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The following booth numbers are complete as of August 4, 2010.
Handheld Spectrum Analyzer
Agilent Technologies introduced the N9342C handheld spectrum analyzer (HSA), a powerful and straightforward instrument designed for RF technicians and engineers performing installation, maintenance and surveillance of RF systems in the field. The N9342C HSA makes field testing easier by providing faster, more precise measurements, ease of use, and a range of user customization and ergonomic features. Agilent's N9342C HSA provides fast and accurate measurement of RF and microwave equipment and RF environments from 100 kHz to 7 GHz, tunable to 9 kHz. RF and microwave equipment measurements include transmitter and component test, receiving path signal monitoring and antenna tuning. RF environment measurements include band clearance, signal coverage and interface hunting.
Agilent Technologies Inc.,
Microwave & Communications Division,
Santa Clara, CA
RS No. 216
Next Generation VSA software
Agilent's next generation of 89600 vector signal analysis is a window into what's happening inside complex wireless devices. The software features like 20:20 trace/marker capability providing 20 traces with 20 markers each, provide views of virtually every facet of a problem, helping R&D engineers see the "why?" New troubleshooting features to help engineers find the root cause of a problem, include VSA digital persistence trace for viewing bursts and transients that occur on a regular basis, and a cumulative history trace for evaluating spurs, transients and bursts that occur intermittently or at very long intervals. For LTE TDD a new antenna pattern trace evaluates the nulls and lobes of beam forming signals before they go to the transmitters. A new flexible OFDM option provides architects of custom OFDM signals a way to test the performance of their new signal with high performance OFDM evaluation tools.
Agilent Technologies Inc.,
Microwave & Communications Division,
Santa Clara, CA
RS No. 217
Ultra-low Phase Noise for PSG Signal Generators
Agilent has developed a new Option UNY for enhanced ultra-low phase noise for the PSG high-performance signal generators. Compared to the existing low phase noise, Option UNX, Option UNY provides a 5 dB improvement at very close in (< 10 Hz) offsets and up to 12 dB improvement in the pedestal region (10 to 100 kHz offsets). Low phase noise sources are especially useful for a wide range of applications, including use as a reference source in phase noise test systems, LO substitution in advanced radar system development and demanding receiver measurements of adjacent channel performance and blocking tests. To further tailor the PSG's performance for different applications, Option UNY offers two optimization modes.
Agilent Technologies Inc.,
Microwave & Communications Division,
Santa Clara, CA
RS No. 218
This new phase locked loop (PLL) synthesizer is designed for a variety of applications, including microwave point-to-point systems, private mobile radio (PMR), very small aperture terminals (VSAT), test and instrumentation equipment, and aerospace systems. The ADF4150HV 4.4 GHz fractional-N or integer-N PLL synthesizer features a 30 V charge pump. A charge pump capable of 30 V drive level represents the highest voltage IC PLL charge pump available on the market today. Because the device can be used to directly drive high tuning-voltage external voltage controlled oscillators (VCO), it removes the need for active loop filters, thereby simplifying system design, improving performance and reducing bill of materials cost.
Analog Devices Inc.,
RS No. 220
Handheld Spectrum Analyzer
Anritsu Co. introduces the MS272xC Spectrum Master series that provides the broadest frequency range ever available in a handheld spectrum analyzer. Providing frequency coverage up to 43 GHz in an instrument that weighs less than 8 lbs., the MS272xC series is also designed with an assortment of applications to test the RF physical layer, making it easier than ever for field technicians, monitoring agencies and engineers to monitor over-the-air signals, locate interferers, and detect hidden transmitters. Five models, with high-end frequency coverage of 9, 13, 20, 32 and 43 GHz, respectively, are available in the new family.
Morgan Hill, CA
RS No. 221
High Frequency EDA
Visit AWR in Booth #84 during European Microwave Week 2010 for a review of its 2010 software releases. Microwave Office® highlights include support for nonlinear behavioral modeling for Agilent's X-parameters®, Mesuro's Cardiff model, NMDG's S-functions and more, connectivity tracker/tracer, linear stability analysis, new modules of iFilter™ for lumped and distributed filter synthesis, and AWR Connectedô for Cadence for Allegro PCB co-design. Also new for 2010 are Visual System Simulator™ (VSS) TDNN™ memory effect modeling, as well as AXIEM™ antenna analysis and post-processing capabilities. Learn more at www.awrcorp.com and www.awr.tv.
