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Coaxial Adapters in Demand

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Inter and intra series coaxial adapters and wave guide-to-coaxial adapters are some of the more common components used in RF, microwave and wireless applications. OEM’s and manufacuturing and engineering test facilities are continually required to provide temporary or permanent connections between the many coaxial and waveguide series in use. This is particularly true today where long established connector series (N, TNC, BNC, 8874, 900, SMA,e tc.,) must be mated with interfaces introduced later (3.5mm, 7/16 DIN, SSMB, SSMC, MCX, 7mm, etc.).

Recognizing this need, Coaxial Components Corp maintains a large inventory of MIDISCO and Microwave Distributors components. Some of the most common and some not so common inter and intra series coaxial and coaxial-to-wave guide adapters are available. We can also supply wave guide transitions in standard and double ridge configurations. If you have a requirement not shown in the catalog or our cross referencing tool, simply request engineering assistance through our website or call 772-287-5000.

The user should bear in mind that for best performance, the usable frequency for a given adapter is established by the operating range of the lower frequency interface on the adapter. As a guideline, a table is provided below to summarize the recommended frequency range of the more common coaxial interfaces. These guidelines represent the range for optimum performance. Most adapters are usable at higher frequencies with limitations.

Coaxicom manufactures standard and precision adapters. Standard adapters are usable to frequencies less than 12 GHz for N and TNC, or up to the recommended frequency range for the other series. Precision adapters use an “X” prefix for the part number and feature stainless steel construction for a more precise interface and an extended frequency range for the N and TNC series. In the case of precision N, TNC or SMAs interfaced with lower frequency series (ie: XBM-SM, XNF-BM etc.), the precise construction and stepped internal transition yields improved performance beyond the normal operating range of the lower frequency series.

Expanded InStock inventory of RF Electronics

STUART, FLORIDA – In Q4 2018, Coaxial Components Corp began its quest to substantially grow its market share of the global RF electronics industry. The 30-year old company was purchased by its long-term executive team along through its new partnership with HaasTech Capital. The acquisition also included the assets of Microwave Distributors Company and MIDISCO, two industry leading distributors once owned by Coaxicom’s founder who bundled the assets into the transaction.

Since the December acquisition, the company has secured contracts with a key supplier to major telecom companies in their race to develop a nationwide 5G wireless network. The company’s growth plan also includes increased revenue from the availability of the MDC and MIDISCO inventory, leading to the expansion of the company’s Florida operations.

RF Engineering Consultant

David House, Senior Engineering Consultant, Coaxial Components Corp

Electrical engineer David House, joined the Coaxial Components Corp from his most recent post at Elon Musk’s Tesla Energy and Transportation Group. “David’s expertise in engineering will enable us to provide our customers with engineering solutions and product knowledge at the highest level possible,” says Donna Haas, Owner & Managing Director. “He will interface with project engineers at all phases of RF design”.

Scott Arensman relocated to the South Florida Coaxicom division, bringing with him a wealth of corporate sales experience. Haas adds, “Scott brings 30 years of consultative sales experience in working with engineer and design teams. Coaxicom will continue to recruit and retain top industry talent to competitively create value in our customers RF system designs and supply chain challenges.”

According to the Wall Street Journal’s MarketWatch Report from March 13th, the worldwide market for RF Coax Connector is expected to grow at a CAGR of roughly 5.4% over the next five years. The growth will reach 4940 million US$ in 2024, rising from 3610 million US$ in 2019.

RF Sales Executive Scott Arensman

Scott Arensman, Sales Executive, Coaxial Components Corp

Coaxial Components Corp’s Coaxicom brand provides the company a competitive edge providing flexibility for quicker turnaround times, higher quality and custom design capabilities. Coaxicom offers US manufacturing of its high precision line of coaxial cable assemblies, rf connectors, adapters, BNC connectors, and other electronic components. The company’s acquisition of the vast Microwave Distributors and MIDISCO inventory makes Coaxial Components Corp a one-stop resource for a wide range of parts from a variety of manufacturers over the past 55 years. Research and cross reference tools are available at the Coaxicom.com.

Coaxicom Ownership

LEIMAN SELLS COAXIAL COMPONENTS CORP. TO TOP EXECUTIVE

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STUART –   After 55 years in the precision RF connector business, North Palm Beach’s David Leiman announced the sale of Coaxial Components Corp and its affiliated companies on Friday, December 7th. The sale of the privately held global manufacturer based in Martin County completed the transition of leadership to Managing Director Julian Andrews, who has been with the firm since 1989 and has been overseeing daily operations for the past 8 years.  

