Interlligent plans to supply RF training courses to European engineers

23 March, 2016

The company builds a new complex facing the shores of Tel-Aviv, to house RF and microwave training classes equipped with state of the art Keysight Technologies gear

The company builds a new complex facing the shores of Tel-Aviv, to house RF and microwave training classes equipped with state of the art Keysight Technologies gear

Oren Hagai (left) and Haim Ben Ami
Oren Hagai (left) and Haim Ben Ami

The RF and microwave excellence center, Interlligent Solutions, will soon move to a complete new floor in an industrial offices building near the Tel-Aviv seaside. The company has leased the 11th floor, encompassing 1,350 m2. The new site will encompass its its RF and microwave school, T&M leasing business and RF and microwave components representative business.

Lately the company has invested approx. $500,000 to construct an 18 meter high HF antenna on top of the building. The antenna will be used for exercises and training in the wireless courses provided by the company.

Oren Hagai
Oren Hagai

Interlligent was founded in 2000 by Oren Hagai. At the time, the market experienced a severe shortage in RF and microwave engineers. Since than it has trained thousands of engineers, many of which have been integrated in the industry since.

The company expanded into the leasing of testing equipment in cooperation with the Keysight Technologies, began outsourcing services (placement of RF and microwave engineers) and supporting innovative new wireless startups.

Haim Ben Ami
Haim Ben Ami

Recently it started to be active in the representation and distribution of components and module for complex RF systems.

Three months ago, Haim Ben Ami was appointed CEO of the company, a move freeing founder Hagai to concentrate on business and professional development.

Orem Hagai: “We will supply our startups a full supporting package including engineers, test equipment, a working space and financing. We are currently investing in six startup companies, and we would like to be able to invest in two new startups every year, giving them our full support until they reach maturity”.

How will the new classrooms look like?

Haim: “We want to build a center unlike any other. Starting next year, each student will receive a tablet containing all the course materials and bibliography. Today, half of the courses are on the industry’s request. Many time the course is defined by the industry, and we supply the lecturers.”

Hagai: “The new classroom will be larger and more computerized. All the lectures will be filmed, and the students will be able to watch them on demand. We have ordered state of the art equipment from our business partner Keysight. Each student station will have a network analyzer, a signal analyzer and additional specialized equipment relevant to the course subjects. We prepare the engineer for the industry and give intimate knowledge of testing equipment and its operation, knowledge of new trends such as RFIC, understanding of communication architectures and more.”

“When we teach transmission for example, we supply the student licensed Keysight ADS software including Signal Studio and VSA, thus enabling the to closely learn each modulated signal. The new classrooms include an ADS simulator in each station. When we’ll study a certain subject, we will simulate it, build it, and test it with our testing equipment.”


Do you target the global training market?

“We currently train hundreds of engineers each year, 10% of which are foreigners. Our goal is to triple the number of foreign students, and to bring groups from Europe – especially from Britain, where we are already active.”

What are the main market current trends today?

Hagai: “There is a major immigration of electronics systems into the wireless world. The new world of 5G millimeter waves is expected to drive a wide revolution. Until a few years ago, I would have said that the main customers for our equipment leasing activities are classical microwave and RF companies. Today, we experience change – many electronics firms in various fields are taking teams to introduce wireless capabilities to their products.

“They want to enter the emerging markets and need extensive technical support from us. For these customers, it makes more sense to lease equipment instead of buying it, and to receive project engineers from us, instead of hiring them directly to build up RF departments from scratch.

“We now see large companies that lease test equipment. Modern test machines evolve so fast, that it is not always worthwhile to buy. Just remember WiMAX, and how fast it was disappeared.”

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