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November 8, 2010
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LTE Base Station Emulator
Agilent Technologies has a new LTE Base Station Emulator designed to speed development and verification of LTE user equipment. The PXT Wireless Communications Test Set (E6621A) is a powerful, common hardware test platform that is used across the LTE development lifecycle. Agilent’s PXT test set represents a significant breakthrough in testing handsets and data modems for all planned LTE deployments. The new PXT is the basis for a Signaling Conformance Test suite that will run TTCN-3 scripted test cases validated by PTCRB, the North American regulatory agency responsible for cellular device compliance. For more information, visit www.agilent.com/find/PXT.
Agilent Technologies Inc.,
Santa Clara, CA
(800) 829-4444,
www.agilent.com


AWR Visual System Simulator 2010
AWR’s Visual System Simulator™ software (VSS) is ideal for communication system design. The 2010 release introduces new capabilities that increase productivity for RF engineers, including time delay neural network (TDNN™) advanced amplifier behavioral models for capturing memory effects and a new phased-array element for radar designs. Enhancements have also been made to the VSS’s RFA™ architect tool. New communication models and signal processing blocks have been added as well, including turbo decoders for 3G/4G standards. AWR Connected™ for Rohde & Schwarz’s WinIQSIM2 waveform generation software integrates with VSS to ensure test & measurement source signals are identical to those within VSS. This additional module to VSS supports all communications standards and their variants. Visit www.awrcorp.com and AWR.TV to learn more about VSS as well as to download a free 30-day trial.
AWR Corp.,
El Segundo, CA
(310) 726-3000,
www.awrcorp.com

EWT: Where Performance Counts
Eastern Wireless TeleComm Inc. (EWT) specializes in custom design and manufacture of RF and microwave filters and filter-based products for mobile communications applications. The staff encompasses over 50 years of combined experience in the design, development, and high volume manufacturing of cavity and waveguide filters to 50 GHz and lumped element filters up to 10 GHz. All of the company’s products are manufactured to strict guidelines set forth in its ISO-9001 compliant quality system, ensuring the highest level of product performance and reliability. Through utilization of the company’s in-house machining capabilities and state-of-the-art manufacturing processes, rapid turn-around is standard. EWT can develop any cavity, lumped element, waveguide, or wireless filter to meet your needs. Visit us online to request your quote today.
Eastern Wireless TeleComm Inc.,
Salisbury, MD
(410) 749-3800,
www.ewtfilters.com

Compact Communications Amplifier Module
The PCM3R3SCO (SKU 7091) is one of a series of communications amplifiers. This 900 MHz compact linear power amplifier is one of a series that covers 450, 700, 800, 900, 1800, 1900 and 2100 MHz bands and is suitable for use in commercial LTE networks and public safety wireless communication applications. The amplifier employs latest generation LDMOS device technology and is highly efficient. The amplifier has an advanced built-in predistortion engine with wide instantaneous correction bandwidth, which ensures low distortion and wide dynamic range operation. Efficiency of up to 40 percent is possible in this series where the high performance is achieved by employing advanced RF design techniques. Empower RF’s ISO9001 Quality Assurance Program assures consistent performance and the highest reliability.
Empower RF Systems Inc.,
Inglewood, CA
(310) 412-8100,
www.empowerrf.com

Mobile Communications
NIC’s mobile communication products include filters, diplexers and integrated assemblies used in the transmit-receive chain as well as for harmonic suppression. Different technologies such as LC, ceramic and cavity are used based on the specifications. Custom designs are available to support specific requirements. Features include: cavity filter designs with low insertion loss and high power handling capability; custom high Q ceramic filter designs offering high performance in a small package configuration; integrated solutions providing improved performance while significantly reducing the size and simplifying customer procurement; and standardized products to offer low cost solutions. NIC is a global manufacturer of custom RF and microwave components.
Networks International Corp.,
Overland Park, KS
(913) 685-3400,
www.nickc.com

