Adds 2-18 GHz Power Divider Series

VidaRF Adds 2-18 GHz Power Divider / Combiner Series - RF CafeVidaRF, a manufacturer of high performance RF and microwave high performance circulators, isolators, couplers, power dividers, and other passive components, has expanded it line of broadband RF power dividers / combiners with low VSWR and insertion loss and high port-to-port isolation to cover 2 to 18 GHz for all wireless applications from cellular through 5G mm-wave with SMA connectors. The Model VPD-20180AX series offers 2-, 3-, 4-, 6-, 8-, 32-, and 64-way splits. Operating temperature is & −55°C to −85°C. Sealed and Painted to meet IP65 standards.

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