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AtlanTecRF introduced a comprehensive rangeof fully flexible test cable assemblies which are particularly suited to extensive test set-ups either in the laboratory or automatic test equipment. Grey in colour and only 0.168" in diameter, the standard connector types are SMA male with the well-known and reliable anti-torque feature for which AtlanTecRF assemblies are renowned. Frequency performance is to 26.5 GHz and standard stock lengths range from 2" to 60" with other connector options available.
Atlantic Microwave Ltd.,
The STD-502-R operates in the 2.4 GHz band available worldwide. Designed to be embedded in equipment, this radio transceiver module was developed for industrial applications that require stable and reliable operation. With battery operation, it achieves line of sight radio communication beyond 300 m. Besides using highly noise-resistant direct-sequence spread spectrum (DSSS) modulation, the module has a true diversity receiver function for preventing signal dropout due to multipath fading. This ensures highly stable and reliable radio communication in the congested 2.4 GHz ISM band.
Circuit Design Inc.,
Custom MMIC announced a new general purpose, double balanced fundamental mixer. The CMD178C3 can be used for up and downconverting applications between 11 and 21 GHz. In terms of performance, the CMD178C3 has typically 6 dB conversion loss, with very low LO leakage to both the RF and IF ports (-25 dBm and -30 dBm, respectively), can operate with an LO drive level as low as +9 dBm, and has a wide IF bandwidth from DC to 6 GHz.
The HMC6787ALC5A and the HMC6146BLC5A are GaAs MMIC I/Q variable gain upconverters which form a competitive and cost-effective microwave radio transmitter solution. The HMC6787ALC5A operates from 37 to 40 GHz and provides a small signal conversion gain of 10 dB with 17 dBc of sideband rejection, and 13 dB of gain control. The HMC6146BLC5A operates from 40 to 44 GHz and provides a small signal conversion gain of 12 dB with 25 dBc of sideband rejection and 17 dB of gain control.
Hittite Microwave Corp.,
MECA Electronics introduced its H-Series, 100 W, Wilkinson high power combiner/dividers in 2-way, 3-way and 4-way configurations for wireless applications between 0.400 and 2.200 GHz. High isolation (25 dB), VSWR of 1.15:1 and low insertion loss (less than 0.3 dB). Available in 7/16" DIN, Type-N, SMA and TNC connectors. Essential for combining unbalanced inputs. Available STOCK – 4 weeks ARO. Weatherproof models (IP 65) available. Made in the U.S. - 36 month warranty.
MECA Electronics Inc.,
RF Bypass Capacitors
Passive Plus offers a line of traditional RF bypass capacitors. These dielectric capacitors can be mounted horizontally or vertically and are available in three case sizes for RF/microwave applications. The 0505X series is 0.055" × 0.055" and features WVDC: 50 V, TC: ±25 percent and value range: 47 to 10000 pF. The 1111X series is 0.110" × 0.110" and features WVDC: 50 V, TC: ±25 percent and value range: 4700 to 100,000 pF. The 2225X series is 0.220" × 0.250" and features WVDC: 50 V, TC: ±15 percent and value range: 0.010 to 1.000 uF.
Passive Plus Inc.,
Peregrine Semiconductor announced availability of a new SPDT RF switch for harsh environment and space applications. Manufactured on Peregrine’s Ultra-
CMOS® technology, the PE95421 switch is highly resistant to total dose and single event radiation effects, resulting in improved product reliability, as well as stable, and predictable, performance over the life of the mission. The switch features HaRP™ technology enhancements for high linearity of 60 dBm IIP3. It has an operating frequency up to and including the C-Band in commercial satellites, manned spacecraft and high altitude aircraft.
Combline and Interdigital Filters
Reactel offers its flat pack combline and interdigital filters in a bandpass configuration operating in a frequency range of 2000 to 15000 MHz. These extremely small, surface mount packages are perfect for mobile or man-pack systems and are rugged enough to withstand the harshest of environments.
RelComm Technologies compliments its product line by offering a low cost high performance 1P12T relay configured with SMA type connectors providing exceptional RF performance to 18 GHz. The relay measures 2.25" square and is less than 2" tall. It is fitted with standard DA15P header for ease of installation. The relay is available in both latching and failsafe configurations with 12 and 24 V DC operation. Options include TTL control input.
RelComm Technologies Inc.,
Response Microwave announced the availability of a new high power, broadband coupler for use in radar and telecommunication transmit applications. The new RMCO5.32-1200Nf covers the 20 to 1200 MHz band offering typical electrical performance of 0.6 dB insertion loss, VSWR of 1.25:1, minimum directivity of 20 dB. Average power handling is 200 W and the unit is operational over the -35° to +85°C range. Mechanical package is 15" × 8" × 1". Connectors used are Type N female on the mainline and coupled ports.
