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  • A Costa Rican plant for advanced component manufacturing
    26 Feb

    A Costa Rican plant for advanced component manufacturing

    • February 26, 2024

    The electronic system development supply chain that has become increasingly diverse and global, with components provided from various regions around the world. This comes with several challenges including variability in supply and demand, geopolitical tensions and unforeseen events that may lead to delays, increased costs and supply chain inefficiencies.

  • TSX Series
    05 Feb

    Making Sense of High-Reliability Radio Frequency (RF ) Components

    • By Dave Raymond
    • February 05, 2024

    HR TSX Series represents a significant leap forward in the realm of high-frequency surface mount chip attenuators. Its combination of small form factor, robust construction, and versatile performance make it an attractive choice for space and defense applications.

  • Fixed Attenuators for Space and Defense Applications: Ensuring Reliability and Durability
    10 Oct

    Fixed Attenuators: Ensuring Reliability and Durability

    • By Dave Raymond
    • October 10, 2023

    In the realms of space exploration and defense technology, electronic components play a pivotal role in ensuring mission success and national security. Among these components, fixed attenuators stand out as essential tools for signal management, maintaining the integrity of electronic systems amidst the most challenging environments

  • Dundee site qualification and test laboratory general purpose test area.
    08 May

    One-stop-shop laboratory replicates deep space environment

    • May 08, 2023

    Space flight hardware is exposed to severe shock, vibration, thermal variations and electromagnetic environments that start with launch and continue throughout its operational lifetime. Environmental tests expose the hardware to these environments in a simulation laboratory to validate the design, screen for manufacturing defects and ensure the reliability and survivability of flight hardware.

  • Miniature Coaxial Isolators and Circulators
    03 Apr

    Miniature Coaxial Isolators and Circulators

    • April 03, 2023

    A coaxial circulator is a passive, non-reciprocal three-port device that allows microwave or radio-frequency signal to exit through the port directly after the one it entered. An isolator is a two-port device that transmits microwave or radio frequency power in one direction only, while the other direction is blocked. Isolators can be considered as a special case of circulators and are made by suitably terminating one port of the circulator ports.

  • L Series Connectors
    20 Oct

    Customizable modular connectors for demanding therapeutic devices

    • October 20, 2022

    Modern therapeutic systems for the treatment of weight loss for both health and aesthetic purposes are evolving to help people live a better life. To achieve the necessary results, medical devices need to ensure long-lasting, constant and high-level performance with reliable components able to support harsh conditions.

  • LightCONEX®
    10 Oct

    The next step in optical interconnectivity for the defense industry

    • By Arlen Martin and Jon Lundberg
    • October 10, 2022

    Optical interconnectivity has a significant impact on the defense industry. Not only does it allow greater amounts of data to be passed over longer distances, but it also minimizes SWaP (size, weight, and power) relative to copper alternatives. In fact, cabling weight can be reduced more than 90% with no interference and carry high-speed data 15 to 20 times further.

  • TSX Attenuators
    23 Aug

    Small but mighty: How attenuators benefit defense and space industries

    • By Dave Raymond and Tim Meehan
    • August 23, 2022

    Current space and defense industries are putting pressure on electronic manufacturers to deliver high performance with smaller form factor. For applications in these industries, from radios to drones and satellites, miniaturizing components such as RF chip attenuators with broad frequency ranges is becoming critical for developing technology and meeting the challenging demands of defense and space applications.

  • One World Web Coverage
    02 Feb

    The Internet of Space and radiation resistant transceivers

    • February 02, 2021

    The explosion of worldwide communications over the past 25 years has led to the pervasive use of mobile and land communications equipment with an abundance of platforms, applications, and devices all driving the growth of many of the largest businesses in the world. There is no doubt that this trend will continue through the Internet of Things (IoT), and the arrival of the 5G technology along with improvements to the underlying network infrastructure. However, the next, ‘Small Step’ for man in terms of ubiquitous communications will be the ‘Giant Leap’ into the Internet of Space.

  • Space Missions
    03 Jun

    Expanding the Frontier

    • By Roberta Rebora
    • June 03, 2020

    As Space Missions evolve, so do Smiths Interconnect’s light and compact connectivity solutions.

  • BGA electrical interface
    03 Jun

    Understanding the Test Criteria of Optical Fiber Transceivers Used in Space

    • By Jocelyn “Justin” Lauzon,
    • June 03, 2019

    In space, high performance components must be able to deliver reliably in the punishing environment. It is optical transceivers that drive transmissions, converting signals to and from a copper-resident format. Fiber optics communications provide high bandwidth and low latency signaling. Signal transmissions through fiber optic cables (FOCs) provide immunity to EM/RFI interference, crosstalk, and voltage level surges. Fiber optics’ accuracy and reliability exceeds traditional cabling. Covering 1,000 feet requires four pounds of FOC versus 39 pounds of copper wiring, and fiber optics also consume less energy than copper. To convert electrical signals from circuitries with copper output to fiber optics, optical fiber transceivers are usually required.

  • Space Flare
    23 Sep

    Optical Interconnect Design Challenges in Space

    • By Guillaume Blanchette, David Rolston
    • September 23, 2018

    Aeronautical applications face many design challenges that are unique to their intended environment. The best practices for optical interconnect design for space applications include the use of radiation-resistant technology to defend against space radiation, the use of components and devices that are designed to operate in harsh environments, and meeting size, weight, and power (SWaP) and long-term reliability requirements. Finally, it is recommended to follow open standards like VPX and to look for solutions that comply with MIL and quality standards.