- Buyers Guide
Digital Phase Shifters
M/A-COM introduced two new additions to its family of digital phase shifters for radar, communication, and electronic warfare (EW) applications. The phase shifters facilitate easy implementation in communication antennas, phased array radars, weather radars and EW receivers. The 3.5 to 6 GHz GaAs pHEMT 4-bit and 6-bit digital phase shifters meet the high performance requirements of communications and radar system manufacturers, optimizing for fast switching speed, low phase error, and serial or parallel control capability.
M/A-COM Technology Solutions Inc.
Waveguide Mount Relay
RelComm compliments its product line by offering a new microstrip/co-planer waveguide mount relay in a 2P2T transfer configuration. This “pin out” device provides greater layout and packaging density measuring just 0.880" sq. × 0.575" high. The relay provides exceptional RF performance to 9 GHz (1.40:1 VSWR max, 0.40 insertion loss max, and 50 dB min isolation) and is silver plated for improved grounding and passive IM. Typical applications include ‘standby applications,’ ‘input/output swapping’ and developing switch matrices. It is available in ‘failsafe’ or ‘latching’ with optional configured ‘circuit insertion’ whereby one internal bridging contact is removed to provide a non-shorting circuit path.
RelComm Technologies Inc.,
This small and lightweight fixed attenuator is rated 100 W average power when mounted to the customer’s heat sink. This 50 Ohm, DC to 1000 MHz, conduction cooled device features SMA female connectors. Attenuation accuracy is ± 0.5 dB maximum for 1 to 10 dB values, ±1 dB maximum for 11 to 20 dB values and ±1.5 dB maximum for 21 to 40 dB values. VSWR is 1.35: maximum. Standard attenuation values (3, 6, 10, 20, 30 and 40 dB) are typically available from stock. Other configurations, connector types and frequency ranges are available.
BroadWave Technologies Inc.,
Custom, application specific OptiFlex™ hybrid cabling solutions are perfect for wireless carriers updating their networks to 4G technologies, WiMAX and LTE, because they deliver optimal low loss performance with less cost than standard tower configurations. Time and money is saved in several ways: Fewer tower runs, deployment lengths up to 550 feet with < 10 percent voltage drop (based on radio power up to 950 W), reduced or eliminated tower hardware, and eliminated grounding cables. Cables arrive pre-terminated with appropriate breakouts, weatherized and ready to “plug and play” with standard tools and basic fiber and power testers.
Input Test Coupler
Delta Microwave congratulates the U.S. Navy, Lockheed Martin, and United Launch Alliance for the successful launch of the firstMobile User Objective System (MUOS-1) satellite. Delta Microwave provides a UHF input test coupler for one of the payloads. Insertion loss is 0.12 dB max; coupling is 30 dB typ.; directivity is 15 dB; and VSWR is 1:25:1.
EPX Microwave introduces low PIM SPDT, transfer, and multi-pole switches operating from DC to 3 GHz. The switches with 7/16 DIN connectors produce PIM below -160 dBc while still providing low insertion loss of 0.20 dB and 70 dB isolation to the off port. With Type N connectors the PIM is below -155 dBc and with SMA connectors below -140 dBc.
Santa Clara, CA
Weatherproof Triaxial Connectors
Two new families of Triax connectors are available; the TRB series bayonet connectors and the TRT series featuring a threaded coupling. They are suitable for high or low volume applications, feature a high integrity clamp construction and are weatherproof. Key features include: low noise, isolated ground, non constant impedance and they can be used with both Twinax or Triax cable types. Triaxial connectors are commonly used in industrial, broadcast and medical applications. The standard double screening of Triax connectors makes them particularly suitable for military and aerospace applications as they provide high EMC integrity.
Intelliconnect (Europe) Ltd.,
+44 (0) 1245 347145
From K&L Microwave’s new CS series, this 3-section narrowband cavity filter has a center frequency of 1521.5 MHz with an equiripple bandwidth of 2.6 MHz minimum, yielding an insertion loss of 3 dB maximum. The out-of-band attenuation for this 3-pole filter is 55 dB minimum from DC to 1500 MHz and 62 dB minimum at 1550 MHz. VSWR is less than 1.5:1 over the passband. The part measures 4.8" × 4.5" × 2.3" and is supplied with SMA female connectors, with other standard connector types available. Typical lead time is 5-6 weeks ARO.
