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See You at OFC 2020

Posted by Peter Matthews on Feb 26, 2020 9:24:00 AM

Knowles Precision Devices will be at the upcoming Optical Fiber Communication (OFC) Conference, the largest global conference and exhibition for optical communications and networking professionals, March 10-12 in San Diego. For over 40 years, OFC has drawn attendees from all corners of the globe to meet and greet, teach and learn, make connections and move the industry forward.

At the show, Knowles will demonstrate broad bandwidth optical networking solutions using our latest high-performance microelectronic components.

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Topics: Capacitor, Single Layer Capacitor

Using Cavity Filters for High Precision and Reliability in Narrow Band Microwave Applications

Posted by Peter Matthews on Feb 19, 2020 7:30:00 AM

Many microwave applications, such as repeaters, and electronic warfare equipment, require increased spectral resolution. This means these devices only need to look at a narrow slice of a given band. Filters that are optimized for the whole band, such us our planar microstrip devices, are too broadband for these applications. Likewise, traditional high Q filters, such as waveguide devices, are often too large to consider using in these types of applications.

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Topics: Filter

High-Reliability Microwave Component Technology Enables Space Innovation

Posted by Peter Matthews on Feb 12, 2020 6:00:00 AM

With more than 2,000 satellites currently orbiting the Earth, and that number expected to quintuple in the next 10 years, the demand for space-ready components is exponentially increasing (Figure 1). At the same time, the technology needed to control and transmit satellite data has changed from mechanically controlled parabolic or dish technology to active electronically steered arrays (AESAs).

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Topics: Filter, mmWave

FAQ: What Frequencies Do Your Microwave Products Cover?

Posted by Peter Matthews on Feb 5, 2020 8:00:00 AM

At Knowles Precision Devices, we support a wide variety of industries and applications with unique needs; the product catalog is constantly evolving to accommodate. We are often asked which frequencies we support. While our microwave products excel at higher frequencies, the catalog spans a wide range.

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Filter Shape Factor and Selectivity

Posted by Peter Matthews on Jan 21, 2020 9:00:00 AM

An Ideal Filter

The Ideal Filter would have unit gain (0dB) in its pass band and a gain of zero (-infinity dB) in its stop band. Between pass band and stop band there would be no indecision and would transition from 0dB to -infinity dB asymptotically. It would pass only the required frequencies without adding or subtracting anything from the signal and like a very discrete and fastidious butler we would not see it - just its perfect management of the frequencies in its care.

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Topics: Filter, Bandpass

2019: Laying the Foundation for mmWave 5G Globally

Posted by Peter Matthews on Jan 7, 2020 8:00:00 AM

Around the world, 2019 was a busy year for 5G, with standards being finalized, large networks beginning 5G operations, and mobile device manufacturers releasing 5G-capable phones. Just one year after the official launch of 5G on November 1, 2018, the Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA) identified the launch of 50 commercial 5G networks along with 328 operators in 109 countries that announced investment in 5G. Let’s look at some of the big moments for 5G from 2019.  

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Topics: 5G, mmWave

Clarifying MIL-STD-461 and EMI Filter Misconceptions

Posted by Peter Matthews on Jan 3, 2020 9:43:00 AM

The US MIL-STD-461 specification manages electromagnetic interference emissions by setting limits on the levels that can be emitted from electrical equipment. This specification also sets regulation to control equipment susceptibility to external noise sources and establishes guidelines for properly measuring the relevant equipment features.

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Topics: Filter, Capacitor

Application and Installation Considerations for EMI Filters

Posted by Peter Matthews on Dec 17, 2019 10:59:00 AM

EMI filtering plays an important role in reducing noise that could interfere with other devices; in medical or defense applications, for example, false alarms due to external interference could be detrimental. Here, we will continue our EMI filtering exploration with application and installation considerations. For earlier reading, review EMI filtering basics and filter performance.

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Topics: Filter, Capacitor

A Year in Review: The Top 5 Blog Posts of 2019

Posted by Peter Matthews on Dec 10, 2019 1:17:00 PM

As the year comes to a close, it's the season to take some time to relax and reflect on the year. You’ve likely read many of our blog posts this year and you may have missed a few – it's been a busy year! Never fear, we've rounded up our most popular blog posts from 2019. We hope that they'll bring you some holiday cheer, or at least provide some ideas and insights to use for a successful 2020.

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Insertion Loss and Performance in EMI Filtering

Posted by Peter Matthews on Nov 26, 2019 1:31:00 PM

To comply with international legislation such as the EU Directive on EMC or the FCC, EMI filtering is an essential element of equipment design. Here, we will continue to explore EMI filtering through insertion loss and filtering performance.

The insertion loss performance shows signal attenuation at any given frequency. As a metric, the insertion loss performance is most useful as a guide in the filter selection process; the actual performance in service can vary depending on circuit characteristics.

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Topics: Filter, Capacitor

Insights Into Precision Passive Devices

Knowles Precision Devices is a premier global source for Capacitors, RF Filters, EMI Filters, Resonators, non-magnetic components and advanced dielectric materials. An umbrella for the brands of Compex, DLI, Johanson MFG, Novacap, Syfer and Voltronics, Knowles Precision Devices serves a variety of markets including military, aerospace/avionics, medical equipment, implantable devices, EMI and connector filtering, oil exploration, instrumentation, industrial electronics, automotive, telecoms and data networks.

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