El Segundo, CA
RS No. 222
FEST3D version 6.6 offers new features for the analysis and design of passive waveguide components. Among these new capabilities a new synthesis tool for dual-mode filters has been developed, the synthesis tools for low pass and bandpass filters have been extended, and the possibility to analyze broadband combline filters has been added. Multipactor multicarrier analysis is now also possible. This new version fosters FEST3D performance thanks to the 64 Bit support and to multi-threading at network level. Additionally, an interface with FEKO has been included in order to import the Generalized Scattering Matrix from FEKO to FEST3D and to export from FEST3D the impressed modes for the feeding of antenna elements to FEKO. For a full DEMO version freely downloadable, please visit: www.fest3d.com/download.php.
Aurora Software and Testing,
+34 963 714 257,
RS No. 223
Switches for RF Test Applications
Dow-Key's new product catalog offers a wide range of RF switches. For smaller test applications, 5-million cycle, miniature sized and pin-mount PCB switches are perfect, and for larger setups PXI modules and GPIB/Ethernet/RS-232 controlled matrices are available.
RS No. 224
SP2T Microwave Switch
This family of USB-compatible microwave switches is designed for test bench and lab application. Without any external power supply, these switches cover the frequencies from DC to 26.5 GHz, with excellent isolation and low loss. Built in robust aluminum package, it can be used in various applications. Customizations are available for unique requirements.
+33 (0) 1 69 01 68 51,
RS No. 225
The work of EMCoS Ltd. focuses on the generation of special simulation software for electromagnetic field calculation and data visualization, as well as on consultation with EM problems. EMCoS helps its customers with complex simulation problems by offering appropriate tools, or the company supports them with processing of the complex data. EMCoS Antenna VirtualLab is a powerful program package especially suited for antenna calculations. The program package allows in a very convenient way to design and model complicated antenna structures, calculate them accurately and easily process the results. It provides very convenient tools for comfortable and flexible CAD data processing. Various material properties can be assigned. Antennas can be loaded or fed with many kinds of circuits.
RS No. 226
Comprehensive Electromagnetic Solutions
On an annual basis, new major FEKO releases are made available, with smaller updates in-between. This month, FEKO Suite 6.0 was released, the highlight of which is the "accelerated MoM", i.e. several improvements around the Method of Moments to make this faster and more memory economical. Specific extensions include GPU support, better parallel performance and in particular memory scaling for shared memory parallel processing, and also a new matrix compression technique. On the electromagnetic side, many new extensions have been made such as a large element Physical Optics solver, aperture slot modelling, frequency dependent materials, integrated spice circuit modelling, error estimation, or a new hybridisation of FEM with MLFMM.
EM Software & Systems GmbH,
+49 (0)7031 714 5200,
RS No. 227
Multi-layered LTCC Substrates
Hirai SK Corp. provides its featured foundry service of multi-layered LTCC substrates. Hirai targets higher Q, dimensional precision and the high yield for RF and mm-wave applications. Displayed in the exhibition are a mm-wave antenna integrated LTCC transceiver module, miniaturized BPF with low loss, tapered LTCC substrate and hermetically-sealed LTCC package for micro- and mm-wave applications. Hirai ships samples in a week after the design freeze and provides RF test and design services. The design kit CD is also available.
Hirai SK Corp.,
Shibuya-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
RS No. 228
Synthesized Signal Generator
Priced at only $19,498.00, the HMC-T2240 is a 10 MHz to 40 GHz synthesized signal generator that provides the highest output power, lowest harmonic levels and broadest frequency range. Ideal for use in automated test and measurement environments, research and development laboratories, the HMC-T2240 is a compact and lightweight frequency generator that delivers up to +29 dBm at 1 GHz of CW output power in 0.1 dB steps over a 60 dB dynamic range. Harmonic rejection is better than -30 dBc and spurious products are better than -60 dBc at integer frequencies and better than -45 dBc at fractional frequencies. Phase noise is -96 dBc/Hz at 10 kHz offset at 10 GHz. The HMC-T2240 also delivers frequency resolution of 1 Hz and fast switching speed of 500 µs.
