Awards and Events
At SAGE Millimeter, we are constantly striving to make improvements and learn from other leaders in industry. We are proud to receive recognition and achieve major milestones with the help of our partners, customers, and team members.
Wendy Shu, Vice President at SAGE Millimeter, Inc. recently gave an interview to EverythingRF. In this capacity, Wendy oversees activities related to business strategy, marketing, quality and customer experience, team building, intellectual property, and regulatory compliance. Here are snippets from the interview.
What types of products does SAGE Millimeter develop?
One of the things that customers notice about SAGE Millimeter when they work with us is that we supply everything they could need for their systems and test set-ups. Initially, SAGE focused on active and passive waveguide components but has since expanded into the coaxial components and cables space as well as into more sophisticated subassemblies, modules, and test equipment. To continue delivering on this experience, SAGE approaches product development in two ways. One way is customer-led while the other is technology-led.
The customer-led version is more tangible, and we often involve our junior engineers in this process. Customers are encouraged to approach us with their needs, and our goal is to respond to all inquiries that fall within our frequency capabilities (18 – 220 GHz). What sets us apart is that our design process encourages engineers to think about the broadest solution possible. Rather than focus on a tailored solution that will serve only one customer, we maximize our effort so that other potential clients may benefit from the exercise as well.
The technology-led approach focuses on innovation and the future needs of engineers in the industry. Our senior engineers are tuned into the constant device and software developments that enable the creation of increasingly advanced products. They are also thinking about how to create products that are more efficient, more powerful, and more precise. Our focus is to equip our clients with practical solutions that will impact their quality of life in the lab and on their projects.
What market segments do you cater to? Do you see this changing in the next few years?
SAGE Millimeter supplies to traditional customers in aerospace and government as well as to new and existing commercial players in the communications and connectivity arena. We also maintain a small group of clients who are dedicated to research and academia. In recent years, the instrumentation piece of our customer base has increased dramatically, largely due to the preparation for the roll-out of 5G. We anticipate that this segmentation will continue to evolve in the coming years as instrumentation at these extremely high frequencies matures.
You can read the full interview here.
Yonghui Shu, the president of SAGE Millimeter, Inc, recently gave an interview to Microwave Journal, the leading source for information about RF and Microwave technology, design techniques, news, events and educational information. Mr. Yonghui Shu talks about his motivations for founding SAGE Millimeter and his current view of the marketplace. Here are a few snippets from the interview:
How is the market different today, compared to when SAGE Millimeter was formed? Did you expect such a dramatic transformation driven by society’s demand for bandwidth?
The industry has changed tremendously in the six years that SAGE has been in business. Millimeter wave technology has finally found its way from traditional clients and applications in aerospace, military and academic/research institutions to the commercial — and even consumer — world. Leading the change is the race to 5G, which has easily garnered the most clout, speculation and attention. Yet, we would be remiss not to mention that many of the most exciting technologies currently being developed, like last mile networks, automotive driver assistance systems, WiGig, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) and the Internet of Things (IoT) have also contributed to this shift.
The SAGE Millimeter website is like Amazon.com tailored for millimeter wave products. Discuss the relationship you’re hoping the website will build with your customers.
We want our customers to know that we’re on their side. I am first and foremost an engineer. I know the pressure of delivering projects by deadline and the unnecessary stress created by long lead times and unpredictable quality. Our new website is the manifestation of our company’s understanding that a sense of urgency is one of the keys to success. Manufacturers in our industry used to joke that customers always want their parts yesterday, and with our new website and our model of keeping inventory on hand, we’re able to get pretty close to delivering on that wish.
Our website also allows us to work more intimately with the engineer or technician who will be using our product. Often, the procurement process is drawn out and confusing, with too many players and not enough communication. The pricing, designated datasheets and STEP (a standard for the exchange of product data) files that customers can find on our website allow customers to do their research upfront and on their own time before approaching us with questions about only the final details.
We are very excited to be the pioneer on this front in the millimeter wave space. Our customers’ initial reaction has been very positive a few weeks in, but it will take the industry some time to become comfortable “shopping” for off-the-shelf millimeter wave products.
You can read the full interview here.
Inc. Magazine named SAGE Millimeter one of the fastest-growing private companies in America. Among engineering firms, we rank #17 in the nation. This honor is awarded based on growth over a three-year period and only recognizes companies that are privately-held, U.S.-based, and independent. We are extremely honored to share a spot on the list with other creators and entrepreneurs. Other companies that have been recognized in the past on Inc. Magazine’s “Fastest-Growing” lists include Intuit, Zappos, Under Armour, Microsoft, GoPro, Oracle, Clif Bar, and Patagonia.
SAGE Millimeter is honored to share this award with each of our team members. As a design and manufacturing firm, we rely heavily on the personal accountability of individuals. SAGE Millimeter is always thinking about ways to improve our quality and processes and better service our customers. We look forward to continued growth together.
SAGE Millimeter was invited to speak at the U.S. Department of Commerce's Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) and the National Asian/Pacific Islander American Chamber of Commerce and Entrepreneurship (National ACE) hosted National Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Business Summit at the Department of Commerce. May 16, 2017.
Wendy Shu, Vice President, attended the business summit on behalf of SAGE Millimeter and spoke as a member of a panel called "Celebrate Successful Customer/Supplier Relationships" alongside Andrew Kim, Senior Analyst, Policy & Government Affairs, at Google. The panelists shared their successful experiences as small businesses partnering with corporate leaders. To learn more about the business summit, visit the U.S. Department of Commerce website.
We are honored that Google chose to highlight SAGE Millimeter in its annual Economic Impact Report (EIR), a publication that is released every year to highlight Google’s local economic impact across America. SAGE Millimeter represented California, one of the states most heavily impacted by Google’s tools and was invited along with the other businesses featured in the EIR to Mountainview, CA to attend their Small Business Meetup. For more information on the Economic Impact Report and to read our full feature visit Google's economic impact page.
SAGE Millimeter exhibited at the 2017 International Microwave Symposium (IMS) in Honolulu for the fifth year in a row. This year, we observed a continued focus on 5G and IoT demands as well as military and satellite communications applications. With the increased commercialization of the extremely high frequency (EHF) bands, SAGE Millimeter has responded with an improved customer experience for our end-users.
We soft-debuted our new website at the conference and received extremely positive feedback about the convenience it would bring to our customers. SAGE is constantly trying to improve the way we serve the industry by learning from other successful leaders. We believe that focusing on the availability market and bringing engineers a platform through which they can browse our product offering on their own schedules will greatly help them to improve their product development cycles.