Response Microwave Inc.,
RLC Electronics’ 11- and 12-position coaxial switch line provides proven reliability, long life and outstanding electrical performance. The switch also features extremely low insertion loss and VSWR over the entire DC to 18 GHz range, while maintaining high isolation. The switch can be provided in latching self-cutoff or pulse latching mode, in addition to failsafe which is standard on all RLC switches. These switches can either be provided in a terminated (absorptive) or non-terminated (reflective) configuration.
SV Microwave is proud to announce the release of its SMPS connector series which is the next generation in miniature blindmate connectors. The line is directly compatible with the G3PO interface and is 45 percent smaller than the SMP and 30 percent smaller than the SMPM. The SMPS utilizes SV’s threadless design of push-on and blindmate connectors and is capable of frequencies exceeding 100 GHz. Please visit the website or email email@example.com for more information.
Ultra-Wideband 90° Hybrid
The 4 port connectorized 90° Hybrid, Model DQK-100-1000S covers ultra wide ratio of 10:1 in the frequency range of 100 to 1000 MHz. A building block for amplifiers, image reject mixers, etc., it has an excellent insertion loss of 2.3 dB (max.) and isolation of 23 dB typical. Outputs are matched for excellent amplitude unbalance (0.8 dB typical) and phase unbalance (±6° typical). Built on a small 1.25" square and 0.750" high package and terminated in SMA connectors.
Synergy Microwave Corp.,
AR’s family of TWT amplifiers covers up to 45 GHz and provides powers to 10,000 W. Both CW and pulse models are available. Features of the amps include “sleep mode” to prolong the life of the TWT, rugged construction for the rigorous treatment in test labs and modular supplies to reduce repair turn-around time.
AR RF/Microwave Instrumentation,
Linear Power Amplifiers
Two new power amplifiers for cellular base station and telecom applications have been introduced. The 8860 PA covers the frequency range from 1.3 to 1.5 GHz, while the 8862 PA covers the frequency range from 2.3 to 2.7 GHz. Both deliver a minimum linear output power (P1) of 19 W, with high gain, ±1 dB gain flatness and excellent phase linearity across the whole frequency range. They are claimed to provide extremely linear output power to ensure the clean and consistent transmission demanded for reliable cellular service.
Centellax announced the release of its new low-cost LiNbO3Quad Input 32 Gbaud linear modulator driver amplifier for DP to 16 QAM applications. The OA3MMQM has excellent gain, low noise figure, low harmonic distortion and flat group delay, making it ideally suited for advanced modulation formats at 32 Gbaud and beyond, employing Mach Zender interferometer optical modulators. The OA3MMQM addresses the needs of the 400 G optical long haul transponder module manufacturers.
Solid State Power Amplifier
Comtech PST has announced the release of a solid state Class “AB” linear amplifier which operates over the full 6 to 18 GHz frequency band and delivers a minimum of 20 W. The amplifier uses the latest Gallium Nitride (GaN) technology and is packaged in a standard rack mountable enclosure measuring 19" × 22" × 3.5".
Microwave Power Module
L-3 Electron Devices introduced its new Ka-/Q-Band microwave power module (MPM), a combination switchable Ka-Band linearizer/Q-Band high power amplifier for aerospace and defense industry communications terminal builders and system integrators. Featuring a single 2.4 mm coax (0 dBm) input and WR-24 waveguide output, the new Ka-/Q-Band MPM delivers greater than 100 W of saturated CW power, from 29.5 to 31.0 GHz, at greater than 35 percent RF efficiency, and greater than 80 W saturated power from 43.5 to 45.5 GHz.
L-3 Electron Devices,
10 W Amplifiers
Microwave Dynamics has released a new line of 10 W amplifiers 6 to 18 GHz. Features include high power output up to 10 W, high gain 30 dB min, compact design (2.75" × 2.125" × 0.812"), low VSWR (2.5:1 max), and low supply voltage (+ 10 V typical). Input limiter model is optional. 2 to 18 GHz to be released soon.
Low Noise Amplifier
PMI Model No. POB-16-48-22-LCA is a 4 to 8 GHz low noise amplifier which provides 16 dB of gain while maintaining a gain flatness of ±1.0 dB typically over the operating frequency. The noise figure is 3 dB typical and offers a typical OP1dB of +22 dBm. The amplifier requires +12 to +15 V DC and the current draw is 225 mA typical. The unit is supplied with SMA(F) connectors in PMI’s standard PE2 housing.
Planar Monolithics Industries Inc.,
Infineon Technologies has expanded its portfolio of LIN and CAN automotive communications ICs with its first FlexRay™ transceiver. The TLE9221SX is fully compliant to the most current FlexRay Electrical Physical Layer Specification version 3.0.1. It enables data rates of up to 10 Mbit/s for in-vehicle communication and features best-in-class ESD rating of ±10 kV. As an interface between the communication controller unit and bus wires, the TLE9221SX was developed for use in suspension and chassis control applications as well as for power steering, engine and transmission control units.
