- Buyers Guide
GaN Broadband Power Amplifier
The model SSPA 0.5-3.0-50 is a high power, broadband, GaN RF amplifier that operates in a frequency range from 0.5 to 3 GHz. This PA is ideal for broadband military platforms as well as commercial applications because it is robust and offers high power over a multi-octave bandwidth. This amplifier was designed for broadband jamming and communication systems platforms. This amplifier operates with a base plate temperature of 85°C with no degradation in the MTBF for the GaN devices inside. The RF line up is comprised of all GaN devices. This amplifier has a minimum P3dB of 50 W at room temperature. Size: 7" ¥ 9" ¥ 1.5".
San Marcos, CA (760) 598-4340, www.aethercomm.com.
RS No. 216
Successive Detection Log Video Amplifier
The model SDLVA-61F-80-582987-004 option TBRK, MS is a matched set of successive detection log video amplifiers in a compact stacked configuration. This unit operates over 61.25 MHz ±250 kHz with a transfer function of E – 22.5 PIN+ 200, where PIN is the input power in dB above –80 dBm and E = output voltage in millivolts. The unit has been designed so that both modules share a common power terminal.
Planar Monolithics Industries Inc., Frederick, MD (301) 631-1579, www.planarmonolithics.com.
RS No. 221
Broadband Power Amplifier
The model QPJ-02064230-A0 is a 2 to 6 GHz, 15 W broadband power amplifier that utilizes output power with flatness of ±0.50 over the 2 to 6 GHz frequency range. The measured gain of this amplifier is 33 dB minimum with gain flatness of ±1.50 dB over 2 to 6 GHz. The amplifier resides in a housing of 2.50" ¥ 1.75" ¥ 0.50" and the RF connectors are removable SMA(F).
QuinStar Technology Inc.,
Torrance, CA (310) 320-1111, www.quinstar.com.
RS No. 222
Upgrade Existing Amplifiers
This new concept called “Subampabilty” enables labs to upgrade their existing “S” series (1 to 800 W, 0.8 to 20 GHz) amplifiers to higher power without purchasing new amplifiers. Once an initial upgrade is performed, the sky’s the limit. Models 20S4G11A (20 W, 4 to 10.6 GHz) and 35S4G8 (35 W, 4 to 8 GHz) are building blocks that can easily be expanded by adding sub amps and controller/combiner units. The 20S4G11A can expand to 40, 60 or 80 W, while the 35S4G8 can grow to 60, 90 or 120 W.
AR RF/Microwave Instrumentation,
Souderton, PA (215) 723-8181,
RS No. 217
Solid-state Power Amplifier
The model BM2719-80 is a class AB linear amplifier that operates over the full 20 to 1000
MHz frequency range with output power of 80 W. The amplifier is compact (6.4" ¥ 3.4" ¥ 1.06") and weighs only 1 pound.
Melville, NY (631) 777-8900, www.comtechpst.com.
RS No. 218
The JCA line of RF amplifiers includes over a dozen models with an average gain tracking of ±0.75 dB and ±1.5 dB gain matching across a 2 to 18 GHz bandwidth. The high performance and reliability of these amplifiers is primarily achieved as a result of an automated assembly process using precise pick-and-place machinery and automatic wire-bonding. Minimizing gaps between components and maintaining efficient, consistent wirebond lengths in the assembly process yields significantly improved gain and phase tracking performance unit-to-unit, and often reduces RF tuning times by 30 percent.
Endwave Defense Systems,
Sunnyvale, CA (408) 522-3180, www.endwave.com.
RS No. 219
GaAs MMIC Buffer Amplifiers
Models XB1007-BD and XB1008-BD are GaAs MMIC two-stage buffer amplifiers. Using 0.15 micron gate length GaAs PHEMT device model technology, these buffer amplifiers cover 4 to 11 GHz and 10 to 21 GHz, respectively. Both devices deliver +20 dBm P1dB compression point and +30 dBm OIP3. The XB1007-BD has a noise figure of 4.5 dB and 23 dB small-signal gain; the XB1008-BD has a noise figure of 5.5 dB and 18 dB small-signal gain. These buffer amplifiers are ideal for wireless communications applications such as millimeter-wave point-to-point radio, local multipoint distribution services (LMDS), SATCOM and VSAT applications.
