Smiths Interconnect, provider of technically differentiated electronic components, subsystems, microwave, optical and RF products, announced the availability of additional engineering and manufacturing capabilities for its broad range of RF filters supporting UHF, L-, S-, X-, Ku-, K- and Ka-Bands.
RF filters are a crucial component of wireless technology that allows the filtering out of unwanted signals or frequencies to only receive the correct frequency.
Smiths Interconnect has previously only produced qualified RF filters from its Salisbury, Md., facility, mainly for the U.S. market. Moving forward, a line of cavity, waveguide, Planar X RF filters and multi-functional assemblies will also be developed, manufactured and tested in the manufacturing site in Dundee, Scotland, U.K. for customers out of the U.S.
“This investment is driven by customer demand as it will allow customers in Europe and Asia to have access to products previously offered only by Smiths Interconnect’s manufacturing site in the U.S. and subject to the U.S. export regulations,” said Tullio Panarello, vice president and general manager of the fibre optics and RF components business unit at Smiths Interconnect. “It is also a great example of our local-for-local supply chain as we can now service customers in Europe out of the U.K. site rather than the U.S.,” he added.
The RF filters manufactured in Dundee are developed as a steppingstone for a multitude of sizes, interfaces and performance configurations, allowing Smiths Interconnect to meet customers’ unique requirements.
Smiths Interconnect’s RF filters offer the following features:
- Robust materials – suitable for harsh defence and space environments
- Surface mount configuration – ideal for pick-and-place applications
- Light weight – reducing overall system mass in critical space and defence applications.