Intracom Telecom penetrates deeper into the USA market


The management of Intracom Telecom, among which was the President and CEO of Intracom Telecom Group, M. Ahmed and the new CEO of Conklin-Intracom, D. Chanana, conducted a very fruitful meeting this week with RF Engineering, a US based firm headquartered in Portage Michigan. A collaboration agreement was signed between the two companies, through which RF Engineering, a Value Added Reseller, will distribute our systems across the USA. More details on the agreement will officially be announced soon. This is a great step towards Intracom Telecom’s multi-purpose strategy, showing that the company’s goal to solidify its presence in the US market becomes a reality. It is noteworthy that the agreement was a result of extensive and determined follow up from the MWC Americas event that took place last September in LA. Leaving with a great impression from their visit at our company’s HQ, representatives from RF Engineering continued their journey to our production facilities in Romania, in order to get a better understanding of the Group’s capabilities and in Italy for the antenna systems. This collaboration will give both sides the opportunity to take full advantage of the available expertise, channels and resources, developing this way successful projects in the USA.

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Smart TV vs STBs and Streaming TV Device: What’s the Difference?

It’s not a secret that the way TV is consumed has changed over the years. Cable was quite popular for some time until new technologies, like smart TV or a streaming TV device, have came along and completely changed the game.



Today, you no longer have to rely on your laptop or tablet device to see YouTube videos or the latest Netflix release. This time, you can choose from different streaming TV device options such as a smart TV or a set-top box. But before you can decide, you need to know what makes each one different.




Apps & Content


Just like smartphones, smart TVs come with a series of apps for your entertainment. It’s no secret that the most popular ones, like Netflix, are part of the package. However, a set-top box (STB) offers many more apps.



Netflix is supported on most devices, and it carries a lot of good films, documentaries, and TV series. In other words, you have a pretty huge library to go through and choose from whatever you feel like watching.



However, smart devices aren’t just about what you see; they are also about what you want to hear and what you want to read. Both smart TVs and STBs have support for Twitter, Netflix, Spotify, or Pandora so it’s just a matter of choosing.



Smart TV manufacturers have obviously noted the wide range of apps available on STBs or on a streaming tv device. As such, it’s not that hard to find models that are developed in partnership with Roku, Android TV, and the rest. In other words, you no longer need a box.






What if you like watching live sports coverage or want to get the latest news? That’s in the realm of live TV but if you want to cut cable, which streaming TV device allows you to consume such content? Set-top boxes do. However, you might need to pay extra for a service but the price isn’t that steep compared to getting cable.



Set top boxes also have additional features such as storage and games.






It costs less to get a STB than it is to own a smart TV. Keep in mind that a smart TV is an all-in-one package while you still need to pair a STB with a display. In terms of convenience, you’re definitely tempted to go for the former, however you might start thinking twice when you think of the cost.



A smart TV is much more expensive than a STB. Plus, when you factor in the limited number of supported apps, getting a STB seems like the more cost-effective option. After all, you can pair an STB with a TV that has smart features (which a lot of models have these days).





Updates are important to smart devices or a streaming TV device. How else will you get new features and protection from security threats? With STBs, updates come easy. The same cannot be said of smart TVs, which have hardware built into the display. Plus, it’s so much cheaper to get a STB than it is to buy a new television set.




Smart TVs are great all-in-one solutions, but if you like variety and low cost, a set-top box is a great solution as a streaming TV device option.




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The Different Kinds of Microwave Antennas and Their Uses

Antennas are necessary for many applications, including communication systems. Broadcasts can be transmitted at the microwave level (between 300 MHz and 300 GHz; 1 m to 1 mm wavelengths), and antennas that operate in those frequencies are called microwave antennas.




Different kinds of microwave antennas 


Microwave antennas are classified according to certain specifications, including frequency, polarization, and radiation, among others. They are as follows:


  • Horn antenna
  • Microstrip patch antenna
  • MIMO antenna
  • Parabolic antenna
  • Plasma antenna



Horn Antenna 


As its name suggests, this antenna is shaped like a horn. In particular, its metal waveguides are shaped like a horn and there’s a reason for that: to direct radio waves in a beam. Also called a microwave horn, this is usually used at microwave and ultra-high frequencies.



A horn antenna is usually used for the following applications:


  • as a feed antenna for bigger antenna structures like parabolic antennas
  • as a standard calibration antenna used to measure the gain of other antennas
  • as a directive antenna for devices such as automatic door openers and microwave radiometers



Advantages to using a horn antenna include a simple construction, a broad bandwidth, a moderate directivity, and a low standing wave ratio.



Microstrip Patch Antenna


Just like a horn antenna, this too looks as its name suggests. It is flat, shaped like a patch, made of metal, and will be mounted on a larger piece of metal. The combination of the two metal sheets forms a microstrip transmission line with an operational frequency that ranges between 100 MHz and 100 GHz.



