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Equipped with the ability to track low-Earth orbit objects as small as a marble, the U.S. Space Force’s Space Fence dramatically improves the U.S. military’s ability to detect small micro satellites and space debris. Crane A&E’s Microwave technology has contributed thousands of antenna radiator tiles and more than 350,000 ferrite circulators to the Space Fence program.

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Microwave Solutions

Equipped with the ability to track low-Earth orbit objects as small as a marble, the U.S. Space Force’s Space Fence dramatically improves the U.S. military’s ability to detect small micro satellites and space debris. Crane A&E’s Microwave technology has contributed thousands of antenna radiator tiles and more than 350,000 ferrite circulators to the Space Fence program.

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Partners in Defense

Crane designs and manufactures high-performance RF and IF components and millimeter-wave systems and subsystems for defense, space and commercial end-use customers. With over 60 years of experience, we have proven capabilities in major military, communications, electronic warfare, radar and satellite systems.

Brand Expertise: MERRIMAC, SIGNAL TECHNOLOGY, POLYFLON

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Integrated Microwave Assemblies

MERRIMAC | SIGNAL TECHNOLOGY

  • Beamformers 
  • Complex Oscillator Assemblies 
  • Frequency Converter Assemblies 
  • Switch Matrix Systems

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Component and Single Function Devices

MERRIMAC | SIGNAL TECHNOLOGY

  • Circulators and Isolators
  • Diode and Detection Products
  • Low Noise Fundamental Oscillators
  • Power Dividers, Couplers and Hybrids

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Space Qualified Passive Products

MERRIMAC | SIGNAL TECHNOLOGY

  • Circulators and Isolators
  • Iso-Dividers Mixer Products
  • Mixer Products
  • Passive Components

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Capacitors

POLYFLON

  • Non-Magnetic HV/RF Variable Capacitors
  • Non-Magentic HV/RF Fixed Capacitors

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Microwave Substrates

POLYFLON

  • CuFlon
  • NorClad
  • Polyguide
  • Polyflon Bonding Film

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Process Solutions

POLYFLON

  • Electroplated Plastics
  • Precision Plastic Fabrication
  • Printed Circuit Fabrication
  • Polyflon Bonding Film

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Featured Product

K-Band 2-Way Iso-Divider

K-Band 2-Way Iso-Divider

Benefits

  • Combines high performance power dividers with ferrite isolators in a single package
  • Significantly reduced size and weight
  • Better overall performance
  • Enhanced reliability
  • Low insertion loss
  • Optimum band flatness performance

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Multi-Mix® Microtechnology

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Crane's Multi-Mix Microtechnology is an innovative process for fusing multilayer integrated circuits and micro-multifunction modules (MMFM®). This process is based on fluoropolymer composite substrates, which are bonded together into a multilayer structure using a fusion bonding process. This technology allows the integration of active and passive functions into self-contained modules that are a fraction of the size of conventional hybrid units.

Benefits:

  • Integration of Active RF and Passive RF components

  • Reduce size, weight and component costs

  • Reduce parts count and complexity

 

 

Antenna Feed Networks

  • Beamformers
  • Custom Integrated Modules
  • Delay Lines
  • Filters/Switched Filters
  • Phase Shifters
  • Quad Hybrids/Couplers
  • Vector Modulators
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Multilayer Process

The bonding process embeds MMICs, etched resistors, circuit patterns and plated-through holes to form a surface mount module requiring no further packaging. In fact, the MMFM structure becomes the package. This low-profile structure is very lightweight and the surface-mount format is compatible with microstrip or coplanar waveguide. The process controls of the Multi-Mix method allow a low-cost manufacturing approach that is suitable for high or low volume production. The platform strategy of MMFM reduces engineering cycle times and enables the Multi-Mix process to be an economical solution for new designs.

Multi-Mix PICO and PICO Zapper
 

Multi-Mix PICO® and PICO Zapper®

Multi-Mix PICO and PICO Zapper reduce the size of single-function microwave components as much as 87% compared to the previous Multi-Mix designs, which are among the smallest in the industry without sacrificing performance. Multi-Mix PICO and PICO Zapper provide the highest power handling ability in the smallest footprint.

Crane's Microwave Heritage

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Crane’s expertise in the microwave industry stretches back decades. Over the years, many highly-regarded component manufacturers came together to form what we now know as Crane’s Microwave Solution. All of these brands have made major contributions to the technologies Crane provides today. With this breadth of capability, our customers know Crane can deliver the right component or integrated assembly for many different applications.

Heritage Brands:

  • Merrimac
  • Signal Technology
  • Olektron
  • Microsonics
  • Western Microwave
  • Innowave
  • Spectra
  • Addington Laboratories
  • Varian Solid State Microwave

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