Tuesday, August 23, 2016

New Building Extension coming along very quickly!

We are doubling our manufacturing and engineering capacity with a new building addition. It is going up very fast, and will be ready soon to serve our wonderful current customers and future customers.
Posted by Bob Wood at 11:59 PM
Edited on: Wednesday, August 24, 2016 12:15 AM
Categories: 10 QuickNews

Friday, August 19, 2016

24 more Microwave Tuners ready to ship!

 

New Equalizer designs now available!

We keep working on new designs for our customers, and improving on our earlier designs. We now have over 231 equalizer designs available, more than any other manufacturer. Various slopes over frequency ranges from DC to 28 GHz are available. You can go to our Equalizer WWW page to see what we have. Actual plots are shown for each design. If you don't see what you need, let us know, and we'll see if we can help you out.
Posted by Bob Wood at 4:32 PM
Edited on: Friday, August 19, 2016 6:47 PM
Categories: 10 QuickNews, 20 Hardware Products-Current

Saturday, February 27, 2016

New Capability to provide tight tolerance surface mount capacitors

Hi Everybody

We've recently developed the capability to automatically measure surface mount capacitors and bin them into very tight tolerance windows. We can work with 0603, 0402, and 0201 size capacitors. We can provide down to 2-2.5% tolerance capacitors for values down to 0.1 pF. These parts are typically only available in very wide tolerances (up to 50%).

This capability is very useful for filter designs, and other microwave circuit designs.

These tight tolerance capacitors can reduce or eliminate tuning typically needed to meet performance requirements.

We are going to start providing these parts to customers on a trial basis. If you are interested, please contact us to see how we can help you out!
Posted by Bob Wood at 1:24 AM
Edited on: Monday, February 29, 2016 3:27 PM
Categories: 10 QuickNews, 20 Hardware Products-Current, 40 Engineering Consulting Services-Current

Monday, February 08, 2016

New Surface Mount Rework System enhances our RF production capability

We've recently added a new Surface Mount Rework System to enhance our capability to safely and accurately replace surface mount components including RF amplifiers, mixers, FPGA's and other ball grid array parts. Another high technology tool to allow us to provide high quality, low cost production microwave assemblies using surface mount assembly processes.
Posted by Bob Wood at 1:03 AM
Categories: 10 QuickNews, 15 Microwave Tuners

Monday, December 21, 2015

Happy Holidays from R. A. Wood Associates

We can't let the year go by without wishing our customers, vendors, and fellow workers a wonderful Holiday and an optimistic look forward into the New Year.

Thank you everybody, and we look forward to working with each of you next year!

From all of us at R. A. Wood Associates
 
Posted by Bob Wood at 7:58 PM
Edited on: Tuesday, December 22, 2015 2:24 PM
Categories: 10 QuickNews

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

8X8 Switch Matrix / Up Converter Delivered

We delivered a new design to one of our customers: An 8X8 Microwave Switch Matrix /Up Converter. The unit allows 8 RF/microwave inputs to be routed to any of 8 RF/microwave output ports. The design includes:
  • Custom designed 8-way power dividers (covering a 4:1 bandwidth)
  • A low band Up Converter
  • An AC/DC power supply
  • High Speed LVDS interface
  • High Dynamic Range RF amplifiers on inputs and outputs
  • Custom designed equalizers for slope correction, and
  • FPGA board for control and status (Built in Test) monitoring
The entire assembly is housed in a 2U rack mount assembly, saving precious rack space. The full frequency coverage is 0.5 to 18 GHz.
Posted by Bob Wood at 12:11 AM
Edited on: Saturday, February 27, 2016 1:09 AM
Categories: 10 QuickNews, 20 Hardware Products-Current, 40 Engineering Consulting Services-Current

Friday, September 18, 2015

We've moved to a new location!