Mimix Broadband Inc.,
Houston, TX (281) 988-4600, www.mimixbroadband.com.
RS No. 220
High Stability OCXOs
These rad-hardened oven-controlled crystal oscillators (OCXO), with a radiation tolerance of up to 1 G, are designed for use in a variety of industrial and military applications. Using proprietary compensation and stabilization methods, the OCXOs can maintain a frequency stability of 1 ppb over a wide operating temperature range of –55° to +85°C. Customers can specify sine wave, HCMOS, TTL or PECL output; a frequency range of 1 MHz to 120 MHz; and an input of 3.3, 5, 12 and 15 V. Custom frequencies and input voltages are also available.
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
(949) 753-5888, www.mmdcomp.com.
RS No. 247
Ultra-low Noise Oscillator
The SR W150 ultra-low phase noise RF oscillator comes in a 51.5 by 51.5 by 20.5 mm pack-
age and is designed for the instrumentation and radar markets. It exhibits many technical state-of-the-art characteristics including a frequency of 500 MHz, with frequencies possible from 300 to 600 MHz. The frequency is stabilized by temperature control and an external control voltage. Other characteristics include a low phase noise of –165 dBc/Hz at 10 kHz from the carrier and a phase noise floor of –175 dBc/Hz. Stability is 1 ppm in the 0° to 50°C temperature range with a target of –30°C to +70°C. Once adjusted in the factory, the oscillator never requires any additional calibration.
+33 (0) 4 97 23 30 00, www.temex.com.
RS No. 223
Mini TWT for SATCOMs
The TH 4080 mini traveling wave tube has been developed to incorporate a transmitter
amplifier for Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) light SATCOM mobile systems. It is designed for both commercial and military applications that require up to 150 W peak power. It operates in the Ka-band at 27.5 to 31 GHz and its lightweight, compact design and wide bandwidth make it an ideal solution for portable mobile systems. The device applies the proven technology of the company’s TH 4062, TH 4072 and TH 4082 families of high power TWTs for satellite uplinks and meets military standards for vibration, shock and temperature.
Thales Electron Devices,
Velizy, France +33 (0) 1 3070 3500, www.thalesgroup.com/electrondevices.
RS No. 224
L-band Voltage-controlled Oscillator
The model V602ME37-LF is an L-band (1300 to 1600 MHz) voltage-controlled oscillator
(VCO) that offers a low phase noise performance of –100 dBc/Hz at 10 kHz offset from carrier. This model combines linear tuning with superior harmonic suppression. It provides a typical tuning sensitivity of 110 MHz/V and harmonic suppression better than –13 dBc while delivering an O/P power of 0 ±2.5 dBm over the extended operating temperature range of –40° to 85°C. Size: 0.50" ¥ 0.50" ¥ 0.22". Price: $18.95/VCO. Delivery: stock to four weeks.
San Diego, CA (858) 621-2700, www.zcomm.com.
RS No. 225
High Current Bias Tee
This 7/16 DIN bias tee is designed for wireless communication applications and operates in a
frequency range from 500 MHz to 2.5 GHz with 7 amps DC current and 100 V DC voltage. There are a variety of connector options for the DC input. Typical insertion loss is 0.25 dB, 0.50 dB maximum while typical VSWR is 1.25, 1.50 maximum. The unit pictured is the model 8820D, and it is also available in a weatherproof version, model 8821D. Because of their rugged construction, both models are well suited for base station operations.
Ann Arbor, MI (734) 426-5553, www.aeroflex-inmet.com.
RS No. 226
The model M-DVAN-6018-60DD-SK is a programmable attenuator that incorporates a new
linearization circuit to enable fast and accurate attenuation switching. The new design focuses on quick settling and stable operation over temperature extremes. Switching between any attenuation level is typically settled within 1 dB in about 400 ns. Temperature stability is ±1 dB over –10° to 85°C. The M-DVAN-6018-60DD-SK uses a hermetic MIL-C-28747 14 pin connector. Size: 1.34" ¥ 1.34" ¥ 0.5".
