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June 1, 2006
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The model ARF475FL is a high voltage, flangeless packaged, RF power MOSFET that utilizes a newly-patented process and finer geometry to deliver high peak power and RF gain. These MOSFETs operate reliably at DC voltages up to 165 V. The ARF475FL utilizes two die, configured for push-pull operation, in the new T3 flangeless package and is capable of 1000 W pulsed output and 300 W CW at up to 150 MHz. Price: $81.25 (500 pieces).

Advanced Power Technology,
Bend, OR (541) 382-8028,

Low Phase Noise Amplifiers

These surface-mount amplifiers offer residual phase noise better than –155 dBc at 1 kHz offset. Frequency coverage is L-, S- and X-band with bandwidths of up to two octaves. Models offer gain between 10 and 20 dB and output powers of +20 dBm. DC current is nominally 100 mA at +15 VDC. Size: 0.45" × 0.45" square. Delivery is immediate.

AML Communications Inc.,
Camarillo, CA (805) 388-1345,

Measurement Platform

The M150 measurement platform delivers precision microwave measurement capability in a highly affordable and flexible platform. It supports 2 and 4 port RF measurements, load-pull and noise parameter test as well as DC and failure analysis applications. Highly affordable value packages include everything needed to start RF probing – prober, microscope, cables, RF probes, impedance standards, and WinCal 2006 VNA calibration software with its new advanced VNA automatic cal algorithms and monitoring-validation tools for enhanced accuracy.

Cascade Microtech Inc.,
Beaverton, OR (503) 601-1000,

MMIC Voltage-controlled Oscillator

The model HMC586LC4B is an SMT wideband GaAs InGaP HBT MMIC VCO that incorporates the resonator, negative resistance device and varactor diode. This fully integrated MMIC VCO offers a wide output frequency tuning range of 4 to 8 GHz, with +5 dBm output power and low SSB phase noise of –100 dBc/Hz at 100 kHz offset. Output power and phase noise performance are excellent over temperature due to the oscillator’s monolithic construction.

Hittite Microwave Corp.,
Chelmsford, MA (978) 250-3343,

Discrete Transistors

The model MAAP-003438-005PP0 is a 12 V GaAs PHEMT designed for WiMAX basestation and CPE applications up to 3.8 GHz. This transistor is also suited for multi-channel multipoint distribution system (MMDS), wireless local loop (WLL) or wideband code division multiple access (W-CDMA) driver applications from 2.1 GHz, providing 5 W (P1dB), ACPR –40 dBc at +27 dBm Pout (W-CDMA). It offers a typical 10 dB gain with lead-free 3 mm PQFN 16-lead surface-mount packaging.

M/A-COM Inc.,
Lowell, MA (800) 366-2266,

High Dynamic Range Amplifier

The model CMM6004-SC is a high dynamic range amplifier designed for applications operating within the 0.25 to 3 GHz frequency range. This amplifier achieves 41 dBm OIP3 and 2.1 dB noise figure, with a gain of 14.5 dB. The device is packaged in a low cost, space efficient, surface-mount SOT-89 package that provides good electrical stability and low thermal resistance. All devices are 100 percent RF and DC tested for guaranteed performance. This amplifier is an ideal solution for transmit and receive functions where high linearity is required.

Mimix Broadband Inc.,
Houston, TX (281) 988-4600,

PLL Synthesizer

This 3.5 GHz PLL synthesizer series is designed for the WiMAX and WiBRO wireless infrastructure markets. The PLV3500 operates in a frequency range from 3.45 to 3.55 GHz, is available in PS-16 (19 × 19 × 6.6 mm), or PS-32 (20 × 15 × 3.8 mm) package, and is lead-free/RoHS compliant. It also offers an output power of 0 dBm, with phase noise of 95 dBc/Hz at 10 kHz.

Suwon, Korea +82-31-250-5011,

Dual-band Front-end Modules

Models SKY77517 and SKY77518 are ultra-compact, dual-band transmit GSM/GPRS front-end modules designed for handsets targeted at emerging markets. Designed in low profile, compact form factor, these highly efficient 6 × 8 × 1.2 mm models offer a complete transmit VCO-to-antenna and antenna-to-receive SAW filter solution. The module also supports GPRS multi-slot operation and consists of impedance-matching circuitry for 50 ? input and output impedances, transmit harmonics filtering, high linearity and low insertion loss PHEMT RF switches, diplexer and PAC block with internal current sense resistor.

