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Broadband High Power Amplifier
Agile MwT introduced its high linearity broadband power amplifier series which includes model AMT-A0117. It operates in a frequency range from 100 to 1500 MHz, offers P1dB of +34 dBm, OIP3 of +52 dBm, 36 dB of gain, and excellent VSWR. The operating voltage is +15 V DC with current of 1.2A. Its compact size and low cost makes it ideal for commercial or military applications.
Power Amplifier Module
COMTECH PST introduced a new high power density solid state RF module quickly becoming available in today’s marketplace. Comtech’s latest development continues to expand on its proven innovative integrated RF GaN power amplifier designs by further increasing the RF power density. Consistent with its planned technology development roadmap, Comtech introduced the latest in GaN-based 6 to 18 GHz RF amplifier. This highly integrated design is ideal for use in communication, electronic warfare, and radar transmitter systems where space, cooling and power are limited.
Broadband Drop-In Amps
Introducing Microwave Solutions broadband drop-in amplifier family. They are perfect when you need a boost of power with low noise on a test, ground or aerospace MTBF that are over 8,000,000 hrs. These amplifiers are designed to meet MIL-STD-883 and manufactured in compliance with AS9100. The frequency range covered is 1.5 to 16 GHz with typical noise figure range of 1.4 to 3 dB. The output power is 18 dBm, 1 dB GCP typ. Size is approximately 0.76 × 0.65 × 0.22 without SMA connectors.
Microwave Solutions Inc.,
Mini-Circuits PMA2-33LN+ is an E-PHEMT based, ultra-low noise MMIC amplifier with a unique combination of low noise and high IP3, making this amplifier ideal for sensitive, high-dynamic range receiver applications. This design operates on a single 3 V supply, is well matched for 50 Ω systems, and comes in a tiny, low-profile package accommodating dense circuit board layouts.
Millimeter-wave High Power Amplifier
QuinStar Technology introduced a new line (Model QBP) of high power solid-state power amplifiers (SSPA) covering 25 to 110 GHz. Power levels of standard products range from 200 W at Ka-Band to 50 W at 94 GHz. Both pulsed and CW models are offered to suit virtually any application. In addition to their compact size and high efficiency, these amplifiers also incorporate many useful features, such as power monitoring, remote control and thermal management.
QuinStar Technology Inc.,
Hybrid Power Module
AR’s Hybrid Power Module (HPM), 37HM6G18-40, is a broadband power amplifier, which operates from a single DC voltage and covers 6 to 18 GHz. It delivers a minimum of 5 W output power and 42 dB small signal gain with excellent gain flatness and harmonics. The HPM has a built-in over voltage protection and is a Class A design. It is extremely load tolerant and can be used as a microwave power amplifier for both the military and commercial industries.
AR RF/Microwave Instrumentation,
AtlanTecRF introduces directional couplers with frequency capability up to 40 GHz in a number of bands including 18 to 40, 6 to 40, 2 to 40 GHz and the ultra-wide band version 1 to 40 GHz. Each frequency range in the new AKC series is available in a choice of either 10, 20 or 30 dB coupling and the lightweight units feature aluminium housings and 2.92 mm stainless steel female connectors. Coupling accuracy and flatness are ±1.0 dB max across the individual bands, while typical VSWR is 1.5:1 and power handling capability is 30 W.
Atlantic Microwave Ltd.,
Microwave Space Qualified Products (MSQP)
Crane Aerospace & Electronics Microwave Solutions announced the recently re-launched Microwave Space Qualified Products (MSQP) product line. This line offers a range of standard passive products including power dividers, hybrids, couplers and mixers. These products have been previously qualified to internally generated standards derived from industry standards. They can be deployed to space-flight applications in a more rapid fashion and with lower cost as complex and time-consuming qualifications would not be required.
Crane Aerospace & Electronics,
Double-Balanced Fundamental Mixer
The Custom MMIC CMD179 is a general purpose, double-balanced GaAs mixer that can be used for up- and down-converting applications between 16 and 26 GHz. The mixer, which offers conversion loss of 7 dB, an LO to RF isolation of greater than 40 dB, an IF bandwidth of 8 GHz, and an input IP3 of +18 dBm, is ideally suited for hybrid assemblies given its small die size of 0.9 mm2.
Model SRF-77120910-01 is a low cost 77 GHz sensor designed for Doppler speed measure-ment. It is constructed with a high performance circular horn antenna, a linear to circular polarizer and T/R diplexer. It also incorporates a balanced mixer and a high performance Gunn oscillator. The sensor features a 12 degree 3 dB beamwidth, 10 dBm output power and 9 dB conversion loss. The sensor can readily be modified to offer different beam widths, dual channel (I-Q) output or FMCW versions.
KRYTAR Inc. announced the continued expansion of its line of directional couplers with the addition of two new models offering 30 dB of coupling over the frequency range of 4 to 12.4 GHz and 7 to 12.4 GHz, each in a single, compact and lightweight package. KRYTAR’s new directional couplers expand the family of superior performance products offering 4 to 12.4 GHz coverage in compact packages.
