A Q&A on API Technologies’ New RF/Microwave Engineering Online Design Tool with Molly Weis, RF/Microwave & Microelectronics (RF2M) Marketing Manager

by Jaymie Murray 15. October 2014 16:19

With the launch of API’s brand new RF/Microwave product configuration tool, engineers can now modify API’s standard RF/Microwave products to fit their individual requirements. The interactive tool allows for changes to existing designs, such as noise figure, frequency range, and power supply voltage and provides package style options.

Molly Weis, API’s RF/Microwave & Microelectronics (RF2M) Marketing Manager, has managed this project from the start, and has some insight as to what makes this tool so special.

Q: What was the motivation behind creating this tool?

A: Recently, API has begun offering more standard configurable products, such our new line of affordable surface mount synthesizers and we wanted to offer users an interactive tool that would allow them to explore all of our product capabilities. This tool puts the engineer in the driver’s seat, providing a way to design a product that fits user specifications with minimal effort.

Q: What are some of the tool’s benefits?

A: After the parameters are entered into the tool, it creates a printable, custom design summary based on the user’s specifications. The system supplies a permalink to the configuration, allowing the user to return to their design and make modifications as necessary. This link can then be easily shared among team members via email or social media, facilitating collaboration. 

Also, by having the engineer customize the product to their unique specifications up-front, we are able to shorten lead times and reduce costs. 

Q: Do you have any plans to expand the tool’s capabilities in the future?  

 A: Absolutely. As we continue to grow our configurable product offerings, the tool’s capabilities will be upgraded to include ways to modify those products to suit customer requirements. The beauty of this tool is that is extremely flexible and can be programmed to configure a multitude of variables.

Start using API's new configuration tool now!

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Can Certain Third Party Data Hacks be Prevented?

by Jaymie Murray 14. October 2014 13:03

By: Tara Condon & Henry Gold

 

Earlier this week, John Gainor, President and Chief Executive Officer of DQ, posted a memo for Dairy Queen and Orange Julius customers regarding a recent data hack. At its centerpiece, was the revelation that a third party vendor compromised account credentials and gained access to customer data.  DQ should be applauded for its thorough investigation following the attack and its forthright communication to customers regarding the same. However, the question remains for CISOs everywhere: Can this type of hack be prevented?

 

Third parties regularly access networks for legitimate reasons.

Companies regularly allow third party access to internal systems. Common reasons for enabling this access include systems administration and programming. Increasingly more common is the granting access of to information technology and communication service providers who troubleshoot, fix, and maintain computers, web sites, networking resources, and voice systems. Often, these third parties require administrator-level access to complete their work. Many times, access to these systems are not secured or well implemented using simple password authentication which is easily breached.

 

 

But, companies often have little control over third party activity on the network.

Companies typically control the front-end of vendor access with passwords or more robust security measures, such as software tokens or PKI based authentication (two-factor). However, once the third party is on the network, they typically have unmonitored, and often unfettered access, to a variety of systems. Here is where the risk of data theft or system breach is significantly increased. Even if the company ends its relationship with a third party, this risk is often undiminished as backdoors can be opened to a variety of network resources.

 

Companies spend a good deal of time and money to vet and hire employees. One hopes their third party vendors do the same, but that is not always the case. Companies may never meet or even see the wide network of third party employees who regularly work on their system. As such, gauging risk becomes nearly impossible.

 

A system that offers control and visibility is good for companies and third parties.

The ideal system provides controlled third party access along with visibility and monitoring. The good news is that these systems are available today. A company should be able to define and control who is on the network, what they may access, and what they are permitted to do. The system would then provide visibility into activities on the network and alert company representatives in the case of suspicious activity.

 

One would think that third parties bristle about added controls. However, many third parties have wholeheartedly embraced the concept. Having a third party access system in place makes their jobs easier: These third parties can focus on service delivery instead of concerning themselves with network access. Furthermore, the added visibility lets third parties demonstrate – in real time – the value they provide.

 

For more information on this and other security-related topics, follow our Secure Systems & Information Assurance (SSIA) team on LinkedIn.

 

About the Authors:

Tara Flynn Condon (@api_taracondon) is a published writer and Vice President of API Technologies Corp.

Henry Gold is an expert and frequent speaker on security topics and General Manager of SSIA North America for API Technologies Corp. 

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INFOGRAPHIC: API's Microwave Product Applications in Military Aircraft

by BlogAdmin 4. September 2014 10:30

API Technologies has supplied critical, high-reliability RF/Microwave components and assemblies for military aircraft for nearly 70 years. Our ever-expanding line of products can be found in nearly all of the most crucial and technically demanding aircraft systems. API's amplifiers are used in weapon guidance equipment, while our filters are a key component in Electronic Warfare (EW) systems. Learn more about our RF/Microwave product applications in this infographic, and contact us to request a quote or get in touch with an engineer.

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Summer 2014 Product Wrap Up

by BlogAdmin 2. September 2014 09:11

The API Technologies product teams were busy at work this summer. So, before we welcome the autumn season, I wanted to highlight some of the great solutions introduced over the past few weeks.