We've moved to a new and better location. Our new address is:

R. A. Wood Associates, LLC
164 Industrial Park Drive
Frankfort, NY 13340

We are very excited about this move to larger space, more efficient manufacturing work flow, and easier access for our customers and employees.
Posted by Bob Wood at 4:33 PM
Edited on: Tuesday, December 22, 2015 2:21 PM
Categories: 10 QuickNews

Monday, August 24, 2015

R. A. Wood Associates receives a new production order for 168 wideband Microwave Tuners

We've received another production order for wideband Microwave Tuners. We will be delivering these at a rate of 17/month.

Posted by Bob Wood at 2:27 AM
Edited on: Saturday, September 19, 2015 2:46 AM
Categories: 10 QuickNews, 15 Microwave Tuners, 20 Hardware Products-Current

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

R. A. Wood Associates receives contract to build 8X8 microwave switch matrices

We received an order to design and build QTY 3 8X8 microwave switch matrices. The unit allows 8 RF/microwave inputs to be routed to any of 8 RF/microwave output ports. In another viewpoint, each of 8 RF/microwave output ports can select any of 8 RF/microwave input ports for down stream processing. The design includes:

  • custom designed 8-way power dividers (covering a 4:1 bandwidth),
  • a low band Up Converter,
  • an AC/DC power supply,
  • LVDS interface,
  • RF amplifiers on inputs and outputs,
  • custom design equalizers for slope correction,
  • FPGA board for control and status (Built in Test) monitoring

The entire assembly is housed in a 2U rack mount assembly, saving precious rack space. The full frequency coverage is 0.5 to 18 GHz. The first unit will be delivered in September 2015.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Great News! 2nd Party Survey for ISO 9001:2008 and ESD Certification Approved!

Great News again! R. A. Wood Associates has received approval by Lockheed Martin for ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management System (2nd Party survey), and Electrostatic Discharge Control (ESD). This "no exceptions" survey endorses our quality process and procedures. Thanks to everyone involved who helped to make this become a reality! Bob Wood
Posted by Bob Wood at 10:06 PM
Edited on: Monday, January 12, 2015 11:11 PM
Categories: 10 QuickNews

Monday, December 22, 2014

Happy Holidays from all of us at R. A. Wood Associates!

We wish all our customers and vendors a wonderful and healthy Holiday Season. Thank you to our vendors for delivering high quality products to us on time, and thank you to our customers for letting us provide great products and services to you. We look forward to a great New Year with each of you!

Posted by Bob Wood at 11:25 PM
Edited on: Monday, December 22, 2014 11:47 PM
Categories: 10 QuickNews

Saturday, November 01, 2014

R. A. Wood Associates receives production order for 144 wideband Microwave Tuners

Another endorsement of our quality, great design, and determination to maintain low cost for our customer.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

New Capabilities and Accomplishments Brochure

We've created a new "Capabilities and Accomplishments" brochure. This brochure highlights our more recent accomplishments, and shows the current focus areas of our business. You can download the new Capabilities and Accomplishments pdf file. We hope this gives you a better idea of what we can possibly do to help your company succeed.

Posted by Bob Wood at 8:06 PM
Edited on: Thursday, September 11, 2014 10:24 PM
Categories: 10 QuickNews

Friday, June 27, 2014

More Microwave Tuners rolling off the Production Line!

Another 13 of our state of the art high dynamic range Microwave Tuners (with integrated synthesizers) are getting ready to be shipped (on time) to one of our customers. The shipment includes our 100th production Tuner, a very exciting milestone!

For more information, download the RCT0017 product sheet

Posted by Bob Wood at 6:38 PM
Edited on: Thursday, September 11, 2014 8:04 PM
Categories: 10 QuickNews, 15 Microwave Tuners, 20 Hardware Products-Current

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

RPL0045 Low Band Modules: More orders in process!

LB Modules, Serial No's 32-43, built using our Extreme BW RF Amplifier designs, are on order and being built for our customer. These modules are being deployed in a subsystem on board U.S. Navy submarines.
Posted by Bob Wood at 3:15 PM
Edited on: Friday, July 25, 2014 3:19 PM
Categories: 10 QuickNews, 20 Hardware Products-Current

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Some Feedback from One of our Equalizer Customers:

"Our experience with R. A. Wood Associates was beyond our expectations. The willingness to deliver a product in such a short time period was very refreshing. The product worked exactly as described and met our needs. We will very likely buy again."

