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Press Release & Product Announcement Archive: 2014


If you remember seeing a company press release or new product announcement on the RF Cafe homepage but now it is gone, try looking through there archives. Another option is to do a search using the Search box at the upper right.

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These press releases were either submitted by the manufacturers or I created them on request based on information on the companies' websites. If I create them, the format is my copyright and cannot be distributed to other media outlets. I strongly encourage you to write and submit your own press releases.

Due to time availability, I am currently posting press releases only for advertisers, but occasionally I do so others as well, particularly for upstart companies. 

Here is 2014 press release archive page #1.


Empower RF Awarded Patent for "Broadband Linearization..."

Empower RF Systems Awarded Patent for "Broadband Linearization Module and Method" - RF CafeEmpower RF Systems is proud to announce the approval of a patent on "Broadband linearization module and method." New communication services and the use of complex waveforms have created a demand for highly linearized power amplifiers. Deviations from linearity show up as spectral distortions and/or modulation quality degradation (EVM) in the output of these amplifiers -that is, undesired energy, not contained in the original signal, inside or outside...



MECA Low PIM Components
& D.A.S. Equipment Catalog

MECA Electronics Intros New Low PIM Components & D.A.S. Equipment Catalog - RF CafeMECA* Electronics' new 12-page catalog features many our extensive line of low PIM RF/microwave components with industry leading performance including RF loads, attenuators, directional couplers, power splitters, divider/tappers, adapters, jumpers and D.A.S. equipment.
* Microwave Electronic Components of America



NuWaves Wins USAF SBIR Contract for GPS III RF Filters

NuWaves Engineering Wins USAF SBIR Contract for GPS III Satellite RF Filters - RF CafeNuWaves Engineering, an international RF and microwave solutions provider, announced today that the company has been awarded a Phase I SBIR GPS III (USAF) - RF Cafecontract from the USAF Research Laboratory to research and develop advanced RF cavity filters for use on GPS III satellites. NuWaves worked with Exelis Geospatial Systems' Positioning, Navigation and Timing business to propose an innovative method to dramatically reduce the size and weight of space-based diplexers, triplexers, and quadruplexers – or "n-plexers" – for multicarrier...



Skyworks Intros PIN Diode
Limiter for Radar, Military, GPS

Skyworks Introduces PIN Diode Limiter for Radar, Military, GPS and Automotive Applications - RF CafeSkyworks Solutions unveils an integrated, single-stage, low-cost PIN diode limiter module to address the growing need for full receiver LNA protection in microwave applications. The SKY16601-555LF limiter is a low threshold / IL / distortion module in a surface-mount package meant for use as a passive receiver protector in wireless or other RF systems for frequencies up to 6 GHz. The module is comprised of a PIN limiter diode, an RF choke inductor, and two DC blocking caps at the RF ports in a two-lead MLP package.



ATEC Gearing up for 2014
IEEE EMC Symposium

Advanced Test Equipment Rentals Gearing up for Last Domestic EMC Symposium Until 2017 Advanced Test Equipment Rentals, supplier of complete testing solutions for the Electromagnetic Compliance (EMC) market, is preparing for the last domestic IEEE International EMC Symposium, August 3-8 in Raleigh, NC, until it returns to Washington DC in 2017. Awareness of EMC is increasing with the growing demand of wireless communications for monitoring radiation and cross RF signals to ensure electronics are not affected. Also, the demand to plug equipment like solar panels back into the electrical grid is contributing to the growth of...



R&S Intros CMA180 Test Set
for Analog Radios

Rohde & Schwarz Intros CMA180 Test Set for Analog Radios - RF CafeThe new R&S CMA180 radio test set uses state of the art digital measurement technology for testing analog radios. Rohde & Schwarz designed the CMA180 radio test set especially for analog radio production and maintenance. Equipped with a touchscreen for easy operation, the new tester can generate any test signal of up to 20 MHz bandwidth and process high input power levels of up to 150 W. It offers all of the functions of a high end device at an attractive price.



Skyworks Introduces Suite
of Breakthrough Ultra LNAs

Skyworks Introduces Suite of Breakthrough Ultra Low Noise Amplifiers at MTT-S 2014 - RF CafeSkyworks Solutions today unveiled a suite of new, ultra-low noise amplifiers (LNAs) for cellular infrastructure, wireless connectivity and broadcast communication applications. The new LNAs provide best-in-class noise figure as well as high gain and linearity, improving receiver sensitivity and dynamic range. Receiver sensitivity is a key specification of any radio used in wireless communications given its important role in detecting and separating signals, as well ensuring effective operations. "Skyworks' new ultra-low noise amplifiers offer unprecedented performance levels for 4G wireless...