Linear Technology announced the LTC3107, an integrated DC/DC converter designed to extend the life of a battery in low power wireless system networks. It combines energy harvesting and power management capability with a primary battery cell to extend the battery’s usable lifetime. The LTC3107 harvests energy from thermoelectric generators and thermopiles when these sources are available, storing excess power in a storage capacitor and seamlessly transitioning to the primary cell to power a wireless sensor node when harvested power is unavailable.
Tunable Bandpass and Band Reject Filter
Pasternack Enterprises’ new tunable bandpass filters and band reject filters are bench top units designed for lab use. Six bandpass configurations are available with octave-band tuning from 125 MHz to 3 GHz and a 5% passband. These bandpass filters use a tunable 5-section design and have a mechanical direct dial that is accurate within 1%. Five band reject configurations are available with octave-band tuning ranges from 100 MHz to 2 GHz.
Pasternack Enterprises Inc.,
Two Throw Switch
PMI’s model no. P2T-500M18G-50-T-SFF-I is a terminated, single pole, two throw switch that operates over the frequency range of 0.5 to 18 GHz. This model handles +23 dBm CW input power with port to port isolation of 50 dB min. It has a low insertion loss of 2.8 dB max while still offering a fast switching speed of 50 nsec max. The unit is supplied with SMA female connectors in a housing measuring 1.0" × 1.0" × 0.5".
Planar Monolithics Industries Inc.,
BAW Filters for Wireless Infrastructure
RFMW Ltd. announced design and sales support for three new TriQuint Bulk Acoustic Wave (BAW) filters. These filters offer low in-band insertion loss and high out-of-band attenuation coupled with the improved performance and power handling capability of BAW. The TQQ7303 has a usable bandwidth of 75 MHz with minimum attenuation of 45 dB at 1805 MHz. TriQuint’s TQQ7307 offers 70 MHz bandwidth with 32 dB of attenuation and the TriQuint 885069 has 100 MHz of usable passband with 45 dB min attenuation.
Chip Power Inductors
Richardson RFPD Inc. announced immediate availability and full design support capabilities for the MDT Series of multilayer ferrite chip power inductors from TOKO. TOKO’s architecture creates robust, magnetically-shielded, multilayer ferrite power inductors offering low resistance and high current handling in miniature footprint, low profile sizes ranging from 2.5 × 2.0 × 1.0 mm to 2.5 × 2.0 × 1.2 mm. With high efficiency through 10 MHz switching frequency coupled with the small size and low flux leakage.
Switched Filter Bank
RLC provides switched filter bank assemblies designed and built to customers’ exact specifications. RLC is able to help the design engineer minimize mass and overall circuit footprint while optimizing the transitions between circuit elements. By optimizing internal interfaces, RLC is able to provide improved loss and VSWR performance in a small package. RLC’s designs for switched filter banks can cover the frequency range of DC to 65 GHz. Typical applications are for military and commercial use, including calibration services and ATE.
RLC Electronics Inc.,
V-Band Eight Way Power Combiner
Model SWP-50366308-15-C1 is a V-Band waveguide eight-way power combiner that operates from 50 to 66 GHz. The power combiner exhibits 2 dB insertion loss and 18 dB port to port isolations between non-adjacent ports and 13 dB between adjacent ports in the operational bandwidth. The power combiner possesses excellent phase and amplitude balance. The power combiner is equipped with WR-15 waveguides and UG385/U flanges.
SAGE Millimeter Inc.,
The Series CCR-40K is a broadband SPDT, electromechanical, coaxial switch designed to switch a microwave signal from a common input to either of two outputs. It incorporates 2.92 mm high performance connectors and a characteristic impedance of 50 V. The new CCR-40K series measures 1.50" × 0.52" × 2.02", has a maximum weight of 1.65 oz (46.78 g) and expands the company’s switching line card to frequencies as high as 40 GHz.
Teledyne Coax Switches,
Power, efficiency, and bandwidth. Werlatone provides all three qualities in its growing line of high power 2-way combiners/dividers. Model D9392 is no exception. Covering the full 500 to 2500 MHz, the D9392 is conservatively rated at 500 W CW, and operates with less than 0.3 dB of insertion loss.
Cables and Connectors
Low Loss Cable Assemblies
Fairview Microwave Inc. introduced a new line of low loss test cables using LL335i and LL142 coax. These new low loss cable assemblies are ideal for test environments where a rugged, phase stable cable assembly is required. Fairview Microwave’s new LL335i and LL142 cables allow for higher power transmission because the resulting higher temperatures do not have a negative effect on the cable due to the thermal stability of the PTFE tape dielectric.
Fairview Microwave Inc.,
Floating SMPM Coaxial Contacts
Looking for an RF (DC to 26.5 GHz) addition to the VPX Platform? Check out SV Microwave’s latest high density, high performance VITA 67 product offering. SV’s floating SMPM coaxial contacts ensure excellent RF performance in any mating condition. These parts are also designed for side-by-side implementation with VITA 46 hardware and can be cabled to 0.086 and smaller coaxial cable types. COTS options for VITA 67.1 & 67.2 and custom configurations for VITA 67.3 are available.
