Echodyne Corp. announced limited availability of its first
metamaterials electronically scanning array (MESA) for radar
applications. Echodyne’s MESA makes high performance radar far easier to
deploy by lowering both the cost and weight by up to 10 or more times
while decreasing the size of the antenna by up to 5 or more times over
traditional electronically scanned arrays. The first product from
Echodyne, a metamaterials electronically scanning array for X-band (MESA
X-EVU) is now available for partners and integrators interested in
evaluating MESA for radar systems in a variety of commercial markets
including maritime, aviation, and surveillance/security among others.
“We are very pleased with the early reception of MESA-X-EVU by key partners and are excited to be able to offer more units to qualified partners and integrators,” said Eben Frankenberg, founder and CEO of Echodyne. “Metamaterials based radar has the opportunity to not only change how traditional, heavy, expensive radar systems are deployed but can open up new markets for advanced radar that were never before thought possible because of the cost, size and weight of traditional electronically scanned arrays.”
Echodyne’s MESA X-EVU combines ultra-low C-SWAP (cost, size, weight, and power) with ultra-fast beam steering (sub-microsecond) in an electronically scanning array that can be integrated into new or existing radar systems.
Unlike conventional mechanical apertures which steer a radar beam using motorized gimbals, Echodyne’s MESA requires no moving parts to steer its beam. And unlike Phased Array radars or Active Electronically Scanning Array (AESA) radars that use complicated, expensive, and inefficient transmit/receive modules which include phase shifters, amplifiers, circulators, and low noise amplifiers behind every single antenna element, MESA uses a vastly simpler metamaterials architecture. The net effect of this simplified architecture is dramatically lower cost, size, weight and power.
Echodyne’s MESA-X-EVU operates at X-band and has a broad field of view (±50° in azimuth and ±45° in elevation) which it can scan very rapidly given its sub-microsecond beam switching speed. The MESA-X-EVU subsystem includes the metamaterial array, the array control driver circuitry, and the beam steering computer. Fully assembled without packaging, the subsystem is a mere 50 x 18 x 2.5 cm with a total weight of only 1.4 kg. While this size and weight already demonstrates a vast improvement over traditional electronically scanning arrays, Echodyne will be decreasing this even further as the company optimizes the technology for various implementations. The aperture is controlled through a simple USB 2.0 interface and requires only a single +12 DC source to operate. Integrators and radar manufacturers interested in evaluating MESA-X-EVU can connect their own Pulsed or FMCW transceivers through a single coax SMA port.
Echodyne has produced a limited number of MESA-X-EVU to share with qualified partners and integrators.
Harris Corp. has received a four-year, $113 million
contract from the U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) to upgrade the
Navy's primary long-range, three-dimensional defense radar. The
contract includes an initial $39 million order and three one-year
options. The contract was received in the first quarter of Harris'
Harris was awarded the contract under the Navy's Radar Obsolescence and Availability Recovery (ROAR) program to upgrade AN/SPS-48E radars to the more advanced SPS-48G version, which uses a modern solid-state transmitter. This approach increases fleet readiness to address emerging threats, while lowering the Navy's total cost of radar ownership.
"The SPS-48 radar provides an essential surveillance capability for the U.S. Navy, which faces growing and increasingly more complex threats," said Rich Sorelle, president, Harris Electronic Warfare business unit. "The radar is expected to remain in operation through the year 2050, and Harris is committed to ensuring it remains effective and dependable throughout its service life."
"STAR Systems International and Infinity RFID have worked closely for almost two years," said Ava Tang, Star Systems International Director. "Infinity RFID is an ideal partner to serve the Parking and Access Control Market in North America."
This partnership helps STAR Systems International bring very customer focused products and solutions to the North American Access Control Market, while maintaining a high level of personalized technical support. Infinity RFID has an excellent reputation in the market for providing professional service, support and technical guidance.
As part of the new cooperation agreement, Infinity RFID will now be offering complete product repair, service and support to customers in North America. The repair facility will be located at Infinity RFID and will primarily focus on the repair of RFID reader products that are targeted at the Parking and Access Control market.
"Infinity RFID is very excited about the extension of our exclusive Distribution Agreement," said Mike Toren, President of Infinity RFID. "The Cooperation Agreement between these two organizations signals to the market that both of these companies see each other as long term strategic partners that intend to serve the growing Parking and Access Control market together."
Sponsored by Hunter Selection, the award was presented during a gala ceremony at Cardiff City Hall in recognition of IQE's close work with the Welsh Government and Cardiff University to achieve key milestones in developing an advanced, high-tech manufacturing capability with the vision of establishing the world's first compound semiconductor cluster in Wales.