AWR: "Simulating Dynamic
Load Modulated Amplifiers"

AWR Sponsored Webinar "Simulating Dynamic Load Modulated Amplifiers" - RF CafeExplore new ways to enhance power amplifier performance at the AWR sponsored webinar, Simulating Dynamic Load Modulated Amplifiers—an Alternative Solution to Maintaining Efficiency over a Power Range. This webinar introduces the concept of dynamic load modulation and demonstrates how amplifiers can be designed using this approach. The ability of the AWR tools to model nonlinear components using discrete components and parameterized variables gives the designer access to a fully dynamic simulation...



AWR Offers a Wide Range
of Activities at IMS2014

AWR Offers a Wide Range of Activities at IMS2014 - RF CafeAWR Corporation, the innovation leader in high-frequency EDA software, offers a wide range of activities during IMS2014.  As a platinum sponsor with its parent company National Instruments, AWR will be demonstrating its newly released V11 NI AWR Design Environment™ in Booth #633 on June 3-5, 2014, presenting numerous MicroApps presentation, hosting a customer appreciation event as well as sponsoring other IMS-related offerings.

BeRex Adds New Family of High
Performance MESFET Chips

BeRex Adds New Family of High Performance MESFET Chips - RF CafeBeRex, Inc. has begun shipping a new family of GaAs MESFET chips, the BCF-series, which addresses the need for low phase noise with high gain and power in applications such as single and multi-stage amplifiers, oscillators, synthesizers, etc. ranging in frequency from DC to 26.5 GHz. The BeRex BCF-series of MESFET chips are ideally suited both broad band and narrow band applications from DC to 26.5 GHz. Typical application requires a high level of OIP3 linearity...



Fairview Microwave Intros
New Lines of RF Rotary Joints

Fairview Microwave Announces New Lines of RF Rotary Joints - RF CafeFairview Microwave, a preeminent supplier of on-demand microwave and RF products, announces their new line of single-channel/single-axis and single-channel/multi-axis RF rotary joints. Fairview Microwave's RF rotary joints are needed wherever RF signals have to be transmitted between stationary and moving parts of a system, commonly used in commercial and military radar, land-mobile-radio communications and anti-missile defense applications. These rotary joints boast a compact design, excellent VSWR, low insertion loss, and minimal variation...



ATEC Featured on American
Airlines "Executive TV"

Advanced Test Equipment Rentals Featured on American Airlines "Executive TV"  - RF CafeAdvanced Test Equipment Rentals, one of the largest rental companies of test equipment for the telecommunications, aerospace, semiconductor, consumer electronic, and many other sectors, to be featured on American Airlines "Executive TV" in-flight video entertainment program broadcasts during the month of July. "Executive TV" airs exclusively on American Airlines domestic and international flights worldwide and features many top companies... 



Break-Over Torque Wrenches
Intro by Fairview Microwave

Complete Line of Break-Over Type Torque Wrenches Released by Fairview Microwave - RF CafeFairview Microwave, a preeminent supplier of on-demand microwave and RF products, announces the release of a new portfolio of beak-over type torque wrenches used to precisely fasten RF coaxial connections between components and systems. Fairview Microwave has added a broad range of these break-over type torque wrenches suitable for multiple RF connector types including 1.0mm, 2.4mm, 2.92mm, 3.5mm, 7mm, SC, SMA, SMC, SSMA, SSMC, Type N and TNC designs. These RF torque wrenches...



KR Electronics Intros
70 MHz Bandpass Filter

KR Electronics Intros 70 MHz Bandpas Filter - RF CafeKR Electronics part number 3157-1 is a 70 MHz bandpass filter. The filter has a min 0.5 dB bandwidth of 30 MHz. The filter is group delay and amplitude equalized. Stopband attenuation of 45 dB is maintained to 5 GHz. Elliptic type response for quick transition to the. The filter is supplied in a 0.6" x 0.6" x 2.25" case with SMA connectors.



R&S SGU100A RF Upconverter
Yields 20 GHz SG

R&S SGU100A RF upconverter - RF CafeWith the addition of the new R&S SGU100A RF upconverter, Rohde & Schwarz expands its tried and tested R&S SGS100A vector signal generator to cover microwave applications. The combination of the two instruments yields the most compact vector signal source on the market with up to 20 GHz. The R&S SGU100A is available as a pure CW upconverter or as an upconverter for I/Q-modulated signals...



