Power Amps Week: Did You Know... Power Amps Will Soon Help Keep Troops Connected?

by Jaymie Murray 20. January 2016 14:06

Learn more about Power Amps and their wireless applications at micro.apitech.com/high-power-amplifiers

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RF/Microwave & Microelectronics

Power Amps Week: Did You Know... Power Amps Help Keep Soldiers Safe?

by Jaymie Murray 20. January 2016 10:35

Learn more about Power Amps and their tactical applications at micro.apitech.com/high-power-amplifiers

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RF/Microwave & Microelectronics

How Do Vehicle Collision Avoidance Systems Work?

by Jaymie Murray 11. January 2016 14:32

Imagine that you’re slowly making your way down a dark highway as your wipers struggle to keep up with the downpour that is assaulting your windshield. As you squint to make out the yellow lines painted on the road, a car traveling next to you suddenly changes into your lane and cuts you off. Before you have time to react and hit the brakes, your car automatically slows down, avoiding a serious accident.

This is a common scenario with newer cars fitted with pre-collision avoidance systems. These active safety systems use Doppler radar to detect objects that come into a vehicle’s path, triggering the brakes before impact. Typically, a radar detector is placed towards the front of a vehicle, such as within the grill. This detector sends out high frequency waves and then interprets the signals that bounce back, which would indicate object location, speed, and the direction it is traveling.

In order for the system to process all of this information and take action in a matter of milliseconds, a delay needs to be introduced. Linear Surface Acoustic Wave (SAW) delay lines are typically used in collision avoidance systems because they are smaller and less expensive than other delay line options. SAW delay lines used in collision avoidance systems operate across public frequency bands, and system designers would typically down mix the radar frequencies in order to process them through one channel with a constant delay.

This gives the system all of the information it needs to determine if a collision is imminent, and allows it to respond by automatically deploying the brakes, tensing seatbelts, or taking other safety precautions rapidly enough to avoid impact. 

A version of this post first appeared on Wireless Design & Development

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Infographics | RF/Microwave & Microelectronics

INFOGRAPHIC: What is TEMPEST?

by Jaymie Murray 6. January 2016 08:17

In commemoration of the upcoming Data Privacy & Protection Day on January 28th, the API blog will be highlighting our Secure Systems & Information Assurance products and capabilities. First we will explore TEMPEST... its history, how it impacts secure government and military data, and how the SST range of TEMPEST products can mitigate threats. To learn more about TEMPEST products and solutions, including thin clientsnotebooks, plugin filters, affordable monitors and computers, and more, visit sst.ws.

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Infographics | Secure Systems & Information Assurance

API Technologies' Most Popular Blog Posts of 2015

by Jaymie Murray 23. December 2015 10:55

2015 was a banner year for API's blog. 56 posts covered everything from advanced ceramics to delay lines to cyber security, garnering thousands of views and hundreds of likes. Here are API's top 6 most popular blog posts of the year:

6. Introducing Delay Lines Week

API’s extensive catalogue of delay lines offer a range of semi-standard and customizable topologies that feature wide bandwidths and low insertion loss. Our BAW (Bulk Acoustic Wave), SAW (Surface Acoustic Wave), Lumped Constant, Steel Dispersive, and Coaxial - High Frequency delay lines are available in a variety of package sizes and interface options, ensuring that our customers will get the best solution for their individual needs. All this week, we will be exploring the many features and applications of our delay lines and what they can offer to customers that require both high performance as well as high reliability. 

5. API's Filter Mitigates BAS Interference for Major Telecom Company

Over the years, API Technologies has built a solid reputation among wireless service providers by solving even the most challenging interference issues. API's range of filter designs for the telecomindustry offer a host of customizable topologies and models that can be modified and adapted to meet the specific needs of the customer. One such customer, a major telecom company, struggled with significant and persistent issues concerning Broadcast Auxiliary Service (BAS) interference in Electronic News Gathering (ENG) trucks. After several other companies tried and failed to rectify the situation, the telecom company engaged API Technologies. The result? Find out in this case study.

