- Buyers Guide
Ku-Band TCDL Diplexer
The model Ku5924 Ku-Band TCDL diplexer has a transmit passband of 14.73 ±0.20 GHz and a receive passband of 15.25 ±0.10 GHz with approximately 30 dB of gain in the receive channel and approximately 2 dB insertion loss in the transmit channel. Noise figure is 3.4 dB maximum in the passbands and channel-to-channel isolation is 110 dB minimum. The unit operates with 15 V DC power and draws less than 200 mA.
Integrated Microwave Assemblies
This X-Band assembly is another example of Microsemi's expertise in designing compact multi-functional integrated microwave assemblies while delivering low phase noise performance. Characteristics include high gain (60 dB), a high Q band- pass filter, a variable phase shifter (360° range) and multiple coupled ports. This IMA is part of a low phase noise oscillator with high spectral purity developed for military radar and communication systems.
Waveguide Rotary Joints
A pair of new WR90 waveguide rotary joints come in "U" and "F" configurations. In the F-type rotary joint, one inline arm is fixed to the housing and the other arm is free to rotate. In the U-type rotary joint, both waveguide ports are at a right angle to the rotational axis. They provide full frequency coverage from 8 to 12.4 GHz. The maximum insertion loss across the band and insertion loss due to rotational effects is 0.3 dB. The maximum VSWR from 8 to 8.5 GHz is 1.35:1, with maximum VSWR of only 1.20:1 across the remainder of the frequency range, from 8.5 to 12.4 GHz. The maximum VSWR due to rotational effects is 1.05:1. It is constructed with high grade aluminum with a light-weight, corrosion-resistant Iridite finish.
Microwave Development Labs
Needham Heights, MA
ZGDC35-93HP+ is a 35 dB DC pass high power bi-directional coupler covering the frequency range of 900 to 9000 MHz. Directivity is 25 dB typical and coupling flatness is ±0.8 dB typical over 1050 to 8000 MHz. The VSWR is 1.10:1 maximum. Power handling is 250 W. Packaged in an IP67 weather-proof case, the coupler's connectors are N-Type/SMA.
Model 4923 and 4925 circulators cover 2 to 4 and 7 to 12 GHz, respectively, and are well suited for both commercial and defense applications. The model 4923 (7 to 12.4 GHz) has isolation of 18 dB, insertion loss of 0.5 dB, and a maximum VSWR of 1.3:1, handles 50 W peak and 25 W average RF input power, and operates over a temperature range of 0 to +55° C. The model 4925 has isolation of 20 dB, insertion loss of 0.4 dB, VSWR of 1.25:1, peak RF power handling ability of 25 W average power of 10 W, and operates over a temperature range of 0 to +65°C. Both models use SMA female connectors.
X-Band Cavity Filter
NIC offers an elliptic design cavity bandpass filter for use in X-Band applications. Some of the features include a wide passband of 500 MHz, low passband insertion loss of < 1.6 dB, high selectivity of > 60 dB at 10,000 MHz and a compact package size of 4" × 1.5" × 0.75" + SMA. Prototypes are available for immediate delivery. Custom configurations are designed up to Ku-Band.
Networks International Corp.,
Overland Park, KS
Pulsar Microwave introduces a new high frequency ultra-wideband bias tee, model BT-55-401, covering the frequency range of 30 KHz to 85 GHz with 2.0 dB insertion loss (typical) and 2.0:1 VSWR (typical). DC bias capability is 25 V at 500 mA with RF/DC isolation of 30 dB. RF input and output ports utilize 1.85 mm connectors and the DC port options include sma, smb or solder pin.
Pulsar Microwave Corp.,
PMI model P4T-500M40G-60-T-55-292FF is an absorptive, solid-state switch that covers the 500 MHz to 40 GHz frequency range. This model offers low insertion loss of 4.8 dB typical, high isolation of 60 dB minimum at 40 GHz and a typical switching speed of 27 nsec. This switch is supplied in a compact package and designed for low power consumption; only 125 mA at +5 V and 70 mA at -5 V required for operation.
Planar Monolithics Industries Inc.,
N Female Connector
Where wireless applications require an easily routed, low loss RF cable for in-building systems, Times Microwave's LMR®-400-LLPL has become a popular choice. This is an indoor highly fire-retarded cable intended specifically for runs within return air handling plenums (e.g. dropped ceilings, raised floors). To meet the connection needs of this plenum cable, RF Connectors has designed the RFN-1028-I2 N female connector with crimp attachment to offer the perfect fit and performance. The connector body is made of machined brass with nickel plating. All dielectrics are made of Dupont Teflon® with gold-plated contacts.
