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CarlisleIT added a new connector line to its push-on family – the TMP® series. The TMP family is designed to provide higher power handling capacity, similar to an SMA connector, for use in radar and other high power RF and microwave systems. The TMP interface enables mode-free operation to 23 GHz, and is rated to handle above 200 W of power in the S-Band. It features a PCB mount, field replaceable, microwave cable and custom connector configurations.
Carlisle Interconnect Technologies,
St. Augustine, FL
The HMC9000 is a high speed, multi-GHz quantizer analog-to-digital converter (ADC) that provides up to 12-bit resolution to 500 MSPS. The HMC9000 provides excellent performance for microwave frequencies, including ultra high frequency wideband performance utilizing Hittite’s track and hold amplifiers and ADCs. The HMC9000 also offers a robust and optimized PCB design and layout which includes a path to improve performance through integration, either MCM or monolithic. Hittite’s data converters offer the lowest power consumption for best signal-to-noise ratio (SNR).
Hittite Microwave Corp.,
LadyBug Technologies, manufacturer of the only No-Zero, No-Cal™ USB RF/uW power sensors, now offers new, optional 3.5 mm precision RF connectors (male and female) for all Ladybug USB PowerSensor+™ units. Customers will be able to select their RF connector (male or female) from Type N, Super SMA, or 3.5 mm. Datasheets and ordering guides with the new 3.5 mm connector option are available for download at www.ladybug-tech.com/saleslit.html.
Santa Rosa, CA
With the new CA-18, Marki Microwave is increasing the power handling of its high directivity air-line couplers to 200 W. CA-18 is a high power type N-connectorized bidirectional coupler capable of operation to 18 GHz. This coupler features a unique air-line construction that simultaneously enables extremely low loss and high directivity. This coupler can be used for low loss and high power applications. The useable operating frequencies extend below 1 GHz for applications where calibration of the frequency response is available.
Morgan Hill, CA
These high-power, 3 dB hybrid couplers are useful in BTS applications for combining two transmitters to share one antenna or for use to distribute signals for in-building/DAS applications. Available in eight bands: 400 to 520 MHz, 698 to 1000 MHz, 800 to 1000 MHz, 969 to 1215 MHz, 1020 to 1040 MHz, 1070 to 1230 MHz, 1700 to 2200 MHz, and 1850 to 1990 MHz. Unique air-line construction provides lowest possible insertion loss while delivering high isolation (30 dB typical), exceptional VSWR (1.10:1 typical) and superior phase balance (3 degrees max.).
MECA Electronics Inc.,
NIC introduces a Ku-Band cavity bandpass filter designed for use in airborne, ship-mount and vehicle-mount applications in harsh military environments. This filter offers low insertion loss of < 1 dB and high selectivity in a small package size of approximately 1.4" × 0.5" × 0.35". These filters can be custom designed for center frequencies up to 20 GHz and 3 dB bandwidth from 1 to 50 percent. Custom designs are available up to K-Band.
Networks International Corp.,
Overland Park, KS
PMI model P2T-500M40G-USB is a state-of-the-art SPDT, absorptive switch that operates from 500 MHz to 40 GHz. This switch is powered and controlled via USB 2.0 and is supplied with a Graphic User Interface (GUI) that gives you control of the switch via your PC. This model offers low insertion loss of 6 dB maximum and a minimum isolation of 60 dB. The package size is 2.25" × 1.0" × 0.33".
Planar Monolithics Industries Inc.,
Part of the COMPEL series of connectivity products, the design of the SMP compatible connector series provides push-on mating characteristics and facilitates tight packaging density due to its small diameter and low profile. All jacks incorporate an anti-rock ring to preclude radial movement and plugs are available in full detent, limited detent and smooth bore barrel configurations. Frequency coverage is from DC to 40 GHz in standard 50 ohm impedance. Custom variants are available upon request. Standard housings are manufactured in stainless steel with gold plating.
Response Microwave Inc.,
One of Werlatone’s newest surface mount couplers, model QH8922, covers a full 150 to 2000 MHz band. Rated at 100 W CW, this bonded design is utilized in applications requiring very small form factors and high repeatability. Measuring only 1.47" × 1.13" × 0.16", this unit is specifically designed for military and commercial environments. The unit provides exceptionally low loss (0.7 dB max.) and has an operating temperature of -55° to +85°C.
Custom MMIC is offering two new devices: The CMD157 (die) and CMD157P3 (packaged) are GaAs MMIC low-noise amplifiers (LNA) for applications from 6 to 18 GHz. These broadband devices boast an impressively low noise figure of 1.5 dB, deliver greater than 25 dB of flat gain, and have a corresponding output 1 dB compression point of +10 dBm. The CMD157 is suitable for chip-and-wire applications, whereas the CMD157P3 is housed in a leadless RoHS compliant 3 × 3 mm plastic surface mount package.
