Abracon, LLC introduces robust RFID tags designed for metal surfaces

(Austin, TX) Abracon, LLC (Abracon), a leading global manufacturer of passive & electromechanical timing, synchronization, power, connectivity and RF components introduces a broad family of fully integrated passive RFID tags operating in the UHF band optimized for use on metal surfaces. These devices offer FCC compliance over 902MHz to 928MHz with multiple form factors that cover read ranges up to 9 meters. The tags are optimized to be directly attached to metal surfaces without limiting the available read range. Unlike fragile inlay tags used on consumer applications, these devices are robust and durable designed for long term use in harsh demanding environments, and are not de-tuned by the metal surface. This extends asset tracking and asset management capabilities into a new class of applications previously unattainable with lower performing tags.

The devices integrate and Alien H3 IC and high performance antenna that enables support for ISO 18000-6C/EPC Class1 Gen2. The family offers multiple form factors with small space saving 5x5mm footprint up to 9meter long read range 25x25mm footprints. Two operating temperature ranges of -30C to 85C and -40C to 85C are available for wide temperature industrial applications.

“With the ability to significantly improve operational efficiency and curb losses, asset tracking and asset management is now playing a wide role in applications as varied as industrial automation, transportation, cloud computing, agriculture, smart building structures and heavy machinery,” comments Juan Conchas, Director of Marketing for Abracon. “Because RFID is a non-line of sight technology that can achieve a substantial range, passive RFID tags are an important component within asset tracking and asset management solutions.”

“Developing RFID tags that respond well when directly attached to large hunks of metal is necessary given that antenna performance is influenced by the environment in which they are sited.” says Dean Clark, Senior Technical Manager with Abracon. “Thin In-lay RFID tags are affected by the metal areas that de-tune them, these ceramic tags were designed for use directly on metal, large metallic objects like shipping containers, vehicle chassis and heavy machinery can be easily tracked.”

The RFID tags are in stock and available through any of Abracon’s franchised distributors.

MPN Protocol Read Range Operating
Temp
Size/
Dimension
Height
ART915X3030YZ30-IC IS0 18000-6C/
EPC Class1 Gen2
4.0 meters -30~+85˚C 30.0 x 30.0mm 3.00mm
ART915X25275YZ25-IC IS0 18000-6C/
EPC Class1 Gen2
2.5 meters -30~+85˚C 25.0 x 25.0mm 2.75mm
ART915X2509EP60-IC IS0 18000-6C/
EPC Class1 Gen2
1.8 meters -30~+85˚C 25.0 x 9.0mm 3.00mm
ART915X2117225TX21-IC IS0 18000-6C/
EPC Class1 Gen2
1.2 meters -30~+85˚C 20.4 x 17.0mm 2.25mm
ART915X1620TX16-IC IS0 18000-6C/
EPC Class1 Gen2
1.2 meters -30~+85˚C Ø16.0mm 2.00mm
ART915X130930TX13-IC IS0 18000-6C/
EPC Class1 Gen2
0.8 meters -30~+85˚C 13.0 x 9.00mm 3.00mm
ART923X1015YZ10-IC IS0 18000-6C/
EPC Class1 Gen2
0.45 meters -30~+85˚C Ø10.0mm 1.50mm
ART915X050503OP-IC ISO 18000-6C/
EPC Class1 Gen2
2.0 meters -40~+85˚C 5 x 5mm 3.00mm
ART915X100202TO-IC ISO 18000-6C/
EPC Class1 Gen2
1.6 meters -40~+85˚C 10 x 2.5mm 2.50mm
ART915X100503JA-IC ISO 18000-6C/
EPC Class1 Gen2
3.6 meters -40~+85˚C 10 x 5mm 3.00mm
ART915X250903AM-IC ISO 18000-6C/
EPC Class1 Gen2
6.5 meters -40~+85˚C 23 x 9mm 3.00mm
ART915X252503MA-IC ISO 18000-6C/
EPC Class1 Gen2
9.0 meters -40~+85˚C 25 x 25mm 2.00mm

About Abracon, LLC
Founded in 1992, and headquartered in Irvine, California, Abracon is a leading global manufacturer of passive and electromechanical timing, synchronization, power, connectivity and RF solutions. Abracon offers a wide selection of quartz timing crystals and oscillators, MEMS oscillators, real time tlocks (RTC), Bluetooth modules, ceramic resonators, SAW filters and resonators, power and RF inductors, transformers, circuit protection components and RF antennas and wireless charging coils. The company is ISO9001-2008 certified with design & application engineering resources in California and Texas and sales offices in Texas, California, China, Taiwan, Singapore, Scotland, and Germany. Abracon’s products are offered through its global distribution network.

