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04 Aug 14. API Technologies Corp. announced the launch of configurable frequency synthesizers (Models LCFS-X), the newest addition to the Company’s line of standard RF/microwave products. Offering superior phase noise performance as low as -92 dBc/Hz at 100 kHz offset, the synthesizers are ideally suited for a variety of applications including SIGINT /electronic warfare (EW), SATCOM, Doppler radar, and telecommunication systems. The compact surface mount packaging and affordable price point make these synthesizers an ideal solution for unmanned systems applications. Available with full octave coverage from 275 MHz to 6 GHz and fractional bandwidths to 10 GHz, the new line of customizable frequency synthesizers offers a standard internal reference. Three additional outputs are available at either the fundamental or divided oscillator frequency with up to +13 dBm output power. No user programming is required for customized features.
06 Aug 14. BlackBerry’s New Service Wins Key Clearance from U.S. Defense Agency. BlackBerry Ltd said on Wednesday its Android and iOS device-management service has won a key security clearance from the U.S. Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA). The company said the DISA clearance will allow its customers in various U.S. Department of Defense agencies to begin to use its BlackBerry Enterprise Service (BES) 10 system to manage and secure devices powered by Google Inc’s Android operating system and Apple Inc’s iOS software. BlackBerry launched the service to manage rival devices on its BES system a year ago, as part of a move to help it sell high-margin services to its large clients even if many, or all, their workers use smartphones made by competitors.
05 Aug 14. Analog Devices, Inc. released the industry’s first software-defined radio (SDR) rapid prototyping kit with dual 2 x 2 AD9361 RF transceivers to simplify and rapidly prototype 4 x 4 multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) wireless transceiver applications on the Xilinx® Zynq®-7000 All Programmable SoC development platforms. The AD-FMCOMMS5-EBZ rapid prototyping kit provides a hardware/software ecosystem solution addressing the challenges of SDR transceiver synchronization experienced by RF and analog designers when implementing systems using MIMO architectures. The AD-FMCOMMS5-EBZ rapid prototyping kit includes: an FPGA mezzanine card (FMC) featuring two of Analog Devices’ award-winning AD9361 2 x 2 RF Transceivers and support circuitry, reference designs, design and simulation tools for MathWorks, HDL (hardware description language) code, device drivers for Zynq-7000 All Programmable SoCs and online support at ADI’s EngineerZone for rapid prototyping to reduce development time and risk. The AD-FMCOMMS5-EBZ rapid prototyping kit is the fifth SDR rapid prototyping kit ADI has introduced in the last year to help customers address the global SDR market that is expected to double to $28bn by 2020*. SDR MIMO applications range from defense electronics and RF instrumentation to communications infrastructure and include active antennas, transmit beamforming, receive angle of arrival systems and open-source SDR development projects. The AD9361 operates over a frequency range of 70 MHz to 6 GHz. It is a complete radio design that combines multiple functions, including an RF front end, mixed-signal baseband section, frequency synthesizers, two analog-to-digital converters and two direct conversion receivers in a single chip. The AD9361 supports channel bandwidth from less than 200 kHz to 56 MHz, and is highly programmable, offering the widest dynamic range available in the market today with state-of-the-art noise figure and linearity.
Design and Simulation Tools for ADI RF Transceivers
SimRF™ by MathWorks provides a simulation engine for designing RF systems and includes models