Empower model BBM2E3KLP is a 20 to 520 MHz amplifier that is guaranteed to deliver 125 W output power and related RF performance under all specified temperature and environmental conditions. The amplifier module is 7" × 4" × 1.5". This amplifier is suitable for broadband jamming and high power linear applications in the UHF/VHF bands. This module utilizes high power LDMOS transistors and also features built in control and monitoring, with protection functions.
Empower RF Systems Inc.,
RF Power Amplifier
Freescale Semiconductor revealed its first RF power amplifier product built using GaN technology. The AFG25HW355S is a 350 W, high-performance-in-package (HiP), 2:1 asymmetric 2.3 to 2.7 GHz device with 56 dBm peak power, 50 percent efficiency, 16 dB gain and NI-780 packaging. The company’s RF power GaN products will initially target the cellular infrastructure market, with potential future applications including avionics, radar, ISM and software-defined radio.
Microsemi announced the immediate availability of a high power broadband amplifier, model AML618P4202. This amplifier operates over 6 to 18 GHz with industry-best DC to RF efficiency. Output P1dB is +35 dBm (3 W) minimum. Gain is 42 dB min. with flatness within ±2.5 dB max. DC current at +12 VDC is under 2.5 A. Dimensions are 2.85" × 1.5" × 0.5". Operating temperature range of -54º to +85ºC is available as an option.
Santa Clara, CA
The TVA-82-213 is an instrument amplifier that covers an exceptionally wide range of frequencies (0.8 to 21 GHz) while affording convenience, portability, and ease of use. It features isolation of 75 dB typical and a self contained power supply with selectable 110 or 220 V AC supply and is thermally self protected.
MESFET MMIC Amplifier
RFMD’s RFCA8818 is a low-noise, linear high performance GaAs MESFET MMIC amplifier. The RFCA8818 contains two amplifiers for use in wideband push-pull CATV amplifiers requiring excellent second order performance. The second and third order nonlinearities are greatly improved in the push-pull configuration. Features include 75 Ω push-pull amplifier, 40 to 1008 MHz operation, internally matched input and output, 17 dB small signal gain, 2 dB noise figure, and single 5 to 8 V positive power supply.
Richardson RFPD introduced an 80 to 105 GHz balanced LNA from United Monolithic Semiconductors S.A.S. (UMS). The CHA1008-99F is a broadband, four-stage monolithic LNA designed for millimeter-wave imaging applications. The 3.40 × 1.60 × 0.07 mm device is manufactured on a 0.10 µm gate lengthpHEMT process, offering via holes through the substrate, air bridges and electron beam gate lithography. Key features of the CHA1008-99F include 16 dB linear gain, 5 dB noise figure from 80 to 90 GHz, and a DC bias of VD = 2.5 V at ID = 115 mA.
Richardson RFPD Inc.,
Variable Gain Receiver
TriQuint’s new TAT6281 variable gain receiver for single family units employs proven PIN diode variable attenuation to provide a consistent, low-distortion method of adjusting gain. TriQuint’s integrated module delivers reliable, low-noise RF performance while simplifying FTTH amplifier designs and reducing bills of materials. The TAT6281builds on the success of TriQuint’s TAT6254 product line, millions of which have been deployed in CATV/FTTH networks world-wide. TriQuint’s new devices are economical and built with market-tested GaAs technology, offering greater functional integration and higher efficiency.
ASC Signal unveiled a new 2.4 meter nomadic antenna that incorporates the company’s advanced mobile features in the lightest, most agile package it has ever offered to defense and commercial customers. The antenna’s one-, three- or nine-piece reflector panels allow for flexible configuration. The low-cost antenna enables cost-effective communications in L-, S-, X-, C-, K-, Ku-, Ka-, Q- and V-Bands as well as low PIM. The system’s flexibility also ensures low on-going costs of operation and upgrades, and expandability for a variety of applications.
PREMO launched a new family of its TP0702 standard, universally adopted by industry. This format provides up to 50 mV/Apk-pk/m (for 7.2 mH) sensitivity which gives it the best sensitivity in this transponder size. The new TP0702U and TP0702UCAP is an SMD antenna for low frequency 20 to 150 kHz receiver applications. TP0702UCAP provide an upper and lateral side protection with co-polyamide polyhexamethylene polymer walls, gamma radiated with high thermal stability (supports up to 290ºC) and mechanical resistance (exceeds 150 Mpa of mechanical strength).