Skyworks Solutions Inc.,
Woburn, MA (781) 376-3000,

Surface Acoustic Wave Filters

These GSM and CDMA handset surface acoustic wave (SAW) filters are small in size measuring 1.4 × 1.2 × 0.5 mm3. The filters are designed for next-generation handset designs. These SAWs are 40 percent smaller than the 2 × 1.4 mm filters, allowing phone designers to free-up circuit board space for new mobile device features and functionality.

TriQuint Semiconductor Inc.,
Hillsboro, OR (503) 615-9000,

Voltage-controlled Oscillator

The model CLV1630A-LF is a voltage-controlled oscillator (VCO) designed for demanding mobile communications systems. This RoHS compliant model utilizes patented design techniques to deliver single sideband (SSB) phase noise of –111 dBc/Hz at 10 kHz away from carrier with a second harmonic suppression better than –15 dBc. The CLV1630A-LF operating at 5 VDC supply and drawing only 25 mA (typical) generates frequencies between 1593 and 1654 MHz within 0.5 to 4.5 VDC of control voltage. Size: 0.50" × 0.50" × 0.16". Price: $24.95 (5 pcs. min.). Delivery: stock to four weeks.

Z-Communications Inc.,
San Diego, CA (858) 621-2700,


SP10T Absorptive Switch

The model MSN-10DT-05-DEC-M options NE, 100M18, 3SS, 45004, is an SP10T absorptive switch that operates from 100 MHz to 18 GHz. Insertion loss is ? 2.25 dB at 100 MHz and ? 4.15 dB at 18 GHz. Isolation is ? 95 dB at 100 MHz and ? 60 dB at 18 GHz. Amplitude is ±0.5 dB between ports from 100 MHz to 18 GHz and VSWR is 2:1. Speed is ? 275 ns delay on and ? 75 ns delay off. Size: 5" × 1.5" × 0.4". Weight: ? 6 ounces typical.

American Microwave Corp.,
Frederick, MD (301) 662-4700,

Weather Resistant Power Divider

The model 152-014-002-W is a rugged power divider solution ideal for hostile field environments and designed to resist detrimental effects of weather. This model is a 50 ?, 5 W unit that operates in a frequency range from 800 to 2200 MHz. The divider offers a 20 dB minimum isolation, ±0.3 dB amplitude tracking and N female RF connectors. Other configurations are available and delivery is from stock.

BroadWave Technologies Inc.,
Franklin, IN (317) 346-6101,

800 MHz Re-banding Duplexer

The model WSD-00420 is an 800 MHz re-banding duplexer that has been created in response to the recent Federal Communications Commission (FCC) mandate for signal spectrum separation among incompatible Enhanced Specialized Mobile Radio (ESMR) technologies. This duplexer provides signal interference protection among communications equipment used by emergency services providers. The WSD-00420 ESMR duplexer module operates between 817 to 824 MHz within its receive filter, while its transmit filter operates between 862 to 869 MHz. The downlink transmit filter enables a sharp roll-off into the guard and expansion bands below 862 MHz, thus mitigating the ESMR downlink out-of-band emission.

K&L Microwave Inc.,
Salisbury, MD (410) 749-2424,

Coaxial Power Divider

The EI2000 series of coaxial power dividers are available in two-, four-, eight- and twelve-way configurations from DC to 18 GHz. These dividers come with standard SMA (F) connectors; N (F) connectors are available upon request. VSWR is 1.50 maximum, 1.20 average on these models, insertion loss is 0.50 dB maximum and isolation is 20 dB. A majority of models are in stock or delivery is one week, ARO. Price: starts at $75.00 each.

