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Analog Devices and X-Microwave Simplify RF Design

Analog Devices and X-Microwave Simplify RF, Microwave and Millimeter-wave Design and Evaluation

Jun 8 2017 – Norwood, MA  Analog Devices, Inc. (ADI) announced today that it has entered into a collaboration with X-Microwave LLC, a leading provider of RF and microwave modular blocks, to help designers more quickly and effectively evaluate RF components and prototype complete signal chains. As a first phase of the joint effort, X-Microwave will feature more than 250 ADI RF, microwave and millimeter-wave products as drop-in modular blocks.

Analog Devices offers the industry’s largest portfolio of more than 1,000 RF, microwave and millimeter-wave components, in addition to the software and support tools needed to help RF engineers develop complete signal chain solutions for their applications from DC to 100 GHz. X-Microwave’s innovative resources allow engineers to evaluate easily new RF components and build signal chains simply by arranging the “modular building blocks” and simulating the designed system with X-Microwave’s online tools. This is in contrast to traditional, cumbersome system development methods that require a designer to connect multiple evaluation boards using dozens of cables. Together, Analog Devices and X-Microwave enable system designers to access the industry’s most capable products in a simple evaluation and prototype format, easing their design process, shortening time to market and reducing development costs.

“We are delighted to partner with Analog Devices, the leader in RF, microwave and millimeter-wave technology,” said John Richardson, CEO of X-Microwave. “X-Microwave is committed to adding products and capabilities with the single purpose of optimizing the engineering design experience of our customers, and this collaboration with ADI does just that by providing designers with a simpler way to evaluate and use ADI’s broad range of industry leading parts.”

“By adding X-Microwave to our design ecosystem we are further enhancing the 1000+ ways for our customers to quickly develop market-leading RF and microwave solutions,” said Greg Henderson, vice president, RF and Microwave Group, Analog Devices. “Analog Devices is committed to not just providing RF, microwave and millimeter-wave products, but also to simplifying the way designers build their applications. We believe the collaboration between ADI and X-Microwave will further simplify our customers’ design experience and time to market.”

About X-Microwave 

X-Microwave is the founder of the innovative modular building block system called X-MWsystem. X-Microwave’s modular drop-in components and industry leading online tools address every phase of the RF and microwave development process from concept to prototype to production hardware. To “Get on the Grid” and realize the full potential of X-Microwave’s modular system, visit www.xmicrowave.com.

About Analog Devices

Analog Devices (NASDAQ: ADI) is the leading global high-performance analog technology company dedicated to solving the toughest engineering challenges. We enable our customers to interpret the world around us by intelligently bridging the physical and digital with unmatched technologies that sense, measure, power, connect and interpret. Visit http://www.analog.com

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Editor’s Contact Information
Linda Kincaid
linda.kincaid@analog.com
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Microwave Journal Interview: John Richardson, X-Microwave

A system of modular building blocks and simulation tools that enables designers to reduce development time and get into production.

X-Microwave (X-MW) offers a complete ecosystem for designers to develop RF and microwave products by seamlessly merging every phase of product development, from simulation to prototyping to production hardware.

Full Article: Executive Interview: John Richardson, President of X-Microwave

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MACOM and X-Microwave Enable Faster RF Design

MACOM and X-Microwave Collaborate to Enable Faster, Easier Design of High-Performance RF Systems

Combination of MACOM’s high-performance MMICs and X-Microwave’s simulation and prototyping platform affords designers “building block” design agility for faster time to market

European Microwave Week (EuMW), London, October 5, 2016 – MACOM Technology Solutions Inc. (“MACOM”), a leading supplier of high-performance RF, microwave, millimeterwave and photonic products, and X-Microwave, an innovative leader in modular system design, today announced the availability of MACOM-based RF components for use with X-Microwave’s online simulation and prototyping platform. Pre-configured with high-performance MACOM MMICs, these drop-in and cascadable components called “X-MWblocks” enable designers to quickly and easily architect modular, end-to-end RF systems.

For over 60 years, MACOM’s design and applications experts have spearheaded innovation in the RF, microwave and millimeterwave domain. Proven engineering and technical support teams are continuing in this legacy with a next generation of wide band MMIC solutions designed for the most demanding customer applications.

MACOM’s support for the X-Microwave platform equips designers to take advantage of MACOM’s industry-leading MMIC performance and quality, with the added ability to seamlessly interconnect hundreds of compatible, pre-characterized X-MWblock components with solderless, building block flexibility. This dramatically reduces evaluation and design complexity and enables designers to accelerate their time to market. With this collaboration, X-Microwave users can now take advantage of a broad selection of MACOM MMICs, spanning amplifiers, mixers, frequency multipliers, octave band VCOs, RF switches, voltage variable attenuators and phase shifters.