+34 951 231 320,
Applied Radar Inc. announced the addition of the AR2010-5-10 and the AR2010-10-20 wideband models to its USB stick synthesizer product line. The AR2010-5-10 operates over the 5 to 10 GHz frequency band while the AR2010-10-20 operates over the 10 to 20 GHz frequency band. Both USB stick synthesizers offer adjustable output power and an onboard 20 MHz reference with a 10 to 200 MHz external reference input. Applied Radar’s AR2010 USB stick synthesizer products are USB powered, USBTMC compliant, and come with a control GUI.
Applied Radar Inc.,
N. Kingstown, RI
HCMOS Clock Oscillator
Crystek Corp.’s ultra-low phase noise CCHD-950 Series HCMOS clock oscillator has a -168 dBc/Hz noise floor (100 MHz model). The CCHD-950 generates frequencies between 45 and 130 MHz, with 50, 80, 100 and 130 MHz offered as standard. A high-Q crystal and third overtone technology provide the ultra-low phase noise and low-jitter performance, making the CCHD-950 very useful in synthetic instrumentation such as VXI/PXI. Generating no sub-harmonics, the CCHD-950 requires an input supply voltage of 3.3 Vdc consuming 15 mA of current.
Fort Myers, FL
Voltage-Controlled Crystal Oscillator
Rakon introduced a high performance VCXO in a 5 × 3.2 mm surface mount package. The RVX5032R VCXO combines high performance with short lead times to accelerate development and minimize inventory. 2000+ frequency configurations are available for immediate sampling and short lead-times enable reduced inventory levels. It features fast sample turnaround, a wide frequency range, low power differential outputs and LVCMOS, LVPECL or LVDS output options.
Auckland, New Zealand
+64 (9) 573 5554,
The SMV5550B-LF, a high performance VCO, generates frequencies between 5000 and 6000 MHz, covering the 1000 MHz bandwidth within 0 to 10 V of control. Though the device covers a broad spectrum of bandwidth, the SMV5550B-LF comes in a compact package covering an area less than .10 sq. inches while exhibiting phase noise performance of –80 dBc/Hz, typically, at 10 kHz from the carrier. It delivers 3 ± 3 dBm into a 50 Ω load with a nominal 5 V supply and drawing typically 24 mA.
The TTG-7000 TCAS/transponder test set is a RF signal generator/receiver designed for testing TCAS and transponders. The TTG-7000 supplies a 10.4" touch screen LCD display. It can be remotely controlled via GPIB, LAN or USB. Some of the features include simulation of 32 dynamic and 400 static intruders; ADS-B squitters; 978, 1030 and 1090 MHz (in/out); top/bottom four port antenna simulation (TCAS); hybrid surveillance, DO-181, 185, 260, and 300 testing; six independent transmitters; TX/RX data logging capability; data parsing for analysis; pulse and frequency measurement; and multilateration systems testing.
Advanced Technical Group Inc.,
Miami Lakes, FL
Cable and Antenna Analyzer
The Site Master S331L is an all inclusive 1-port cable and antenna analyzer covering the 2 MHz to 4 GHz range, with a built-in InstaCal™ module and a built-in power meter. The S331L has been optimized for field conditions, is easy to use, and has efficient sweep management capabilities. It has an outdoor viewable 7” TFT touch screen display, new intuitive GUI, and classic mode that mimic the S331D basic measurement flow, and entire workday of battery operating time.
The CCI PIMPro 900 is a full band unit, for use across the whole 900 band, which includes E-GSM, UMTS900 and LTE band 8. The PIMPro 1800 is a full band unit for the 1800 band, applicable for GSM1800, LTE Band 3 and LTE Band 9. PIMPro is a ruggedized field tool, with a flexible touch screen and icon-driven user interface, which enables PIM testing to be done swiftly, efficiently and with confidence by the field technician.
Communications Components Inc.,
S. Hackensack, NJ
Phase Noise Analyzers
The HA7000 Series phase noise analyzers cover a DUT range of 5 MHz to 6.7 GHz. It currently consists of fundamental designs that respond to the demands from the marketplace: low noise floors, fast measurement speeds, reliability, ease of use and price. The HA7402A is a cross-correlation engine (dual core) with automated calibration of the DUT and the two external (user supplied) LO sources. It is capable of measuring noise floors of below -190 dBc/Hz at acquisition speeds of less than a few minutes.
Optical Modulation Analyzer
Tektronix Inc. announced that its OM4000 Series optical modulation analyzer can now drive the DSA8300 Digital Sampling Oscilloscope to perform analysis on PM-QPSK, QAM, and other complex-modulation signals with higher vertical resolution than real-time based solutions at lower total system cost. Key capabilities provided by the DSA8300 in this application include 16-bit vertical resolution and 450 µV RMS noise floor at 60 GHz for added dynamic range and accuracy. It also features up to 60 GHz bandwidth on four channels to help future-proof the system for next generation baud rates.
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