Electronika International Inc.,
Cleveland, OH (440) 743-7034,

Dual-band Reject Filter

The model 5DBR-1227/1575-X10-S is a GPS dual-band reject filter with bi-directional inputs. The filter features 1 dB maximum loss over the passband while achieving a typical notch depth attenuation of 50 dB at 1227 and 1575 MHz. Typically the 3 dB bandwidths are less than 50 MHz. The VSWR is 2.0 from DC to 1700 MHz, excluding the notch area. The physical size is 4.5 × 1.25 × 0.50, excluding SMA female connectors. If preferred, the filters can be sold as individual filters in separate 3" long boxes.

Lorch Microwave,
Salisbury, MD (410) 860-5100,

Solid-state SP4T Switch

The model 140-F106 is a high power SP4T switch that operates from 7.5 to 18 GHz and handles 150 W CW in a matched load or 100 W CW into a 2:1 load. Low loss and moderate isolation make this unit well suited for switching transmitters in EW applications.

RH Laboratories,
Nashua, NH (603) 459-5900,

RF Attenuators

These 5 and 10 W 7/16 DIN attenuators cover all wireless bands from DC to 2.5 GHz making them ideal for base station applications where there is a need to reduce signal levels. Standard attenuation values of 3, 6 and 10 are in stock ready for immediate shipment. Made in USA.

MECA Electronics Inc.,
Denville, NJ (973) 625-0661,

Power Dividers/Combiners

The RF solutions series of power dividers/combiners focuses on the frequency range of 0.8 to 2.5 GHz. This series will include two- through eight-way power dividers/combiners as well as directional couplers. SMA and Type N connectors are both available. MCLI offers a large warehouse that allows it to maintain large quantities of these components in stock. Orders received before 11:00 am can be shipped out the same day.

Microwave Communications Laboratories Inc.,
Saint Petersburg, FL (727) 344-6254,

High Power Fixed Attenuator

The model BW-40N100W is a 50 ?, 40 dB, 100 W fixed attenuator that is excellent for testing high power components used in communication systems. The attenuator is ideal when testing high power amplifiers using low power test equipment. With 40 dB attenuation, it can be used as a termination for high power amplifiers. The BW-40N100W operates in a frequency range from DC to 4 GHz. Price: $249.95 each (1–9).

Brooklyn, NY (718) 934-4500,

30 kHz to 40 GHz Bias Tee

These multi-octave bias tees operate in a frequency range from 30 kHz to 40 GHz. Insertion loss and isolation are 3 and 40 dB, respectively. The unit can handle up to 500 mA at 25 V with a VSWR of 1.8. 2.92 mm connectors are utilized for the RF and RF+DC ports, while pins are used for the DC input.

Pulsar Microwave Corp.,
Clifton, NJ (800) 752-2790,

Drop-in Isolators

These drop-in isolators and circulators are designed for 802.11a broadband systems that operate in the frequency range from 5.15 to 5.825 GHz. These ferrite devices offer 20 dB isolation over the whole frequency band of 5.15 to 5.825, which allows manufacturers to stock one device for all 12 of the 802.11a channels. The isolators and circulators feature small dimensions (0.375" × 0.500"), and use ceramic magnets for reliability. Isolators include a termination rated at 10 W.

M2 Global Technology Ltd.,
San Antonio, TX (210) 561-4800,

High Frequency Relay

The ARJ is a high frequency relay that offers a low insertion loss value of 0.5 dB at 5 GHz, minimizing signal loss between a contact and terminal when the circuit is closed. Isolation of 35 dB and 1.25 VSWR at 5 GHz make the ARJ ideal for the demanding requirements of test equipment and mobile telecommunications markets. This 2 Form C relay offers an impedance of 50 ? available in either surface-mount or through-hole style. Size: 14 × 9 × 8.2 mm.

Panasonic Electric Works Corp. of America,
New Providence, NJ (800) 276-6289,

Fibre Channel Re-drivers

Models PI2EQX3201, PI2EQX3202, PI2EQX4501 and PI2EQX4502 are signal conditioning re-drivers designed specifically to manage high speed protocols such as SATA, SAS, XAUI, Fibre channel and PCI Express. These models offer solutions to solve high speed signal integrity problems either on PCB boards or through cables and multiple connector points while operating up to 4.5 Gbps bandwidth.

