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August 9, 2011
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Components

X-band Tx and Rx Filters
The company claims to have released the world's smallest waveguide X- band Tx and Rx filters for military satcom applications. The filters have less than 0.3 dB insertion loss and have greater than 90 dB rejection in the complementary frequency bands. They are said to be shorter and lighter than equivalent filters, which makes them suitable for portable solutions.
A1 Microwave Ltd.,
Pickering, UK
+44 (0)1751 476600
www.a1microwave.com


110 GHz 1.0 mm Connectors
The new 1.0 mm connector series is designed for semi-rigid and low-loss flexible cable and adaptors for custom applications. They are designed for 50 Ω and are said to exhibit excellent performance up to 110 GHz. The connector's outer conductor ID is 1.0 mm; the interface is air dielectric and the contact is supported by a short dielectric bead. The connectors can operate in a temperature range from -55°C to 125°C and other features include low insertion loss, low reflection loss and good VSWR performance.
Frontlynk Technologies Inc.
Tainan, Taiwan
+886 6 356 2626
www.frontlynk.com

Automatic Gain Control Product Line
Hittite's first IF automatic gain controller, HMC992LP5E, is composed of two identical voltage variable attenuators in combination with an InGaP HBT gain block MMIC amplifier and operates from 0.1 to 0.8 GHz. The HMC992LP5E features superior gain control range from -10 to +38 dB, and delivers noise figure of 6 dB in its maximum gain state, with output IP3 up to +40 dBm. Housed in a RoHS compliant 5 × 5 mm QFN leadless package, the HMC992LP5E requires no external matching components.
Hittite Microwave Corp.
Chelmsford, MA
(978) 250-3343
www.hittite.com

Wideband KABUC-ODUs
Jersey Microwave introduces its new outdoor package for its high performance, production Ka-band phase-locked block up converters (KABUC). These outdoor units (ODU) translate L-band signals (950 to 2450 MHz) to Ka-band (24 to 31 GHz in up to 1500 MHz band segments). Features include phase-locked to an external (5 MHz/10 MHz) or an internal reference (auto-switchover when external reference is removed). Superior performance over temperature, excellent phase noise (exceeds IESS 308/309 and MIL-STD-188-164A), low output spurious, LO leakage, output power up to 4 W, operates from 90 to 260 VAC, 25 dB gain adjustment, full M&C functionality via Ethernet, and RS485/422 are available. Block down converters are also available. Multiband solutions are available in C-, X-, Ku- and Ka-bands.
Jersey Microwave
Flanders, NJ
(908) 684-2390
www.jerseymicrowave.com

Miniature Fixed 3 dB Attenuator
Model 4772-3 miniature fixed 3 dB attenuator has flat frequency response, low VSWR, and meets environmental requirements for MIL-A-3933. The attenuator measures only 1.24" × 0.38" and weighs 0.5 oz. It handles 2 W average and 200 W peak RF input power, has a VSWR of 1.4:1 or less, and attenuation deviation of ± 0.3 dB or less. Connectors are stainless steel SMA female. The model 4772-3 attenuator is in stock for immediate delivery.
Narda Microwave-East
Hauppauge, NY
(631) 231-1700
www.nardamicrowave.com/east

200 MHz Crystal Filter
NIC introduces a 200 MHz fundamental frequency Crystal filter used to achieve spectral purity and noise reduction in clock/timing chain applications. Some of the features include a hermetically-sealed package, low insertion loss of < 6 dB, rejection of > 40 dB at Fc ±100 KHz and ultimate rejection of > 75 dB, built in a small package size of 1.0" × 0.5" × 0.28." Custom designs are available up to 250 MHz.
Networks International Corp.
Overland Park, KS
(913) 685-3400
www.nickc.com

Solid-state Attenuator
The PMI model DTA-50M2D5G-CD-SFF is a solid-state attenuator that operates in a frequency range from 50 MHz to 2.5 GHz. Features include mean attenuation range of 60 dB; insertion loss of 4.5 dB maximum; VSWR of 2.0:1 maximum, minimum attentuation step of 0.06 dB; switching time of 1.0 usec maximum; control is 10-bit TTL; DC voltage is ±15 VDC; connectors are SMA(F)×2 and 15 Pin D-Sub. Size is 2.0"L × 1.81"W × 0.88"H.
Planar Monolithics Industries Inc.
Frederick, MD
(301) 662-5019
www.pmi-rf.com