K&L Microwave Inc.,
Linear Technology introduces the LTM9012, a quad 14-bit, 125 Msps µModule® analog-to-digital converter (ADC) with integrated fixed gain drivers, passive filtering and bypass capacitance. The integrated µModule converters offer dramatic reduction in board space for high channel-count applications as diverse as medical imaging systems and MIMO 4G base stations. This high level of integration enables smaller boards with greater density, while eliminating costly layout iterations often required to optimize the driver-to-ADC interface. This results in a significant reduction in design and debug time and faster time to market. The LTM9012 is in an easy-to-use 15 × 11.25 mm BGA µModule package.
Hybrid Ring Divider/Combiners
MECA Electronics Inc. features their high power, Hybrid Ring Divider/Combiners designed to cover wireless bands from 0.810 to 6 GHz with average RF power handling capability of 1 kW (5 kW peak) for narrow band applications. Available from stock – four weeks ARO. Made in the USA. 36-month warranty. Additional specs can be found at www.e-meca.com/rf-directional-coupler/3-dB-hybrid-ring.php
MECA Electronics Inc.,
A 9-Way power splitter? It’s not something you run across every day, but Mini-Circuits meets and exceeds customer expectations for all sorts of “odd orders” — on a regular basis! The company’s new ZC9PD-172+ is just another example, delivering 1.2 to 1.7 GHz signals with high isolation (up to 37 dB), low insertion loss (0.6 dB typ. above theoretical 9.6 dB), and excellent output VSWR (1.2:1 typ.).
LTE Band 14 Ceramic Duplexer
NIC successfully built a high performance LTE ceramic duplexer for use in public safety communication and commercial cellular applications. This duplexer operates in Band 14 and offers low insertion and high isolation to enable clear communication of voice and data in the LTE network.
Networks International Corp.,
Overland Park, KS
The RTX-A G uses Rakon’s patented RGX technology, enabling the TCXO to perform with enhanced g-sensitivity performance in challenging environments. The G version includes all the other superb features of the RTX7050A and RTX5032A including typical phase noise of -154 dBc/Hz at 100 kHz offset for a 50 MHz TCXO. The RTX-A series employs an analogue IC for both the oscillator and temperature compensation. Frequencies are available from 5 to 52 MHz. With exceptional frequency stability down to ±0.1 ppm, the RTX-A series is available over a wide temperature range of -40° to +85°C.
Auckland, New Zealand
+64 9 571 9216
High Power Termination
Response Microwave announces the availability of its new high power termination for use in ATE and production applications. The new RMTE.3000Nm100 covers the DC to 3 GHz band offering typical electrical performance of 0.8 dB insertion loss and VSWR of 1.20:1. Power handling is 100 W and the unit is operational over the -35° to +85°C range. Mechanical package is 4.72" × 3.95" × 2.36", plus N male connector. Heat sink is black anodized aluminum and connector is brass with low PIM ternary alloy plate.
Response Microwave Inc.,
Bandstop and Cavity Filters
RLC Electronics now provides bandstop and cavity filters that can be re-adjusted by the customer to new center frequencies. These filters are tunable over a ±7.5 percent center frequency range with minimal change in bandwidth. Power rating: 2 W. Impedance: 50 ohms, VSWR: 1.5:1, fc to 2 × fc. Outlines: Per BRF series outlines. Temperature: -55° to +85°C. Environment: Mil-E-5400, Class 1A. Connectors: female.
RLC Electronics Inc.,
Mt. Kisco, NY
The new GC6-1 6 to dB wideband directional coupler has been designed with a small footprint and an open board layout, suitable for automatic assembly processes. Key specifications include a flat coupling loss over the operating frequency range from 10 to 500 MHz. Mainline loss is only 2 dB typical across that band. Directivity is typically 26 dB and maximum input power rating is 1 W. Size: 0.150" × 0.150" × 0.150".