New owners, Laurie Andrews of Jensen Beach and Donna Haas of Stuart, announced the acquisition of the firm, which also included the assets of three additional affiliated companies previously based in New York and Florida. As a result of the transaction, Leiman resigned from his position of President, ending a prestigious career of nearly 60 years. Leiman, who has been recognized as an industry icon, was pleased to see the company’s legacy continue to evolve as a woman-owned entity. The company offers one of the largest inventories of military grade electronic components due to the merge of Coaxicom, Dal-Tech Devices, Microwave Distributors Company and MIDISCO.

“The demand is high for quality US manufacturing in this competitive industry that has been inundated with low-quality imports over the past decade,” says Andrews.  “The focus on American-made quality has been a top priority for supply chain managers and many of today’s top defense industry contractors.” Andrews previously served as the Director of Operations for Coaxicom.

As CFO Donnas Haas of Haas Tech Capital will bring new financial leadership to the company which has generated revenues in excess of $20 million.  Haas will implement an innovative growth plan, designed to take advantage of the strong manufacturing outlook, while developing new markets for the industry-leading Coaxicom and MIDISCO brands.  Under Haas’ stewardship, Coaxial Components Corp will reposition its sales strategy to focus on capturing greater market share of the rising demand for quick delivery, US-manufactured product lines. “I look forward to working with the team to continue to expand Coaxicom’s global position,” says Haas.

Coaxial Components Corp headquarters in Stuart is also the manufacturing center for development of Coaxicom’s broad spectrum of precision connectors, inter & intra series adapters; RF connectors; attenuators; terminations; phase adjusters; torque wrenches and cable assemblies. Coaxicom received the Import Excellence award from the Martin County Business Development Board in 2013.  Yale University researchers have also applauded the company’s development of a series of non-magnetic connectors utilized by the medical industry for MRI imaging.


Coaxicom proudly serves Customers in industries including the US military, automotive, medical, instrumentation, aerospace, defense, telecom, wireless, alternative energy and more. Coaxicom is committed to providing outstanding service, value and quality with made in the USA RF Connectors and a full menu of other precision components for over 30-years.

Coaxicom delivers the quality and reliability our customers demand including Military specifications MIL-PRF 39012, MIL-A 55339, MIL-C-83517, and MIL-STD-348 as applicable.

Quantum Computing

Light the Way to Quantum Computing.

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Since the 1980s, researchers have been chasing after the quantum computer. Such a computer, they believe, could transform the task of information processing by handling data in novel, unprecedented ways. Whereas current computers can only process bits that occupy one of two states (0 or 1), one promising implementation of the quantum computer would rely on arrays of atoms in quantum states, called qubits.
Thanks to the strange nature of the quantum realm, qubits can occupy both the 0 and 1 states simultaneously and can also be entangled with, and thus closely influenced by, one another. Researchers are just beginning to explore the potential processing power that these qubits could unlock.

 

Yet, the quantum computer has always remained just out of reach because of various fabrication difficulties. For example, researchers are able to manipulate only a small number of qubits — on a scale of tens — as opposed to the required thousands or millions.

“Across all the groups in the world that are working on quantum computing, no one has developed a way to control a very large number of qubits such that you can use them to perform an actual computation of interest,” said Jeremy Sage, a member of the technical staff in Lincoln Laboratory’s Quantum Information and Integrated Nanosystems Group. “We can’t yet do anything that is both practical and better than what a classical computer can do.”

 

Sage and John Chiaverini, a senior staff member in Sage’s group, lead a team that is pursuing scalability by merging photonic integrated circuits (PICs) with a quantum computing method based on charged atoms, or ions, trapped above the surface of a chip. In 2016, in collaboration with MIT, the team demonstrated that PICs could be used to effectively manipulate the quantum states of ions by performing quantum gates. A quantum gate is the quantum version of a logic gate, which processes information by producing output bits (or qubits) based on inputs and a simple set of logical rules. The Laboratory team’s most recent milestone represents a breakthrough in the precise delivery of light from lasers to the trapped ions by significantly extending the range of wavelengths over which the PICs operate.

 

“We use lasers to rip off electrons, cool the ions down, and perform quantum gates,” Sage said. These changes to the ions that the lasers bring about are what would power the quantum computer. The ions that the team chose to use for their research are strontium and calcium, which react to specific wavelengths of light. “It turns out we need about 12 different laser colors that range from the near-ultraviolet to the near-infrared,” Sage added.

At the moment, most researchers shine lasers through windows in vacuum chambers to

strike the ions, but this approach leaves a lot of room for error. While it’s possible to hit a few individual ions precisely, scaling to the millions introduces a high probability of hitting the wrong one.