"The company is uniquely positioned to lead the establishment of a technology cluster to help drive the high-tech manufacturing capabilities for the development and commercialization of next generation semiconductors," reckons IQE's CEO Dr Drew Nelson.
In August, IQE announced the formation of the Compound Semiconductor Centre (CSC), a joint venture between IQE and Cardiff University. A formal launch is scheduled for November at events in Westminster and Cardiff. "By developing regional specialization, we plan to build the world's first semiconductor cluster, creating high-quality businesses and jobs," says Nelson.
The new centre provides a key milestone towards the creation of a regional specialization in compound semiconductor technologies and will build on the work of Cardiff University's Institute of Compound Semiconductors (announced in May) to provide a dedicated facility for research into novel deployment of compound semiconductors.
IQE is currently leading a consortium of up to 40 businesses and institutions across Europe in an application under Horizon 2020 (the European Union's framework program for Research and Innovation for 2014-2020) to fund the establishment of up to 20 pilot production lines for compound semiconductor-based technologies.
LEDs comprised the largest share of the market in 2014 and are expected to lead this market till 2020, whereas laser diodes are expected to exhibit the highest growth rate of 12.98% during the forecast period.
The report segments the optoelectronic components market by application into residential & commercial, consumer electronics, industrial, automotive, healthcare, telecoms, and aerospace & defense. The market has also been segmented by component type into LEDs, image sensors, laser diodes, optocouplers, infrared (IR) components, and others. Due to their long operational life, efficiency and high durability, LEDs are used in a wide variety of lighting applications. On the other hand, image sensors are used extensively in surveillance cameras, machine-vision cameras, and automotive cameras. Also, laser diodes have wide applications in telecoms, measurement instruments, and consumer electronics products.
The optoelectronic components market in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region is expected to grow at a CAGR of 9.98% to $22.31bn by 2020. The market in China is expected to grow at the highest CAGR of 11.14%.
Major players in the optoelectronic components market are cited as Cree Inc in the USA, Germany's Osram Licht AG, Vishay Intertechnology Inc, ON Semiconductor and OmniVision Technologies Inc in the USA, Sony Corp and Sharp Corp in Japan, Samsung Electronics Co Ltd in South Korea, and Koninklijke Philips N.V. in The Netherlands.
Bruker says that the acquisition uniquely positions it to offer solutions for nanotechnology research and semiconductor metrology. With trends toward increased connectivity and access to larger amounts of data, new nanometrology needs are driving growth opportunities at advanced semiconductor nodes with even smaller features and three-dimensional structures, the firm adds.
Bruker expects that the combination and synergy between its analytical x-ray technologies and automated atomic force microscopy (AFM) systems and Jordan Valley's in-line x-ray metrology products will position its Semiconductor Division to be a leading-edge metrology system provider for semiconductor applications at advanced nodes.
Jordan Valley has been providing x-ray metrology and defect-detection technology to the semiconductor industry for 30 years, wiith 75% of the world's top 25 semiconductor manufacturers relying on its metrology tools for front-end and back-end applications, including the development of next-generation thin films. The firm's fully automated, non-contact and non-destructive tools are designed for production control on patterned or blanket wafers.
"The rapid growth of mobile technology, cloud computing and big data processing generates new requirements and opportunities for faster and more precise metrology of smaller feature sizes and 3D structures at advanced semiconductor nodes," says Mark R. Munch Ph.D., president of the NANO Group, which includes Bruker's Semiconductor Division. "Jordan Valley has been a true pioneer in offering advanced and unique x-ray metrology solutions as feature sizes continue to shrink," he comments. "The combination of Jordan Valley's core metrology strengths with Bruker's complementary x-ray technologies will enable us to stay ahead of this rapid development and continue to support the semiconductor industry with unmatched next-generation x-ray solutions," Munch believes.
"For the past several decades, Jordan Valley has been committed to providing the best non-destructive x-ray metrology products, with the most responsive service and support to semiconductor manufacturers," says Jordan Valley Semiconductors' founder & CEO Isaac Mazor. "We look forward to the enhanced product innovation and global market reach that we will enjoy within the Bruker Semiconductor Division."
The transaction is expected to close in fourth-quarter 2015, and the acquired business is expected to add $25-30m to Bruker's 2016 revenue, and about $0.01-0.02 to Bruker's 2016 earnings per share (EPS).