We are always pleased to hear good feedback about our products and services!

Monday, October 07, 2013

RF and Microwave Courses Currrently on Hold

Hello Everybody

We are currently under intense pressure to deliver hardware within very tight schedule constraints. Unfortunately, this means we will have to temporarily suspend the RF and Microwave Courses until further notice.

If you would like to be placed on the list to be notified when future courses are available, please send us an e-mail and we'll add you to our list.

Thank you for your patience, and we hope to see you at a future course!
Bob Wood

Sunday, October 06, 2013

Production Orders for High Dynamic Range Wideband Tuner/Quad Converters

We are currently under contract to build 109 high dynamic range Wideband Tuners/Quad Converters over the next year. These devices feature:
  • The highest dynamic range microwave tuners in the industry
  • Maximum use of surface mount RF/Microwave assemblies for frequencies up to 18 GHz
  • 4 output IF bands to provide 1.5 GHz instantaneous bandwidth
We are bringing all our computer automated test software and hardware design expertise into this program to maximize our productivity and provide the lowest cost product to our customer.

This is the improved RCT0017B Wideband Tuner/Quad Converter, which is the result of 18 months of development improvements from our original RCT0017 model.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

RPL0045 Low Band Modules: 20 More Deliveries!

20 more LB Modules, built using our internal amplifier designs, were built and tested and delivered to our customer on time! These modules are being deployed in a subsystem on board U.S. Navy submarines.
Posted by Bob Wood at 12:39 PM
Edited on: Friday, July 25, 2014 3:16 PM
Categories: 60 Hardware Products-Archive

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Automated RF/Microwave Test Station

A 2nd general purpose automated RF/Microwave Test Station was designed and built by R. A. Wood Associates. The purpose was to provide automated test and device characterization to:
  • 10 MHz - 18 GHz test range as built with capability to expand up to 20 GHz
  • Reduce manual test time
  • Eliminate errors in recording of results
  • Increase throughput
  • Eliminate manual RF connections and DC connections in mid-test
  • Provide automated test reports
  • Save test results electronically in a database structure
The Automated RF/Microwave Test Station includes:
  • DAQ/Switch Unit
  • Three programmable power supplies
  • Signal Generator
  • Spectrum Analyzer
  • Table/Work Surface
  • Rack Mount Computer
  • Monitor
  • LabVIEW Software utilities to support setting up the Spectrum Analyzer and Signal Generator, retrieving data from the Spectrum Analyzer, controlling the RF Switch/DIO Box and other measurement equipment in the Test Station
  • Storage drawer
  • Custom RF Switch/DIO Box provides:
    • Automated RF Switching to 1 of 6 RF Inputs and 1 of 6 RF Outputs up to 18 GHz
    • Oscillators needed for Test Units
    • Digital I/O to control and read digital signals to/from Test Units
    • Relay Switching to read Resistances and switch DC Power to Test Units
 
Posted by Bob Wood at 12:49 AM
Edited on: Monday, October 07, 2013 7:49 PM
Categories: 10 QuickNews, 20 Hardware Products-Current, 30 LabVIEW Projects-Current

Monday, May 06, 2013

New Bench Top RF Switch Digital I/O Test Interface Box

The RF Switch/DIO Box is a custom designed LRU that provides:
  • Automated RF Switching to 1 of 6 RF Inputs and 1 of 6 RF Outputs up to 18 GHz
  • Oscillators needed for Test Units
  • Digital I/O to control and read digital signals to/from Test Units
  • Relay Switching to read Resistances and switch DC Power to Test Units
  • Bench top or Rack mount
We have built 5 of these for our own automated test stations. The design is universal and can be used for multiple test applications.
Posted by Bob Wood at 12:29 PM
Edited on: Monday, October 07, 2013 7:20 PM
Categories: 10 QuickNews, 20 Hardware Products-Current, 40 Engineering Consulting Services-Current

