- Buyers Guide
DC-DC Buck Regulators
The model FAN2106 is the first product in a new family of TinyBuck™ DC-DC buck regulators that integrate an advanced analog IC, MOSFETs and a boot diode into an ultra-compact molded leadless package (MLP). Measuring only 5 x 6 mm, the FAN2106 is the industry’s smallest 6A, 24 V-input integrated synchronous buck regulator on the market today. This highly integrated low-profile, small-footprint device consumes approximately 50 percent less board space than discrete solutions and facilitates greater design flexibility. Furthermore, the FAN2106 achieves up to 95 percent power efficiency by converting input of 3 V through 24 V input voltages to output voltages as low as 0.8 V while delivering up to 6A output current. This compact, easy-to-use, high-efficiency regulator is ideal in a broad range of point-of-load (POL) applications. Price: $3.78 (1000). Delivery: 10 weeks ARO.
Fairchild Semiconductor Corp.,
South Portland, ME (207) 775-8100,
RS No. 216
The model ROS-850-319+ is a surface-mount voltage-controlled oscillator (VCO) that offers 5 V tuning for PLL ICs and operates in a frequency range from 800 to 850 MHz. Features include: linear tuning characteristics, low phase noise, low pushing, low pulling and is aqueous washable. Applications include: point-to-point radio and CDMA/TDMA. Price: $19.95 each (5–49).
Brooklyn, NY (718) 934-4500,
RS No. 219
x2 Active Frequency Multiplier MMIC
This GaAs MMIC x2 active frequency multiplier is ideal for point-to-point and point-to-multipoint radios, VSAT, telecom, test instrumentation, military, space and fiber optics applications from 8 to 21 GHz. The HMC561 is a broadband x2 active frequency multiplier die that utilizes GaAs PHEMT technology and accepts input drive levels from 0 to +6 dBm. When driven with a +5 dBm input signal, the HMC561 provides +17 dBm typical output power from 8 to 21 GHz, and the fo and 3fo isolations are 15 dBc. This compact MMIC multiplier also delivers low additive SSB phase noise of –139 dBc/Hz at 100 kHz offset. The HMC561 is ideal for driving the LO port of many of Hittite’s mixers, including the HMC523 GaAs MMIC I/Q mixer, which operates from 15 to 23.6 GHz.
Hittite Microwave Corp.,
Chelmsford, MA (978) 250-3343,
RS No. 217
GaAs MMIC Wideband Buffer Amplifier
This gallium arsenide (GaAs) monolithic microwave integrated circuit (MMIC) wideband buffer amplifier features an on-chip drain bias coil and DC blocking. Using 0.30 micron gate length GaAs pseudomorphic high electron mobility transistor (PHEMT) device model technology, the buffer amplifier covers the 2 to 18 GHz frequency bands and has a small-signal gain of 9 dB with a noise figure of 4.5 dB across the band. Identified as the CMM4000-BD, this device also achieves +19 dBm P1dB compression point and is well suited for fiber optic, microwave radio, military, space, telecom infrastructure, test instrumentation and VSAT applications.
Mimix Broadband Inc.,
Houston, TX (281) 988-4600,
RS No. 218
Thin Film Embedded Thermoelectric Cooler
This advanced thin film embedded thermoelectric cooler (eTEC™) is designed to address thermal management needs of the electronics, photonics, bio-tech and defense/aerospace industries. Functioning as a miniature, solid-state heat pump, the eTEC is ideal for cooling hot spots that result from localized areas of high heat flux on an IC. The nano-structured thermoelectric thin film device is manufactured using semiconductor processing techniques.
Research Triangle Park, NC (919) 990-8300,
RS No. 221
YIG Replacement VCO
The model DCYS300600-5 is a YIG replacement VCO designed for signal sources operating fundamentally from 3000 to 6000 MHz and fully overcomes the deficiencies of YIG oscillators in power consumption, microphonic effects, tuning speed, size, EMI, integration with current IC technology and cost. Typical applications for this broadband product are test instruments and radar systems. This product is based on Synergy’s proprietary patented and other patent pending technology, which increases bandwidth, lowers phase noise, responds to fast tuning and highly improves immunity to phase hits. The phase noise is typically –78 dBc/Hz at 10 kHz offset from the carrier. Size: 0.5" x 0.5" x 0.16".