Abracon Media Contact
PR@abracon.com

Guaranteed Ultra-Low Jitter 5x7mm XO’s Reduce Design Time in High Bandwidth Applications

150fs RMS max jitter for 156.25MHz output

Austin, TX (December 14, 2016)- Abracon Holdings LLC. (Abracon), a leading global manufacturer of passive & electromechanical timing, synchronization, power, connectivity and RF components has released the ASG-ULJ family of oscillators featuring guaranteed ultra-low phase jitter of 100fs RMS and guaranteed maximum phase jitter of 150fs RMS for 156.25MHz output. Specifying maximum phase jitter removes uncertainty from end system hardware design, reduces clock tree troubleshooting time and speeds time to market in high data rate applications such as 10/40/100/400Gb Ethernet, 5G wireless infrastructure and 25Gbps to 56Gbps chip-to-chip or board-to-board interfaces used by FPGAs and advanced processors.

High performance oscillators targeting clocking applications that drive high bandwidth requirements are ideal for servers, PCI Express accelerator add-on cards, wireless backhaul, base stations, switches, routers, automated test equipment and MRI equipment. The explosive need for higher bandwidth requirements are typical within data centers, telecommunications infrastructure, test equipment and high end medical imaging.

“As part of our strategy to constantly deliver value to our customers, this family of leading performance oscillators directly targets the noise requirements of end equipment that supports the explosive growth of wireless and cloud bandwidth requirements. The ASG-ULJ product family is intended to bring advanced yet accessible clocking technology to these applications,” said Abracon Chief Operations Officer Mike Calabria.

The product family supports industry standard 6-pin 5x7mm footprint with LVPECL, LVDS or LVCMOS output format type. Featuring operation from 3.3V or 2.5V with supply current consumption below 40mA for LVCMOS, these high performance XOs consume no more power than standard performing devices. Operation from -40C to +85C with +/-50PPM total stability including aging is standard.

“We have seen first-hand how engineers grapple with the challenges of designing higher bandwidth into their end equipment. Oscillators with ultra-low jitter performance that are guaranteed to conserve their jitter budget reduce design time off the clocking solution and allow designers to focus on taking their core technology to revenue as soon as possible,” commented Juan Conchas, Abracon’s Director of Marketing.

Priced competitively, these oscillators range in frequency from 1 to 705.8MHz. Available frequencies are 156.25MHz, 190MHz, 705.8MHz, 100MHz, 125MHz and 114.285MHz for jitter attenuator applications.

About Abracon Holdings, LLC
Founded in 1992, and headquartered in Irvine, California, Abracon is a leading global manufacturer of passive and electromechanical timing, synchronization, power, connectivity and RF solutions. Abracon offers a wide selection of quartz timing crystals and oscillators, MEMS oscillators, real time tlocks (RTC), Bluetooth modules, ceramic resonators, SAW filters and resonators, power and RF inductors, transformers, circuit protection components and RF antennas and wireless charging coils. The company is ISO9001-2008 certified with design & application engineering resources in California and Texas and sales offices in Texas, California, China, Taiwan, Singapore, Scotland, and Germany. Abracon’s products are offered through its global distribution network.

Abracon Media Contact
PR@abracon.com

Best Phase Noise to Jitter Calculator from Abracon

Abracon Holdings, LLC. (Abracon), a leading global manufacturer of passive & electromechanical timing, synchronization, power, connectivity and RF components has held the industry’s best kept secret: the simplest web-based calculator for intuitive and easy conversion of phase noise to rms phase jitter.