Hittite Microwave Corp.,
RS No. 229
Broadband Time Delay Product Line
The HMC910LC4B is the first product in the company's new Broadband Time Delay product line. The HMC910LC4B is a DC to 24 GHz time delay product that is ideal for timing adjustment in complex digital applications, including clock and data recovery, edge detection, NRZ-to-RZ conversion, data restoration and Mux/Demux applications. The HMC910LC4B provides a continuously variable time delay from 0 to 70 ps while maintaining a constant differential output voltage swing. The device accepts either single-ended or differential input data, while the differential output swing is easily programmed with a DC voltage. The HMC910LC4B provides a time delay that is linearly monotonic with respect to the delay control voltage, VDC, which may be varied from 1.1 to 2.3 V.
Hittite Microwave Corp.,
RS No. 230
The HMC920LP5E is the industry's first complete Class-A amplifier biasing and monitoring solution, and is ideal for power management and control in automotive telematics, Cellular/3G, LTE/WiMAX/4G, broadband, military and test equipment applications. The HMC920LP5E is an active bias controller that can be used to bias depletion and enhancement mode amplifiers operating in Class-A regime. This unique IC houses an integrated LDO to regulate the drain supply of the targeted amplifier and a negative voltage generator for depletion mode devices. The gate voltage of the targeted amplifier is automatically adjusted to keep the quiescent current of the amplifier constant over supply, temperature and threshold drifts.
Hittite Microwave Corp.,
RS No. 231
Phase Noise Analyzers
Holzworth's new cross correlation phase noise analyzers target high performance applications that require the fastest data acquisition times. These analyzers are ideal for improving turnaround during product development as well as manufacturing test applications where test system throughput is crucial. Holzworth cross correlation phase noise analyzers can achieve a measurement noise floor of -180 dBc/Hz in less than one minute of correlations. These systems are available in both fixed and tunable frequencies. Holzworth products are also known for their highly intuitive interfaces and cost-effective pricing.
Holzworth Instrumentation Inc.,
RS No. 234
40 GHz Multicoax Solution
HUBER+SUHNER launches the new 40 Gbps multicoax solution MXP especially suited for high speed digital test applications. A comprehensive CAE product library with modelling data (Agilent ADS), footprints and 3D files supports engineers in designing printed circuit boards. The ganged multicoax series MXP offers a true 40 Gbps coaxial-to-PCB transition while using less space on boards. Its reliable mating and ease of use make it especially suited for bench-top test systems as well as interconnect within automated test equipment. A broad range of configurations with highly flexible cable assemblies and compact PCB connectors are available. Features include: Operating range up to 40 Gbps; Pitch 4 mm (0.16"); Via-in-pad capable; 0.7 mm (0.028") pin size allows easy matching to smallest trace width; and extensive technical support, libraries and footprints.
+41 (0) 71 353 41 11,
RS No. 235
With the new series HFS-865 from INGUN also signals in the microwave range can be detected or applied – due to the fact that this probe provides very good signal transfer characteristics at frequencies as high as 12 GHz. Excellent return loss and transmission characteristics guarantee reliable signal detection. In combination with the MMPX Cable Assembly you get a unique solution for the whole measurement path. Further advantages are very homogeneous impedance characteristics and the fact that the number of dielectric parts could be reduced dramatically. Long airline structures inside the Probe enhance the capability of transmitting highest frequency signals. Also the precision MMPX – input interface from INGUN's partner Huber+Suhner plays a vital role in achieving such good RF characteristics.
ingun Prufmittelbau GmbH,
+49 7531 8105-62,
Record and Replay System
IZT launches the record and replay system IZT RecPlay suitable for recording received scenarios in different countries with minimum degradation of signal quality. The replay generator IZT S1000 covers the frequency range from 9 kHz to 3 GHz with a bandwidth of 120 MHz. The system is the ideal platform for RF-receiver design validation for radio, video and GNSS applications. It offers greatly reduced costs for field testing, repeatable tests in the lab and fidelity in reproducing real RF environment allowing a much faster time to market.