Synergy Microwave Corp.,
Paterson, NJ (973) 881-8800,
RS No. 222
AGC/Video Amplifier IC
Designers of digital set-top boxes, cable modems and terrestrial receiver systems will be interested in this newest AGC amplifier IC from NEC. The UPC3231GV combines a 30 to 90 MHz AGC amplifier with an on-chip video amplifier that provides output for both ODFM modulators and QPSK/QAM data transmission. High gain and 61 dB of gain control range allows the UPC3231GV to handle a wide range of input signals, while low noise and low distortion ensure the delivery of a clean, accurate signal. Typical performance specifications include: high gain of 65 dB, wide gain control range of 61 dB, low noise of 5 dB, low distortion of 53 dBc IM3 at –20 dBm PIN, 105 μV (0.5 VP-P)/tone and supply voltage of 5 V. Size: 2.9 ¥ 4.9 mm. Priced at $0.99 in 10K.
NEC/California Eastern Laboratories,
Santa Clara, CA (408) 919-2500,
RS No. 220
Wideband Voltage-controlled Oscillator
The model V350ME09-LF is a wideband voltage-controlled oscillator (VCO) designed for the VHF band. This wideband VCO product covers the frequency range of 250 to 400 MHz, and offers a low phase noise performance of –109 dBc/Hz at 10 kHz offset. This new model provides an average tuning sensitivity of 16 MHz/V and typical harmonic suppression of –10 dBc. Its output power is 3.5 ± 3.5 dBm over the extended operating temperature range of –40° to 85°C. The tuning voltage is 0.5 to 12 V at DC supply voltage of 5 V drawing 12 mA (typical). This product is lead-free and RoHS-compliant. Size: 0.50" x 0.50" x 0.22". Price: $18.95. Delivery: stock to four weeks.
San Diego, CA (858) 621-2700,
RS No. 223
Ultra Broadband Bias Tee
The model BT-10M18 is a bias tee that is designed to operate in a frequency range from 10 MHz to 20 GHz. The insertion loss is 1.5 dB maximum at 20 GHz, 20 dB of isolation from 10 to 300 MHz and 30 dB from 300 MHz to 20 GHz with a VSWR of 2.0 maximum.
American Microwave Corp.,
Frederick, MD (301) 662-4700,
RS No. 224
5 W Power Divider/Combiner
This series of high isolation 5 W average power divider/combiners is ideal for antenna sharing, telecommunication infrastructure and test system applications. Model series 152-085XXX° are 50 Ω units available in two-, three- and four-way configurations with typical isolation of 25 dB. Frequency range is 800 to 2700 MHz for two- and four-way configurations and 800 to 2000 MHz for the three-way configuration. RF connectors are N female and delivery is from stock.
BroadWave Technologies Inc.,
Franklin, IN (317) 346-6101,
RS No. 225
The company has extended its range of coaxial terminations to cover the most common ranges of coaxial connectors such as 1.0/2.3, 1.6/5.6, SMA and BNC, with other types for series N and 7/16 in the pipeline. The terminations have the function of terminating a coaxial line with its characteristic impedance; so 50 and 75 Ω terminations have been developed depending on the connector series it relates to. For the same reason, the working frequencies vary from 1 GHz for the 1.6/5.6 series to 18 GHz for the SMA series. Particular attention has been paid to electrical requirements, particularly the optimization of the reflection value, which is important for laboratory applications where the accuracy of the measurements depends greatly on the accessories being used.
Compel Electronics SpA,
Milan, Italy +39 039 61001,
RS No. 226
Hi-Q Non-magnetic Capacitors
This line of non-magnetic, hi-Q capacitors is available in four case sizes, including: A case: 0.055" x 0.055" operational up to 300 W VDC; B case: 0.110" x 0.110" operational up to 1000 W VDC; C case: 0.225" x 0.225" operational up to 5000 W VDC; and E case: 0.390" x 0.390" operational up to 7200 W VDC. This non-magnetic series is available in two dielectric styles: 10 series (P90) or the 70 series (NPO). Products exhibit excellent performance for non-magnetic body and surface coil applications.