Pericom Semiconductor Corp.,
San Jose, CA (408) 435-0800,

Coaxial Cables and Connectors

These HELI-FOIL™ ultra low loss phase stable DC to 18 GHz bulk coaxial cables and connectors are ideally suited for interconnect applications ranging from laboratory environments to demanding field commercial systems. HELI-FOIL microwave coaxial cable and connectors offer low insertion loss; ultra stable insertion loss, phase and VSWR with flexing; good shielding effectiveness; temperature endurance up to 150°C; flexible, low minimum bend radius; and precision stainless steel connectors.

Times Microwave Systems,
Wallingford, CT (203) 949-8400,

Narrowband Waveguide Filter

The model 4W8-9.375G-X9FS1 is a narrowband waveguide filter centered at 9.375 GHz with a minimum 1 dB passband of 9 MHz. This 0.1 percent bandwidth filter only has 1.75 dB of insertion loss and exhibits a VSWR of 1.5 or better. The unit takes up only 0.75" × 1.25" × 5.4" of space and can come with any combination of flange or coaxial connector options.

Reactel Inc.,
Gaithersburg, MD (301) 519-3660,

2 W Fixed Attenuators

The XFP-18 series of precision 50 ? fixed attenuators offers good performance over the DC to 18 GHz band, with input power of 2 W CW and a maximum VSWR of 1.35. Attenuation accuracy is ± 0.75 dB for 30 dB. The body and connector housings are passivated stainless steel with an operating temperature range of –65° to +125°C. Values of 1, 3, 6, 10, 20 and 30 dB are available from stock.

Trilithic Inc.,
Indianapolis, IN (317) 895-3600,


Solid-state RF Amplifier

The model SSPA 29.6-30.5-10 is a high power Ka-band amplifier that operates from 29.6 to 30.5 GHz minimum. This PA is ideal for broadband military platforms as well as commercial applications because it is robust and offers high power over a large bandwidth. Waveguide combining is employed in the PA section of this unit. This amplifier offers a minimum P1dB of 10 W at room temperature. Saturated output power across the band is typically 12.5 W. Noise figure at room temperature is 12 dB typical. Size: 10" × 11" × 2".

Aethercomm Inc.,
San Marcos, CA (760) 598-4340,

Cryogenic Low Noise Amplifier

The model APTC4-00101800-1910-D4 is a cryogenic low noise amplifier (LNA) designed to operate at extremely low temperatures (below the liquid helium temperature of 16 K) in order to take advantage of the decreased noise figures at these levels. This model is an ultrawideband LNA that operates in a frequency range from 0.1 to 18 GHz. These amplifiers offer low DC power options (as low as +3 VDC), low current consumption and a lightweight, compact housing/design.

AmpliTech Inc.,
Hauppauge, NY (631) 435-0603,

Manpack Booster Amplifier

These man-packed or vehicle-mounted booster amplifiers offer capabilities to boost output signals of military radios from 5 W up to 20 or 40 W. The family includes a multi-band/manual band-switch version (model KMW1030M6, 20 W, 30 to 512 MHz), a multi-band/auto band-switch version (model KMW1031, 20 W, 30 to 512 MHz) and a SINCGARS only version (model KMW1032, 20 W, 30 to 108 MHz). The family also includes two dual-purpose high power units, one in a multi-band manual version (model KMW1030HP, 20/40 W, 30 to 512 MHz) and one for SINCGARS only (model KMW1032HP, 20/40 W, 30 to 108 MHz).

AR Worldwide Modular RF,
Bothell, WA (425) 485-9000,

VSAT Power Amplifier

The model SP172-30-35 is a compact power amplifier with greater than 35 dBm output power at 1 dB gain compression from 13 to 17.5 GHz. This model is primarily for Ku-band VSAT transmitter and point-to-point radio applications. The unit offers a nominal gain of 35 dB with VSWR less than 2:1 at the input and 1.5 at the output. This amplifier requires a +10.5 VDC bias with 2.9A quiescent current and 3.4A at 1 dB gain compression. The amplifier is delivered with a heatsink and fan assembly to manage heat dissipation.