Oscillators for high performance applications such as communications, test and measurement, high performance computing (HPC) and RF systems typically specify single-sided phase noise but may not specify jitter or may not specify over the appropriate integration band. Additionally, some suppliers such as FPGA manufacturers provide phase noise requirements in the form of masks instead of an integrated output jitter requirement. Calculating phase jitter from phase noise becomes necessary when comparing clocks and oscillators for a given application. Abracon’s Phase Noise to Jitter Calculator was designed as an interactive tool that easily bridges the gap between phase noise and jitter. To use the calculator, enter the carrier frequency, integration start and stop offsets, phase offset and phase noise in dB/Hz for a given number of points. The calculator outputs total integrated phase jitter over a specified integration band. A key feature, the integration band is user defined allowing multiple integration bands of interest to be compared.

“Engineers often work with phase noise masks and phase noise requirements instead of phase jitter. They are forced to calculate jitter using spreadsheets or math CAD software,” explains Syed Raza, Abracon’s VP of Engineering. “Our calculator has enabled engineers to interactively manipulate phase noise points and immediately evaluate the integrated phase jitter.”

“As the supplier of industry leading ultra-low phase noise and ultra-low jitter oscillator products,” says Juan Conchas, Abracon’s Director of Marketing, “we saw the need to quickly translate phase noise into phase jitter enabling a simple solution for our FPGA and other high performance customers.”

The calculator also features pre-loaded phase noise profiles of existing oscillators operating at various carrier frequencies. For instance, selecting the AOCJY7TQ-100.000MHz shows an impressive 20fs of output jitter over 12kHz to 20MHz band and an amazing 4.5fs over 1kHz to 1MHz band. To save and compare results, you can export your phase noise plot and output jitter data into a PDF download.

Abracon’s phase noise to jitter calculator has received popular reviews from students and professionals in the field. The company expects to roll out additional features and updates in 2017.

About Abracon Holdings, LLC

Founded in 1992, and headquartered in Irvine, California, Abracon is a leading global manufacturer of passive and electromechanical timing, synchronization, power, connectivity and RF solutions. Abracon offers a wide selection of quartz timing crystals and oscillators, MEMS oscillators, real time tlocks (RTC), Bluetooth modules, ceramic resonators, SAW filters and resonators, power and RF inductors, transformers, circuit protection components and RF antennas and wireless charging coils. The company is ISO9001-2008 certified with design & application engineering resources in California and Texas and sales offices in Texas, California, China, Taiwan, Singapore, Scotland, and Germany. Abracon’s products are offered through its global distribution network.

Abracon Media Contact

PR@abracon.com

Abracon’s Industry Leading 22nA Time Keeping Current Consumption Real Time Clock Maximizes Battery Life AB1815, AB1805, AB0815, AB0805

Abracon’s Industry Leading 22nA Time Keeping Current Consumption Real Time Clock Maximizes Battery Life
AB1815, AB1805, AB0815, AB0805

AUSTIN, Tx. (November 28, 2016) Abracon Holdings, LLC. (Abracon), a leading global manufacturer of passive & electromechanical timing, synchronization, power, connectivity and RF components announces a family of real time clock IC’s designed to maximize battery life and reduce overall battery requirements in wearables and Internet of Things applications. By reducing time-keeping current to an industry low of 22nA, this family of real time clocks enables years of operation from small coin cells or eliminates the need for super capacitors during short term hold-over requirements.

This family of RTC’s are highly integrated offering a variety of advanced time-keeping features that allow scalable current consumption from 14nA using internal RC mode up to 55nA when fully operating from an external 32.768kHz crystal. Advanced power management features such as a 1Ω power switch, VBAT switchover, system sleep manager for managing host processor wake/sleep states, external reset signal monitor, reset output generator, external interrupt monitor, programmable low battery detection threshold, and programmable analog voltage comparator.

For applications requiring long term holdover, the devices integrate a supercapacitor trickle charger with programmable charging current. Under short term hold-over of 20 minutes, the devices use a standard 22µF capacitor, eliminating the need for supercapacitors.

“Design engineers are under pressure to meet the size and battery life needs of new IoT, IIoT and wearable applications,” says Syed Raza, VP of Engineering with Abracon. “Considering that the real time clock is typically the only function that remains active 100% of the time, reduction in time-keeping current consumption translates directly into enhanced battery life or reduced battery size. Utilizing the lowest power RTC available can present a distinct head start when trying to address this design challenge.”