30 W Switch
Pulsar model PS4-52-452/13S covers the frequency range of 15 to 40 GHz with 12 dB minimum isolation, 2 dB maximum insertion loss and 1.90:1 maximum VSWR. Amplitude and phase balance are, respectively, 0.8 and 12 degrees maximum input power is 30 W maximun.
Pulsar Microwave Corp.
Clifton, NJ
(973) 779-6262
www.pulsarmicrowave.com

Low Frequency, High PowerNotch Filter
6R10-434-X7N11 is a low frequency, high power notch filter perfect for co-site interference applications. While this unit is centered at 434 MHz, there are many other center frequency and passband configurations available. Please contact the factory with your exact requirement.
Reactel Inc.
Gaithersburg, MD
(301) 519-3660
www.reactel.com

Universal Adapter Kit
RF Connectors is offering its 30-piece Unidapt kit with white bronze plating, RFA-4024-WB. White bronze provides a tarnish-free, non-magnetic solution with electrical performance rivaling silver plated products. In addition, white bronze is corrosion resistant, lead-free, and has low intermodulation distortion. Unidapt™ system adapters come with gold-plated contacts and DuPont Teflon™ insulation. Simply mix or match any male-to-male, female-to- female, or male-to-female adapter components. Literally hundreds of different adapters can be made instantly using the N, BNC, TNC, SMA, UHF or M-UHF components contained within the RFA-4024 Unidapt™ kit. The universal center adapter is the key.
RF Industries
San Diego, CA
(800) 233-1728
www.rfindustries.com

DW-2 Broadband Detector
Spacek Labs model DW-2 is a full-band, 75 to 110 GHz detector. This detector is a very cost-effective way of measuring power in the W-band spectrum. The RF input is WR-10 (UG387/UM) and the output is SMA (F). These detectors can be used as fast data rate receivers, with up to 3 GHz bandwidth at the 3 dB point into a 50 Ω load. Typical input sensitivity is 1500 mV/mW at -20 dBm input power. Using a 10 megohm load the sensitivity is 1500 mV/mW at -20 dBm input power. Flatness across the band is ±2 dB with a typical tangential sensitivity of -45 dBm in a 1 MHz video bandwidth. Maximum input power is +18 dBm. This detector is available with positive (P) or negative (N) output polarity.
Spacek Labs Inc.
Santa Barbara, CA
(805) 564-4404
www.spaceklabs.com

Two-way Combiner, 20 to 1000 MHz
The model D8682 is a high power combiner designed specifically for multi-octave, commercial and military solid-state amplifier applications. This model is only one of several Werlatone combiners available with full 20 to 1000 MHz bandwidth, at power levels ranging from 25 to 500 W CW. D8682 is rated at 500 W CW and will tolerate a full input failure at rated power with forced air cooling and 300 W CW without forced air cooling.
Werlatone Inc.
Patterson, NY
(845) 278-2220
www.werlatone.com

Amplifiers

X-Band Amplifier
AML announces the availability of a low noise X-band amplifier, model number AML812L3003. This LNA operates in the frequency range of 8 to 12 GHz with small signal gain over 30 dB and a noise figure of 1.1 dB typical. Output P1dB is +10 dBm minimum. This amplifier is available in a SMA connectorized housing with internal voltage regulation and reverse voltage protection.
AML Communications
Santa Clara, CA
(408) 727-6666
www.amlj.com

Dual-band Solid-state Amplifiers
With AR's dual-band amplifiers, you have freedom like never before. You pick the power from 5 to 80 W. You pick the bandwidth from 0.8 to 8 GHz, 0.8 to 10.6 GHz or 0.8 to 18 GHz. AR RF/Microwave puts it together for you in one package that costs less, weighs less, and takes less space than two separate amplifiers.
AR RF/Microwave Instrumentation
Souderton, PA
(215) 723-8181
www.arworld.us

400 W Ku-Band TWTA
The XTD-400KHE high power amplifier (HPA) is a compact, antenna mountable TWTA designed for high linear power with high efficiency. The new amplifier is in a compact, rugged package weighing only 32 pounds. Drawing only 960 W at 200 W of linear RF output power, the amplifier is ideal for transportable applications where high efficiency, light weight, and high ambient temperature operation are required. The high efficiency 400 W Ku-band traveling wave tube amplifier (TWTA) has the size, weight and prime-power requirements of traditional 200 W products.
Comtech Xicom Technology Inc.
Santa Clara, CA
(408) 213-3300
www.xicomtech.com