Surge Protection Products
The LP-HBX-N high performance lightning protector series provides exceptional protection over the 100 to 700 MHz frequency band addressing high power (up to 750 W) single or multi channel applications. The DC blocked design provides superior surge protection while maintaining outstanding return loss and insertion loss performance. The white bronze plated construction of the LP-HBX-N series eliminates potential galvanic corrosion issues and provides long life in hostile environments and the fully weatherized housing is sealed to IP65 standards allowing for outdoor installation.
Times Microwave Systems,
American Microwave Corp. (AMC) announced the first member of the new WhisperSyn synthesizer product line, the model PSYN-06510-100. Whispersyn technology offers superior low phase noise and fast switching synthesizer technology. This compact package offers wide bandwidth coverage of 0.65 to 10 GHz, fast switching time of <100 µsec, excellent resolution of 0.001 Hz and super low phase noise.
American Microwave Corp.,
3200 MHz VCO
Crystek’s CVCO55CC-3200-3200 VCO operates at 3200 MHz with a control voltage range of 0.5 to 4.5 V. This VCO features a typical phase noise of -112 dBc/Hz of 10 KHz offset and has excellent linearity. Output power is typically +5 dBm. The model CVCO55CC-3200-3200 is packaged in theindustry-standard 0.5" × 0.5" SMD package. Input voltage is 8 V, with a max. current consumption of 30 mA. Pulling and pushing are minimized to 3 MHz and 0.1 MHz/V, respectively. Second harmonic suppression is -12 dBc typical.
The MLD-1640 is the first multiplier available using Microlithic technology. It offers an input range of 8 to 20 GHz and an output range of 16 to 40 GHz. The Microlithic design technique allowed us to increase the fundamental suppression by over 10 dB to a typical 33 dB suppression across the band. Designers will be able to significantly relax the filtering requirements on their high frequency LO generation chains. It comes in a standard 0.152" × 0.090" Microlithic chip or connectorized S package.
Marki Microwave Inc.,
Free Running DRO
Mesa Microwave introduced a free running dielectric resonator oscillator (DRO). This DRO operates at a frequency of 4.3 GHz, +15 dBm, -55° to +85°C. Frequencies up to 40 GHz are available.
Mesa Microwave Corp.,
High Performance Synthesizer
Synergy’s low phase noise synthesizer model LFSW170225-1M offers wideband coverage from +5 V supplies. The close-in phase noise is -102 dBc at 1 kHz through 10 kHz offset and –123 dBc at 100 kHz offset. It also provides buffered output power of +5 dBm (min), spurious suppression of 75 dB (typ.), and harmonics of 25 dB (typ). The frequency is varied in 10 MHz steps. This great performance is packaged in a small 1.25" × 1.00" × 0.230" housing (RoHS compliant).
Synergy Microwave Corp.,
Fixed Frequency Synthesizer
Z-Communications Inc. announced a fixed frequency synthesizer in the X-Band. The SFS11800C-LF is a single frequency synthesizer that operates at 11.8 GHz with a 10 MHz reference and features a typical phase noise of -90 dBc/Hz and -120 dBc/Hz at the 10 kHz and 100 kHz offsets, respectively. It is designed to deliver a typical output power of 3 dBm with a VCO voltage supply of 5 Vdc while drawing 90 mA (typical) and a phase locked loop voltage of 3 VDC while drawing 11 mA (typical).
CST STUDIO SUITE® 2014
Computer Simulation Technology announced the release of the 2014 version of the electromagnetic simulation tool, CST STUDIO SUITE®. The latest edition has been developed to improve the performance of the solvers and increase the capabilities for hybrid simulation without compromising on usability. CST STUDIO SUITE comprises a range of electromagnetic simulation tools for high frequency, low frequency, charged particle and multiphysics applications, which are all available within a single graphical user interface.
Computer Simulation Technology,
PCI Switching Solutions
Pickering Interfaces is expanding its range of PCI switching solutions by introducing seven new PCI cards and expansion of an eighth card. Expansion includes programmable and precision resistors, general purpose relays, high-density matrices and multiplexers. Pickering Interfaces stands behind all of its manufactured products with a standard three-year warranty and guaranteed long-term product support. Pricing and availability information is available on the company’s website.
Pickering Interfaces Ltd.,
The R&S ZNBT is claimed to be the first network analyzer with 24 integrated test ports: The instrument covers the frequency range from 9 kHz to 8.5 GHz, and the base model is equipped with four test ports, but can be enhanced to include 24 ports. When fitted with its maximum number of test ports it is capable of determining all 576 S-parameters of a 24-port DUT. It requires no switching, and can also measure multiple DUTs in parallel.
Rohde & Schwarz,
Skyworks Solutions unveiled several wireless networking products incorporating flip-chip packaging. These newest devices leverage innovative and proprietary manufacturing techniques that allow smartphone and tablet OEMs to incorporate smaller, thinner solutions for 802.11ac system-in-package modules. As high-end mobile devices deliver ever-increasing functionality and ubiquitous connectivity, reducing the front end circuit board footprint is critical as system providers seek high performance, highly flexible solutions for next-generation platforms.
Skyworks Solutions Inc.,
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