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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API Technologies & European Microwave Week 2014: A Preview

by Jaymie Murray 2. October 2014 14:34

API will be exhibiting at this year’s European Microwave Week, held in Rome, Italy October 7-9. Here's a preview of API's RF/Microwave products and solutions on display at stand #177. We hope to see you in Rome!

For more info on any of these products, Contact an Engineer or Request a Quote.

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API Technologies at AOC 2014: What You Can See at Booth #1009!

by Jaymie Murray 30. September 2014 14:30

API will be exhibiting at the 2014 Association of Old Crows (AOC) Symposium & Conference in Washington, DC October 7-9. At the show, API will showcase a wide range of electromagnetic spectrum solutions, including: Power Amplifiers, IMAs, IFMs, GPS LNAs, DFDs, and SAW Oscillators. Learn more by visiting the API team at booth #1009. See you in DC!

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6 Benefits of API Technologies' TPS75 Tactical Power Supply Solution

by Jaymie Murray 25. September 2014 11:58

Faced with growing demands from increasingly power-hungry, high tech devices, soldiers in the field often struggle to access the critical and reliable ower they need for these devices. API Technologies' TPS75, a 75 Amp commerical off-the-shelf (COTS) tactical power supply, provides these soldiers with the essential power and portability they need to satisfy mission requirements.

TPS75 Benefits:

  1. Supports the heavy power demands of applications such as RF and mobile networks and eliminates the need for tactical, vehicle-based power
  2. Allows vehicles to be deployed elsewhere while it distributes power to mission critical equipment from a generator or local shore/community power
  3. Decreases fuel consumption and wear and tear on vehicles by eliminating run time to support powering fielded special ops equipment
  4. By using generators with the TPS75, loud vehicles are not necessary for powering network equipment and can be turned off, allowing soldiers to work in a quieter, and at times, safer, environment. This also makes the TPS75 perfect for simulation and training environments
  5. Rugged design makes it the first of its kind to offer an integrated vehicle battery charger with an available roll cage and watertight construction, allowing it to function in harsh environments such as standing water, rain, and blowing sand
  6. Reduces the overall cost of ownership of military vehicles

To learn more about API's TSP75, contact our Sales Team or Request a Quote.

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INFOGRAPHIC: The Evolution of Secure Mobile Computing

by Jaymie Murray 16. September 2014 11:30

Secure mobile computing has changed dramatically over the last two decades. Technology has rapidly advanced from the slow cumbersome, and unweieldy devices of the 1990s to the powerful, ultra-secure, and highly portable laptops available today. The new SST Secured Venue Tablet is at the forefront of this advanced technology, combining the portability of a tablet with the ability to manage data to IL5/IL6 within the high performing Dell Venue 11 Pro Tablet.

 

 

Learn more about the Secured Venue Tablet and SST's other TEMPEST, rugged, and bespoke products at www.sst.ws

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Infographics | Secure Systems & Information Assurance

Retaining “Dominance in Electromagnetic Spectrum”

by Tara Condon 15. September 2014 16:09

I recently read Sydney J. Freedberg’s great piece in Breaking Defense discussing Alan Shaffer’s comments about loss of “dominance in electromagnetic spectrum.” There has also been much discussion about it in the Association of Old Crows (AOC) community, which will host its 2014 symposium and conference in D.C. early next month.

Chief among Mr. Shaffer’s concerns is a perceived loss of technical superiority. His concerns are well founded. Communication is omnipresent. Our reliance on communication technology – both within the defense and civilian spheres – continues to increase. Enemies, and even allies, are potentially outpacing us with more sophisticated, far less expensive solutions. The introduction of these disruptive technologies is a constant threat.

Mr. Shaffer advocates for the development of new and cost-effective technologies to combat enemy threats. Given the necessity of these solutions for protection and competitive advantage, it is difficult not to agree with his assessment. 

 

Providers of electromagnetic spectrum solutions work in a complex and ever-changing environment. Urban warfare has changed the EW (electronic warfare) landscape. Tighter system integration has added complexity. The increased role of electromagnetic spectrum solutions for cyber security protection and intelligence gathering has added a new dimension, as has the increased push for affordability. Furthermore, all of these technologies must work reliably and harmoniously within a crowded spectrum, with efficient use of power, in a compact space, in some of the world’s harshest environments. This is certainly a challenge. But, Americans do love a challenge

API Technologies has a unique perspective on electromagnetic spectrum solutions, given our footprint across RF/microwave, EMI, and security technologies, as well as our geographic presence across a number of allied countries. We are on the front lines of Electromagnetic Spectrum Operations (EMSO) solution development. I am pleased to say that even despite a difficult budget environment, innovation continues.

While progress is being made every day, our work is not done. What Mr. Shaffer’s comments certainly brought to light is the pressing need for greater focus on this increasingly critical piece of our defense strategy. It is my hope that others within the defense and government community have taken note. 

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

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INFOGRAPHIC: API's Microwave Product Applications in Military Aircraft

by Jaymie Murray 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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Infographics | RF/Microwave & Microelectronics

Summer 2014 Product Wrap Up

by Jaymie Murray 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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Electromagnetic Integrated Solutions (EIS) | RF/Microwave & Microelectronics

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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