“MACOM is recognized in the industry for delivering MMIC products with superior RF performance, packaging and reliability all of which are optimized to meet designers’ most demanding system challenges,” said Graham Board, Senior Director, RF and Microwave, at MACOM. “Through our collaboration with X-Microwave, designers now have the ability to leverage all of these benefits in a manner that can dramatically accelerate their system prototyping and shorten design cycles.”

“X-Microwave is committed to optimizing the design process for RF engineers through every phase of the development process,” said John Richardson, President and CEO, X-Microwave. “With the addition of MACOM MMICs to our component ecosystem, X-Microwave users are assured leading-edge RF performance and quality from the foremost innovator in the RF and microwave industry.”

For more information about the MACOM-based RF components available for use with the X-Microwave simulation and prototyping platform, visit https://www.xmicrowave.com/products/by-manufacturer/macom-mmics-x-mwblocks/. For a video overview of the X-Microwave platform in action, visit https://www.xmicrowave.com/library/video/.

MACOM is showcasing its new portfolio of high-performance MMICs and its collaboration with X-Microwave this week at European Microwave Week (EuMW) 2016. Attendees can visit MACOM at stand #207, October 4th-6th, 2016 in London. For more information on MACOM’s high-performance MMICs, please visit: www.macom.com/mmics.
ABOUT MACOM

MACOM enables a better-connected and safer world by delivering breakthrough semiconductor technologies for optical, wireless and satellite networks that satisfy society’s insatiable demand for information.

Today, MACOM powers the infrastructure that millions of lives and livelihoods depend on every minute to communicate, transact business, travel, stay informed and be entertained.  Our technology increases the speed and coverage of the mobile Internet and enables fiber optic networks to carry previously unimaginable volumes of traffic to businesses, homes and datacenters.

Keeping us all safe, MACOM technology enables next-generation radars for air traffic control and weather forecasting, as well as mission success on the modern networked battlefield.

MACOM is the partner of choice to the world’s leading communications infrastructure, aerospace and defense companies, helping solve their most complex challenges in areas including network capacity, signal coverage, energy efficiency and field reliability, through its best-in-class team and broad portfolio of analog RF, microwave, millimeterwave and photonic semiconductor products.

MACOM is a pillar of the semiconductor industry, thriving for more than 60 years of daring to change the world for the better, through bold technological strokes that deliver true competitive advantage to customers and superior value to investors.

Headquartered in Lowell, Massachusetts, MACOM is certified to the ISO9001 international quality standard and ISO14001 environmental management standard. MACOM has design centers and sales offices throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.

MACOM, M/A-COM, M/A-COM Technology Solutions, M/A-COM Tech, Partners in RF & Microwave, and related logos are trademarks of MACOM. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

For more information about MACOM, please visit www.macom.com follow @MACOMtweets on Twitter, join MACOM on LinkedIn, or visit the MACOM YouTube Channel.

ABOUT X-MICROWAVE

X-Microwave, LLC, is the founder of the innovative modular building block system called X-MWsystem.  X-Microwave’s modular drop-in components and industry leading online tools address every phase of the RF and microwave development process from concept to prototype to production hardware. To “Get on the Grid” and realize the full potential of X-Microwave’s modular system, visit www.xmicrowave.com.

DISCLAIMER FOR NEW PRODUCTS:

Any express or implied statements in MACOM product announcements are not meant as warranties or warrantable specifications of any kind. The only warranty MACOM may offer with respect to any product sale is one contained in a written purchase agreement between MACOM and the purchaser concerning such sale and signed by a duly authorized MACOM employee, or, to the extent MACOM’s purchase order acknowledgment so indicates, the limited warranty contained in MACOM’s standard Terms and Conditions for Quotation or Sale, a copy of which may be found at: http://www.macom.com/purchases

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X-Microwave Adds Peregrine’s RF Products

X-Microwave Adds Peregrine Semiconductor’s RF Products to Online Simulation and Prototype System

RF Engineers Can Now Use X-Microwave’s Advanced Simulation and Prototype System to Evaluate Peregrine’s RF Products

ROUND ROCK, Texas and SAN DIEGO – May 17, 2016 –X-Microwave, LLC, the innovative leader in modular system design, and Peregrine Semiconductor Corp., founder of RF SOI (silicon on insulator) and pioneer of advanced RF solutions, announce their collaboration and the addition of Peregrine’s RF products to X-Microwave’s online simulation tool and hardware prototyping system. X-Microwave’s building-block system simplifies the modular design process and enables RF engineers to easily simulate and prototype RF and microwave circuits. To kick off this relationship, 16 Peregrine products are being added to the X-Microwave system as drop-in X-MWblock™ components.