The NuPower 12B01A model, part number NW-PA-12B01A, which replaces the NuPower L- & S-Band Power Amplifier model, part number NW-SSPA-10W-1.0-2.5, delivers a minimum of 10 Watts, and typically 13 Watts, of RF power from 1000 to 2500 MHz when sourced with a 0 dBm (1 milliwatt) RF input signal. Featuring improved power efficiency in the 30% to 50% range, and 40 dB of RF gain, the NuPower 12B01A provides high-efficiency RF amplification for a variety of transmitters, transceivers and data links that do not require linear performance. The PA’s upgraded rugged aluminum chassis, at 3.00”x2.00”x0.65” in size, provides an additional 25 degrees Celsius (C) of operational headroom with its new +85 degrees C maximum baseplate temperature rating. Further, the unit features a new broader supply voltage range of +11 to +32 VDC, supporting an array of RF communications, telemetry and electronic warfare applications, including systems running on battery power.
An alternative product configuration, part number NW-PA-12B01A-D30, is available with reduced gain that accepts a +30 dBm (1 Watt) RF input signal from the transmitter, supporting a common RF output level of industry data links, such as L-3 Communications’ Bandit. Both standard and alternative product configurations are immediately available for shipment.
“Our flagship broadband power amplifier module has been improved in several key areas as a direct result of feedback received from our customers over the past few years,” said Jeff Wells, President and CEO of NuWaves Engineering. “This new release has already proven successful, as evidenced by contracts we’ve recently received from two of the U.S. military’s prime ‘Group 3’ unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) contractors for payload communications range extension.”
NuWaves Engineering is a premier supplier of RF and Microwave solutions for Department of Defense (DoD), government and industrial customers. An RF engineering powerhouse, NuWaves offers a broad range of design and engineering services related to the development and sustainment of key communications, telemetry and electronic warfare systems, as well as a complete line of commercially available RF products. NuWaves’ products include wideband frequency converters, high-efficiency and miniature solid-state power amplifiers and bidirectional amplifiers, high intercept low noise amplifiers and miniature RF filters. NuWaves Engineering…Trusted RF Solutions™.
Pasternack, a leading manufacturer and supplier of RF,
microwave and millimeter wave products, introduces a new line of coaxial
threshold detectors designed for microwave and millimeter wave
applications from 2 to 40 GHz. These threshold detectors are commonly
used for analyzing radar performance, leveling pulsed signal sources, AM
noise measurements, system monitoring and pulsed RF measurements in
Pasternack's latest release of threshold detectors consists of 3 unique models covering broadband frequency bands from 2 to 40 GHz. Designs incorporate gain stages for higher dynamic range that cover input power levels ranging from -45 dBm to 0 dBm with a typical threshold variation over frequency of ± 0.5 dB. One model supports a fixed threshold while the other 2 models support an adjustable threshold setting. All models feature a TTL compatible video output response which is "1" when the RF signal is above the threshold setting and "0" when it's below the threshold setting.
Additional features of the new threshold detectors from Pasternack include rugged construction utilizing compact packages with field replaceable SMA or 2.92mm connectors. These models are designed to meet MIL-STD-202F environmental conditions for temperature cycle, humidity, shock, vibration and altitude. The threshold detectors also boast extremely fast response times ranging from 45 to 100 nanoseconds, maximum input power handling ranging from +10 to +17 dBm, and have an operating temperature range of -55 to +85 degrees Celsius.
"These adjustable threshold detectors have the features and broadband performance that are particularly useful for designers who need to analyze critical signal response characteristics," explains Tim Galla, Active Components Product Manager at Pasternack.
The new threshold detectors from Pasternack are in-stock and ready to ship now.
The controllers offer self and mutual-capacitance sensing to support automatic hover, glove and touch control. The new family is optimized for capacitive touchpads and touchscreens with adaptive sensing that ensures superior touch performance and is the first to meet the AEC-Q100 standards for performance in harsh conditions. Atmel's maXTouch controller delivers robust operation and lower power consumption with an enhanced user experience.
The fast growing touch-sensing technology is one of the major growth drivers for Atmel's microcontroller business. The phenomenal growth of microcontrollers is led by a widespread adoption of touchscreens and touchpads. The new product line of Atmel is an initiative to capitalize on this growing market and these new automotive-qualified maXTouch devices further strengthen Atmel’s position as one of the leading touch innovators and suppliers.
Based in San Jose, CA., Atmel designs, develops, manufactures and sells integrated circuit (IC) products. These products include microcontrollers, advanced logic, mixed-signal, non-volatile memory and radio frequency (RF) components. Atmel produces non-volatile memory that stores information after power is turned off and combines this with microcontrollers, digital signal processors and other logic to meet the needs of its customers.