American Microwave Corp.,
Frederick, MD (301) 662-4700, www.americanmicrowavecorp.com.
RS No. 227
High Power, Low Capacitance Resistors
From 20 to 250 W, this new resistor series is specifically designed to offer maximum power
performance with low capacitance in power combiner and divider applications. These resistors are available in aluminum nitride and BeO. The resistors are offered as flange-mount, leaded chips, or as a surface-mount chip. When designing a Wilkinson power combiner or divider, this series eliminates the need to choose either high power or low capacitance because the resistors offer both.
Attleboro, MA (508) 226-3350, www.barryind.com.
RS No. 229
The SE bias tee 4-21 has been designed to provide DC power via the RF feeder coaxial cable. It is capable of supplying devices with DC power in the range of 24 to 72 VDC, with a maximum DC power of 12 A at 24 VDC. The SE bias tee 4-21 consists of two RF paths, one that can be switched on and off manually. It is used for coupling the DC voltage onto the coaxial cable and for separating the DC voltage from the RF signal. The bias tee exhibits low insertion loss over the applicable frequency ranges of 132 kHz, 10.7 MHz and 380 to 2170 MHz. It has dimensions of 68 by 229 by 94 mm, the RF connectors are of type 7/16 DIN and with ingress protection to IP65, the bias tee is capable of a wide range of applications, especially outdoors.
Andrew Wireless Systems GmbH, Buchdorf, Germany +49 9099 69 151, www.andrew.com.
RS No. 228
The DK-PXI-1001 is a multi-functional radio frequency (RF) switching module designed for
mobile, desktop testing stations. The matrix is compatible with a PXI standard chassis and cards. Originally configured as an 18 GHz, 4 ¥ 4 non-blocking matrix, the new PXI card offers the flexibility and cost savings of multiple switching configurations in one unit. After the removal of six semi-rigid cables, the user has direct access to 12 internal ports allowing further standard or custom arrangements of the switching network.
Dow-Key Microwave Corp.,
Ventura, CA (805) 650-0260, www.dowkey.com.
RS No. 230
Hand-formable Semi-rigid Assemblies
These semi-rigid assemblies (E Z Bend) are hand-formable during installation and feature low loss. The assemblies have been tested to 18 GHz and offer 100 percent RF shielding with copper or solderable aluminum outer conductor for 50 percent weight savings, sizes 0.086" and 0.141" diameter. The SMA style connectors offer guaranteed performance and eliminate costly drawings. Two inch to 18" straight lengths are available from stock for $10.00 each, 10 piece minimum. Other connector styles are available as well as longer lengths.
Haverhill Cable and Manufacturing Corp., Haverhill, MA (978) 372-6386, www.haverhillcable.com.
RS No. 231
SMT MMIC Mixers
Models HMC144LH5 and HMC338LC3B are GaAs MMIC mixers that are ideal for point-to-point and point-to-multipoint radios, VSAT, telecom, test instrumentation, radar, ECM and space applications from 6 to 34 GHz. The HMC144LH5 is a double-balanced MMIC mixer that can be used as an upconverter or downconverter from 6 to 20 GHz and requires no external components or DC biasing. The HMC338LC3B is a compact 24 to 34 GHz sub-harmonically pumped (¥2) MMIC mixer with an integrated LO amplifier housed in a leadless RoHS compliant ceramic SMT package.
Hittite Microwave Corp.,
Chelmsford, MA (978) 250-3343, www.hittite.com.
RS No. 232
Medical RF Connectors
The MedLock RF coaxial connector series is designed for use in medical equipment and
features an innovative quick-lock coupling mechanism. This coupling technology provides reliability and facilitates easy and fast mounting. The medical RF connectors are suitable for applications up to 5800 MHz. The service load at 2.4 GHz is 500 W and typical applications are in therapeutic devices like magnetic field therapies as well as RF controlled medical measurement and monitoring systems. The connectors have an extended connector housing, which provides strain relief and prevents bending and cable damage, ensuring good electrical performance throughout their lifetime.