KR Electronics Intros 1325 MHz
SM Bandpass Filter

KR Electronics Intros 1325 MHz Bandpas Filter - RF CafeKR Electronics part number 3154 is a 1325 MHz bandpass filter. The filter has a minimum 2 dB bandwidth of 750 MHz. An Elliptic type filter is used for high selectivity. Typical insertion loss is <1 dB. The filter is supplied in a small surface mount package measuring .88" x 0.38" x 0.235". Other frequencies and bandwidths are available.



Advanced Test Equipment
Rentals May 2014 Newsletter

Advanced Test Equipment Rentals Newsletter for May 2014  - RF Cafe"Need It? Rent It!" That is what was embroidered on the baseball cap my rental store owner father-in-law used to wear. Sometimes it just just makes sense to avoid the cost of ownership. Advanced Test Equipment Rentals just issued their TEC Talk newsletter for May 2014. It includes hot topics in the tech news world, highlights of new or special function test equipment they have available, and some electronics industry news.

NI's Analyst Update Reduces
Simulation Times Up to 70%

Analyst Update in NI AWR Design Environment V11.01 Dramatically Reduces Simulation Times – Up to 70 Percent - RF CafeNI (formerly AWR Corporation) has released V11.01 of the NI AWR Design Environment™ with enhancements to Analyst™ 3D FEM EM simulation engine that cuts simulation times by as much as 70% over previous versions. The updates in V11.01, which are specific to Analyst, include algorithm reformulations/enhancements to both automatic mesh refinement (AMR) and fast frequency sweeps. For high-port-count designs (10+ ports), the speed improvements seen with Analyst are the most pronounced...



Quantum Circuits and Systems

Nanoelectromechanical Quantum Circuits and Systems Online Course - RF CafeNanoMEMS Research, LLC will presents an online course titled "Nanoelectromechanical Quantum Circuits and Systems (NEMX)." Dates of course are July 31 and August 1, 2014. This course introduces the emerging field of nanoelectromechanical quantum circuits and systems (NEMX). The field derives from exploiting progress in techniques for fabricating, down to nanometer-length scales, free-standing device structures that incorporate mechanical motion and that may be designed to perform a variety of functions, such as employed in electronics, RF/microwaves...



Pasternack Expands Line of F
Attenuators: DC to 3 GHz

Pasternack Expands Line of F Attenuators Operating from DC to 3 GHz - RF CafePasternack Enterprises, an industry leading manufacturer and supplier of RF, microwave and millimeter wave products, announces their expanded line of 75 Ohm F attenuators. This new line of F-type attenuators is perfect for broadcast, HDTV and satcom applications in the L and S microwave bands up to 3 GHz. Pasternack’s new F attenuators are available in 1 to 10 dB values in 1 dB steps, with 16 and 20 dB values also available. These...



Anatech Electronics
June 2014 Product Update

Anatech Electronics Product Update June 24, 2014 - RF CafeAnatech Electronics, Inc. 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. Anatech has released new designs for a 170 MHz cavity bandpass filter, an 882.5 MHz ceramic bandpass filter, and an 800 MHz helical bandpass filter. All can be ordered directly through their AMCrf web store.



U. Alberta Student Uses NI AWR
MWO to Design Graphene FET

University of Alberta Graduate Student Uses NI AWR Design Environment Software to Design Graphene FETs - RF CafeNI (formerly AWR Corporation) has published a new success story detailing how Ahsan U. Alam, a University of Alberta, Canada graduate student, successfully developed a modified top-of-the-barrier model for graphene field-effect transistors using NI AWR Design Environment™/ Microwave Office® circuit design software. Likewise, an IEEE paper detailing this venture was also recently presented and presented at the IEEE International Conference on Simulation of Semiconductor Processes and Devices.



Windfreak Technologies Intros
0.5-6 GHz PA w/Gain Control

Windfreak Technologies Intros a 0.5-6 GHz Power Amplifier w/Gain Control - RF CafeThe Windfreak Technologies AmpNV is a 50 MHz to 6 GHz RF Power Amplifier capable of supplying up to 1 Watt of RF power. Gain is adjustable across a 31.5 dB range in 1/2 dB steps for up to 35 dB of total gain with pushbuttons on the device or with the included open source LabView software. Device settings can be remembered during power down for stand-alone operation. The amplifier runs off of DC power in the range of 15 - 28 V and draws around 5 watts. Dimensions are 2.75" wide x 2.15" deep x 1.95" tall (7.0 x 5.46 x 4.95 cm) not including mounting tabs and connectors.



AWR and ANSYS Partner
to Bring HFSS into MWO

AWR and ANSYS Partner to Bring HFSS into Microwave Office for Circuit Designers - RF CafeAWR Corporation, the innovation leader in high-frequency EDA software, and ANSYS, Inc., a global leader and innovator of engineering simulation software, announced today ANSYS IcePakthat they have integrated ANSYS HFSS into AWR’s Microwave Office™ high frequency circuit design software. This integration unites the industry standard for full-wave EM field simulation and NI AWR Design Environment / Microwave Office to quickly and accurately simulate microwave circuits. With this design flow...



