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Frequency Electronics Supplies Timing, Microwave Frequency Sources for Satcom Satellite Program

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Satellite Technology Feature Article

December 09, 2010

Frequency Electronics Supplies Timing, Microwave Frequency Sources for Satcom Satellite Program

By Shamila Janakiraman, TMCnet Contributor


Frequency Electronics Inc. received an order for approximately $5 million for a new contract to supply timing and microwave frequency sources.


According to official sources, the contract will feed a communications satellite program involving multiple satellites. The hardware was previously developed by Frequency Electronics (News - Alert) and has been deployed and is operational in orbit.

The contract value exceeds $30 million including options for additional satellites. Also the company expects to receive authorization for proceeding to the next satellite on this program during the first six months of calendar 2011.

Frequency Electronics, Inc. specializes in the design, development and manufacture of high precision timing, frequency control and synchronization products for space and terrestrial applications.

The company’s products are used in commercial, government and military systems, including satellite payloads, missiles, UAVs, aircraft, GPS, secure radios, SCADA, energy exploration and wireline and wireless communication networks.

Frequency has provided high performance electronic assemblies for over 120 space programs. The company focuses on research and development and strategic acquisitions world-wide to expand its capabilities and markets.

The company’s subsidiaries and affiliates include Gillam-FEI which provides expertise in wireline network synchronization and SCADA. FEI-Zyfer (News - Alert) provides GPS and secure timing (“SAASM”) capabilities for critical military and commercial applications and FEI-Asia provides cost effective manufacturing and distribution capabilities, said Frequency sources.

Frequency’s Morion affiliate provides high-quality, cost effective quartz oscillators and components and Elcom Technologies provides added resources for state-of-the-art RF microwave products.

FEI sources added that along with its subsidiaries it supplies Precision Time and Frequency (PT&F) products for ground, seaborne, airborne, and space terminals and platforms used by commercial and government/military systems suppliers.

The company transformed itself from a defense contract manufacturer into a high-tech provider of precision time and frequency products used to synchronize voice, data and video transmissions in wireless communications systems. These systems are found in both ground-based stations and on-board commercial satellites.


Shamila Janakiraman is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Shamila’s articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Jaclyn Allard

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