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

RPL0103 Low Freq Wide Band RF SubAssembly Designed and 17 Delivered

RPL0103 Low Frequency Wide Band RF SubAssembly features:
  • Wide Freq bandwidths ~DC-3GHz
  • Uses New R.A.Wood Associates designed amplifiers with new 50% smaller M06 amplifier packages
  • Used as part of a Subsystem, deployed on Navy vessels
  • 14 built and delivered on time
  • Provides 9 output ports for downstream equipment
Posted by Bob Wood at 2:55 PM
Edited on: Friday, July 25, 2014 3:21 PM
Categories: 10 QuickNews, 20 Hardware Products-Current

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

R. A. Wood Associates is approved for ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management System (2nd Party) and ESD Control!

Great News! R. A. Wood Associates has received approval by Lockheed Martin for ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management System (2nd Party survey), and Electrostatic Discharge Control (ESD). This puts us in a better position to deliver the highest quality products to our customers. Thanks to everyone involved who helped to make this become a reality! Bob Wood

 

Friday, February 22, 2013

Equalizer Product Line Keeps Growing and Expanding!

We keep improving and adding to our lineup of available equalizer products. We currently have over 155 low loss equalizers designs with more to come. Each design is unique with a range of choices of various slopes, along with a mixture of different frequency bands from 5 kHz to 20 GHz. We can provide a selection of male and female combinations of connectors on the inputs and outputs. We'll keep updating the equalizer main page as we get more designs completed, so feel free to stop by again, or ask us if we don't have what you are looking for.
Posted by Bob Wood at 2:53 PM
Edited on: Friday, August 19, 2016 6:45 PM
Categories: 60 Hardware Products-Archive

Monday, June 04, 2012

Available Now! SimpleCycle Crystal Oscillators

We have officially released a new line of SimpleCycle crystal oscillators. These are temperature compenstated crystal osciillators in a very small package with +5 Volt DC in, and an SMA output connector. The key features include:

  • Small package size: 1.06" X 0.92" X 0.37"
  • 4 through-holes for mounting
  • Easy connections: +5V DC in, SMA out
  • Custom frequencies available from 40 MHz to 1.4 GHz
  • Frequency accuracy at +25C: < +/-1 ppm
  • Internally temperature compensated: < +/-1 ppm from -20C to +70C
  • Aging: < +/-3 ppm first year, < +/-1 ppm/year thereafter
  • Sine wave outputs (initially)

We will be working to supply these with very quick turnarounds. For more information see our SimpleCycle Oscillator page, or contact us.

Posted by Bob Wood at 7:35 PM
Edited on: Monday, October 07, 2013 7:22 PM
Categories: 10 QuickNews, 20 Hardware Products-Current, 40 Engineering Consulting Services-Current

Friday, March 30, 2012

New Quad/WB Up Converter and WB/Quad Down Converter Designs Developed and Delivered

Our Wideband Down Converter and Up Converter pair offer:

  • Frequency Coverage: 6 - 18 GHz
  • For applications employing Digital RF Memories (DRFM's) for coherent electronic countermeasures
  • Coherent system synchronized to a 100 MHz reference
  • Independent synthesizers in Down and Up Converters
  • Can be configured as independent Down and Up Converters, or as a coherent set for countermeasures or similar applications
  • Control and Status: VME A24 D32

Down Converter Features:

  • Single Unit Form Factor: 6U 2 Slot Design
  • Input Dynamic Range: -60 to +2 dBm
  • Input 1 dB Compression Point: >+6 dB
  • Noise Figure: 21 dB
  • Gain: 10 dB average
  • Phase Noise: -146 dBc/Hz @ >20 MHz Offset
  • Second IF's: Four outputs at 750 MHz, 375 MHz wide, providing 1.5 GHz instantaneous bandwidth
  • Designed to drive 1 GHz Digitizers linearly up to +12 dB