L-Band Power Amplifier
The GCM5C5DHO (SKU 3114) is a 2110 to 2170 MHz, 47 dBm, GaN, multi-function, microprocessor controlled amplifier. This amplifier is small (2" × 6") and lightweight (< 0.5 pounds) providing 50 W over the entire -40 to +85C temperature range. Efficiency is > 50 percent and is designed for rugged operating conditions. It operates unconditionally stable into open and short circuits. The amplifier Enable On/Off is ultrafast < 5 µsec and has a low standby power consumption of < 5 W. This compact, fully integrated amplifier module is designed for high volume manufacturing.
Empower RF Systems Inc.
Inglewood, CA
(310) 412-8100
www.empowerrf.com

GaN Broadband PA
The new broadband power amplifiers – models KUPABB322A and KUPABB325A – based on GaN-technology are claimed to provide excellent gain flatness and constant output power over the specified frequency range. Compact size (124 × 80 × 25 mm) and low supply voltage (+28 V DC) make the modules suitable for any broadband application including, CW/pulsed systems, laboratory equipment and radar.
Kuhne electronic GmbH
Berg, Germany
+49 (0) 9293 800 939
www.kuhne-electronic.de

Low Noise Amplifiers
The MAAL-010705 and MAAL-010706 are highly linear LNAs with low noise figure, high gain and excellent input and output return loss designed for operation from 0.5 to 1.6 GHz and 1.4 to 4 GHz, respectively. These two amplifiers share the same pin out and are packaged in an RoHS compliant leadless 2 × 2 mm DFN package. The bias current and gain can be set with external resistors allowing the user to customize the current consumption and gain value to fit the application. The MAAL-010704 is a versatile broadband LNA that operates in the frequency range of 0.1 to 3.5 GHz and is packaged in SOT-363. Its bias current can also be set externally via the use of a resistor. The LNAs all feature an integrated active bias circuit allowing direct connection to 3 V voltage supply while minimizing variation over temperature and process.
M/A-COM Technology Solutions Inc.
Lowell, MA
(800) 366-2266
www.macomtech.com

Coaxial High Power Amplifier
The LZY-22+ is a ruggedized high power amplifier capable of delivering 30 W output signals across its entire operating bandwidth, from 0.1 to 200 MHz. Extensive safety features to prevent amplifier damage include over-temperature protection and the ability to handle short and open loads. It offers digitally controlled blanking, isolation of 70 dB typical, and high gain, 43 dB typical. The LZY-22+, including heat-sink and cooling fan, is designed for a 24 V/5.5A DC power supply.
Mini-Circuits
Brooklyn, NY
(718) 934-4500
www.minicircuits.com

High Power Linear Ku-Band PA
The AMF-6B-14001535-50-40P is a connectorized Ku-band high power linear amplifier/module, covering 14 to 15.35 GHz and delivering over 10 W at P1dB. The connectorized aluminum housing is 1" high, including the top fins, 2.8" wide × 4.6" long, excluding the connectors, heatsink with fan pack and the standard field replaceable isolator in addition to the 28 V option shown in the picture. It is intended for bolting to a flat cooling surface. This module has internal regulation, over voltage, temperature and reverse polarity protection. Single +12 to +15 V supply is required and 28 V is optional. The power amplifier is fully compliant over a base temperature range of -30° to +60°C. Nominal small-signal gain is near 40 dB with a gain flatness of less than ±1.5 dB. RF port VSWRs are less than 1:1.5 at input and 1:2 at output and noise figure is less than 5 dB. Output IP3 is typically 47 dBm. Current draw from +15 V is nominally 7A and 7.5A at P1dB.
MITEQ Inc.
Hauppauge, NY
(631) 439-9469
www.miteq.com

Power Amplifier
The HRAD6.5-005 power amplifier/upconverter covers the frequency range from 5.5 to 7 GHz and is usable to 7.2 GHz. MMIC technology is used to achieve high reliability and repeatability. An output level of 3.5 W saturated has been achieved. The SSG is 40 dB at 6.5 GHz. Multiple devices buffered by ferrite junctions used to achieve the best circuitry allowing the use of a single bias to power the amplifier. This component can be integrated with the onboard DSB upconverters and other components to form custom subassemblies for specific applications. The upconverter is housed in a separate enclosure to prevent leakage and so that external filters can be used. The amplifier/upconverter can be used in transmitters for communication and radar systems and also as part of test equipment suites.
Renaissance Electronics
Harvard, MA
(978) 772-7774
www.rec-usa.com

