Maguffin Microwave was founded in 1999 by Rich Michalik whose CV follows:
Consulting: Developed components and systems, performed qualification testing, developed novel engineering applications for microwave technology, and provided manufacturing support for project including, but not limited to Microwave and RF wireless communications, radar, sensor, and position locating applications. Provide hands-on design experience. Customers have included industrial, consumer, and military contractors. We maintain a complete microwave testing, surface mount electronics fabrication, and model prototype shop. We hold Secret Level security clearance.
Microwave components and subsystems for Radar, ECM, or EW
Microwave components and subsystems for communications and wireless
Microwave Frequency Synthesizer designs
Ultra low phase noise
SAW, BAW Based
Phase Noise Degeneration techniques
Specialized noise testing
Fast (100 nS) hopping
Fiberoptic clock distribution system design for VLA radio astronomy
Developed complete outdoor Radio Frequency Units RFU
FCC type acceptance testing
Sustaining engineering projects from Maguffin Microwave
Quick reaction to solve your RF manufacturing problems
Wireless consumer personal health button product line
24/38 GHz telecom backhaul product line
Military synthesizer product line
Military filter/DFM product lines
Debugging Atmel, Chipcon, Nordic wireless links
System Design: Link budgets, Sneak path, Spurious analysis, Frequency planning, Cascade noise figure/intermods, Link margin, Propagation, Multipath, MTBF, failure modes FMECA
Designing range boosters for low cost 900 MHz/2.4 GHz links
1 W TX amps, RX LNA, bandpass/harmonic filters, antenna switches
improved efficiency antenna, shielding
FCC prequalification testing, ISM band
Design sub-millmeter microwave positioning, robot assisted surgery system
1 us real-time sample rate, multichannel, multi-antenna
Design, system test, RF position-locating consumer product
Develop system and subsystem designs for XM Satellite Radio (Worldspace)
Design 20/30 GHz antenna, and low cost Astrolink satcom terminal
Redesign military radar warning receiver to reduce cost by 70%
Design and test 1 watt transmitter for a shopping cart-handle info system
Develop, field test wireless underground tank level sensor system
Solved interference, dynamic range issues, FM broadcast band audio stereo link for backseat DVD players
Develop ultra-low phase noise frequency synthesizers and sources
Missile radar to -135 dBc/Hz at 10kHz offset, Xband, millimeter
QAM communication systems, Xband
ATE test equipment, 0.01 to 6 GHz
EW/ECM, ultra broadband, fast tuning
Develop frequency hopping low integrated phase noise synthesizers
reduced cost by 3x in manportable application
Numerous PLL, DDS, and Direct Synthesizer frequency source designs
FSK military communications exciter, 70% cost reduction achieved
FCC type acceptance support. FCC, EU, International regulatory studies
Able to propose numerous and innovative solutions to tough problems
Failure analysis, corrective action, ECO control
Technician and Engineering in-house training courses
Provide local system support to fix Pacific rim production problems
Thorough understanding of component qualification, hybrid assembly techniques, metallurgy and processes, RF testing, yield improvement, environmental and qualification testing issue
System analysis: Link budgets, sneak path, spurious, frequency planning, cascade noise figure/intermods, reliability, failure modes FMECA
Unique ability to blend off the shelf components with crafty system design to achieve state of spectacular performance
High Power Microwave Retort design
Low Cost Guided Wave Radar for liquid level measuring
Early stage company "Virtual" Engineering Manager
Design to cost
Proven record of manufacturing cost reductions for legacy production
31 Years microwave experience
FOUNDER & OWNER, Maguffin Microwave LLC Design, development, test, and manufacturing for a variety of components and systems with a focus on Microwave and RF. Long history of cost effectively solving problems in existing designs.
VP of ENGINEERING, Stanford Telecom Designed, developed, and manufactured a wide range of commercial communications and military subsystems. XM satellite radio system and components, Rockwell Scamp spread spectrum communications system, Astrolink satellite, and various synthesizers and communications components.
RF ENGINEERING MANAGER, Advanced Techcom Engineering manager for a wireless telecom backhaul hardware provider. Performed link budget analysis for microwave backhaul applications. Developed complete RF outdoor unit designs, FCC and international qualification. Designs spanned 6 to 38 GHz, FSK and QAM.
RECEIVERS & SOURCES GROUP LEADER, Raytheon Company, Missile Systems Div. Led engineers developing state of the art microwave and millimeter wave military missile radar systems and components. Receiver and Exciter for 30 GHz AAAM missile radar. 90 GHz Receiver and Transmitter for munitions round (BAT), microwave exciter for the PAC-3 Patriot missile, telemetry links, Brilliant pebbles space comm system design, R&D project management.
CONTROL COMPONENTS ENGINEERING MANAGER, Raytheon Company, SMDO Led development of over 20 signal distribution/PIN Diode switching components, microwave radar exciter for the JSTARS radar system prototypes, proposal efforts for microwave multifunction modules.
MANUFACTURING TEST MANAGER, Raytheon Company, SMDO Led manufacturing engineers, foremen, and 65 unionized test technicians for missile radar, electronic countermeasures, and communications military sub-systems.
ENGINEERING MANAGER, Wincom Corp. Developed high power microwave filters, high power PIN diode switches, and ultra low-loss multiplexer filters. Led all engineering and efforts through an Initial Public Offering.
SUBSYSTEMS MANAGER, Frequency Sources Developed DRO oscillators and microwave frequency synthesizers.
RESEARCH STAFF MEMBER, MIT Lincoln Lab R&D for microwave satellite communications, millimeter wave frequency multiplier chains, phase modulators, and frequency synthesizers.
TEST ENGINEER, General Electric Co, Semiconductor Products Division Developed automated test protocols for silicon transistor product line.
Education: MASTER OF ENGINEERING, Cornell University Studied communications systems and microwave engineering.
BS ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Research assistant on TOKOMAK project. Analog, RF, and control theory.
Continuing education: microwave circuit design, LAN/WAN data networking, project management, SMT circuit assembly, and microwave CAD training.
Raytheon Engineering Management Program. Diversity training at MIT and Raytheon.
Taught in-house microwave circuit design courses at MIT Lincoln Lab, Frequency Sources Inc., and Advanced Techcom.
Former IEEE Components, Hybrids, and Manufacturing Technology chapter leader.
Patents: US 5,150,080 Frequency Agile Switched Resonator oscillator with Noise Degeneration US 5,220,292 Microwave Oscillator with Noise Degeneration Feedback US 5,340,980 Frequency Discriminator with Fiber Optic Delay Line EP 0550291 Microwave Oscillator