Huntington Station, NY (631) 425-0938,
RS No. 227
Temperature and Frequency Equalizer
The new temperature and frequency equalizer (TFE) is a custom chip made to respond to system changes over temperature and frequency in a single passive chip device measuring only 0.125" x 0.095". Temperature compensation slopes can be tuned to various slope coefficients at specific temperature bands with a fixed amount of frequency change. These devices offer broadband performance from DC to 18 GHz. Once the chip has been tuned to system performance the process is very repeatable such that a system will be optimized for flatness every time. This product is released and available now.
EMC Technology Inc., a Smiths business,
Stuart, FL (772) 286-9300,
RS No. 228
These ECT terminations absorb average powers ranging from 1 to 800 W with low VSWR and excellent capacity to handle high peak pulse bursts. Various models cover frequency ranges up to 18 GHz. Depending on the average power of the selected device, connector options can include N, BNC, SMA, TNC or 7/16. Delivery: stock to four weeks.
EPX Microwave Inc.,
San Carlos, CA (650) 692-2198,
RS No. 229
High Power Ceramic Band Reject Filter
The model 4DRN40-422.75/X3-O/O is a high power ceramic band reject filter that has power handling capabilities of 100 W CW. Also, its ultimate return is 1.9 times center frequency, with a lower insertion loss. This filter, which is also called a notch filter, rejects one band of frequencies, and passes higher and lower frequencies. The dimensions are 2.25" L x 1.66" W x 0.60" H–smaller than equivalent cavity filter (4.750" L x 1.13" W x 2.375" H) (both sizes exclude connectors).
K&L Microwave Inc.,
Salisbury, MD (410) 749-2424,
RS No. 230
Dual-band GPS Band Reject Filter
The model 10BRX-1227/1575-S is a dual-band GPS band reject filter with bi-directional inputs. The filter features 50 dB of rejection over each of the central 4 MHz bands. The VSWR is 1.5 from 570 to 1000, 1300 to 1500 and 1600 to 2500 MHz. The physical size is 3.0" x 1.0" x 0.50" excluding SMA female connectors.
Salisbury, MD (410) 860-5100,
RS No. 231
X- and Ku-band Isolators/Circulators
These connectorized isolators and circulators are designed for high frequency X- and Ku-band (8 to 18 GHz) applications featuring 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. 232
The model BK-26N is a low cost diplexer designed to separate or combine all the cellular wireless frequency bands from the WiMAX and WiFi bands above 3 GHz. With the ‘Tuned-by-Design’ approach, unit price is kept low by elimination of the high cost of manual tuning used in conventional designs, while still maintaining low loss and > 50 dB isolation between bands. The low band extends from 380 to 2700 MHz, incorporating TETRA to the proposed new LTE bands up to 2700 MHz. The high band, 3,300 to 6,000 MHz, includes all proposed WiMAX bands and the WiFi to 802.11(a). Passive intermodulation (PIM) is specified at < –150 dBc, and guarantees down to –160 dBc are available with an additional testing charge.
Parsippany, NJ (973) 386-9696,
RS No. 233
This line of limiter/pre-amplifier/bandpass filter assemblies is designed to meet a variety of applications. Typical features include: frequency range of 10 to 3000 MHz, ultimate rejection of 2 to 20 GHz, gain of 22 dB, noise figure of overall less than 1.00 dB (typical 0.6 dB), DC power of +5 V (60 mA). Custom designs and package options are available (SMT, GPO, GPPO, SMA interfaces).
Networks International Corp.,
Overland, KS (913) 685-3400,
RS No. 234
40 W High Power Limiter
This high power limiter handles a peak power of 160 W and an average power of 40 W at a
frequency of 16 to 16.5 GHz with an insertion loss of only ≤ 1.5 dB and an input and output return loss of ≤ 17 dB. The pulse width is ≤ 15 μs, the duty cycle is ≤ 25 percent and the recovery time is ≤ 1.0 μs. Size: 1.0" x 1.0" x 0.5".
Planar Monolithics Industries Inc.,
Frederick, MD (301) 631-1579,
RS No. 235
High Power Duplexer
The CH-1100-D series of high power ferrite duplexers operate in 10 percent bandwidths from 400 MHz to 3 GHz. Typical specifications are 20 dB isolation, 0.3 dB insertion loss and 1.25 VSWR. The units can operate at levels up to 10 kW peak and 1 kW average power. Connectors are DIN 7/16 or N depending on power level. Size: 6" x 31⁄2" x 11⁄4".