IMS Connector Systems,
+49 7654 901 401,
RS No. 233
The model WD-00069 is a duplexer that covers the full advanced wireless services (AWS) frequencies. The WD-00069 duplexer exhibits less than 0.5 dB of insertion loss across the passbands of 1710 to 1755 MHz and 2110 to 2155 MHz while providing greater than 80 dB of rejection. The unit measures 5.0" ¥ 4.0" ¥ 2.3" and is available from stock. Other mechanical configurations and weatherproofing options are available.
RS No. 234
These connectorized isolators and circulators are designed for high frequency X- and Ku-
band (8 to 18 GHz) applications that feature SMA-Female connectors and average power ratings of 2 W. Other specifications include 0.4 dB insertion loss, 1.30 VSWR and 18 dB isolation across the entire band. Units are available from stock to four weeks ARO. Made in the USA.
Denville, NJ (973) 625-0661,
RS No. 248
The model HR-25N is a low cost DC block for wireless coaxial cable feed applications. This model blocks the DC and low frequency current surges from passing on the inner conductor of a transmission line, while allowing unimpeded transmission of RF signals. RF loss is specified as below 0.08 dB over the frequency range from 380 to 2700 MHz. Common applications include blocking surges in subway tunnels and at wireless antenna sites. Units are RoHS compliant and sealed to IP65.
Parsippany, NJ (973) 386-9696, www.microlab.fxr.com.
RS No. 235
High Power PIN Diodes
These non-magnetic metal electrode leadless faced (MELF) packaged PIN diodes feature
high power handling and low distortion. These MELF PIN diodes are designed for switching and attenuator applications from HF through UHF frequencies. The diodes are manufactured using the company’s propriety glassing process that features full-face bonding on the anode and cathode of the device to ensure full surface contact of the square ceramic package. This creates lower electrical and thermal resistance and provides higher average performance at RF power levels up to 100 W CW. The diodes also feature low series resistance that leads to low inductance characteristics, and low junction capacitance, which delivers high isolation.
Londonderry, NH (603) 641-3800, www.micrometrics.com.
RS No. 236
Absorptive Bandstop Filter
These absorptive bandstop filters are designed for ruggedized high reliability applications. The filters operate in a frequency range from 10 to 1000 MHz and feature a tight shape factor notch of 1.44:1 and high operating power of 50 W. Custom designs and package options are available (BNC, GPO, GPPO and SMA interfaces).
Networks International Corp.,
Overland Park, KS (913) 685-3400, www.nickc.com.
RS No. 238
Bias Tees and DC Blocks
In addition to the company’s high frequency 40 GHz bias tees and DC blocks, MITEQ has now introduced a new line of low frequency, low cost bias tees and DC blocks. Frequency ranges start from 30 kHz to 20 GHz. Both have low insertion loss. Both connector (Size: 0.64" ¥ 0.7" ¥ 0.29") and surface-mount (Size: 0.69" ¥ 0.60" ¥ 0.18") versions are available. Options include different frequency bandwidths and various connector types.
Hauppauge, NY (631) 436-7400, www.miteq.com.
RS No. 249
This line of adaptenuators is simply an attenuator with different type input and output con-
nectors. These adaptenuators feature improved interface matching and eliminate the hassle of working with, misplacing and stocking all different types of adapters to fit specific attenuators. These adaptenuators are designed with an ultra-wideband frequency response, usable to 4 GHz with a super flat frequency response. This line is durably built with solid unibody construction. Price: $19.95 each (1–24). Delivery: in stock.
Brooklyn, NY (718) 934-4500, www.minicircuits.com.
RS No. 237
GPS Notch Filter
The part number 9R7-1575.42-50S11 is a highly selective cavity notch filter. This unit is centered at the GPS frequency of 1575.42 MHz and offers a nominal 1 dB bandwidth of 50 MHz. The notch depth is greater than 70 dB at a center frequency of ±25 MHz and offers an insertion loss measuring less than 0.5 dB.
Gaithersburg, MD (301) 519-3660, www.reactel.com.