Innovationszentrum fur Telekommunikationstechnik GmbH IZT,
+49 9131 4800 181,
RS No. 236
20 W Multiband Amplifier
The Linwave LWA10248 (30 to 512 MHz) is an ultra compact combined multiband integrated transmit booster amplifier and high quality receive LNA with fast DAMA compatible Tx/Rx switching and automatic bypass upon power failure. Designed to work seamlessly with any tactical half duplex radio or radio repeater with a minimum transmit power of 0.5 W, the unit can be configured to work with AM, FM and all types of digital modulation. Transmit band selection is fully automatic, with Tacsat, LNA On/Off and terrestrial FM and AM modes being selected by a single rotary switch. Tough and rugged, the unit is equipped with a Gortex™ breather and designed for use in the most challenging of environments.
Linwave Technology Ltd.,
+44 (0) 1522 681811,
RS No. 237
The LPKF ProtoLaser S system structures complete layouts on printed circuit boards without chemicals. Conductor widths of 25 µm and spacings of 50 µm can be created on ceramic material. With its outstanding repeatability for precise geometries, the laser system is suitable for the manufacturing of printed circuit boards based on aluminum-coated PET films, copper-coated FR4 or even ceramic and RF substrates. The system requires less than 20 minutes for a complex digital circuit measuring 229 × 305 mm.
LPKF Laser & Electronics AG,
+49 (0) 5131 7095-0,
RS No. 238
Surface-mount and Connectorized Diplexers
Marki's popular low pass/high pass diplexers are now offered in both surface-mount and connectorized packages. These miniature, low cost, high performance diplexers can be used in a variety of applications requiring the routing/multiplexing of signals including transmit/receive architectures and antennas. These diplexers can also be used as excellent, non-reflective low pass (or high pass) filters in systems requiring broadband 50 ohm impedance match.
Morgan Hill, CA
RS No. 240
Mixed-signal Active Load Pull System
The Maury Microwave MT2000-series mixed-signal active load pull system, powered by Anteverta Microwave, is currently available in 6, 18 and 26 GHz versions. As an active load pull system, the MT2000 is extremely fast, with measurement speeds of up to 1000 points per minute in CW and pulsed environments. When operating in a modulated signal environment, the system has the capability to control up to 120 MHz of instantaneous wideband impedances. Source and load matching at fundamental and harmonic frequencies is available for all stimuli. MT2000 is a turnkey load pull system and does not require any external instrumentation. Key features include: broadband system concept (e.g., 0.4 to 18 GHz); reconfigurable hardware; single-ended, differential and number of controlled harmonics; high speed and dynamic range; and embedded measurement of (pulsed/isothermal) DC parameters.
Maury Microwave Corp.,
RS No. 239
2300 to 2550 MHz High Power Amplifier
ZHL-30W-262+ is a ruggedized high power amplifier that delivers 30 W signals covering the 2400 MHz ISM, WLAN and S-Band radar bands. This amplifier supports a variety of applications from communication, radar to critical test and measurement systems and includes over-temperature self-protect and alarming circuits as well as internal protection circuits to prevent damage due to operation into an open or short under full RF power. The Big Deal: high power output of 30 W; capable of operating at rated power into an open or short; and integrated protection and alarm functions.
RS No. 254
Vector Network Analyzer
The NI PXIe-5630 is a 6 GHz two-port vector network analyzer (VNA), the automated test industry's first VNA available in a compact PXI form factor. With support for full vector analysis of transmission and reflection (T/R) parameters, precision automatic calibration and flexible software-defined architecture, the new VNA is ideally suited for automated design validation and production test. Its modular PXI architecture and small, two-slot footprint make it possible for test engineers to incorporate vector network analysis into their test systems without the added cost and large footprint of traditional benchtop VNAs. The NI PXIe-5630 is optimized for automated test with a mature feature set including automatic precision calibration, full vector analysis on both ports, reference plane extensions and a flexible LabVIEW API that is ideal for parallel test.