UTE Microwave Inc.,
Asbury Park, NJ (732) 922-1009,
RS No. 236
High Power Amplifiers
This family of broadband linear high power amplifiers is designed with MMIC technology, resulting in an economical and reliable solution. The model AMP2G6-30-33 is a 2 to 6 GHz amplifier that features at least 30 dB gain. The amplifier outputs a minimum of 2 W of power. Current draw is typically 2.5A from +12 V. Connectors are SMA(f) and delivery is typically stock to several weeks. Other models are available that feature additional gain, different input voltages and frequency ranges.
Verona, NJ (201) 919-2088,
RS No. 237
AR RF/Microwave Instrumentation has introduced a new concept called “Subampability” that will enable customers to upgrade some of their existing “S” series (1 to 800 W, 0.8 to 20 GHz) amplifiers to higher power without purchasing new amplifiers. Models 20S4G11A (20 W, 4 to 10.6 GHz) can expand to 40, 60 or 80 W and 35S4G8A (35 W, 4 to 8 GHz) can grow to 60, 90 or 120 W.
AR RF/Microwave Instrumentation,
Souderton, PA (215) 723-8181,
RS No. 239
Ku-band Amplifier Modules
The first two models in a new range of solid-state microwave amplifier modules are a power amplifier and a low noise amplifier (LNA), which are aimed at satellite communications, point-to-point, radio location and test applications in the defense and wireless communications markets, particularly VSAT satellite communication systems. The LNA module has a class-leading noise level of less than 2.5 B at 250°C while both operate in the Ku-band with the LNA maintaining its performance down to 6 GHz. Both modules incorporate a power enable/disable, making them suitable for portable, battery-powered applications. The devices operate in the –250° to 700°C temperature range and will be qualified to MIL-PRF-38534.
Great Yarmouth, Norfolk +44 (0) 1493 743100,
RS No. 240
Low Noise Amplifiers
These PHEMT-based, low noise amplifiers (LNA) operate in a frequency range from 0.5 GHz to 20 GHz and are designed for electronic defense and commercial communication applications. The amplifiers are specifically designed to accommodate numerous and demanding requirements within the homeland security, military and commercial environments for tactical radios, Global Positioning System (GPS) receivers and radar systems. The company’s new LNA line-up consists of 30 narrowband and 30 wideband models.
Sunnyvale, CA (408) 541-0596,
RS No. 241
Low Noise Amplifiers
These low noise amplifier modules cover up to 18 GHz in bands, with noise figures as low as 1.8 dB, gain as high as 28 dB (±2 dB or less) and P1dB output power up to 20 dBm. They are excellent choices for applications ranging from broadband test equipment to various aerospace and defense systems, and meet MIL-STD-883. The NEL-0618T620-5MH low noise broadband amplifier, for example, covers 6 to 18 GHz, with P1dB output power of at least 20 dBm, gain of 28 dB ±2 dB or less, and a noise figure of 4 dB. It operates from a single +12 VDC supply, draws 490 mA or less, and is temperature compensated.
Hauppauge, NY (631) 231-1700,
RS No. 243
These millimeter-wave JCA Amplifiers™ exhibit exceptionally low noise characteristics over broad bandwidths. This extension of the JCA family of low noise amplifiers features 6 new models from 26 to 40 GHz. Features include a noise figure as low as 3 dB, gain from 27 to 37 dB, gain flatness of 3 dB and a maximum input/output VSWR of 2.5. Additional performance characteristics include a minimum of +10 dBm output power at P1dB, and DC current of 275 mA at +15 VDC. These amplifiers are ideal for broader bandwidth applications where consistent low noise performance is critical such as in receiver front-ends for electronic warfare (EW) applications.
San Jose, CA (408) 522-3100,
RS No. 242
Multi-purpose Power Amplifier
The model SM1822-44 is a GaAs FET amplifier designed for high performance military and commercial markets. The unit operates from 1800 to 2200 MHz with a P1dB of 44 dBm across the band and an OIP3 of 55+ dBm (typical). Small-signal gain is 45 dB with a flatness of ±0.5 dB across the band. Standard features include a thermal protection with auto reset, over/reverse voltage protection, TTL on/off, FWD and REV power detection, and level control. Most items ship from stock in two weeks.