RS No. 239
Two-way High Power Combiner
This two-way high power combiner is designed for the 800 and 900 MHz cellular band appli-
cations. This combiner is aimed for providing a common antenna port for two different cellular networks that operate on different power levels. The combiner incorporates a novel Wilkinson resistor arrangement coupled with a fan cooled, high efficiency heat sink that enables input power imbalance of up to 200 W between ports. For balanced signals on the input ports, this combiner can sustain power levels up to 1000 W composite per channel. Size: 5" ¥ 5" ¥ 4".
Renaissance Electronics Corp.,
Harvard, MA (978) 772-7774,
RS No. 240
The micro miniature SMA switch is a single-pole two position type. The switch incorporates SMA connectors to allow high density packaging and good electrical performance through 26.5 GHz. The switch is available in failsafe and latching configurations with a choice of three different frequency ranges and three different coil voltages.
RLC Electronics Inc.,
Mount Kisco, NY (914) 241-1334, www.rlcelectronics.com.
RS No. 241
This extension shaft option is designed for multi-turn trimmer capacitors. Extension shafts can now be specified as short as 1/2" to over 40" or longer. Shorter length shafts will be metallic and longer lengths will be Delrin. Other materials may be specified per a customer’s specific needs. Pricing for this extension shaft option based on its material is $40 each plus the cost of the capacitor. Delivery: four weeks.
Denville, NJ (973) 586-8585, www.voltronicscorp.com.
RS No. 243
These ceramic coaxial resonators utilize a proprietary metallization process that provides ex-cellent electrode adherence and superior Q. The resonators, which are built with rugged, thermally stable ceramics, are offered in three sizes and four dielectric constants with a frequency range from 800 MHz to 5.9 GHz. Typical applications for this product include voltage-controlled oscillators (VCO), bandpass filters and duplexers. Special features include excellent solderability, circuit miniaturization, high quality factor Q and repeatability of design.
Tucson, AZ (520) 744-0400, www.tusonix.com.
RS No. 242
EM Software Alternative
Newly introduced is the facility for users to run CST Studio Suite’s™ EM simulation solvers on Red Hat Enterprise Linux version 3 or 4, as an alternative to Microsoft Windows versions. Alongside the five fully featured high frequency CST Microwave Studio“ (MWS) solvers, the low frequency and static modules included in Studio Suite have been ported to Linux. In addition to Linux support, the MWS 2006B offers enhanced performance and robustness particularly in the Time Domain solver, thanks to the new Fast PBA mesher and flexible subgridding scheme with drastically reduced memory requirements. Also, users of the Frequency Domain solver now benefit from numerous new features and improvements such as the facility to excite structures by plane waves and slanted ports.
Darmstadt, Germany +49 (0) 6151 73030, www.cst.com.
RS No. 245
• Filter Synthesis
ACS has recently released a new version of its LINC2 filter synthesis software. LINC2 Filter Pro designs lumped and distributed filters in both single-ended and differential configurations. Version 1.13 adds DXF export capability to its layout viewer for transferring layout files to other programs. LINC2 DXF layout files can be translated to Gerber format for PCB fabrication. Microstrip and stripline filters can be analyzed with the built-in circuit simulator or exported to Sonnet’s EM simulation program for electromagnetic simulation.
Applied Computational Sciences (ACS), Escondido, CA
(760) 612-6988, www.appliedmicrowave.com.
RS No. 244
VNA for mm-wave Testing
The Lightning Broadband ME7808C vector network analyzer has been enhanced to have high output power and improved calibration stability for accurate measurement of active and passive devices. Designed to address demanding mm-wave test applications, it can be configured for three completely independent configurations; 40 MHz to 110 GHz, 1 mm broadband coaxial systems, 65 GHz V-connector coaxial systems, and 65 GHz to 110 GHz extended W-band waveguide mm-wave systems. The system can also be upgraded to include a full range of banded mm-wave modules, which can be used to extend the frequency range beyond 110 GHz in standalone waveguide bands.
Anritsu EMEA Ltd.,
Luton, Bedfordshire, UK
+44 1582 433433,
RS No. 246