4. Ceramics Week: API Helps Save Lives with Custom Engineered Ceramic Assemblies

API Technologies has re-engaged with a leader in medical device manufacturing by supplying ceramic assemblies for the next generation of pacemaker designs for their internal defibrillator program.  Through a solid development program and our previous experience with the medical device pioneer, API’s EIS group will support the program with their custom engineered solutions to be included in their devices.  The integrated planar housing assembly will be a crucial component in the overall design and these new pacemakers will save lives!  API is extremely proud of this development and will continue to keep pace with the industry and its advancements and look forward to being a key element in the future of medical applications. 

3. Delay Lines Week Meet the Team: Mike Schweyer, SAW Product Line Manager

As the SAW (Surface Acoustic Wave) Product Line Manager at API's Marlborough, MA facility, Mike Schweyer works directly with customers to find the best SAW Delay Line solution to fit their needs. API offers a variety of SAW Delay Line bandwidths, frequencies, packaging, and substrates, which ensures that customers get a solution that meets their exact requirements.

2. Introducing Commercial Wireless Solutions Week

With mobile broadband capacity and coverage demands continually on the rise, due to the pervasive adoption of smartphones, tablets, and other technologies made possible by the wireless spectrum, more and more users are requiring 24/7 access to data when they want it and wherever they want it. Yet, as more people become equipped with wireless devices, congestion across available communications frequencies increases, while signal performance decreases. 

1. Meet Rebecca McCarron, Product Line Manager, RF, Microwave & Microelectronics

Rebecca McCarron is the Product Line Manager at API Technologies’ Nashua, NH facility. The Nashua facility is home to many of API’s Electronic Warfare (EW) solutions like multiplexersDFDs & IFMs, as well as passive components such as phase shiftersrotary joints, and switches

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API Technologies' Secure Systems & Information Assurance: 2015 Year in Review

by Jaymie Murray 15. December 2015 09:43

2015 was a busy year for API's Secure Systems & Information Assurance (SSIA) lines, which includes the SST and Emcon brands. Several new TEMPEST products made their debut this year, broadening our roster of highly secure communications offerings. 

Emcon TEMPEST Brother Colour MFC-9340CDW Printer, Scanner & Fax

Emcon’s Secure TEMPEST version of the Brother MFC-9340cdw is the perfect choice for today’s multipurpose office. This fast, reliable digital colour All-in-One with duplex (2-sided) printing incorporates the time-saving addition of single-pass duplex scanning.

 

Emcon Two and Four Port TEMPEST Level I DVI DeskSavers

Both the two and four port DVI DeskSaver models from Emcon provide the highest possible port-to-port isolation (through the use of unidirectional data diodes) between two or four connected computers. They are ideally suited for any office environment looking to conserve space and maximize productivity, such as those outlined in the Government of Canada’s dynamic Workplace 2.0 Initiative, while maintaining the highest level of security. Several cable options are available for easy configuration management.

 

SST Secure Data Hub

The SST Secure Data Hub is a portable encryption unit designed to facilitate secure communications. It's ease of transport makes the Secure Data Hub an ideal choice for mobile office settings. The Secure Data Hub encrypts and securely transmits sensitive and classified information for up to four connected devices, including tablets and laptops.

SST Cisco VoIP Telephone

The ST7965TF is ideal where a feature-rich colour display VoIP telephone is required for TEMPEST environments. Based on the Cisco 7965G, the SST TEMPEST VoIP telephone augments the advanced OEM with security features such as onboard fibre Ethernet and push to talk functionality on the handset. The large colour display and intuitive navigation combine toprovide an enhanced user experience. The ST7965TF supports SIP and SCCP signalling protocols with additional security features. The G.722 codec and wideband functionality combine to provide greater voice clarity andintelligibility with reduced listener fatigue, without increasing bandwidth requirement. This TEMPEST VoIP telephone combines industry leading Cisco technology supporting multiple QoS and VLAN options and media encryption capabilities with the proven engineering, integration, and compliance capabilities of SST.