San Diego, CA
RO-LINX PowerCircuit Busbars
RO-LINX PowerCircuit busbars combine the performance features of power PCBs and laminated busbars. RO-LINX PowerCircuit busbars are highly engineered solutions for multilayer power distribution delivering optimal thermal management. Unlike two-dimensional power PCBs, PowerCircuit busbars can be made in three dimensions to reduce weight and footprint and to conform to specific engineering designs to maximize efficiency. In addition, PowerCircuits eliminate assembly steps at the end user, reducing complexity and sources of error.
The SKY77002 is a stand-alone, high dynamic range power detector designed for use in smart phones and data cards in conjunction with Skyworks' power amplifiers in 3G and LTE applications. The detector is manufactured with Skyworks' gallium arsenide heterojunction bipolar transistor process offering state-of-the-art reliability, temperature stability and ruggedness. The SKY77002 detector circuit technology is optimally aligned for transceivers that require external detection for power control. Exceptional temperature and voltage compensation maintains accuracy over extreme operating conditions. The SKY77002 is packaged in the quad flat no-lead package and is fully compliant with current restriction of hazardous substances requirements.
Skyworks Solutions Inc.,
MVU-10 Wideband Mixer
Spacek Labs model MVU-10 is a wide-band mixer with full-band coverage in both the RF and the LO ports. The RF port spans from 50 to 75 GHz in WR-15 and the LO port from 40 to 60 GHz in WR-19. Local oscillator power requirements are +2 to +5 dBm for the biased version and +10 to +14 dBm for the non-biased version. The IF output on the SMA port covers DC to 20 GHz. Conversion loss is 7 dB typical and 13 dB maximum. Lower conversion loss is available on units with reduced bandwidths. The input 1 dB compression point is typically 7 dB below the LO power level.
Spacek Labs Inc.,
Santa Barbara, CA
Model D8746 is the 500 W version of model D7365, which provides an alternate solution in achieving 500 W CW output power. This robust design provides high port-to-port unbalance protection, while operating into high load VSWR conditions. Measuring just 7.2" × 3.5" × 1.4", this unit is more efficient and smaller than most 20 to 1000 MHz combiners in the marketplace.
AR RF/Microwave Instrumentation has introduced a family of new solid-state amplifiers that are more compact, more efficient and more powerful than previous models. The new "S" Series covers 0.8 to 4.2 GHz and powers up to 1200 W. These models employ a new design that delivers more than twice the power of older models. With these improvements, AR has maintained the superior rugged design for mismatch tolerance and excellent linearity.
AR RF/Microwave Instrumentation
Class "AB" Linear Amplifier
Comtech PST has announced the release of a solid-state Class "AB" linear amplifier, which operates over the full 2500 to 6000 MHz frequency bandwidth and delivers a minimum of 150 W into a 2:1 load VSWR. This high gain amplifier uses the latest GaN technology and is packaged in a standard rack-mountable enclosure measuring 19" × 22" × 5.25." The unit has an internal power supply that operates from 100 to 265 VAC, 47 to 400 Hz single phase making it ideal for both laboratory and airborne applications. The unit is air cooled by an integrated high speed blower. Optional remote control through RS422 is available. This unit weighs 60 pounds and has a standard one-year warranty.
700 MHz LTE PA Modules
Empower RF Systems has completed both Class AB and Doherty designs for next generation 700 MHz LTE PA modules. These first units are technology demonstration platforms that highlight complex, digital waveform amplification as well as design for manufacturing. Key features include ARM based/web addressable control, advanced analog predistortion, 40 W output power (LTE compliant), power added efficiencies from 24 percent for Class AB (746 to 806 MHz) and up to 32 percent with the narrower band Doherty designs (746 to 776 MHz and 776 to 806 MHz).
Empower RF Systems
Push-Pull CATV Amplifier
The MAAM-009455 is a new GaAs broadband push-pull CATV amplifier that is an ideal inter-stage or output amplifier. The amplifier features 20.5 dB gain, with broadband linear performance. Packaged in a 4 mm QFN, 20-lead plastic package, this differential amplifier uses M/A-COM Tech baluns, input and output. The amplifier also features external feedback, allowing for gain tuning. The MAAM-009455 exhibits an excellent gain flatness of 0.5 dB typical over the 50 to 1000 MHz operating band. Input return loss has been optimized to achieve better than 20 dB across the band. This amplifier exceeds DOCSIS 3.0 DRFI specifications, making it an ideal output stage solution for Edge QAM head-end infrastructure.