“Abracon’s strategic long term focus is to support end system designers with industry leading technology that addresses their most restrictive design challenges,” says Juan Conchas, Abracon’s Director of Marketing. “By significantly reducing time-keeping current consumption, this family of RTC’s is needed by the next generation of battery powered systems.”

These devices are available in a compact 3mm x 3mm 16-pin QFN, feature SPI or I2C interfaces and operate from -40°C to 85°C. They are available from stock through Abracon’s global distributors.

About Abracon Holdings, LLC
Founded in 1992, and headquartered in Irvine, California, Abracon is a leading global manufacturer of passive and electromechanical timing, synchronization, power, connectivity and RF solutions. Abracon offers a wide selection of quartz timing crystals and oscillators, MEMS oscillators, real time tlocks (RTC), Bluetooth modules, ceramic resonators, SAW filters and resonators, power and RF inductors, transformers, circuit protection components and RF antennas and wireless charging coils. The company is ISO9001-2008 certified with design & application engineering resources in California and Texas and sales offices in Texas, California, China, Taiwan, Singapore, Scotland, and Germany. Abracon’s products are offered through its global distribution network.

Abracon Media Contact
PR@abracon.com

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PRESS RELEASE: Abracon Recognizes Nanthagobi Rasiah with the 2016 Executive Partnership Award

Austin, TX – (November 11, 2016) Nanthagobi Rasiah, Senior Product Support Manager of Passives at Arrow Electronics, was recognized with Abracon’s 2016 Executive Partnership Award at Electronica 2016, the international trade fair for electronic components held in Munich, Germany.

The Executive Partnership award is presented to an individual who most closely aligns with Abracon’s guiding principles of prompt and diligent customer service, technical expertise, and high levels of integrity that build value with customers. Coupled with effective asset management practices and a committed strategy of investment in Abracon inventory, these qualities help customers get to market quickly and meet their design cycle objectives. In this mission, Nanthagobi has been an exceptional asset to the Abracon team, promoting all three of our product lines and services through the Arrow distribution channel.

“Nanthagobi has played an important role in aligning our two companies. His contributions and dedication to supporting our mutual customers has resulted in significant growth for both companies in the last year,” commented Keith Chapman, Abracon’s Director of Sales for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. “We congratulate Nanthagobi on his well-deserved recognition.”

The overall support and service from Nanthagobi has been a true advantage in extending Abracon’s solutions to a growing global audience.

Congratulations, Nanthagobi Rasiah, on this exceptional achievement.

About Electronica
electronica is the International Trade Fair for Electronic Components, Systems and Applications. It is the electronics industry’s most important international industry gathering and features a supporting program with forums and conferences such as the electronica Automotive Conference, the Embedded Platforms Conference, IT2Industry and the Wireless Congress. For the first time ever, electronica Fast Forward is being presented. A total of 73,189 visitors and 2,725 exhibitors participated in electronica in 2014. electronica has been held in Munich every two years since 1964. The next exhibition takes place from November 8–11, 2016. www.electronica.de

About Abracon Holdings, LLC
Founded in 1992, and headquartered in Irvine, California, Abracon is a leading global manufacturer of passive and electromechanical timing, synchronization, power, connectivity and RF solutions. Abracon offers a wide selection of quartz timing crystals and oscillators, MEMS oscillators, real time tlocks (RTC), Bluetooth modules, ceramic resonators, SAW filters and resonators, power and RF inductors, transformers, circuit protection components and RF antennas and wireless charging coils. The company is ISO9001-2008 certified with design & application engineering resources in California and Texas and sales offices in Texas, California, China, Taiwan, Singapore, Scotland, and Germany. Abracon’s products are offered through its global distribution network.

Abracon Media Contact
PR@abracon.com

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PRESS RELEASE: Abracon Recognizes Arrow Electronics with 2016 Largest Growth Distributor Award

Austin, TX – (November 11, 2016) Arrow Electronics has been awarded Abracon’s 2016 Largest Growth Distributor Award, recognizing Arrow as the distributor with highest year over year growth. The award is a testament to the close alignment with Abracon’s goal of market growth in key product segments. The qualities of prompt and diligent customer service, technical expertise, and high levels of integrity coupled with effective channel management practices help meet end customer design cycle objectives.

