Power Amps Week: Power Amplifier Technology Comparison

by Allison Goss 19. January 2016 09:34

API utilizes several different semiconductor technologies like GaN, GaAs, MESFET and LDMOS in its power amplifier modules, drivers, and subsystems. With this expertise, coupled with competencies in chip & wire technology, thin and thick film fabrication, and SMT manufacturing. our engineers are able to create a reliable, compact, and lightweight power amplifier solution that is unique and specific to customer requirements. 

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Introducing Power Amps Week

by Allison Goss 18. January 2016 09:29

API Technologies is a leading manufacturer of high performance RF and microwave GaN, GaAs, MESFET, E-pHEMT, LDMOS, Class A, Class AB, Class C, broadband, hybrid, fully-modifiable power amplifier modules, drivers, and subsystems. Used in both military and commercial applications, API’s diverse line up of power amplifiers includes broadband models covering DC to 26 GHz. Using advanced semiconductor technologies for broader bandwidths, along with proprietary design techniques, API’s power amplifier solutions deliver exceptional performance up to 1,000 watts. 

Stop back all week long to learn more about API’s RF/Microwave Power Amplifier capabilities and solutions.

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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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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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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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Video: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about API Technologies’ Filtered Circular Connectors

by Amy Brown 16. December 2015 10:25

API Technologies offers a premium line of custom and specialty filtered circular connectors completely intermateable with MIL-DTL-38999 Series III.  These custom, high reliability, circular connectors have proven reputation for superior quality and performance.  In addition, we can accommodate your quick-turn schedule for prototyping by adding API design and manufactured planar or tubular ceramic capacitor filtering into the rear of a standard connector.  Check out these connectors and other product offering such as EMI Low Pass Filters and EMI Filtered Arrays by visiting our recently updated Electromagnetic Integrated Solutions website:  http://eis.apitech.com

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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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API Technologies' RF, Microwave & Microelectronics: 2015 Year in Review

by Allison Goss 14. December 2015 09:50

API Technologies'  RF, Microwave & Microelectronics (RF2M) group launched several successful products in 2015. In case you missed any of these product launches, this video provides a quick summary of our accomplishments. The RF2M-US and RF2M-UK businesses continue to be market leaders in developing high performance components, systems, and sub-systems for military, space and commercial applications.

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API's New COTS Filtered GPS LNAs Part Number Builder

by Allison Goss 8. December 2015 09:44

API Technologies has released a new online part number builder for its COTS Filtered GPS LNA products. These standard, off-the-shelf modules can be configured to meet most system needs. The part number builder allows design engineers to customize a COTS Filtered GPS LNA on API’s website by selecting specifications such as band, gain, output, bias, and interface. Available in low order quantities with a short lead time, this product is designed to amplify GPS signals by filtering out interferences.

Configure a COTS Filtered GPS LNA or contact us.

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[VIDEO]: API Technologies' Integrated Microwave Assembly (IMA) Solutions

by Allison Goss 30. November 2015 14:06

API Technologies' high performance Integrated Microwave Assemblies (IMAs) feature our own award winning amplifier, filter, mixer and switch components. With expertise in disciplines from component optimization, to system integration and design utilization, API offers advanced solutions for today’s defense and commercial system applications. API’s multi-function assemblies are designed to enhance and improve system performance in some of the most complex microwave systems in the industry.

Learn more about API’s IMA capabilities

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