 

“What we’re trying to do is deliver the light in a different way by integrating the required light-delivery optics into the chip itself,” Sage explained.

 

“Our PICs distribute the light from several input lasers to an array of trapped ions,” said Paul Juodawlkis, assistant leader of the Quantum Information and Integrated Nanosystems Group, who leads the integrated photonics projects at the Laboratory. “At each trapped-ion site, we use devices called vertical grating couplers to redirect the laser light out of the PIC and focus it on an individual trapped ion.”

The vertical grating couplers are periodic structures that shoot light up and out of the chip, directly aiming it at and focusing it on the trapped ion, ensuring accuracy and mitigating the risk of hitting nearby ions.
The vertical grating couplers are periodic structures that shoot light up and out of the chip, directly aiming it at and focusing it on the trapped ion, ensuring accuracy and mitigating the risk of hitting nearby ions.

 

Instead of shining lasers through windows, the Laboratory team uses an optical input that is plugged into the chip. The input sends the lasers through the chip to the ion of interest via paths called waveguides that are specific to each wavelength of light. When the light has reached the area on the chip that correlates with the targeted ion, it emerges through the vertical grating coupler out of the chip and triggers the ion to change states.

The PIC technology needed to create this type of chip is already used extensively in the world of tele- and data communications. Yet these PICs are traditionally made of silicon, which absorbs the wavelengths of light required to manipulate the ions rather than allowing them to propagate through the chip.

 

Therefore, the research team developed alternate materials: silicon nitride and alumina. This year, they demonstrated a low propagation loss, meaning a small diminishment of the light as it is sent through the chip to meet an ion, while delivering light across a wide spectrum, from the near ultraviolet to the near infrared. The team’s work is the first-ever successful demonstration of a low-loss integrated photonics platform with light delivery over such a spectrum.

“We also demonstrated that the [vertical] gratings do indeed work,” said Suraj Bramhavar, another researcher on the team. “We are now working on ways to make these gratings more efficient so that more of the light we inject into the waveguide will reach the ion.”

 

“I think the ion-trapping field outside of the Laboratory is paying very close attention to what we’re doing here,” Sage said. “We are one of the leaders in this effort.”The Laboratory is uniquely capable of realizing this chip because of its expertise in integrated photonics and quantum computing, and the fabrication capabilities of its Microelectronics Laboratory.

 

The research team will continue working on refining the chip design and fabrication process.”There are a number of challenges that need to be addressed before a large-scale, useful quantumcomputer can be realized,” Juodawlkis said. “Estimates of when useful quantum computing will be available range from 10 to 20 years. An increasing number of groups around the world are working to solve the scientific and engineering challenges, and good progress is being made.”(July 9, 2018,/www.ll.mit.edu, Anne McGovern | Technical Communications Group)


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And while delivery speed is important, quality is the driving force.

Coaxicom components go through quality control review not just at the end but throughout the manufacturing process. This multi-tier inspection check maintains  consistent quality and product integrity that meets Military specifications MIL-PRF 39012, MIL-A 55339, MIL-C-83517, and MIL-STD-348 as applicable. Learn more about our RF Connectors.

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So how exactly will we hail a flying taxi?

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NASA is working with Uber on its flying taxi project..it’s closer than you think!

  • Uber partnered with NASA on it its flying taxi project called Uber Elevate
  • Uber will be working with NASA to figure out traffic management for flying cars
  • Uber also said that it is aiming to trial the flying taxis in Los Angeles, as well as Dubai and Dallas-Fort Worth in 2020

 Uber signed a deal with NASA Wednesday to help develop traffic systems for its flying car project which it hopes to start testing in 2020.

The ride-hailing service published details of its “on demand aviation” ambitions last year which it has called Uber Elevate.

It is now stepping up its efforts to make the project a reality. Uber said at the Web Summit tech conference in Lisbon that it signed a Space Act Agreement with NASA for the development of “unmanned traffic management.” This is NASA’s push to figure out how unmanned aerial systems (UAS), such as drones that fly at a low altitude, can operate safely.

 Uber wants to make vertical take-off and landing vehicles. That will allow their flying cars to take off and land vertically. They will fly at a low altitude.

This is the start-up’s first partnership with a U.S. federal government agency. NASA is also working with other companies to develop traffic management for these low altitude vehicles.

“UberAir will be performing far more flights on a daily basis than it has ever been done before. Doing this safely and efficiently is going to require a foundational change in airspace management technologies,” Jeff Holden, chief product officer at Uber, said in a statement on Wednesday.