Spacek Labs Inc.,
Santa Barbara, CA (805) 564-4404,

20 W Broadband Amplifier

The model 20S4G11 is the latest addition in a family of broadband, solid-state amplifiers that satisfy the need for low power, high frequency applications. Model 20S4G11 is a 20 W, 4 to 10.6 GHz amplifier that joins the 1, 5 and 10 W versions. Due to the frequency response, this new family of amplifiers gives users room to grow as EMC and wireless specifications and requirements demand higher frequencies.

AR Worldwide RF/Microwave Instrumentation,
Souderton, PA (215) 723-8181,


High Performance Radome

These high performance nose radomes are designed for airborne applications. This particular radome is parabolic in shape, six feet in diameter, and six feet long. This multi-layer composite radome has been optimized for the demanding electrical performance of advanced radar systems while also providing the high strength required for the rigors of a subsonic flight and landing on unimproved runways. Key features include low insertion loss, beam deflection, and sidelobe degradation, high strength to weight ratio, and rain erosion protection.

Cobham Defense Electronic Systems – Nurad Division,
Baltimore, MD (410) 542-1700,

Optional RFID Tags

These RFID tags can be placed on microwave antenna boxes and allow customers the option to track finished goods. The RFID tags allow for the latest in asset management and logistics management.

Radio Waves Inc.,
N. Billerica, MA (978) 459-8800,


Voltage-controlled Crystal Oscillators

This line of low phase noise voltage-controlled crystal oscillators (VCXO) operates up to 130 MHz. These surface-mount RoHS compliant VCXOs achieve noise figures as low as –120 dBc/Hz at 100 Hz, –145 dBc at 1 kHz and –155 dBc at 100 kHz offset (measured at 120 MHz).

BeckElec Inc.,
Phoenix, AZ (623) 435-6555,

Amplified Noise Source

The model NW3G-M is an amplified noise source that features broadband frequency coverage from 10 MHz to 3 GHz. This model is ideal for wireless test applications and covers all major wireless and CATV applications. The NW3G-M offers power out of 0 dBm, spectral flatness of ±2 dB, internal regulation and operates with +15 VDC at 300 mA. The NW3G-M comes standard with SMA connectors and is in a small low profile housing that measures 4" × 1" × 0.5".

NoiseWave Corp.,
East Hanover, NJ (973) 386-1119,

Test Equipment

Analog Signal Generator

The E8663B analog signal generator provides a close-to-carrier phase noise performance available in an off-the-shelf signal generator that makes it ideal for developing high resolution radar and electronic warfare systems and their components. Its good level accuracy ensures that all measurements are both repeatable and precise. The E8663B replaces the discontinued HP or Agilent 8662A and 8663A signal generators. The E8663B provides even lower phase noise than its predecessor, enhancements in level accuracy and harmonic distortion, and includes code compatibility to assure seamless operation in automated test equipment (ATE) applications.

Agilent Technologies Inc., Signal Sources Division,
Santa Rosa, CA (800) 829-4444,

DTV Carrier-to-Noise Generators

The model CNG-DTV is a carrier-to-noise generator designed for IF loop-back testing (as called out in ATSC a80). This generator provides calibrated, accurate C/N ratios for generating BER performance of DTV modems. The CNG line features true Gaussian noise for accurate tests against BER curves based on the Gaussian PDF, self-calibration for accurate S/N ratios and a field calibration feature that reduces down time and total cost of ownership.

Micronetics Test Solutions Group,
Hudson, NH (603) 883-2900,

Radar/Microwave Monitoring Receiver

The model RMR-818-77-NRL is an 8 to 18 GHz radar/microwave monitoring receiver de-signed for laboratory applications. The receiver uses an extended range detector log video amplifier (DLVA), a pre-amplifier and RF bandpass filtering. It also offers a dynamic range of 75 dB with a typical TSS of –80 dBm. It can be supplied with either individually removable bandpass filters or various switched filter bank options. The basic model shown above offers a log video output for analysis through external test equipment. These receivers are available in frequency ranges from 0.5 to 20 GHz as well as different sizes and capabilities.

Planar Monolithics Industries Inc.,
Frederick, MD (301) 631-1579,

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