Synergy Microwave Corp.,
Lightning Protection Products
Times Microwave has expanded its Times-Protect™ LP-GTR series of DC pass RF lightning and surge protection products, adding the LP-GTR-N-35 series. The entire product range with either the type N or 7-16 DIN interface will now handle 50, 210 or 550 W. The LP-GTR product family is IP67 rated, bidirectional, suitable for outdoor as well as indoor installations and includes a universal grounding bracket. The N connector designs cover the entire frequency spectrum from DC through 3000 MHz while the 7-16 DIN types can be used from DC through 2500 MHz.
Times Microwave Systems,
RF SAW Filters
TriQuint released three new RF SAW filters that can cost-effectively improve performance in 3G/4G network infrastructure and legacy system applications. TriQuint’s 856934, for Band 3 at 1842.5 MHz, provides 75 MHz bandwidth, a maximum 4.2 dB insertion loss and attenuation of 20 dB at 1785 MHz. Its new 857019, for an extended Band 5 at 835 MHz, offers 30 MHz bandwidth, a maximum 3 dB insertion loss and attenuation of 20 dB at 869 MHz. The 856977, for Bands 13 and 14 at 787.5 MHz, delivers 22 MHz bandwidth, a maximum 2.75 dB insertion loss and attenuation of 40 dB at 843 MHz.
The DL 62030 is a six-way power divider well suited for radar and SATCOM applications. The maximum amplitude balance is ±1 dB while the phase balance is 5 degrees. Isolation between output ports is 18 dB minimum. Input/output VSWR is 1.80:1 and insertion loss is 5 dB maximum. Model DL62030 is rated for CW input power levels to +30 dBm. It is supplied in a mechanical package 4.25" × 2.0" × 0.25" with standard SMA connectors. The power divider is designed to operate in temperatures from 0 to +40°C.
The P2RFA-4031-01 kit features three 3.5 mm precision adapters for microwave and RF use. They are housed in a compact, foam-lined, zippered case for convenience and protection of the components when not in use. These adapters and the RFA-4031-01 adapter kit have been added to the RF connector product line for use in microwave and RF applications. All 3.5 mm adapters in this series have 50 ohm impedance and are made of non-magnetic 303 stainless steel with beryllium copper contacts supported with a bead configuration.
San Diego, CA
VidaRF offers model VDC-04200450-3, a drop-in circulator. This model operates in a frequency range from 420 to 450 MHz, has 400 W, loss of 0.25 dB, VSWR of 1.20, isolation of 21 dB, and temperature range of -40° to +85°C. Circuit tab can be straight or bent flush with base for surface mounting. Dim: 1.375" × 1.375" × 0.560." The new rugged design uses a machined steel housing, screwed on cover and is fully tested to handle shock, vibration, thermal shock, and moisture.
Fujipoly introduced a new line of thermally conductive and electrically insulative double-sided tape. Sarcon® D-Tac is available in both an acrylic and silicone base formulation. Sarcon D-Tac 7A reinforced acrylic tape offers high adhesion strength with a thermal conductivity of 0.7 W/mK and a thermal resistance as low as 3.5°C cm2/W. This product is ideal for lower power densities. Sarcon D-Tac 9A silicone tape is perfect for higher operating temperatures and provides a thermal conductivity of 0.9 W/mK with a thermal resistance as low as 2.1°C cm2/W.
Fujipoly America Corp.,
Werlatone offers model C8188-102, a uni-directional coupler that covers a full 30 to 3000 MHz bandwidth and is rated at 20 W CW. Operating at a tight coupling factor of 20 dB, this model incurs only 2.4 dB of insertion loss, and supplies 18 dB minimum of directivity. The C8188-102 is designed for military and commercial applications and has an operating temperature of -55° to +85°C. It is 6" × 1.5" × 1.1" and is available with SMA female connectors.
RF Amplifier System
Aethercomm model SSPA 0.1-0.5-400 is a high power RF amplifier system that operates from 100 to 500 MHz minimum. This transmit assembly is designed and manufactured for operation in harsh environments where communication systems are deployed. Typical output power is 400 W across the band in the linear region of operation. Nominal input power is 10 W but any input power range can be amplified as the system offers a very large dynamic range. Input and output VSWR is 2.0:1 maximum. It boasts CW, pulsed or high PAR stimulus, 28 VDC operation, and 1000 W internal TR switch.