RFMW Ltd. announced design and sales support for TriQuint Semiconductor’s TGF2025 high efficiency heterojunction power FET. This discrete device utilizes TriQuint’s proven standard 0.25 um power PHEMT production process featuring advanced techniques to optimize microwave power and efficiency at high drain bias operating conditions. The TGF2025 provides 24 dBm typical output power at P1dB with gain of 14 dB and 58 percent power-added efficiency. This performance makes the TGF2025 appropriate for high efficiency applications in hi-rel circuits and broadband commercial or military subsystems.
distributed by RFMW Ltd.,
Voltage Controlled Oscillator
The ZX95-868+ is a voltage controlled oscillator, designed to operate from 805 to 868 MHz for TV broadcasting application. The ZX95-868+ built using Mini-Circuits’ proven unibody construction (size of 1.20" × 0.75" × 0.46") which integrates the RF connectors with the case body to shield against unwanted signals and noise. It features low phase noise (-116 dBc/Hz typical at 10 kHz offset) and a linear tuning sensitivity ratio of 1.2:1 typical.
Band Mechanically Tuned Gunn Oscillator
Model SOM-10401317-08-S1 is a free running F-Band mechanically tuned Gunn oscillator with output power +17 dBm and mechanically tuning bandwidth ±0.5 GHz. The mechanical tuning is accomplished via a self-locking tuningscrew or micrometer. The bias voltage and current to operate the oscillator is at +4.5 V DC and 750 mA typically. The semiconductor used on the oscillator is a GaAs Gunn diode. Therefore, no concerns exist in terms of device availability and product continuation ability.
SAGE Millimeter Inc.,
Pulse Electronics announced a new catalog selection of ferrite-loaded, stamp and wire-on-carrier near field communication (NFC) antennas. These products are ideal for integration into point-of-sale terminals, security and access control panels, transportation payment devices, and consumer electronics. The NFC antennas allow for the wireless link between two devices, like a phone or security card; typically with a maximum distance of 100 mm. The antennas operate at 13.56 MHz and are meant for volumetric field strength efficiency rather than antenna gain like traditional antennas.
Pulse Electronics Corp.,
Base Station Antenna Platform
Radio Frequency Systems (RFS) announced that it has developed a new base station antenna platform that will serve as the foundation for a high-performing line of multi-band base station antennas. Called RF X-TREME, the new antenna platform meets customer demand for multi-band antennas by providing high-performance triple-band capability in a compact dual-band package. By providing the highest gain for triple-band antenna size, RF X-TREME better supports multiple bands, including LTE 700, CDMA 850, PCS 1900 and AWS 2100 with no compromises in electrical performance.
Radio Frequency Systems,
PXI Large Matrix Solutions
The 40-596, 40-597 and 40-598 are all BRIC 1-pole matrices with 2 A current rating, up to 60 W hot switch power and 100 V DC/70 V AC voltage rating – depending on the configuration; these products are available in two-slot, four-slot, and eight-slot PXI modules. Each model sets new standards in the achievable density of PXI matrices with configurations of 6, 12 and 16 Y axis connections and maximum X axis connections of up to 464 (up to 3,072 matrix crosspoints).
Pickering Interfaces Ltd.,
The compact, two-channel PC-based 9300 Series sequential sampling oscilloscopes offer a combination of portability, price and performance. Their small size allows them to be positioned right next to the device under test, minimizing cable losses and the need for active probes or pull-out sampling modules. There is a built-in signal generator with 4 ns minimum bit interval in PRBS mode and 8 ns minimum period in pulse mode. Specification highlights include over 15 TS/s effective sampling rate and 17.5 ps input rise time.
Vaunix announced a new optional feature for its LMS signal generator line. The LMS Sweep Trigger enables the user to synchronize linear frequency sweep functionality with other lab test instruments. The Lab Brick LMS series of USB-compatible, synthesized signal generators features low noise, fast 100-microsecond switching time, and fine 100 Hz frequency resolution, requiring no additional DC supply. Advanced features are phase-continuous linear-frequency sweeping; selectable internal/external 10 MHz reference; and optional pulse modulation.
Vaunix Technology Corp.,
VTI Instruments released the CMX34 PXIe/LXI chassis. This combines the horsepower and performance of PXIe with the precision switching capability of VTI’s award winning EX1200 series, creating a solution that is uniquely optimized for both instrumentation and switching. It features a PXIe mainframe with high bandwidth PCIe Gen 2 backplane with 2 GB/s bandwidth per slot and 8 GB/s system bandwidth. It is fully integrated including cables and receiver modules, ready to drop into a test system.
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