RS No. 241
GaN Epitaxial Wafers
NTT Advanced Technology Corp. (NTT-AT) is providing GaN epitaxial wafers on a variety of substratesñSi, Sapphire, SiC and GaN. These wafers come in several sizes and recently NTT-AT has released 6" GaN wafer on a silicon substrate with total epitaxial layer thickness of up to 5 µm. NTT-AT's GaN epitaxial wafers have excellent properties both for "high frequency devices" and "high power devices", which will allow the development and deployment of compact and superior devices to conventional standard devices.
NTT Advanced Technology Corp.,
Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo, Japan
+81 3 5843 0927,
RS No. 242
Oven-controlled Crystal Oscillators
Precision Devices will unveil new oven-controlled crystal oscillators (OCXO) at the European Microwave Week exhibition. The company will also be showing its range of frequency control products, including sinewave OCXOs and high-end temperature compensated crystal oscillators (TCXO) targeted at microwave applications. As well as the new OCXOs, the products on display will include the TS07 ultra-tight tolerance TCXO. This oscillator has no warm-up time and uses less power compared to low-end OCXOs, making it more suitable for many applications that require high accuracy. The TS07 has a tolerance of only 0.14 ppm over an operating temperature range from -20° to +70°C, and 0.28 ppm over an extended operating temperature range from -40° to +85°C. It covers a frequency range from 5 to 26 MHz, and measures only 7 by 5 by 2 mm in a compact SMD package.
Precision Devices Inc.,
+44 (0) 1223 834444,
RS No. 243
Prepreg Teams with Laminates
Rogers Corp. has developed the perfect match for its popular RO4360™ laminate: RO4460™ prepreg. Both materials feature dielectric constant (Dk) of 6.15 ± 0.15 and low dielectric loss of 0.003 at 2.5 GHz. Together, they form an ideal system for fabricating compact, cost-sensitive multilayer high frequency circuits where space is at a premium. As with RO4360 laminates, RO4460 prepregs are ceramic-filled, thermoset materials reinforced by woven glass for excellent mechanical stability. The laminate and prepreg supports smaller size circuits with excellent thermal conductivity of 0.8 W/m-K for effective thermal management. RoHS-compliant RO4360 laminate and RO4460 bondply materials offer low coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE) of 30 ppm/°C in the z-axis for reliable plated through holes (PTH) in multilayer circuits.
RS No. 244
The R&S FSVR real-time spectrum analyzer is the first instrument to combine the functions of an all-purpose signal and spectrum analyzer with a real-time spectrum analyzer. In real-time mode, the R&S FSVR detects everything, from sporadic events to ultra-short signals. Measurement without blind times is a major advantage for developers of RF components for commercial transmission systems such as LTE, WiMAX™, WLAN, Bluetooth® and RFID, and for general RF applications such as radar and frequency hopping transmission. Designed on the basis of the R&S FSV, the R&S FSVR provides the full functionality of a signal and spectrum analyzer – with a measurement speed up to five times faster than any other analyzer on the market.
Rohde & Schwarz GmbH & Co. KG,
RS No. 245
Rosenberger introduces the new P-SMP (Power-SMP) RF coaxial connector series that combines the advantages of SMP connectors - minimum board-to-board spaces - and of SMA connectors - high performance and high power rating. Minimum board-to-board distances from 12.6 mm can be realized by using bullets of different lengths. In these applications, P-SMP connectors are designed for high power loads up to 200 W at frequencies of 2.2 GHz (maximum frequency 15 GHz). Applications include board-to-board connections in base stations, or board-to-cable connections in power amplifier filter units. Other series characteristics are very high density in board-to-board connections and high flexibility due to misalignment (axial 1 mm, radial 4°).