All the radio frequency (RF) bands that modern worldwide-coverage smartphones have to accommodate requires upwards of 60 RF filters. That number may come down soon. Superconducting RF filter specialists already with 10 percent of the basestation market, Resonant Inc. (Santa Barbara, Calif.) have decided to refocus on the handset market, making room temperature RF filters that are 25 percent smaller in area and 50 percent thinner plus they can handle two- or even three-bands per die.
"Resonant is the world's first fabless RF filter maker," Bob Hammond, chief technical officer (CTO) of Resonant told EE Times. "Manufactured by leading RF foundries, our filters are not only smaller, thinner, and pack more filters per die, but will also reduce the parts count and the bill of materials [BOM]."
Most RF filters are still manufactured by their designers, using proven technologies that date back to the 1920s and address only one frequency per die. Resonant, through its experience making superconducting filters for basestations from which it has accumulated a 70-strong patent portfolio, claims to have developed multi-band techniques that allow two or three filters to share the same die, as well as creating tunable models that can change their frequency to suit the locale in which the smartphone is being used.
Resonant also claims superior specifications to the time-worn designs from the 1920s used by everybody else, including insertion loss of less than 1dB and high transmission power in excess of +33dBm. They also have reduced the size of filters, with duplexers measuring just 1.8-by-1.4-by-0.38 millimeters whereas incumbent duplexers performing the same function measure 2.0-by-1.6-by-0.9 millimeters thick.
"We are not using microelectromechanical systems [MEMS], but some people compare us to MEMS because we have vibrating resonators in our surface acoustic wave [SAW] designs," Hammond told us.
Instead of going the venture capital route, the three year old company ran on founder seed funds and superconductor-filter sales during its startup period creating the cash flow necessary to perform the research and development (R&D) for its latest foray into making less expensive, thinner, smartphones for the consumer market.
Founded three years ago, Resonant made its initial public offering (IPO) in May of 2014, giving it the capitol to finish its R&D on its novel consumer RF filters for smartphones. Currently they are in pilot production and being evaluated by a host of (unnamed) leading smartphone makers with the first design wins due to be announced early in 2016.
One high-volume customer is accepting shipments this year, but will not have their smartphones in the marketplace until Christmas 2015. Also a second high-volume customer has started the second stage of designing-in Resonant's RF filters, but it will not be allowed to announce the design win before the end of the year.
Resonant's already successful superconductor filters--which it claims are the highest performance filters ever made--use micro-strip resonators with a Q in excess of 100,000, making them very selective and low loss. Resonant also makes the helium-powered "cold box" about the size of a small load of bread that keeps the superconducting filters at 77-degrees Kelvin with an expected lifetime of 100 years.
Its fixed frequency SAW filters for consumer products are built on the circuit theory it developed for its superconducting filters, but adapted to room temperature. Resonant estimates that they have 50,000 man-hours of R&D invested in its consumer SAW filters.
Almost half of a smartphone RF front-end today is occupied by all the RF filters it needs, according to Resonant, and the situation will only get worse with 5G which uses band aggregation for higher-data rates, plus multiple antennas all of which require their own RF filters.
Avago, Skyworks and even Qualcomm all need smaller more versatile filters, any of which they will incorporate inside the package of their RF front-end chip sets. Resonant claims its smaller higher performance RF filters will allow RF front-end makers to increase performance while shrinking sizes by incorporating the filters and duplexers inside the same package.
"Plus we are promising an 80 percent size reduction over the next 2-to-3 years," Hammond told us. "We are also designing super-accurate temperature compensated surface acoustic wave [TC-SAW] already, which outperform our competitors bulk-acoustic wave [BAW] filters."
To work its magic, Resonant has created its own all custom software tool kits--one for superconductors, one for electromagnetic modeling, and one for acoustic modeling.
"All three of our tool kits start from first principles and go all the way down to the nanoscale," Hammond told us. "Everything is custom and much faster than traditional tools plus we have a software team which is always improving them to keep them ahead of the commercial tools."
The tape-outs from its tools are compatible with the manufacturing methods of any fab that makes RF front ends, one of which Resonant has already transferred its IP. A second fab will come online by the end of 2015 to meet the demand of its two new consumer customers and its just getting started with a third fab to meet expected demand in 2016 and beyond.