Considering the slow growth pace of the market, Abracon values channel partners capable of driving high growth as they support end customers.

Mike White, VP of Global Sales at Abracon, presented the award to Dietlind Vinson, Director Product Management Passive EMEA and Marcel Elmer, Product Group Manager Passive EMEA of Arrow at electronica 2016, an international tradefair for electronic components.

“We are very excited to celebrate our strong partnership with Arrow through this award from Abracon. Their investment and support of innovative Abracon products in the channel has strongly contributed to the go-to-market success of our mutual end customers participating in growth markets,” commented White. “Working with innovative channel partners, like Arrow, presents an exponential growing opportunity to provide our end-customers with the most optimal technology solutions and support available.”

Abracon congratulates Arrow Electronics on this exceptional achievement.

About Electronica
Electronica is the International Trade Fair for Electronic Components, Systems and Applications. It is the electronics industry’s most important international industry gathering and features a supporting program with forums and conferences such as the electronica Automotive Conference, the Embedded Platforms Conference, IT2Industry and the Wireless Congress. For the first time ever, electronica Fast Forward is being presented. A total of 73,189 visitors and 2,725 exhibitors participated in electronica in 2014. electronica has been held in Munich every two years since 1964. The next exhibition takes place from November 8–11, 2016. www.electronica.de

About Abracon Holdings, LLC.
Founded in 1992, and headquartered in Irvine, California, Abracon is a leading global manufacturer of passive and electromechanical timing, synchronization, power, connectivity and RF solutions. Abracon offers a wide selection of quartz timing crystals and oscillators, MEMS oscillators, real time tlocks (RTC), Bluetooth modules, ceramic resonators, SAW filters and resonators, power and RF inductors, transformers, circuit protection components and RF antennas and wireless charging coils. The company is ISO9001-2008 certified with design & application engineering resources in California and Texas and sales offices in Texas, California, China, Taiwan, Singapore, Scotland, and Germany. Abracon’s products are offered through its global distribution network.

Abracon Media Contact 
PR@abracon.com

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PRESS RELEASE: Abracon presents Future Electronics with the 2016 Largest Distributor Award

Austin, TX – (November 11, 2016) Future Electronics has been awarded Abracon’s 2016 Largest Distributor Award for achieving the highest revenue share in the last year. The award also denotes a close alignment with Abracon’s guiding principles of prompt and diligent customer service, technical expertise, and high levels of integrity that build value for our customers. Coupled with effective channel management practices, these qualities help customers get to market quickly and meet their design cycle objectives.

Abracon recognizes Future as consistently driving the largest growth and as a principal contributor towards channel investment. As a result, we have been able to deliver significant supply chain benefits to end customers in Europe, the Middle East and Africa and around the world.

 

Abracon presents 2016 Largest Distributor Award to Future Electronics
Michael Calabria, President and CEO of Abracon Holdings LLC, presents Abracon’s 2016 Largest Distributor Award to Pamela Slorach, Business Manager EMEA Future Electronics.

Michael Calabria, President and CEO of Abracon, presented the award to Pamela Slorach, EMEA Business Manager at Future Electronics, who accepted on behalf of Future at electronica 2016, an international tradefair for electronic components, held in November in Munich Germany.

“Future has proven time and again their extraordinary ability to drive our products through the channel and supporting our end-customers. Abracon values Future’s consistent investment in stocking innovative Abracon products,” commented Calabria. “Our goal is to continue driving the execution and development of creative engineering solutions through our alignment with innovative channel partners, like Future Electronics.”

In addition to largest contribution to revenue within Abracon, the Largest Distributor award recognizes Future as having achieved strong customer relationships as well as a premier level of quality and support. Congratulations, Future Electronics, on this exceptional achievement.

About Electronica

Electronica is the international trade fair for electronic components, systems and applications. It is the electronics industry’s most important international industry gathering and features a supporting program with forums and conferences such as the Electronica Automotive Conference, the Embedded Platforms Conference, IT2 Industry and the Wireless Congress. For the first time ever, electronica Fast Forward is being presented. A total of 73,189 visitors and 2,725 exhibitors participated in electronica in 2014. Electronica has been held in Munich every two years since 1964. The next exhibition takes place from November 8–11, 2016. www.electronica.de

About Abracon Holdings, LLC.