M/A-COM Technology Solutions Inc.,
MITEQ Inc. introduces model AMF-2F-00100200-16-15P to its family of extremely low noise and ultra small coaxial LNAs in the 0.1 to 2 GHz band. This LNA has more than 30 dB of gain in a housing that is only 1.22" × 0.88" without the field-replaceable SMA connectors. Gain flatness is a maximum of ±1 dB, though typical is ±0.75 dB. The AMF-2F-00100200-16-15P has a maximum noise figure of 1.6 dB in the fullband, though the typical value is 1 dB. It operates from -40° to +75°C, has a P1dB of minimum 15 dBm, IP3 of typically 25 dBm, and a current draw of maximum 135 mA from a single +15 V DC supply. Port VSWR is less than 2:1 for both input and output. Other models with typical gains ranging from 25 to 50 dB are available in the same outline. The aluminum alloy housing provides excellent thermal performance in addition to being very small and light. Hermetic sealing is an option.
The HHPAV-433 power amplifier covers the frequency range from 59.5 to 60.5 GHz and is usable over the range of 58 to 64 GHz. The amplifier has an output power of +28.5 Psat and 18 dB gain. MMIC technology is employed for high reliability and repeatability employing one die. A single +6 V bias is used to power up the amplifier. An onboard voltage regulator and bias sequencing circuitry provide the proper biasing for the unit. A power level of greater than 1 W can be achieved in the same mechanical envelope (1" × 1.3" × 1.35") using two MMICs. The amplifier can be used in transmitters for communication and radar systems and also as part of test equipment suites.
0.25 W BTS RFIC
TriQuint's new highly linear TQP7M9101 uses patent-pending integration to protect network BTS circuits and lower power consumption for 3G/4G systems. The TQP7M9101 also incorporates matching circuitry to further reduce the BOM. Power consumption is one of the lowest available – just 88 mA. Only TriQuint can cut BOMs while integrating ESD, DC over-voltage and RF over-drive protection. The TQP7M9101 is ideally suited for base station TRx cards, repeaters, femtocells and transmit linear driver amplifiers.
100 MHz OCXO
Bliley Technologies' NV45G1480 Series 100 MHz OCXO offers superior performance in one of the industry's smallest OCXO packages. In addition to exceptional phase noise performance boasting -100 dBc/Hz at an offset frequency of 10 Hz, and a noise floor that exceeds -165 dBc/Hz, the units also offers frequency vs. temperature stability starting at ±50 parts per billion. More than 100 configurations can be specified with delivery in four weeks or less. Bliley OCXOs are ideal for phase-locked microwave signal sources, high speed synthesizers, radar systems, high speed network applications and other frequency conversion and generation applications.
Bliley Stocking Distributor RFMW Ltd.,
San Jose, CA
VME Master Oscillator
With four different output frequencies, an internal high stability crystal reference and built-in test functions, the VME Master Oscillator is fully tested and guaranteed over the operating conditions. The VME Master Oscillator starts from a low noise, vibration insensitive crystal oscillator from which all of the subsequent signal outputs are derived. The four frequency outputs range from 10 to 1920 MHz and the unit is designed to offer very low spurious signal output and excellent signal stability over the operating conditions. An advanced built-in test function provides indication, through the VME bus, of the signal output presence for each output.
Crane Aerospace & Electronics
The CVCO55CXT-6250-6250 coaxial resonator oscillator (CRO) is a coaxial-based VCO with an internal proprietary frequency doubler. It operates at 6250 MHz with a tuning voltage range of 0.5 to 4.5 V dc. This coaxial VCO features a typical phase noise of -100 dBc/Hz at 10 KHz offset and has good linearity. It exhibits an output power of 2 dBm typical into a 50 Ω load with a supply of +8 V dc and a current consumption of 35 mA (maximum). It is packaged in the industry-standard 0.5" × 0.5" package. Pushing and pulling are both minimized to 1.5 MHz/V and 0.5 MHz, respectively. Second harmonic suppression is -30 dBc typical. It is ideal for use in applications, such as digital radio equipment, fixed wireless access, satellite communications systems and base stations.
Ft. Myers, FL
Phase-locked Clock Oscillator
The XLT-360 ultra-miniature, low noise clock oscillator operates at a fixed frequency of 360 MHz as reference clocks in military and commercial RF/microwave systems. Locked to an external frequency reference, the XLT-356 features instantaneous turn-on, excellent phase noise (Fout = 360 MHz, < -120 dBc/Hz at 10 KHz, typical), high vibration tolerance (12 g RMS, operating) and low power consumption at +3.3, +5, +8 or +12 V DC. 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.