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[VIDEO] Ceramics Week: API Technologies SMPS Ceramic Capacitors

by Jaymie Murray 19. November 2015 10:07

API Technologies’ line of MIL-PRF-49470 qualified and DSCC 87106 certified Switch Mode Power Supply capacitors are designed to provide superior performance in high frequency switching applications. These capacitors are ideal for high energy density products found in both military and commercial markets.

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Electromagnetic Integrated Solutions (EIS)

Ceramics Week: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About API's Tubular, Discoidial and Planar Ceramic Capacitors

by Jaymie Murray 17. November 2015 11:27

 

 

Discoidial Capacitors

Discoidal feed-through ceramic capacitors are the building blocks of the EMI filter industry. API Technologies discoidial capacitors provide great versatility in meeting varied voltage, capacitance and dimensional requirements. Our non-polar, multi-layer capacitors are small, reliable and high in dielectric strength. Operational temperatures of –55°C to +125°C are achieved with no voltage de-rating. The versatile nature of our discoidals makes them ideally suited for by-pass and filtering applications. Due to their low inductance construction, these capacitors perform extremely well in high frequency applications. The circular geometry of a discoidal feed-through capacitor offers many paths to ground, resulting in lower impedance and better filtering performance. The low profile and rugged design of our discoidal capacitors offer an excellent alternative to ceramic tubes.

 

Planar Ceramic Capacitors

API Technologies designs and manufactures a wide range of Planar Array Capacitors for EMI filtering. Built using over 25 years expertise in multi-layer ceramic capacitor manufacturing, planar capacitors offer many advantages over stand-alone chip, discoidal or tubular capacitors: low profile, compact, quick assembly time. Various custom and industry standard geometries are available. Designs can incorporate multiple capacitance values, feed-thru holes and ground holes. With a combination of versatility and function, planar ceramic capacitors are quickly becoming the new standard in filtered connectors used in EMI suppression applications.

 

 

Tubular Ceramic Capacitors

API Technologies manufactures a wide variety of tubular ceramic capacitors, which are small in size, lightweight, non-polar and offer high dielectric strength. Operating temperatures of –55°C to +125°C are achieved with no voltage de-rating. All ceramic capacitors are fired to produce true monolithic structures, which are impervious to moisture and contamination. Outer terminations feature a nickel barrier and a final metal layer, typically silver.

We offer many variations of tubular capacitors to fit your custom application:

  • Various OD, ID and length configurations
  • Square tubes for surface mount applications
  • Lapped feed-thru capacitors
  • Custom style capability

 

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Electromagnetic Integrated Solutions (EIS)

Ceramics Week: API's Ceramic Capabilities

by Jaymie Murray 17. November 2015 09:24

API Technologies has been making ceramic capacitors in the USA for nearly 50 years. During those five decades, API has established itself as a leading designer and manufacturer of high reliability advanced ceramics, producing over 20 million pieces per year. Our engineering team, comprised of ceramics manufacturing industry experts, combine with sophisticated research and development practices to create high quality advanced ceramics

Ceramic Capabilities High-reliability ceramics, made in America Capacitance Body profiles Materials Range NPO, X7R, Z5U, Y5V (BX, BR, and BQ Ratings) Planar Tube (Solid Wall and Embedded Electrodes) SMPS Capacitors Discoidal 0pF – 30uF API's ceramics are made in a 275,000 sq. ft. facility located in State College, PA Did you know? API Technologies has been making ceramic capacitors in the USA since 1968? Did you know? API Technologies produces 20 MILLION ceramic pieces each year? Did you know? State College facility is in close proximity to Penn State University, world renown for materials research and development Engineering Team with well-rounded knowledge gained through direct industry experience, both internally and externally, in ceramic manufacturing Electron Microscopes Variable pressure scanning electron microscope for structural analysis X-Ray Energy dispersive xray spectroscopy for elemental analysis Metallographic Microscopes Low and high optical metallographic microscopes for product examination Thermal Gravimetric analysis for material development Particle Size distribution and surface area analysis equipment for dispersion and milling development Contact Us: For more information on our State College facility and our ceramics capabilities, visit: eisSales@apitech.com +1 (814) 474-1571 eis.apitech.com/ceramics_capabilities.asp

Explore our ceramic capabilities, then contact us to learn more. 