Founded in 1992, and headquartered in Irvine, California, Abracon is a leading global manufacturer of passive and electromechanical timing, synchronization, power, connectivity and RF solutions. Abracon offers a wide selection of quartz timing crystals and oscillators, MEMS oscillators, real time tlocks (RTC), Bluetooth modules, ceramic resonators, SAW filters and resonators, power and RF inductors, transformers, circuit protection components and RF antennas and wireless charging coils. The company is ISO9001-2008 certified with design & application engineering resources in California and Texas and sales offices in Texas, California, China, Taiwan, Singapore, Scotland, and Germany. Abracon’s products are offered through its global distribution network.

Abracon Media Contact

Camille Vargas
PR@abracon.com

 

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PRESS RELEASE: Abracon Announces Compact Chip Antenna Solutions for GPS and Asset Tracking

Abracon Announces Compact Chip Antenna Solutions for GPS and Asset Tracking
ACA-104, ACA-106

AUSTIN, Tx. (November 9, 2016) Abracon Holdings, LLC. (Abracon), a leading global manufacturer of passive & electromechanical timing, synchronization, power, connectivity and RF components announces multiple compact chip antenna solutions targeting the growing sectors of asset tracking, geo-location and other GPS applications. With an optimal trade-off between size and RF efficiency, the ACA-104 and ACA-106 antennas deliver robust performance in a space-saving 3.0mm x 1.5mm x 1.2mm form factor. Rugged ceramic construction supporting -40C to 85C operating temperature range ideally suits them for the demanding requirements of industrial applications.

The ACA-106 supports BEIDOU, GPS and GNSS bands from 1555MHz to 1610MHz enabling a single SKU to operate world-wide. If offers -1.6dBi to -0.8dBi of gain dependent on band. The ACA-104 supports 1575MHz band and offers -4dBi of gain.

Optimize end system design, Abracon offers antenna tuning services that measure gain and center frequency of the end system and confirm in-circuit performance of the antenna. In cases when the antenna is de-tuned due to non-optimal layout, ground plane or other issues, Abracon will recommend the optimal values to use on the pi-network matching the impedance between the RF IC and the antenna.

“Geolocation and global positioning has become a ubiquitous requirement in many systems,” says Dean Clark. “An excellent alternative to large external or PCB antennas, the ACA-104 and ACA-106  make it possible to miniaturize the functionality of GPS without sacrificing functionality.”

Abracon offers a wide selection of antenna options. These solutions are available and in stock at Abracon’s major distributors world-wide.

“An excellent complement to Abracon’s ASTXR-12-26.000MHZ-512883 TCXO for GPS applications, these antenna solutions are part of a strategy to supply all critical components for today’s growing applications,” says Keith Chapman, Abracon’s director of sales for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. “There is no question that these applications are becoming a key part of exploding markets such as IoT, IIoT, wearables, transportation and even data center.”

About Abracon Holdings, LLC.

Founded in 1992, and headquartered in Irvine, California, Abracon is a leading global manufacturer of passive and electromechanical timing, synchronization, power, connectivity and RF solutions. Abracon offers a wide selection of quartz timing crystals and oscillators, MEMS oscillators, real time tlocks (RTC), Bluetooth modules, ceramic resonators, SAW filters and resonators, power and RF inductors, transformers, circuit protection components and RF antennas and wireless charging coils. The company is ISO9001-2008 certified with design & application engineering resources in California and Texas and sales offices in Texas, California, China, Taiwan, Singapore, Scotland, and Germany. Abracon’s products are offered through its global distribution network.

Abracon Media Contact          

Camille Vargas
PR@arbacon.com

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PRESS RELEASE: Abracon Announces Compact Chip Antenna Solutions for Wearables and IoT

Abracon Announces Compact Chip Antenna Solutions for Wearables and IoT ACA-102, ACA-103, AMCA31

AUSTIN, Tx. (November 8, 2016) Abracon Holdings, LLC. (Abracon), a leading global manufacturer of passive & electromechanical timing, synchronization, power, connectivity and RF components announces multiple compact chip antenna solutions targeting the main RF communications protocols widely necessary by the Internet of Things, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and  wearables product sectors. This series of chip antennas are designed to simplify critical trade-offs between size and RF power gain, an important factor in optimizing IoT and wearables functionality and design. Rugged ceramic construction supporting -40C to 85C operating temperature range ideally suits them for the demanding requirements of industrial applications.