“Combining Uber’s software engineering expertise with NASA’s decades of airspace experience to tackle this is a crucial step forward for Uber Elevate.”

The NASA deal is the latest in a series of partnerships Uber has struck to get UberAir — which is what the new service is called — off the ground.

Earlier this year it said it was working with authorities in Dallas-Fort Worth and Dubai to bring its flying taxis to those cities. It also signed partnerships with aircraft manufacturers and real estate companies to figure out where the take off and landing sites for the flying cars could be.

Uber said Wednesday that it also plans to trial the project in Los Angeles in 2020 along with the already announced cities. The company expects the price of a trip to be competitive with the same journey if done using UberX. It is aiming to get the flying taxi service up before the 2028 Olympics in Los Angeles. (content credit: Arjun Kharpal


Coaxicom designs and manufactures an extensive line of standard, as well as custom microwave and RF connectors all available in 50 or 75 Ohm impedance. We have proudly served Customers in industries including the US military, automotive, medical, instrumentation, aerospace, defense, telecom, wireless alternative energy and more. Coaxicom is committed to providing outstanding service, value and quality with made in the USA RF Connectors since 1984. Coaxicom also offers world-class manufacturing capabilities necessary to deliver the quality and reliability our customers demand including Military specifications MIL-PRF 39012, MIL-A 55339, MIL-C-83517, and MIL-STD-348 as applicable. Learn more about our RF ConnectorsEmail: Sales@Coaxicom.com or visit Coaxicom.com or call 866-262-94526 (COAXICOM).

 

The first footage of Larry Page’s ‘flying car’

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Kitty Hawk will sell the vehicle later this year!

New Weather Wizardry: Thanks to Ball Aerospace & Technologies.

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Weather may be global, but the impacts are local.

Looking for a more accurate weather forecast, especially after some major storms predicted for the Colorado Springs area fizzled while other fierce weather events seemed to come out of no where? A new satellite scheduled for launch in September is expected to help.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration expects the new satellite to be in operation by year’s end and help the agency’s National Weather Service unit produce more accurate mid-range forecasts, said Stephen Volz, the agency’s assistant director for its satellite and information service.

The first operation of the Joint Polar Satellite System will be to collect weather, climate and other data by year’s end and allow forecasters to generate more accurate and timely forecasts of severe weather three to seven days beforehand, Volz said while in the Springs for the 33rd annual Space Symposium, a four-day gathering of space industry officials at The Broadmoor hotel that attracts more than 11,000 people.

“While there have been flying polar satellites for 40 years, this is the first major generation upgrade since the early 1990s,” Volz said. “Every instrument on this satellite has been upgraded from the previous generation of satellites and is designed to give us better-resolution images in terms of color, spatial and other measurements and will even allow us to do cloud mapping at night, which is something we have never been able to do. It will also give us higher-precision measurements of temperature and atmospheric pressure that measure smaller areas.”

A research-and-development version of the satellite was launched in 2011 by NOAA, the Air Force and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and has been providing data and images for about five years. The new satellite, built by Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp in Boulder, is the first of four that are scheduled to be launched during the next 14 years and will orbit the earth from to pole-to-pole 14 times daily, providing global coverage every 12 hours. The fleet of satellites are expected to cost $20 billion during the 30-year life of the program.

The new satellites replace a fleet that is still operating but is beyond its designed life span. They will allow the agency to identify wildfires sooner and track illegal fishing at night as well as produce more accurate forecasts from more detailed data and images they generate, Volz said.

“I can’t say your weather forecast will be better tomorrow, but the models we are providing are generating increasing better forecasts and will continue to improve,” Volz said. “However the variability in weather systems has increased and severe storms have become more frequent as the atmosphere gets warmer, causing more evaporation and more moisture in the atmosphere. The fact that more severe storms will occur is a virtual certainty, but predicting where they will occur is much more difficult. Weather may be global, but the impacts are local.” (content credit: Updated: April 3, 2017 at 7:15 pm, by Wayne Heilman, http://gazette.com, The Gazette.)


Coaxial Components Corp. (COAXICOM)-Stuart, Florida -A supplier for Ball Aerospace & Technologies for nearly a decade, Coaxicom SMA CONNECTORS are manufactured to have excellent performance up to 18 GHz. Coaxicom also has the broadest range of RF/Microwave connectors that include SMA, SSMB, BNC, N, CMS and many other types that are used on coaxial cable (flexible , ultra-flex and semi-rigid), as launchers into stripline or microstrip, or as receptacles or bulkhead, panel and printed circuit board mounting. Also included are hermetically sealed devices and intra (within) series adapters. Gold plated stainless steel or passivated (stainless finish) versions are standard in order to meet the finish and corrosion requirements of MIL-PRF-39012. Interface dimensions as well as all other applicable requirements are in accordance with MIL-PRF-39012 and other military standards where the need exists. Made in the USA under strictly engineering supervision and quality control review.