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Electromagnetic Integrated Solutions (EIS) | Infographics

Introducing Ceramics Week 2015

by Jaymie Murray 16. November 2015 09:48

API Technologies' extensive line of standard and custom ceramic capacitors can be used for a wide variety of applications, including EMI/RFI suppression filters, medical implantable devices, commercial, power supplies and converters, as well as for military applications as many of these ceramics are Mil-PRF-49470 qualified, and made to DSCC 87106 standards. Keep following the blog all this week to learn more about API's Ceramics offerings and capabilities. 

Ceramic Capacitors Expertise Custom API offers many variations of discoidal, tubular and array capacitors to fit custom applications: • Various OD, ID, thickness and length configurations • Pressed discoidals with surface printed terminals • Miniature discoidals down to .059 OD • Planar Arrays • Custom style capability • High voltage up to 1000 VDC • High temperature up to 200°C • Square tubes for surface mount applications • Lapped feed through capacitors • High Pulse Capacitors Ceramics SWITCH MODE POWER SUPPLY (SMPS) CERAMIC CAPACITORS High speed Switch Mode Power Supply (SMPS) Ceramic Capacitors have the following characteristics when compared to other capacitive elements: Lower Equivalent Series Resistance (ESR) Lower Equivalent Series Inductance (ESL) Lower ripple voltage and less self heating API Technologies’ high reliability/military grade SMPS Ceramic Capacitors are designed to provide superior performance in high frequency switch mode power supply applications. These capacitors are ideal for bulk capacitance and pulsing applications and are available in a range of different footprints and mounting configurations. Mil-PRF-49470 qualified, DSCC 87106 and custom products available. PLANAR CERAMIC CAPACITORS Unparalleled electrical performance & reliability Fast prototyping & short product lead times 100% electrical & dimensional testing of critical parameters Custom packaging to suit end user needs API designs and manufactures a wide range of Planar Array Capacitors for EMI filtering. Built using over 25 years expertise in multi-layer ceramic capacitor manufacturing, planar capacitors offer many advantages over stand-alone chip, discoidal or tubular capacitors: low profile, compact, quick assembly time. Various custom and industry standard geometries are available. Designs can incorporate multiple capacitance values, feed-thru holes and ground holes. With a combination of versatility and function, planar ceramic capacitors are quickly becoming the new standard in filtered connectors used in EMI suppression applications. DISCOIDAL CERAMIC CAPACITORS Discoidal feed-through ceramic capacitors are the building blocks of the EMI filter industry. API Technologies discoidal capacitors provide great versatility in meeting varied voltage, capacitance and dimensional requirements. Our non-polar, multilayer capacitors are small, reliable and high in dielectric strength. Operational temperatures of –55°C to +125°C are achieved with no voltage de-rating. Low Profile, Rugged Design Excellent high frequency performance Low profile design Rugged construction Low impedance, many paths to ground Low inductance, non-polar AC applications up to 240V DC applications up to 500V -55°C to +125°C operation TUBULAR CERAMIC CAPACITORS Ideal for multi-pin connector applications High ratio of capacitance to volume Low inductance, non-polar Impervious to moisture & contamination -55°C to +125°C operation API manufactures a wide variety of tubular ceramic capacitors, which are small in size, lightweight, non-polar and offer high dielectric strength. Operating temperatures of –5°C to +125°C are achieved with no voltage de-rating. All ceramic capacitors are fired to produce true monolithic structures, which are impervious to moisture and contamination. Outer terminations feature a nickel barrier and a final metal layer, typically silver. eis.apitech.com/ceramic-capacitors

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