About Syntonic Microwave
About Syntonic Microwave
Syntonic Microwave provides solutions to Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, Harris Corp, Exelis, L3 Communications, DRS, research institutes and universities such as Georgia Tech, UCLA, CalTech, and NASA. We work as a prime contractor providing product and solutions to Hill AFB, Robins AFB, Wright-Patterson AFB, Crane NSWC, China Lake, and other facilities.
We started life in 1990 as Storke Industries, a company producing phase locked oscillators and satellite converters. In 1991 we were selected by National Public Radio to provide custom satellite downconverters for its nation-wide network comprised of 625 member stations. This was the beginning of a decades-long relationship, in which we eventually provided satellite uplinks, downlinks and transmission equipment to NPR and its partners in satellite services.
Our decision to start Syntonic Microwave in 2003 was borne out of this experience and the feedback we received from so many customers, guidance that suggested that what was critically needed from us was our rapid design, prototyping and microwave problem-solving. We envisioned an engineering intensive company, focused primarily in advancing the state-of-the-art and implemented in fully custom, or customizeable, form-fit-function solutions.
Over the years, many of the solutions we’ve been asked to produce have resulted in off-the-shelf products, which we now provide as standard items due to their appeal to the broader marketplace.
Every technology and capability that we’ve mastered, from engineering design, to ISO quality management, to environmental qualification and automated test, is all in service of our mission to bring custom solutions, form-fit-function, irrespective of difficulty or environment, to the organizations who need it.
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The Syntonic Microwave Management Team
At the heart of Syntonic Microwave’s success story is the roster of Microwave/RF industry veterans who bring decades of know-how and customer trust to the products the company designs and builds. The Management Team includes:
Over the course of an illustrious career Fred Storke has founded numerous microwave companies, including Kruse-Storke, Nytek, Storke Industries and Precision Microwave. He has served as VP-Engineering at California Microwave and held posts at Ford Aerospace, Philco, and Loral. Mr. Storke earned a MSEE from Stanford University.
Jay Goodfriend co-founded Storke Industries with Fred Storke in 1990 and has served in the Microwave and satellite communications fields ever since. Prior to 1990, he worked in Indonesia and Australia. Prior to that, he served as a CPA with KMG (now KPMG) and Kenneth Leventhal (now EY) in San Francisco.
Jerry McCoy joined Syntonic Microwave in 2007, where he serves as VP-Engineering. Previously, he has held executive and senior positions at EDO-RSS, Netro, Condor Systems, Celeritek and Avantek. He brings a wealth of experience ranging from receiver design to microwave device design, Ka-Band transceiver development and large-scale manufacturing.
Syntonic Microwave specializes in microwave oscillators and synthesizers that are designed to meet the toughest electrical and environmental specifications. These frequency sources form the cornerstone of our upconverters and downconverters.
In fact, everything we need in our instruments we can design ourselves. The specific areas of emphasis include:
- PLL & Synthesizer design
- Thin Film/Hybrid design
- Microwave and Millimeter Wave
- Firmware and Interface software
- F-F-F design, prototype, manufacturing
- Rapid time-to-market (QRC)
Syntonic Microwave will perform a wide range of environmental tests and screenings, conforming to such standards as MIL-STD-202 and MIL-STD-810, to meet virtually any field, service or storage conditions. Syntonic Microwave’s quality system is certified for compliance with ISO9001:2008 and we have adopted IPC-610 and J-STD-001 as our inspection and workmanship standards. Thin film work is performed in accordance with MIL-STD-883.
Syntonic Microwave has built a reputation for producing innovative, reliable, and state-of-the-art microwave devices and subsystems. The foundation of all these products is proprietary technologies developed and exclusively controlled by the company. These technologies include:
FLEX-IF technology is the corner-stone of our IFAT and RFT product lines, enabling frequency conversion that gives continuous agility in frequency and bandwidth, across multi-octave bands and with ultra-wide bandwidths. FLEX-IF empowers total dynamic control of frequency conversion.
Beyond the circuitry embedded in our components and subsystems, Syntonic Microwave possesses key know-how in designing and planning for the EW, ELINT, COMINT and SIGINT marketspaces. This is derived from decades of direct market experience working with, and for, the key performers in the business area.
Performance-Driven, Customer Focused
Syntonic Microwave is certified to ISO9001:2008.
Our Quality Policy
At Syntonic, we are Performance-Driven and Customer Focused. We are committed to continually improve the effectiveness of our Quality Management System. Within this framework, we will establish and review our Quality Objectives as we strive to grow and enhance our business, products, solutions, customer relationships and industry recognition.
Our quality system is based on a feedback system where we:
- Plan: Establish the objectives and processes necessary to deliver results in accordance with customer requirements and our policies.
- Execute: Implement the processes.
- Verify: Monitor and measure processes and product against policies, objectives and requirements for the product and report the results.
- Enhance: Take actions to continually improve process performance.
In performance of the highest manufacturing standards, Syntonic Microwave has adopted manufacturing techniques in compliance with J-STD-001 and inspects for conformity with IPC-A-610.
The company’s mission is meet customer needs, form-fit-function, with custom and customizable microwave components and subsystems, irrespective of difficulty or environment.