Up Converter Features:

  • Four inputs at 750 MHz, 375 MHz wide, providing 1.5 GHz instantaneous bandwidth across 6 - 18 GHz
  • Form Factor: VME 6U 2 Slot Design
  • High Input Dynamic Range: -55 to 0 dBm
  • Phase Noise: -146 dBc/Hz @ >20 MHz offset
  • Tuning Speed: 1 uSec
  • Noise Figure: 31.5 dB max
  • Input 1 dB Compression Point: >+2 dBm
  • Gain: 1 dB average
 

Monday, January 30, 2012

High Dynamic Range Microwave Tuner Designed and in Production

We haven't posted in a while. It's because we've been crazy busy. Our newest product, the RCT0017 WB Tuner and Quad Converter, has been under development over the past 2 years, and is now available. We've designed this from the ground up to meet state of the art high input compression point, low phase noise, fast tuning speed, wide dynamic range, and wide instantaneous bandwidth requirements. A quick overview of the specifications:

  • Frequency Coverage: 2-18 GHz
  • First IF’s: 2.2-3.8 GHz, 3.8-5.3 GHz, available simultaneously
  • Second IF’s: 4 outputs at 750 MHz, 375 MHz wide, providing 1.5 GHz instantaneous bandwidth across the First IF’s
  • Input 1 dB Compression Point: >+6 dBm
  • Noise Figure: 21 dB
  • Input Dynamic Range: -60 to +2 dBm
  • Gain: 10 dB average
  • Tuning Speed: <1 uSec
  • Frequency Step Size: 375 MHz
  • Phase Noise: -150 dBc/Hz @ 10-20 MHz Offset
  • Form Factor: VME 6U 2 Slot Design
  • Control and Status: VME A24 D32
  • Designed to follow an Low Noise Front End with Approximately 30 dB ENR
  • Designed to drive 1 GHz Digitizers linearly up to +12 dBm

A brief data sheet can be downloaded from this link

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

New Quad Converter Designed and Delivered

We designed and built for production a 4 channel Quad Converter. Our Quad Converter design features:
  • 2 Input IF's from 2.2-5.3 GHz, available simultaneously
  • Output IF's: 4 outputs at 750 MHz, 375 MHz wide, providing 1.5 GHz instantaneous bandwidth across the input IF's
  • Control and Status: VME Interface A24 D32 and UART Serial Interface
  • Designed to drive 4 1 GHz Digitizers linearly up to +12dBm
  • 5 custom surface mount RF assemblies mounted to an aluminum plate
  • Separate multilayer circuit board accommodates power conditioning, FPGA signals and VME interfacing
  • Form Factor: VME 6U 1 Slot Design
  • RF Connector Interface: SMA
This is a very complex design with very high density surface mount assemblies. Surface mount assemblies are built using pick and place machines at a contract manufacturer. Automated RF test rack, fixtures and software has been designed at R. A. Wood Associates.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

RCT0017 Automated RF/Microwave Test Station Designed, Built, and In Service

An automated RF/Microwave Test Station was designed and built by R. A. Wood Associates. The purpose was to provide automated test and device characterization to:
  • Reduce manual test time
  • Eliminate errors in recording of results
  • Increase throughput
  • Eliminate manual RF connections and DC connections in mid-test
  • Provide automated test reports
  • Save test results electronically in a database structure
This automated test station reduced product test time from 24 hours of semi-automated testing down to approximately 2 hours. The RCT0017 Automated RF/Microwave Test Station includes:
  • DAQ/Switch Unit
  • Three programmable power supplies
  • Signal Generator
  • Spectrum Analyzer
  • Custom RF Switch/DIO Box
  • Table/Work Surface
  • Rack Mount Computer
  • Monitor
  • LabVIEW Software utilities to support setting up the Spectrum Analyzer and Signal Generator, retrieving data from the Spectrum Analyzer, controlling the RF Switch/DIO Box and other measurement equipment in the Test Station
  • Storage drawer