EM Research Inc.,
Vectron International has released its next generation MEMS-based oscillators. The new VM 702, 802, and 822 product series have LVDS, LVPECL and HCSL output options with an expanded frequency range to 460 MHz. The VM 702, 802 and 822 compensation algorithm has been enhanced to optimize the frequency vs. temperature performance offering a 2× improvement in temperature stability over earlier models. Other features include peak-to-peak period jitter < 35 ps, ±10 ppm frequency stability over -10° to +70ºC and ± 15 ppm frequency stability over -40° to +85°C.
Z-Communications Inc. announces a new RoHS compliant VCO model CLV1075A-LF in L-Band. The CLV1075A-LF operates at 830 to1300 MHz with a tuning voltage range of 0.5 to 17 V dc. This VCO features a typical phase noise of -105 dBc/Hz at 10 KHz offset and a typical tuning sensitivity of 35 MHz/V. It is designed to deliver a typical output power of 4 dBm at 5 V dc supply while drawing 26 mA (typical) over the temperature range of -40º to 85ºC. This VCO features typical second harmonic suppression of -18 dBc and comes in Z-Comm's standard MINI-14S package measuring 0.5" × 0.5" × 0.22". It is available in tape and reel packaging for production requirements.
A multi-format signaling tester, the MD8475A can test multi-mode wireless devices, including GSM/GPRS/E-GPRS, 1xRTT, 1xEV-DO, W-CDMA/HSPA, TD-SCDMA, and FDD-LTE. The highest speed commercially available (Category 3) LTE devices can be tested with the MD8475A, with downlink IP-layer throughput to 100 MB/s (including 2 × 2 MIMO) and uplink throughput to 50 MB/s. The MD8475A enables test of many types of mobile device applications ranging from traditional SMS/MMS, browsing, and streaming, to advanced applications, such as augmented reality and real-time multi-player gaming. The MD8475A enables easy testing on the effect of advanced applications on a device's battery performance.
Morgan Hill, CA
VNA Test Port Cables
The ASR Series is a new line of high performance VNA test cables. These high frequency assemblies are available individually, in pairs and phase-matched pairs as required. They are manufactured using durable interfaces for repeated matings, special low loss cable construction for stability over temperature and entirely covered in stainless steel armor for long-lasting performance in test environments. The cable assemblies are available in standard 12", 18" and 24" lengths with a choice of connectors: 2.92 mm and 2.4 mm male (plug), female (jack) and NMD female (jack) as well as Type N male and female interfaces.
Florida RF Labs
The HMC-T2270 is a 10 MHz to 70 GHz signal generator that delivers up to +29 dBm of CW output power in 0.1 dB steps over a 60 dB dynamic range. Harmonic rejection is better than -40 dBc at 30 GHz output, while spurious products are better than -65 dBc at all integer frequencies. Phase noise is -113 dBc/Hz at 10 kHz offset from 1 GHz, and -79 dBc/Hz at 100 kHz offset from 67 GHz, with insignificant deviation over the temperature range of 0º to +35ºC. The HMC-T2270 exhibits frequency resolution of 1 Hz and fast switching speed of only 500 µs, making it ideal for frequency hopping and threat simulation applications.
Hittite Microwave Corp.,
Mini Signal Generator
Two new models have been added to the Lab Brick® product line. The LMS-203 operates from 10 to 20 GHz, while the LMS-163 operates from 8 to 16 GHz. Both boast 100 microsecond switching time and 100 Hz frequency resolution. They offer phase-continuous linear frequency sweeping, optional internal/external pulse modulation and a selectable internal/external 10 MHz reference. Typical spurious for both is at -80 dBc, with typical harmonics of -40 dBc and subharmonics at -25 dBc. They deliver at least +10 dBm output power, and can be adjusted over a 40 dB dynamic range, with 0.5 dB resolution. The pulse modulation feature offers internal or external triggering with pulse widths as low as 100 ns and pulse repetition intervals of 200 ns. Lab Brick signal generators measure 4.90" × 3.14" × 1.59" and weigh less than one pound.
Vaunix Technology Corp.,
FEKO Suite 6.1
FEKO Suite 6.1 is packed with new features and comes with a completely revised version of CADFEKO. The introduction of a ribbon style menu reduces clutter and represents the typical workflow. Many CAD and meshing features have been added or extended. The latest version of POSTFEKO will also allow users to export results directly to Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and PDF files. A key feature is the introduction of a method to analyze cable bundles in a complex environment. By using a new combined MoM/MTL arbitrary cable paths can be accommodated and there are no restrictions on or need for a ground-plane.
EM Software & Systems (USA) Inc.,