RF Booster Amplifiers
AR Modular RF offers the largest range of auto-tuning 30 to 512 MHz communications RF booster amplifiers with output powers from 20 to 200 W. The 50 W AR-50 vehicle unit is designed to carry existing legacy and emerging waveforms like IW and ANW2. It operates from 12/24 V vehicles or batteries, is JITC certified for the PSC-5D and PRC-117G, offers two antenna ports, one for LOS and one for SATCOM and has a switchable LNA plus SATCOM Rx bandpass filtering.
AR Modular RF,
Traveling Wave Tube Amplifier
Comtech Xicom Technology Inc. introduced a new high efficiency, 750 W peak power, Ku-Band traveling wave tube amplifier (TWTA) with the size, weight and prime-power consumption of standard 400 W amplifiers. The high power amplifier (HPA), model XTD-750KHE, is an antenna mountable TWTA designed for high linear power and high efficiency for Ku-Band SATCOM uplinks. The amplifier is in a compact, rugged package weighing only 56 pounds. It draws only 1450 W at 270 W of linear RF output power.
Comtech Xicom Technology Inc.,
Santa Clara, CA
Cree is one of the first to commercially release high power X-Band GaN HEMTs to achieve 50 W output power. CGHV96050F2 provides high gain and efficiency – features of Cree’s GaN HEMT technology. It is matched to 50 ohms in/out. CGHV96050F2 offers 35 percent more power gain and twice the power efficiency when compared to GaAs MESFET. Compared to traveling wave tube amplifiers, Cree GaN HEMT solid-state high power amplifiers have significantly lower CAPEX and OPEX from maintenance.
Model L2640 is a Ka-Band high power amplifier operating over the 26 to 40 GHz bandwidth. This amplifier delivers 2 W minimum of output power across the entire bandwidth with greater than 35 dB of small signal gain. Its package size is 3.60" × 4.31" × 0.65", or it can be provided in an industry standard 19" rack mount chassis. RF connectors are K input and waveguide WR28 output, and the DC supply is +12 V at 5 amps. Many options can be specified, including very fast on/off switching (35 ns typical, 50 ns max) via standard TTL command.
Santa Clara, CA
PMI model no. PE2-4020-9R510R7-2R5-12-12-SFF-VVG is a voltage variable gain, low-noise amplifier that operates over the 9.5 to 10.7 GHz frequency range. This model provides 40 dB of small signal gain with a typical noise figure of 4 dB and an OP1 dB of +12 dBm. This model provides up to 20 dB of gain control range by applying a DC control voltage of 0 to +5 V. This amplifier operates on a single DC power supply between +12 and +15 V DC.
Planar Monolithics Industries Inc.,
RFCA3302 is a high performance InGaP HBT MMIC amplifier designed to run from a single +5 V supply without the need for an external dropping resistor. The high gain, high linearity and low distortion from 40 to 1008 MHz make this part ideal for broadband cable applications. An integrated bias circuit provides stable gain over temperature and process variations. It is offered in a small SOT-89 package and is RoHS compliant.
Power Amplifier Linearizer
The SC1889A-00B11 integrates the entire PMU function that would otherwise require up to three external devices consisting of a precision RMS power detector, an analog-to-digital converter and a microcontroller. The PMU delivers excellent measurement performance across cellular frequencies, RF power levels and operating conditions. Requiring only a single point of calibration, the simultaneous dual-RMS power detector provides an absolute accuracy (typical) of ±0.1 dB over the first 20 dB of the input range and ±0.5 dB over the last 10 dB of input range for the power amplifier (PA) lineup input and output.
Scintera Networks Inc.,
Test & Measurement
Vector Signal Analyzer
Agilent announced the availability of the first dual-channel PXI vector signal analyzer that delivers high-bandwidth, independently tuned, two-channel, continuous data capture. The solution is ideal for troubleshooting wireless devices in either the lab or real-world environments. The dual-channel PXI vector signal analyzer, offers a unique combination of bandwidth, multichannel support, and gapless recording, with 250 MHz of analysis bandwidth, 26.5 GHz frequency coverage on two channels, and continuous streaming up to 100 MHz bandwidth. Both channels can be housed in an 18-slot, 4U PXIe chassis to provide excellent speed and scalability in a small form factor.