RF CMOS Solutions
Peregrine’s new PE42662 SP6T features six fully symmetric transmit ports allowing any combination of transmit/receive for 3G front-end modules in multi-band GSM/EDGE/W-CDMA handsets. The UltraCMOS™ switch delivers high linearity and exceptional harmonic performance: 2fo/3fo = -40 dBm at 35 dBm TX (900 MHz) and 33 dBm TX (1900 MHz); IIP3 of +68 dBm at 50 Ohm; low transmit insertion loss of 0.5/0.6 dB (900/1900MHz); and 38 dB/33 dB isolation (900/1900 MHz). The switch handles maximum +35 dBm input power with world-class ESD tolerance of 4000 V HBM at ANT port, and 2000 V HBM on all ports.
Peregrine Semiconductor,
San Diego, CA
(858) 731-9400,
www.psemi.com

RFMD® LNA Products
RFMD® offers a broad portfolio of LNA products ideally suited for cellular applications that demand high performance in a space-constrained environment. Products include the RF281x family of GPS LNA modules and the RF2884 broadband general-purpose LNA. The RF281x family of GPS LNA modules is based on RFMD’s EpHEMT process and integrates SAW filters. These modules have been designed in very compact packages to deliver best-in-class performance, which in turn enable GPS solutions that feature reduced front-end noise and improved sensitivity. Features for the GPS LNA and general-purpose receive LNA modules include low noise figure, high gain and excellent linearity. To learn more about RFMD’s wide range of LNA products, visit www.rfmd.com
RFMD,
Greensboro, NC
(336) 664-1233,
www.rfmd.com

Filters, Multiplexers and Multifunction Assemblies
Reactel offers a variety of filters, multiplexers and multifunction assemblies for the mobile communication industry. Reactel’s experienced engineers can come up with a creative solution for all of your Tx, Rx or Co-site requirements. Reactel has designed a broad range of filters from high power units operating to 5 kW and beyond to extremely small ceramic units that are suitable for handheld or portable applications. The company’s product line includes bandpass, lowpass, highpass and notch filters as well as multiplexers and multi-passband filters. Offering fast turnaround, competitive pricing and high quality, Reactel can satisfy most any requirement you may have.
Reactel Inc.,
Gaithersburg, MD
(301) 519-3660,
www.reactel.com

High Performance RF Components
Are your mobile device customers demanding more talk time, faster data exchange rates and streaming video? Do they want connectivity that seamlessly switches between cellular and broadband to experience fewer delays and longer battery life? TriQuint Semiconductor designs and manufactures high-performance radio frequency solutions for communications companies building mobile devices ranging from high-end smartphones and gaming devices to ereaders and netbooks. TriQuint is the industry’s only RF vendor to offer a total front-end solution that integrates the amplification, filtering and switching technology into a single solution. TriQuint’s solutions minimize board space and maximum battery life. Help your customers talk, text, download video and enjoy their favorite mobile devices. Choose TriQuint for your mobile device RF.
TriQuint Semiconductor Inc.,
Hillsboro, OR
(503) 615-9000,
www.triquint.com

Wireless Infrastructure Solutions
Skyworks’ broad portfolio of RF/microwave products includes solutions for today’s demanding wireless infrastructure systems including cellular base stations, WiMAX access points, land-mobile radio systems and point-to-point radio links. Skyworks offers components and subsystems from the antenna connection to the baseband output, including low noise amplifiers, power amplifiers, general-purpose amplifiers, mixers, modulators, demodulators, phase shifters, switches, attenuators, detectors, directional couplers, hybrid couplers, power splitters/combiners, ceramic filters and resonators, plus discrete control components including PIN, tuning varactor, Schottky diodes and chip attenuators.
Skyworks Solutions Inc.,
Woburn, MA
(781) 376-3000,
www.skyworksinc.com

RF Probe
INGUN has announced an innovative breakthrough in modern RF probing technology with the introduction of the HFS-835 series RF Probe with integrated attenuator. It is said to be the first spring-loaded RF probe with an integrated attenuation module. The 50 Ω RF probe has a broadband frequency range of DC to 3 GHz. Front plungers and inner conductor tip-styles can be tailor-made to accommodate contacting of several different PCB land-pattern shapes as well as selected RF connector types. Applications include virtually any kind of production-line test with RF test applications, e.g. the general telecommunication market, WiFi boards, Bluetooth applications and the automotive market. It is especially suitable for test fixtures with space restrictions or to prevent shear forces to the probe due to externally connected attenuators.
INGUN Prüfmittelbau GmbH,
Konstanz, Germany
+49 7531 8105-62,
www.ingun.com

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