The ACA-102 offers the most compact size supporting 2.4GHz Bluetooth, Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) and WiFi/Wireless LAN applications with a small 2.0×1.2 footprint and 1mm height while offering -3dBi of gain.

The ACA-103 features dual-band  supporting Bluetooth/BLE/WiFi/WLAN at 2.4GHz with -4dBi of gain and WiFi/WLAN at 5.5GHz with -6dBi of gain in a compact  5.0×2.0x1.2mm form factor.

The AMCA31 offers the best gain in the series supporting  2.4GHz Bluetooth, Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) and WiFi/Wireless LAN applications with a small 3.2×1.6 footprint and 1.2mm height while offering -1dBi of gain maximizing range and optimizing efficiency.

To further optimize end system design, Abracon offers antenna tuning services that measure gain and center frequency of the end system and confirm in-circuit performance of the antenna. In cases when the antenna is de-tuned due to non-optimal layout, ground plane or other issues, Abracon will recommend the optimal values to use on the pi-network matching the impedance between the RF IC and the antenna.

“Knowing that there is no free lunch when it comes to RF performance and size trade-offs, these antennas enable engineers to make appropriate decisions when designing their end systems,” says Dean Clark. “The IoT requires the use of small and efficient antenna solutions. The antenna efficiency is a major factor in maintaining end system communication range while keeping the power consumption as low as possible. The antenna selection and optimization is critical in this role.

Abracon offers a wide selection of antenna options. These solutions are available and in stock at Abracon’s major distributors world-wide.

“Due to a broad development of wireless applications in IoT, IIoT and wearables, the need for compact antenna solutions is growing explosively,” says Keith Chapman. “ Abracon is meeting that need by introducing advanced RF solutions and working closely with its global distribution partners to meet the go to market requirements of system designers.”

About Abracon Holdings, LLC.

Founded in 1992, and headquartered in Irvine, California, Abracon is a leading global manufacturer of passive and electromechanical timing, synchronization, power, connectivity and RF solutions. Abracon offers a wide selection of quartz timing crystals and oscillators, MEMS oscillators, real time tlocks (RTC), Bluetooth modules, ceramic resonators, SAW filters and resonators, power and RF inductors, transformers, circuit protection components and RF antennas and wireless charging coils. The company is ISO9001-2008 certified with design & application engineering resources in California and Texas and sales offices in Texas, California, China, Taiwan, Singapore, Scotland, and Germany. Abracon’s products are offered through its global distribution network.

Abracon Media Contact          
Camille Vargas
PR@arbacon.com
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Calabria Sets Abracon’s Channel-Centric Agenda – EPS NEWS

October 11, 2016 | Original Article from EPS NEWS

Author: Barbara Jorgensen

From a distributor’s perspective, not all suppliers are created equal. Some component makers view the channel as a valued extension of their salesforce; others view distributors as an offsite repository for their inventory. Abracon LLC CEO Mike Calabria is making sure his company falls in the former category.

“We are extremely channel-centric,” said the former Arrow Electronics Inc. executive. “Whenever we enter the market with a new product, we also consider what will be successful through the channel.” A full 90 percent of Abracon’s frequency control, signal conditioning, antennas, clock distribution and magnetic components are sold through distribution, Calabria said.

It’s no coincidence that Calabria joined a channel-centric supplier after 35 years at Arrow, the industry’s largest electronics distributor. Calabria was instrumental in driving exponential growth of Arrow’s PEMCO – passives, electromechanical and connector—division during his tenure. These high-volume, low-cost components are ubiquitous in electronics but are often overlooked by the engineers that are designing products.

“If there ever was a frustration in the [PEMCO] world it was convincing engineers that distributors can provide value by assisting them with their designs,” Calabria said. “There is also heavy awareness in the channel that the design effort isn’t as rewarding as it should be.”