PtP Power Solution
TriQuint has released the TGA2524-SM (12 to 16 GHz) amplifier for point-to-point microwave radio and Ku-band VSAT applications. TriQuint's TGA2524-SM offers 35 percent lower power consumption and surface- mount convenience in a 3 × 3 mm-QFN package. TGA2524-SM allows for gain regulation with gate and voltage adjustment; it requires no external PCB matching and typically provides 26.5 dBm of saturated output power with 23 dB of small signal gain.
TriQuint Semiconductor
Hillsboro, OR
(503) 615-9000
www.triquint.com

Sources

IEEE 1588 OCXO
Connor-Winfield's new high stability SMD OH300 series of OCXOs provide an excellent capability to support IEEE 1588 system requirements. This SC crystal based design maximizes short term stability, frequency stability over temperature and extremely low aging rates. Offering standard frequencies like 5M, 10M, 12.8M, 13M, 19.44M, 20M and 20.48M, this model can be configured to provide exceptional performance for short term stability to the level 5 × 10-12, stability over temperature of 1 × 10-9 and daily aging rates of 5 × 10-10. Package size is 22 × 25 × 12.7 mm.
Connor-Winfield Corp.
Aurora, IL
(630) 851-4722
www.conwin.com

Phase-locked Clock Oscillator
The XLT-129 ultra-miniature, low noise clock oscillator operates at a fixed frequency of 129 MHz as reference clocks in military and commercial RF/microwave systems. Locked to an external frequency reference, the XLT-129 features instantaneous turn-on, excellent phase noise (Fout = 129 MHz,< -130 dBc/Hz at 10 KHz, typical), high vibration tolerance (12 g's RMS, operating) and low power consumption at +3.3, +5, +8 or +12 VDC. The XLT is housed in a miniature connectorized package (1.3" × 1.1" × 0.4") to withstand harsh environments, and operates over the standard temperature range of -30° to +70°C. Optionally available features include operating over the MIL-SPEC temperature range (-40° to +85°C) and optional hermetic sealing per MIL-STD-883.
EM Research Inc.
Reno, NV
(775) 345-2411
www.emresearch.com

Four-channel Oscilloscope
The four-channel PicoScope 6404 PC Oscilloscope has an analog bandwidth of 500 MHz, matched by a real-time sampling rate of 5 GS/s, which guarantees accurate representation of signals up to the full bandwidth. The scope features an ultra-deep 1 gigasample buffer memory that allows capture and analysis of complex waveforms, even when sampling at full speed. It connects to any Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7 computer with a USB 2.0 port and also offers a built-in function generator, arbitrary waveform generator, mask limit testing, switchable bandwidth limiting on each channel, and switchable 1 megohm and 50 Ω inputs.
Pico Technology
St. Neots, UK
+44 (0) 1480 396 395
www.picotech.com

Surface-mount XOs and VCXOs
Rakon has launched two new 7 × 5 mm surface-mount XO and VCXO products. The RXO7050R (XO) and RVX7050R (VCXO) offer high performance at low cost, with fast lead times. The RXO7050R and RVX7050R offer wide frequency ranges from 10 MHz to 1500 MHz and CMOS, LVPECL or LVDS output options. The series is available with 2.5 or 3.3 V operation and <1 ps RMS phase jitter integrated from 12 kHz to 20 MHz for the XO. The RVX7050R offers excellent close-in phase noise. A distinct feature for both the XO and VCXO products is an optional "frequency select" pin enabling the output frequency to be selected from two or four pre-defined alternatives. The pin enables maximum design flexibility while reducing design time and lowering inventory costs. Sample turnaround is less than two weeks on more than 200 of the most commonly used frequencies. The RXO/RVX7050R series is ideally suited for many high speed serial data communications, networking and telecom applications.
Rakon Ltd.
Auckland, New Zealand
+64 9 571 9216
www.rakon.com

VCO with Low Phase Noise
Z-Communications Inc. announces a new RoHS compliant voltage-controlled oscillator (VCO) model CRO3262B-LF in S-band. The CRO3262B-LF operates at 3261 to 3263 MHz with a tuning voltage range of 0.5 to 4.5 Vdc. This VCO features a typical phase noise of -113 dBc/Hz at 10 KHz offset and a typical tuning sensitivity of 5 MHz/V. The CRO3262B-LF is designed to deliver a typical output power of 8 dBm at 5 Vdc supply while drawing 25 mA (typical) over the temperature range of -40º to 85ºC. This VCO features typical second harmonic suppression of -15 dBc and comes in Z-Comm's standard MINI-16-SM package measuring 0.5" × 0.5" × 0.22." It is available in tape and reel packaging for production requirements. The CRO3262B-LF is also ideal for automated surface-mount assembly and reflow. CRO3262B-LF is well suited for fixed wireless applications that require ultra low phase noise performance.
Z-Communications Inc.
Poway, CA
(858) 621-2700
www.zcomm.com