Pasternack Releases Line of
Low Noise Amplifiers

Pasternack Releases New Family of Low Noise Amplifiers - RF CafePasternack releases a new family of low noise amplifiers (LNA) capable of high gain and broadband performance between 9 kHz and 18 GHz which are widely used across the spectrum of military and commercial applications. A total of fourteen new low noise amplifiers are offered. The new LNA category exhibits excellent broadband performance from 9 kHz to 18 GHz, noise figures between 0.8 dB to 3 dB, gain levels from 25 dB to 50 dB...

Anatech Electronics Product
Update for July 8, 2014

Anatech Electronics Product Update July 15, 2014 - 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. Anatech has released new designs for a 1 GHz ceramic bandpass filter, a 310/370 MHz ceramic duplexer filter, and a 5.4 GHz ceramic bandpass filter. Ordered through their AMCrf web store.



Cobham Intros 2014
Satcom Product Catalogue

Cobham Antenna Systems is pleased to announce the launch of its new Satcom Product Catalogue containing details of high-performance satellite feed chain, reflector and flat plate antenna products. The catalogue reflects 40 years of expertise in the design, development and testing of leading-edge satellite communications systems. A wide range of state-of-the-art horn-based and splash plate feed systems are available for prime focus and single and dual-offset antennas covering all the key satellite...



KR Electronics 10 MHz BPF
w/100 dB Rejection

KR Electronics Intros 10 MHz Bandpass Filter w/100 dB Rejection - RF CafeKR Electronics part number 3158 is a 10 MHz bandpass filter. The filter has a typical 1 dB bandwidth of 6 MHz and less than 1 dB of insertion loss. An Elliptic type filter is used for high selectivity and attains over 100 dB by 20 MHz making it suitable for harmonic cleanup. The filter is supplied with SMA connectors. Other  frequencies and bandwidths are available.



Z-Comm Intros Low Phase Noise 10.625 GHz Synthesizer

Z-Communications, Inc. announces a new RoHS compliant Fixed Frequency Synthesizer model 10625E-LF. The SFS10625E-LF is a single frequency PLL solution that is pre-programmed to operate at 10.625 GHz. This fixed frequency device utilizes ceramic resonator topology to achieve integrated RMS noise performance of better than 0.4° while consuming less than 500 mW of power. It is designed to operate over the temperature range of -30 to +70°C and delivers +3 dBm of output power into a 50 Ω load.



NuWaves Wins NASA SBIR
Contract for UAS C-Band PA

NuWaves Engineering Wins NASA SBIR Contract for UAS C-Band PA Development - RF CafeNuWaves Engineering, an international RF and Microwave solutions provider, announced today that the company has been awarded a Phase I SBIR contract from NASA to research and develop a linear C-band PA for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). NuWaves, in collaboration with Auriga Microwave, proposed an innovative method to reduce the size, weight and power (SWaP) of a linear C-band power amplifier for non-payload command and control systems on UAVs by leveraging advanced MMIC technology and linearization techniques. The team's PA solution is expected to help overcome operational range limitations...



R&S Upgrades SMW200A
Vector Signal Generator 20 GHz

Rohde & Schwarz Upgrades R&S SMW200A High-End Vector Signal Generator to Support Frequencies up to 20 GHz - RF CafeRohde & Schwarz has expanded the frequency range of its R&S SMW200A high-end vector signal generator to 20 GHz. The R&S SMW200A is the only instrument on the market to combine a baseband generator, RF generator and fading simulator in a single box. In addition, the R&S SMW200A can be equipped with a second 20 GHz path, making it possible to simultaneously generate up to two wideband microwave signals with any type of modulation. For these types of complex setups, other solutions require at least three devices - and considerably more...



Anatech Electronics'
IMS2014 Newsletter

Anatech Electronics Newsletter for IMS2014 - RF CafeIt's going to be a hot time in Tampa next month in more ways than one. The RF and microwave industry may not exactly be producing the eye-Sam Benzacar of Anatech Electronicswatering revenue as other sectors of the economy but there are plenty of market and technology "hotspots" that will no doubt be evident at IMS exhibitors' product displays. For example, the wireless industry is evolving rapidly as LTE moves toward its next incarnation as LTE-Advanced, Wi-Fi morphs from discrete hotspots to a seamless network via HotSpot 2.0, and distributed antenna systems and small cells... 

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