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The next 2-weeks can be a very stressful time.

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For buyers who rely on sourcing RF products overseas…the next 2-weeks is a very stressful time.

The disruption caused by the Chinese holiday can often cause headaches here in the United States. And no matter how much you plan and prepare inevitably there seems to always be supply delays, miscommunication or last minute urgencies.

But this year there is no need to worry.  Coaxial Components Corp. (best known as Coaxicom) is located in Stuart, Florida and ready to step in to deliver. Quality RF/Microwave components are in-stock and ready to ship in days. Coaxicom also provides engineering and customer support in a variety of ways via email, phone, fax, online chat, or even a scheduled Skype conference.

Plus Coaxicom.com offers a broad spectrum of components, an easy to use cable builder, and cross reference tools which many engineers and buyers alike find indispensable.

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So no more unanswered emails. No more endless automated phone prompts. No more navigating pages of website clutter.  No more waiting for weeks.

Coaxicom has also skillfully fused technology with talent­ to become a trusted “one-stop-shop” – whether you have a 25,000-piece order or just looking for product advice.

So while your current vendors may be celebrating the new year, maybe it’s time to consider a manufacturer closer to home.

Coaxicom is here to serve you today with competitive pricing, no import fees, same day quoting, low volume orders and superior quality as certified by the NSF-ISR in Quality Management of the Design and Manufacture of Coaxial Components and Cable Assemblies.

For information on Coaxicom’s RF/Microwave products including connectors, phase adjusters, adapters, terminations, attenuators, DC blocks, torque wrenches and pins, or to request a quote, visit www.Coaxicom.com, call 1-866-262-9426 or email us at Sales@Coaxicom.com.  Check out Coaxicom’s special offer on select bulk purchases here.

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An Eye Opener: Lowering Healthcare Costs Starts with the Smallest Component.

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Medical markets demand the highest levels of trust, and quality.

At Coaxial Components Corp. (best known as Coaxicom) the RF and Microwave components ranging the spectrum from SMA Connectors,  Adapters, and Attenuators to Cable Assemblies, Phase Adjusters  and Terminations can be found at some of the most prestigious national labs, research centers and medical facilities in the US and internationally.

Coaxicom parts are all made in the USA under a microscope of engineer and quality control oversight to ensure precise use in select medical devices aimed to improve globe healthcare.  Of course, this is especially important for medical equipment that perform critical functions such as those that are life-supporting as well as telehealthcare, helping physicians work with patients who have geographic limitations.

The results of these technologies improve patient care, diagnostic speed, cure deliveries and subsequently lowers cost. 

Certified by the NSF-ISR in the Quality Management of the Design and Manufacture of Coaxial Components and Cable Assemblies, Coaxicom not only conforms but exceeds the ISO-9001 & AS9100 standards.  Click for certifications.

Both engineers and customer support specialists at Coaxicom work intensively with each firm, on each project to determine the best design, and durability level required for the RF/Microwave component to best serve each medical device/ system.

When you work with organizations dedicated to helping people, “it is vital that quality comes first” says one Coaxicom team leader. “We take that responsibility seriously and pride ourselves in our indirect efforts to move healthcare forward.

For more information visit Engineering, call 1-866-262-9426 or email us at Sales@Coaxicom.com.


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We’ll Tumble for You!

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Click screen below for a video snapshot of Coaxicom taking another measure to ensure each piece is top quality.

With quality at the forefront of each stage of production, Coaxicom runs piece parts through tumblers which polishes, protects and preps for further finishing.

While Coaxicom is a trusted manufacturer of RF and microwave components along with adapters, terminations, attenuators, phase adjusters and cable assemblies, below are other key advantages of working with Coaxicom. Email your questions or request for quote at: Sales@Coaxicom.com

What makes Coaxicom not only different but better:

  • Thousands of piece parts in-stock and ready for assembly
  • Low quantity orders accepted
  • Obsolete and hard-to-find parts
  • Competitive pricing
  • Short lead time with delivery often in days
  • Custom designs
  • Flexible warehousing options
  • Full access to engineering support
  • Made in the USA
  • Advanced cross reference tool and cable builder
  • AS9100C and ISO9001 certified

 

 

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