Processing Equipment

Parallel Gap Welder
Resistance or ohmic welding is widely used in the automotive, electronics, medical, aerospace, RF and microwave industries. The model SMAPRO100 parallel gap welding machine cannot only weld gold and silver ribbons, but also enameled wires without additional coating layer stripping steps. Thus, it eliminates the expensive and difficult stripping process and produces more reliable joints. Welded products are inherently RoHS-compliant because there is no toxic soldering material involved. The flagship SMAPRO100 can weld ribbon sizes up to 40 × 2 mils and enameled wire up to gage #26. Two output power levels, 400 W and 800 W, are offered as Type S and Type L models. Various electrodes and optical devices are offered for selection. The control unit measures 13"(W) × 7.0"(H) × 8"(D) and weighs 35 lbs.
SW Tech Equipment Inc.
Torrance, CA
(424) 757-0117
www.swtechequipment.com

Test Equipment

DC to 14 GHz Evaluation Board
Electro-Photonics LLC is expanding its product offerings, and announces the availability of a high performance RF/microwave evaluation (eval) board for easy characterization of SMT attenuators. It can accommodate many SMT attenuators with chip sizes 0.150" × 0.125" (.XXX ± 0.010). Optimized end launches and through line is included for quick de-embedding. Everything you need to evaluate attenuators in minutes on one easy-to-use board with excellent performance up to 14 GHz.
Electro-Photonics LLC
Palm City, FL
(772) 485-0927
www.electro-photonics.com

IWX Analyzers
The Invisible Waves X™ capitalizes on the successes of its predecessor by adding a suite of controls providing "world-first" RF analysis. Highlighting the array of new features are Alert Unidentified Frequency Objects (UFO) to warn of rogue interference, Click to Listen™ (listen-in to all RF space) and RF Coordinator™ to identify usable open RF space. Also included are RF Congestion Scale™ to gauge the severity of local RF and RF Level Alert™ to warn when any cataloged signals fall below assigned thresholds. Other new features are an RF Event/Alarm Recorder™ and Logger, and insta-save and recall custom profiles and screen images. The IWX analyzers are sold as complete kits, which include AC adaptor/charger, multiple antennas and a quick USB to PC connection, all enclosed in a pre-configured, laptop-sized, high-impact carrying case. The analyzers also have very intuitive and easy to use sweep analysis display for simultaneous broad span sweeps and docking on-screen control panels.
Kaltman Creations LLC
Suwanee, GA
(678) 714-2000
www.kaltmancreationsllc.com

Compact Signal Generator
The R&S SGS100A signal generator has been optimized for use in automated test. It offers a very high output level of typically +22 dBm as standard and has an electronic step attenuator covering the entire frequency range. Its low non-harmonics of –76 dBc up to 1.5 GHz make the generator a suitable signal source for converter tests. Two versions are available. The CW model generates frequencies up to 12.75 GHz and can be used as a local oscillator as well as for interference testing against mobile radio standards. The vector signal generator version with integrated I/Q modulator offers a maximum frequency of 6 GHz and covers the most important frequency bands for digital communications standards. The R&S SGS100A's compact size enables it to fit in one-half the width of a 19" rack as a single height unit, so that four RF sources can be installed in the space previously needed for one.
Rohde & Schwarz
Munich, Germany
+49 89 4129 12345
www.rohde-schwarz.com

Cross Domain Analyzer Series
Advantest Corp. announced the availability of its new Cross Domain Analyzer™ family, the U3800 series. The U3800 is the industry's first metrology tool to offer phase measurement of two high-frequency signals in a single instrument, allowing operators to determine the phase difference. This new functionality enables quick and accurate detection of reception problems caused by inter-circuit interference or radio wave reflection, making the U3800 ideal for applications ranging from electromagnetic interference (EMI) challenges, to broadcasting and communications. The U3800 series utilizes a new "X math" function for comparative analysis of inputs from two channels. This function displays the waveforms of both signals on a single coordinate plain, enabling operators to see the phase difference between the signals at a glance. The U3800 is available in three configurations with varying frequency ranges and price points.
Advantest Corp.
Tokyo, Japan
+81-3-3214-7502
www.advantest.com

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