Agilent Technologies Inc.,
Santa Clara, CA
Antenna Switch Modules
Skyworks Solutions Inc. expanded its family of antenna switch modules (ASM) for smartphones and tablets, offering solutions in up to 14 throw counts to meet handset manufacturers’ layout preferences and design needs. Skyworks has also unveiled a full suite of complementary discrete LTE transmit and receive solutions covering SPDT through SP8T applications in a compact 2 × 2 mm footprint. Together, these latest devices support low cost 3G handsets, as well as high speed packet access/LTE-enabled data centric devices such as data cards and tablets.
Skyworks Solutions Inc.,
Thunderbolt Test Solution
Tektronix Inc. announced a comprehensive test solution for Thunderbolt technology, a new, high-speed, multi-protocol I/O technology designed to provide headroom for next generation display and I/O requirements. The new solution for support includes a 20 GHz DSA70000 Series Oscilloscope, 12.5 Gb/s BSA Series BERTScope, and a DSA8300 Series Sampling Oscilloscope. The Tektronix solution serves the comprehensive needs of Thunderbolt physical layer testing and spec conformance validation. Thunderbolt’s four channel 10.3 Gbps I/O architecture is the most significant advancement in PC I/O design ever introduced into the consumer level electronics industry.
The Comb/Pulse Generator Module (PulsGen-M) is based on ECL-technology and generates 100 ps pulses and a jitter of only 20 ps. Low power instruments can drive this comb/pulse generator and the combination of arbitrary waveform generators along with high-speed D/D-converters or D/A-converters with the PulsGen-M enables the production of IQ-signals in the GHz range. Features include broadband input (30 MHz to 4 GHz) that allows the generation of single pulses, ECL compatible output with two differential comb/pulse outputs, very low output amplitude ripple and harmonics from 30 MHz to 18 GHz. It has a typical output harmonic level (for 200 MHz input) > -35 dBm at 4 GHz, a 100 to 200 MHz internal frequency synthesizer and a tunable step size of 400 kHz.
Heuermann HF-Technik GmbH,
+49 2408 9379019
Embedded Wi-Fi Modules
Get to know Murata’s new class of ‘Embedded Wi-Fi’ products to cut your development cycle time in half. Features include FCC/IC certified, built-in Wi-Fi driver, security supplicant and network stack. These modules enable Wi-Fi operation with low power micro-controllers to simplify the systems integration efforts. Modules come in two options: with micro-controller build-in (SN8200) or for external micro-controllers (Type VK).
Murata Wireless Solutions,
Model MV-13X2 is a full-band receiver that downconverts all of V-Band (50 to 75 GHz) to an IF range of 1 to 26 GHz. Conversion loss is 6.5 dB typical, 11.5 dB max. The LO is derived from a customer-supplied 24.5 GHz signal at +15 to +17 dBm that derives a passive frequency doubler generating +5 dBm at 49 GHz. The mixer requires a bias of +15 V DC at 10 mA. The RF port of WR-15 waveguide and the LO and IF ports are 2.9 mm “K” (f) connectors.
Spacek Labs Inc.,
Santa Barbara, CA
The new SMS surface-mount frequency sources operate up to 8 GHz and can be configured to be either programmable to step across a frequency range or as a fixed frequency source requiring no programming. These units operate on either an external 10 MHz reference or an internal TCXO and operates on a single +5 V supply. Offering excellent phase noise and spurious performance with a buffered and filtered output signal, these units are a great addition to any system requiring a miniature surface mountable frequency source.
Luff Research Inc.,
Floral Park, NY
The OX-501 OCXO from Vectron combines a small footprint with high stability, providing 20 ppb over the full industrial temp range in a compact industry standard 9 × 14 mm package. It has available output frequencies of 10 to 40 MHz. The OX-501 bridges the gap between AT cut based TCXOs and larger OCXO designs and provides improved phase noise and short term stability.