Phase Matrix, Inc.—a wholly owned subsidiary of National Instruments—designs and manufactures RF and microwave test and measurement instruments, subsystems, and components. The company was formed in 1999, when former employees of EIP Microwave (a longtime manufacturer of RF and microwave test and measurement instruments) purchased a substantial amount of EIP's assets. In addition to its new-product development, the company continues to support the large installed base of EIP products, such as continuous-wave and pulsed microwave counters and VXIbus synthesizers, counters, and downconverters.
In 2004, Phase Matrix expanded its product offering by forming a microwave components group. That group develops and manufactures a broad spectrum of RF and microwave components. Examples include wideband voltage-controlled oscillators (VCOs), digitally tuned oscillators (DTOs), and phase-locked oscillators. Phase Matrix formed a frequency synthesis group that produced the QuickSyn® technology in 2006. In 2011, the firm was acquired by National Instruments.
Pete Pragastis, General Manager and Co-founder
Pragastis has served in the RF and microwave industry for over 25 years. He has held senior engineering and managerial positions at Wavespan, Inc., Omniyig, Inc., and EIP Microwave, Inc. Pragastis has led the development of instrumentation for commercial, aerospace, and defense applications including ATS for the TETS, F15, and F16 IAIS programs. His primary areas of expertise are in RF and microwave upconverters, downconverters, frequency synthesizers, and synthetic instrumentation implementation. Pragastis earned his BS degree in electronic engineering from Santa Clara University, CA.Company
Year Company was formed: 1999
2007: Phase Matrix announced the development of the PXI downconverter modules for use in SI applications. Those five PXI modules, which are configurable in any one of five configurations, can operate from 100 kHz to 26.5 GHz.