This kind of antenna is advantageous because of its size, weight, and ease of fabrication. Since it doesn’t cost much to make these, they can be produced in large numbers. Given its size, this kind of antenna is mostly used in portable wireless devices.




MIMO Antenna


MIMO stands for multiple inputs and multiple outputs. It is a method used to strengthen a radio link’s capacity by using many antennas to transmit and receive. For this reason, it has become an important to wireless communication standards, including WiFi.




Parabolic Antenna


This commonly takes the form of a dish and as such, is known by its other names: dish antenna or parabolic dish. Using a parabolic reflector, which is curved in shape, allows this kind of antenna to direct radio waves.



An advantage that this kind of antenna has is its high directivity. It sends and receives radio waves from a single direction. Since it can produce narrow beam widths, this antenna is used at high frequencies like microwave and UHF.




Plasma Antenna


Instead of using metal like traditional antennas, this one uses plasma. It is capable of operating at the 90GHz frequency range, and it can be used for both transmission and reception. This is usually used in digital communications and radar systems.



Microwave antennas are important for communication, but it’s also equally important to know exactly how and where it will be used so you can pick the right antenna.




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What Services Does RF Engineering Offer?

For many years, RF Engineering has been the go-to supplier for various telecommunications products and services. Headquartered in Portage, Michigan, the company has a team of engineering and quality control specialists that work with original equipment manufacturers in providing branded solutions that meet the needs of clients.



Cable and Wire Harness Assembly


When it comes to manufacturing and assembling cable harness assemblies, harnesses, electro-mechanical assemblies and turnkey box builds, RF Engineering is considered one of the best in the business.


Its facilities in Portage, Michigan and China are fully equipped with the latest technology and has a wide range of manufacturing capabilities including in-line wire marking, high-speed, automated wire processing, cable braiding for harsh environments and semi-automated terminal crimping to meet the specific needs of clients.


The company also offers added services to ensure the production of high quality cable assembly products used in different industries.



Electronic Manufacturing Services


For many years, RF Engineering has been the company of choice for clients requiring Electronic Manufacturing Services (EMS). From small production of prototypes to large quantities of products using heavily automated manufacturing, the company can cater to the needs of both small and large businesses, offering a personal approach every time. Its capabilities include design, assembly, production, testing and supply chain management.



Contract Manufacturing


With its capability of dealing with non-electronic manufacturing services, RF Engineering is the trusted contract manufacturer for many companies across the country. It can provide quotes for products made in the USA or offshore and boasts of a diverse facility that can cater to the needs of a company.



Turnkey Manufacturing


One of RF Engineering’s strong suits is turnkey manufacturing. Its attention to detail and commitment to delivering a company’s products, components or assemblies in the most cost-effective manner has made it a trusted partner of many businesses in the country.


RF Engineering follows a strict protocol in delivering the requirements of its clients and only uses experienced Asian and North American facilities to procure and manufacture the materials needed to create, test and package a product. To ensure that only the best products are created, RF Engineering imposes strict quality control measures like computerized inventory control and accurate lot traceability.



Private Label Manufacturing


With five partner sites in North America and Asia and a team of highly skilled professionals, RF Engineering offers private label manufacturing services specializing in industrial and graphic design, sourcing, patented products, packaging, project management and brand and line extension. It can also supply personal electronic products such as smart phones, tablets, cables, alarm systems, GPS trackers and Wifi antennas under its client’s brand.



The company also has strong partners in China to help small and medium-sized businesses establish good sourcing and outsourcing roots in the country to help them cut costs and minimize risks.




RF Engineering is definitely a force to be reckoned with in the world of telecommunications. Its expertise, top-of-the-line facilities and commitment to helping businesses find the most cost-efficient solutions to their needs make it one of the most reputable partners in the country today. Contact us today for more information!



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RF Engineering signs agreement with broadcom

RF Engineering is excited to announce Alliance Corporation joins our distribution team of RF Engineering products.

Alliance Corporation is a full-service value-added distributor and manufacturer of products and solutions for the Wireless industry. Alliance has strategically placed stocking facilities throughout North America. Wireless is all they do. Alliance carries a broad range of industry-leading products so they can help you choose the right equipment for your project.

Alliance has a dedicated technical department, customer support team and experienced Account Managers available to assist you anytime. From designing a network, building or maintaining a site or developing a wireless broadband network solution, Alliance is a company dedicated to providing quality products accompanied by a level of service that keeps our customers coming back.


RF Engineering’s New World Headquarters

RF Engineering a leader in Antenna Design, Antenna Manufacturing, Contract Manufacturing, and Product Sourcing is excited to announce they are moving to their new World Headquarters located in Portage, Michigan.

Acquisition and Modification to the building began in Q2 of this year with a result being a redesign of the warehouse, the addition of two (2) antenna assembly lines, RF testing capabilities, a new clean room, and a complete facelift of the 22 offices, reception and meetings areas.  A complete technology upgrade was completed to ensure security and a unified communication platform for real-time communication between Portage and the teams in Mexico and China.

Stay tuned for more information.


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