Stealth Microwave Inc.,
Trenton, NJ (609) 538-8586,
RS No. 244
The new ProtoLaser 200 is a versatile state-of-the-art laser system for prototyping and on-demand production of PCBs. This fully enclosed laser-based system works directly off of CAD data to produce circuits on a variety of materials, including ceramic and PTFE based substrates. The protective cabinet allows for a Class 1 laser safety rating and prevents any particles or evaporation from leaving the work area. The ProtoLaser 200 combines advanced laser technology, optics and x/y table mechanisms, resulting in enhanced quality, speed and accuracy. The improved performance and speed of this system makes it an ideal component in any RF and microwave engineering environment including antennas, RFID, filters, and single layer components, among others.
LPKF Laser & Electronics,
Wilsonville, OR (503) 454-4212,
RS No. 245
Next Generation Wafer Bonder
The ELAN CB8 wafer bonder is based on an entirely new design platform. It exhibits force and temperature uniformity of ±5 percent and ±1° percent, respectively, and has a super clean, high-vacuum environment. It boasts rapid heat up and cool down times to maximize productivity and its Pressure Column Design ensures pressure uniformity, which is confirmed via load cell verification. The bonder also incorporates the manufacturer’s Wedge Error Compensation function, which ensures true planarity before every single bond. Vacuum isolated heaters allow heat to be directed exactly where it is needed—at the wafer—while the silicon nitride heater material provides strength and conduction over time and under elevated temperatures.
SUSS MicroTec Device Bonder Division,
Saint Jeoire, France +33 450 35 83 92,
RS No. 248
EMC Test Software
The BAT-EMC, all-in-one EMC test software offers twelve different professional test modules including emission, immunity, transient and radiation pattern with particular applications in the aerospace, military, civil, EMC Labs, automotive and IT sectors. Its functions include: EMC test automation (EN, FCC, DO160, CISPR and MIL STD), measuring device management, instrument and bench verification and calibration, test and project configuration management, graphical analysis and automatic report making, and attenuation, transfer curves, amplified harmonics measurements and post treatment. It is also compatible with other EUT control and monitoring tools in the company’s range.
Toulouse, France +33 (0) 561 440 247,
RS No. 246
Amplified Noise Source
The NW10G-M amplified noise module features broadband frequency coverage from 10 MHz to 10 GHz and is ideal for wireless, CATV, satellite test and broadband high speed data test applications such as 10 Gigabit Ethernet. NoiseWave offers users a uniquely broader bandwidth, making this module practically future proof. The NW10G-M features output power of –17 dBm and spectral flatness of ±3 dB. Internal regulation is standard and the unit operates from +15 VDC typically drawing typically 180 mA. Size: 4" x 1" x 0.5". Utilizing small internal parts count, the unit is economically priced and delivery is typically from stock.
East Hanover, NJ (973) 386-1119,
RS No. 247
TETRA Protocol Analyzer
The 8140 TETRA AirAnalyzer can monitor the quality of service of the TETRA network, evaluate the interoperability between the network and a new TETRA radio, and identify handover problems and dead spots. The analyzer can also help to integrate new terminals into the network or support type approval or fault tracking. It can be used to record, display and evaluate the complex course of the communication between TETRA mobile stations and a TETRA base station in clear or optionally in encrypted mode. It monitors and analyzes the complete up and downlink of one TETRA carrier including all time slots and the two receivers offer a high sensitivity to enable monitoring even in difficult radio environments.
Willtek Communications GmbH,
Ismaning, Germany +49 (0) 99641 200,
RS No. 250
This HSPA functionality is designed for its MD8470A signaling tester that provides the MD8470A with best-in-class data rate analysis capability for HSPA applications. With the MX847010A-11 (HSDPA) and MX847010A-12 (HSUPA) options, the MD8470A is the only application test solution that can measure full HSPA data rates, making it an excellent verification tool for developers of HSDPA and/or HSUPA applications. The MD8470A, when equipped with the options, supports all HSDPA and HSUPA UE categories specified in 3GPP TS25.306. HSDPA data rates to 14.4 Mbps and HSUPA data rates to 5.76 Mbps can be tested with the MD8470A. With a new built-in Data Throughput Monitor function, the MD8470A supports the monitoring of data throughput performance in real time and provides an efficient test environment for performance optimization.
Richardson, TX (972) 644-1777,
RS No. 249