by Howard Hausman, President
2008: 2008: During this past year, segments of the market have been changing as users switch to L-band modems and less expensive block converters. MITEQ supports this change and supports the technology with a line of high quality block converters as well as a diverse offering in synthesized converters. As we have done in the past, we support our customers with converters in the standard frequency bands, which are very competitive, and the less popular frequency bands, still at a reasonable cost.
This diversity of product, quality of product, and customer support, is key to our healthy performance. MCL, MITEQs High Power Amplifier Company, also had a successful year targeting higher power Traveling Wave Tube Amplifiers (TWTA) in single and multi-band applications.
Ka-band is a technology revolution for satellite communications. When this technology is used widespread, it will make the satellite industry an even more significant player in the Internet connectivity community. Ka-band has been talked about for many years, with a significant roll out of this technology still in progress. The military commitment to Ka-band should accelerate resolution of remaining issues including operating in various atmospheric conditions around the world.
The challenge for most companies is successfully operating in this ever-changing competitive world of satellite communications, and staying ahead of the curve. Talk to customers; listen to their needs and wants, and then roll out products that mutually benefit systems integrator and user. Product development is an evolution; deciding which products need to be designed, which products need to be updated, and which are becoming obsolete is a challenge met by successful companies. The ideas and marketing are the start of the challenge, the engineering design, the product engineering, and the production engineering are the means of making new or modified products a success.
MITEQs Satcom division and MCL High Power Amplifier (HPA) division are continually developing new products. They both maintain a large engineering staff that can quickly respond to customer requirements. Recently, a high quality beacon receiver was introduced, new frequency offerings for block converters, fiber connectivity to more products, and a wireless test translator. A Dual band (C- and Ku-) outdoor HPA was developed as well as a highly efficient power supply to improve TWTA efficiency and a 500 Watt Ka-band HPA.
2009: 2009: HDTV and the Internet continue to be the requirements that are pushing the satellite communications industry. Both these applications demand more bandwidth and, unlike fiber connectivity, satellite communications have limited available spectrum. After optimizing the available spectrum in C- and Ku-band, the industry is pushing into Ka-band as it opens a considerable amount of available spectrum. Operating in this spectrum is not free of problems, however. Some examples of these are higher components cost, lower available HPA power, large weather related atmospheric losses, and more. MITEQ has a great deal of experience in Ka-Band, has built hardware to overcome such problems, and will continue to support the industry as it evolves and moves into this band.
About the company
MITEQ, an acronym for (M)icrowave (I)nformation (T)ransmission (EQ)uipment, designs and manufactures a complete line of high-performance components and subsystems for the microwave electronics community. Located on Long Island, New York for more than thirty eight years, it has grown into a company which is dedicated to achieving technical excellence, producing quality products and satisfying our customerís specific needs.