Rosenberger HochfrequenztechnikGmbH & Co. KG,
+49 (0) 8684 18 263,
RS No. 252
End Launch Connectors
Southwest Microwave announced a low profile version of its popular End Launch connectors to accommodate growing market acceptances. The low profile version recesses the mounting screws providing a lower silhouette and prevents objects from snagging on the screw heads. Electrical performance and the other dimensions are identical to the original End Launch connectors, which, if needed, allow the original End Launch connector to be interchanged with the low profile version. SMI's End Launch connectors are intended to provide microwave design engineers with a quick and simple approach to evaluate board and product prototype designs.
Southwest Microwave Inc.,
RS No. 246
Non-reinforced Microwave Substrate
Taclamplus is a cost-effective, non-reinforced microwave substrate of typically 100 micron thickness that can be used to create very low-loss structures both with single dielectric layers and multiple layers. Exceptional copper-foil adhesion allows small-feature resolution. Its unique composition of the dielectric, basically the absence of any glass in the substrate material, facilitates clean laser ablation for micro-via and component-cavity formation. The use of metal-plate such as 1 mm copper helps maintain dimensional stability and provides a sound ground plane and heat-sink. Features include: > 40 GHz no packaged MMICs; designers need to use MMIC die and wirebonds; dies need to be placed in cavities to keep wires short as possible; and substrate losses need to be the lowest.
Taconic Advanced Dielectric Division, Co.
+353 44 93 95600,
RS No. 247
X-band Signal Generator
Vaunix Technology Corp. announced the introduction of an X-band signal generator to its Lab Brick® product line. The LMS-123 operates from 8 to 12 GHz, and boasts low phase noise, fast 100 microsecond switching time and fine 100 Hz frequency resolution. The LMS series also offers advanced operating features such as phase-continuous linear frequency sweeping, optional modulation formats and internal/external triggering. Other previously released models in the LMS family include the LMS-802 covering 4 to 8 GHz and the LMS-103 covering 5 to 10 GHz. Lab Brick signal generators are known for their compact size, low power consumption and Universal Serial Bus (USB) compatibility. Each Lab Brick® signal generator measures 4.90" × 3.14" × 1.59" and weighs less than 1 lb. (0.45 kg).
Vaunix Technology Corp.,
RS No. 248
WIN Semiconductors Corp. is the world's largest pure-play 6-inch GaAs foundry. WIN has established two advanced GaAs wafer fabs for high volume, RF GaAS MMICs (monolithic microwave ICs). WIN provides foundry services to fabless design houses and IDM partners. WIN supplies leading-edge HBT and PHEMT MMIC fabrication services to worldwide IC manufacturers, using state-of-the-art GaAs process technology.
WIN Semiconductors Corp.,
Tao Yuan Shien, Taiwan
RS No. 249
EM Modeling and Simulation
WIPL-D Pro 8.0 brings significant kernel enhancements that enable faster simulations on multi-core computers, automated solver selection based on available system resources and enhanced tools for result convergence studies. The most important new features are: complete parallelization for multi-core CPUs (using OpenMP to fully exploit the multi-core CPU performance; the speed-up on; a quad-core CPU is about three times for matrix fill-in stage and almost four times for iterative solver, MLFMM solver, near field and radiation computation); optimized out-of-core solver algorithm; automated solver selection based on available system resources; increased convergence control through user defined reference frequency, maximum size of model patch and choice of basis functions used.
+381 11 2289 350,
RS No. 250
Z-Communications Inc. announces a new RoHS compliant VCO (voltage-controlled oscillator) model CRO2477A-LF in S-band. The CRO2477A-LF operates at 2440 to 2540 MHz with a tuning voltage range of 0.5 to 4.5 VDC. This VCO features a typical phase noise of -108 dBc/Hz at 10 kHz offset and a typical tuning sensitivity of 30 MHz/V. The CRO2477A-LF is designed to deliver a typical output power of 3.5 dBm at 5 VDC supply while drawing 21 mA (typical) over the temperature range of -40° to 85°C. This VCO features typical second harmonic suppression of -20 dBc and comes in Z-Comm's standard MINI-16-SM package measuring 0.5" × 0.5" × 0.22".
San Diego, CA
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