At the heart of X-Microwave’s system is an X-MWblock portfolio of hundreds of physically compatible, drop-in or drop-on components. These components are highly characterized and modeled with X-Parameters and S-Parameters at the system block level. To create a modular design, X-Microwave provides a free, non-linear online simulation tool that leverages Keysight’s Genesys Spectrasys engine. After simulation, X-MWblock drop-in components are used to prototype systems through X-Microwave’s innovative prototype station for testing, aligning and configuring integrated microwave assemblies up to 50 GHz. Finally, the same X-MWblock components can be moved from the prototype station directly to machined housings for production hardware, eliminating the need for custom layouts.

“From a concept to final production hardware, X-Microwave streamlines the complete design process,” says John Richardson, president and CEO at X-Microwave. “Peregrine’s impressive RF product portfolio is an important addition to the X-Microwave building-block system. Peregrine is recognized as a leading RF manufacturer, and our users will benefit from the ability to drop in Peregrine’s products into their X-Microwave-based modular designs.”The Peregrine products now available in the X-Microwave system include RF switches, digital step attenuators, tuning control switches, power limiters and monolithic phase and amplitude controllers. These products have a prominent link on their Peregrine webpage that directs users to the product’s X-MWblock webpage.

“X-Microwave offers a solution for RF engineers who need a sophisticated evaluation platform for system design simulations and quick prototyping,” says Kinana Hussain, director of marketing at Peregrine Semiconductor. “X-Microwave’s innovative system provides another avenue for our customers to evaluate our industry-leading RF products, especially in higher frequencies.”

ABOUT X-MICROWAVE

X-Microwave, LLC, is the founder of the innovative modular building block system called X-MWsystem. X-Microwave’s modular drop-in components and online tools address every phase of the RF and microwave development process from concept to prototype to production hardware. To “Get on the Grid” and realize the full potential of X-Microwave’s modular system, visit https://www.xmicrowave.com.

ABOUT PEREGRINE SEMICONDUCTOR

Peregrine Semiconductor Corporation, a Murata company, is the founder of RF silicon on insulator (SOI) and is a leading fabless provider of high-performance, integrated RF solutions. Since 1988 Peregrine and its founding team have been perfecting UltraCMOS® technology—a patented, advanced form of SOI—to deliver the performance edge needed to solve the RF market’s biggest challenges, such as linearity. By delivering best-in-class performance and monolithic integration, Peregrine products are the trusted choice for market leaders in automotive, broadband, industrial, Internet of Things, mobile devices, smartphones, space, test-and-measurement equipment and wireless infrastructure. A Murata company since December 2014, Peregrine holds more than 240 filed and pending patents and has shipped over 3.5 billion UltraCMOS units. For more information, visit http://www.psemi.com.

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The Peregrine Semiconductor name, logo, and UltraCMOS are registered trademarks of Peregrine Semiconductor Corporation in the U.S.A., and other countries.  The X-Microwave name, logo and X-MWblocks are registered trademarks of X-Microwave, LLC.  All other trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners.

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RF Cafe: X-Microwave Prototyping System

In case you don’t already know, a grown-up’s version of the much-ballyhooed littleBits electronics building block system is available. Instead of assembling snap-together functional blocks for making LEDs flash or robotic carts, X-Microwave’s system provides a relatively simple and inexpensive venue for designing and building RF and microwave circuits based on a selection of component blocks for frequencies ranging from hundreds of kHz to tens of GHz.

 

Full Article: X-Microwave Block-Level Prototyping System – Kirt’s Cogitations #271 

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RF Globalnet: An Innovative Business Model

X-Microwave, LLC opens with an innovative business model based on 3 exciting concepts. First, a Modular RF and Microwave Building Block System complete with hundreds of physically compatible Drop-In components. The Drop-In components are designed to be used at every stage of development from prototype to production hardware. Second, the broad range of the system components are modeled with S or X-Parameter models (at the system block level) which are available for use on an intuitive online FREE Non-Linear System Simulator that uses Keysight’s Genesys Spectrasys Engine. And third, an innovative high performance AFFORDABLE Prototype Station is available for test, alignment and configuring complete Integrated Microwave Assemblies to 50 GHz.

Full Article: X-Microwave Opens With an Innovative Business Model