Leading by design

Distributors earn their living, in part, by reselling suppliers’ components. High-priced devices such as semiconductors can command a decent profit margin, but PEMCO products account for 80 percent of a typical bill-of-material. To get distributors to focus on their products, suppliers provide incentives by way of design-registration programs. Distributors that secure – or “win” — a component’s spot in an OEM design are compensated by suppliers once the design reaches production. This is particularly important in the PEMCO world where products are highly commoditized and relatively low-priced.

“We have spent a lot of time in the past year demonstrating our value to our reps and to our distribution channel,” Calabria said. “We have instituted in-depth training; improved coordination between our marketing department and our distribution and rep networks; and are sharing our product roadmaps with the channel,” he said. “By understanding where [Abracon] is going, our channel partners can get a head start by making sure we get designed into OEM products.”

Abracon’s route is leading directly toward the Internet of Things (IoT), where PEMCO products have almost limitless applications. “On the consumer side alone you can secure your home, change your thermostat or see the temperature of your fridge from your phone,” Calabria said. “While you are traveling you can see if the power in your house went out. Everything has become dependent on wireless connectivity, but we can’t just be connected — we want solutions that are robust; fit in the smallest possible space; consume very little power and meet the right price point.”

Abracon — which uses the tagline “The Heartbeat of the IoT” — is uniquely positioned to meet those demands, Calabria said. “The first thing we do is understand what the customer’s application is going forward and ensure we have developed a product that meets those needs. We are a fabless company so we have 25-plus factories that enable us to outline the specifications for the products that our customers need.”

Abracon’s solutions run the gamut from custom devices to commodity parts. “In some cases our customer starts with an off the shelf part for its timing. We would then use the Abracon Pierce Analyzer System “PAS”, advanced crystal in circuit optimizing, to insure the timing solution operates in the customer’s circuit design,” Calabria explains. “We can solve that problem for the customer, but the device itself is may not a specialty part.”

Fabless and flexible

Calabria acknowledges that big players often get most of the attention in the distribution channel. “That’s why we have to focus on our performance and find a way to get [distributors] focused on our products,” he said. “Some of our products are commodities where the specs are known, and then our value is driven by services and quality. Others are driven by uniqueness. Then there are products where the customer comes to us with a design and we develop a solution—there, our value is driven by engineering.”

Abracon’s fabless model provides a number of advantages, Calabria said. “We have a tremendous amount of flexibility when it comes to capacity. I can have two factories building my products in two different geographies or engage one factory for a limited production run. That reduces our exposure to geographic risks associated with earthquake- or tsunami-prone regions. Also,” he added, “since we have more than one source of manufacturing, we can leverage the prices we pay for those services. We can remain competitive [against larger suppliers] because multiple companies can build my products.”

All of this boils down to a winning proposition for Abracon, its customers and its distributors, Calabria said. “We understand the pressures distributors are under from the inventory-management and profit-margin perspectives. We are concentrating on the key things that are important distributors and the metrics that they are measured on.” For example, distributors that register a design win are compensated by exclusive rights to sell a product or receive a few more points of profit margin. “The higher-tech products lend themselves easily to demand creation,” Calabria explained. “It becomes more challenging with commoditized products. You have to make sure your distributors and reps are rewarded for the work they did.” Thirty percent of Abracon’s products are eligible for design registration, he added.

Many customers believe that dealing directly with suppliers is more cost effective than distribution; Calabria respectfully disagrees. “Many suppliers aren’t structured to supports customers directly,” he said. “We make sure our distributors are cost competitive and we find customers are better serviced through the channel. If a customer wants zero leadtimes, we direct them to distribution.

“We also don’t wait for a customer to grow big enough and then take them direct,” Calabria added. “We believe that is [the distributors’] customer. The channel has to feel comfortable that we are not their competitor. We do everything we can to support distributors.”

Abracon is owned by Evergreen Pacific Partners, which manages two private equity funds totaling $700 million, invests in traditional buyouts, management led buyouts, and growth equity investments involving middle-market companies in the Western U.S. and Canada. Calabria, who became a consultant after leaving Arrow in 2013, joined on Abracon’s board of directors in 2015 and was named president and CEO in September.

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