New GaN & power amplifier products offer high performance and efficiency: API Technologies engineers have embraced gallium nitride (GaN) for its ability to drive higher output power and improved space efficiency in our RF/microwave products. You will see these characteristics evident in newly introduced products, including our 1,000 watt pulsed power amplifiers and line of GaN power amplifier drivers. These products will now join API’s full line of power amplifiers. Alternatively, our product tour presentation provides a nice overview of the line.

Expanded line of space products & new new rad hard line address emerging communication satellite demands: Today API Technologies has a strong foothold in the space electronics market, offering a broad line of standard, space qualified products, as well as custom product design, and MIL-STD-38534 Class K manufacturing capabilities. Earlier this summer, we announced the launch of a brand new line of standard, radiation hardened, power conversion and control products. Given the proliferation of communication technology, these products are designed to meet increasing power demands for next generation communication satellites. 

Configurable products help engineers speed time to market:  Recently we have introduced a number of configurable products, which offer the best of both worlds to engineers – the ease of using a standard product, with the benefit of customization to suit the specific requirement. As a result, engineers can achieve a technically superior product and speed time to market. New additions to the line include configurable frequency synthesizers and customizable 2-20 GHz broadband amplifiers. In our EIS product line, we have also added a new line of snap-on load detectors for current sensing applications.  API Technologies’ standard and configurable products also benefit defense customers who may be seeking high reliable, affordable alternatives to 100% custom solutions.


While summer 2014 is at an end, these products are just beginning to take flight (…literally).  On behalf of the API Technologies team, I wish you an outstanding autumn. I also encourage you to explore these products, talk to our engineers, and/or join us at one of our many upcoming events.

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API Technologies' Great Yarmouth Test House Celebrates 30 Years of UKAS Accreditation

by Lynda Hunt 5. August 2014 11:52

API Technologies' Great Yarmouth, UK Test House is a leading European test facility for components, materials and equipment carrying out inspections, calibration and specialist climatic and dynamic testing. The facility is supported by a skilled team of dedicated engineers and technicians who are continuously developing the capabilities and test methods in response to challenging customer requirements.

This year the Test House is celebrating 30 years of holding UKAS (United Kingdom Accreditation Service) certification. UKAS is a national accreditation body recognised by the government to assess organisations that provide certification, testing, inspection, and calibration against internationally agreed standards.

The anniversary was marked on Tuesday 15th July by a visit from Phil Endersby, Assessment Manager from UKAS, as part of the annual audit. Mr Endersby said “It is pleasing to see that over the last 30 years, UKAS accreditation has underpinned this test facility which supports British manufacturing in a market sector which places a premium on quality and reliability."

API's Test House is a highly accredited test facility and holds DLA Laboratory Suitability approval for performing tests in accordance with MIL-STD 883 and MIL-STD 202. Learn more about API's climatic and dynamic testing services or request a quote.

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The 10 Commandments of Electromagnetic Compatibility

by Amy Brown 24. July 2014 10:09

Have you ever wondered how many turns per foot should you twist all pairs of wires to minimize magnetic pickup? Or where ferrite cores and beads should be installed to minimize common mode emissions? Well, wonder no more! Now all your electromagnetic compatibility questions will be answered in this handy infographic. Learn more by visiting eis.apitech.com/magnetics 

 

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API Technologies Now Offers Texas Spectrum Electronics Products

by Amy Brown 25. June 2014 15:34

We are pleased to announce that, beginning today, API Technologies’ Electromagnetic Integrated Solutions (EIS) product line will now offer Texas Spectrum Electronics (TSE) products.

First launched in 1976, the TSE product line includes a wide range of EMI and EMP filtering and surge suppression products. These products have been used by a wide range of defense and commercial customers in a wide range of military programs and high-reliability industrial applications.

As one of the world’s largest providers of EMI/EMC technology products, we are known for offering products that deliver superior protection and performance. We are pleased to now include TSE products as part of our broad and growing EIS product line. 

Explore API Technologies’ line of TSE products, and connect with a member of our sales team regarding TSE and other API Technologies brand products by calling Linda Stockard at +1 814-474-0402 or contact us.

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Magnetics Week: Meet Jason Russolese, Director of Global Sales and Marketing

by Amy Brown 13. June 2014 09:19

To close out Magnetics Week 2014, the blog is featuring a special interview with Jason Russolese, Director of Global Sales and Marketing for API's Electromagnetics Integrated Solutions (EIS) product line.

What is unique about API Magnetics?

What differentiates us from the rest of the world is our ability to design high-end custom solutions that seem to be extremely challenging for our competitors. Our ability to solve our customers' problems and deliver to that promise is unmatched.

Are the products standard or custom built?

Both. We have a small offering of standard products, but most of our parts are custom.

What industries and applications can these products be applied to?

Power conversion, storage, and generation applications for the Military, Aerospace, Medical, and Industrial market spaces.

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Magnetics Week Product Spotlight: Switch Mode Power Supply Inductors

by Jaymie Murray 12. June 2014 11:31

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Magnetics Week Product Spotlight: Snap-on LD-50 Load Detector & High Sensitivity Current Transformers

by Jaymie Murray 11. June 2014 16:12

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