Rogers Corporation will be a major participant in
European Microwave Week 2015 (EuMW 2015), Europe’s largest trade show
devoted to RF/microwave technology and applications. The conference and
exhibition run September 6-11, 2015 at the Palais des Congres, Paris,
France. EuMW 2015 includes the 45th European Microwave Conference, the
10th European Microwave Integrated Circuits Conference (EuMIC 2015), the
12th European Radar Conference (EuRAD 2015), and a large exhibition
See Rogers Advanced Connectivity Solutions at Booth 263
Rogers ACS will be exhibiting in Booth 263 Sept. 8-10. Stop by and let us help with advice and design information concerning our high-performance printed-circuit-board (PCB) materials, including RO3003™ laminates. RO3003 laminates have tightly controlled dielectric constant (3.04+/-0.04 at 10GHZ) and very stable dielectric constant performance over temperature (-3 ppm/°C from -50°C to 150°C). The RO3003 PTFE-ceramic composite resin system enables very low dielectric loss (0.0010 at 10GHZ), and laminates can be purchased with rolled copper to further enhance PCB insertion loss performance. Due to its excellent electrical properties, RO3003 laminates are often chosen for millimeter wave applications such as 77-79GHZ automotive radar sensors and 60GHz point to point backhaul applications.
Rogers + Arlon
Visitors to the exhibition booth can also learn about the recent acquisition of material supplier Arlon, LLC. The Arlon business is well established as a top supplier of high-frequency circuit materials and engineered silicone materials and is an excellent strategic fit with our PCB materials and high-performance elastomers. The acquisition adds to the materials diversification and expertise at Rogers and benefits customers with a significantly expanded choice in high-performance materials.
Rogers’ John Coonrod to Present at Tech Conference & MicroApps
John Coonrod, Technical Marketing Manager at Rogers Advanced Connectivity Solutions & author of the popular ROG Blog series, will deliver four presentations: one during the Microwave Conference and three MicroApps presentations on the exhibition floor.
The conference presentation, scheduled for 8:30-8:50 AM on Wednesday, September 9, will be of interest to designers and users of high-frequency filters and PCB material specifiers: “Applied Methodology for Harmonic Suppression of Microstrip Edge Coupled Bandpass Filters Using Composite Circuit Materials.”
Coonrod will also deliver three different MicroApps presentations during EuMW 2015:
“Composite Circuit Materials Used to Suppress Harmonic Modes in Microstrip Edge Coupled Filters” (Tuesday, September 8, 13:00)
“Microwave PCB Structure Selection: Microstrip Versus Grounded Coplanar Waveguide” (Wednesday, September 9, 14:30)
“PCB Fabrication Influences on Microwave Performance” (Thursday, September 10, 15:30)
Rogers Corporation is a Founding Member of RF Energy Alliance
The RF Energy Alliance (RFEA) is standardizing, promoting, and educating audiences in solid-state RF energy—a clean, highly efficient, and controllable heat and power source. Members envision a fast-growing, innovative marketplace built around this sustainable technology, contributing to quality of life across many applications. As a founding member, Rogers Corp. will host RFEA’s Dr. Klaus Werner as he presents the state of the Alliance at 11:30 on Wednesday, September 9, and at 11:30 on Thursday, September 10 at booth 263.
The amplifiers feature rugged package enclosures that can withstand vibration and shock exposure during handling and transport. Several models meet MIL-STD-202 and MIL-STD-810 environmental test conditions, while some amplifier designs are environmentally screened in production to MIL-STD-202 test conditions. Other models feature integrated heatsink and cooling fans for improved thermal dissipation performance resulting in extending their operating life. For added reliability against harsh environments, certain models utilize hermetically sealed coaxial packages.
The power amplifiers generate saturated output power levels (Psat) up to 100 w and all models require only a single positive voltage supply ranging from +12 to +42 Vdc. Small signal gain levels range from 11 dB to 58 dB with IP3 linearity up to +66 dBm resulting in high dynamic range. All models are unconditionally stable.
Founded in 1993 in Shanghai, China, SHX develops high-quality coaxial fixed attenuators and terminations; microwave test subsystems; phase shifters; directional couplers; coaxial switches and detectors; bias tees; power providers and combiners; circulators and isolators; high-power resistors; and variable, step and programmable attenuators.
Founded in 1947, Richardson Electronics is a global channel partner for world-class electron devices, power divider electronics, and RF & microwave components.
“Based on a strong dedication to technical innovation, SHX has been awarded multiple national patents, including attenuators, terminations, directional couplers and coaxial switches,” said Greg Peloquin, Executive Vice President of Richardson Electronics’ Power & Microwave Technologies group. “SHX’s desire to develop new, high-quality products enables our field sales engineers to continuously identify the best product solution for our customers’ applications.”
“Richardson Electronics allows SHX to expand accessibility of our products and maintain our key philosophy of providing the best technical service to meet customers’ demands,” stated David Dai, Vice General Manager, SHX. “Richardson’s highly technical sales team ensures our latest products and technologies reach customers and ideally suit their needs.”