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New Waves: Test, Measurement and CAD

March 24, 2008
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LTE Test Mobile

Aeroflex has introduced the TM500 LTE test mobile designed to address the challenges of 3GPP LTE (3G Tong Term Evolution) network infrastructure development test and rollout. The TM500 LTE’s extensive Layer 1, Layer 2 and higher layer test features provide complete visibility into even the lowest layers of the radio modem by generating the detailed diagnostic data needed for engineers to verify the required functionality and optimize network operation and performance. The TM500 LTE incorporates test, logging and measurement features at all layers of the protocol. Graphical displays and charts give a visualization of the signal quality and the system status enabling engineers to quickly characterize and isolate problems. It is also possible to override signaling, or even force data corruption, to enable simulation of abnormal conditions in order to test the system response and robustness or expose difficult problems.

Aeroflex Inc.
Plainview, NY
(516) 694-6700

RS No. 216

Surface-mount Test and Measurement

StratEdge has released its SMX Series surface-mount DC to 18 GHz packages for test and measurement, VSAT, point-to-point, point-to-multipoint and WiMAX applications. These power packages have low insertion loss, good return loss and excellent thermal properties. The SMX Series ceramic packages were designed to provide good electrical transition performance for die in the DC to 18 GHz range, although they have been used and performed well in applications beyond 18 GHz. The packages are made to provide wideband electrical performance and incorporate copper composite bases for enhanced thermal dissipation. These are true surface-mount packages that allow automated assembly and soldering for high volume production of devices without sacrificing electrical and thermal performance. They are sealed with cup-shaped liquid crystal polymer lids with B-stage epoxy preforms that are provided with the packages.

San Diego, CA
(858) 569-5000

RS No. 217

Current Monitor

Drawing a typical quiescent current less than half that of alternative devices, the ZXCT1041 bidirectional high-side current monitor from Zetex simplifies two-way current measurement in battery and power supply management as well as motor control applications. With a typical lq specified at just 35 μA, the ZXCT1041 monitors the voltage developed across an external sense resistor and converts it into a single proportional unipolar output voltage. The direction of current flow is indicated by a flag pin, which removes the complication of output offset adjustment inherent in other monitors and simplifies microcontroller interfacing. Provided in the 3.1 mm x 3.0 mm footprint SOT23-5 package and integrating a gain setting resistor achieving an internal gain of 10, the ZXCT1041 presents a highly cost-effective and space efficient solution.

Zetex Inc.
Hauppauge, NY
(631) 360-2222

RS No. 218

Interferometer Test Optics

The Melles Griot Optics Group has released additional Fizeau interferometer test optics to complement its Absolute™ Fizeau l/40 transmission sphere product line. The addition of Absolute™ Fizeau l/50 concave and convex reference spheres will allow the user to record and store reference wavefronts for subtraction from interferometric test data, substantially improving their interferometer system’s absolute accuracy. Absolute™ Fizeau l/50 transmission flats have been added to the product line to cost effectively increase the absolute accuracy of Zygo® style Fizeau surface and wavefront-testing interferometers to l/50 without the need to store, manipulate, or subtract reference wavefronts during the testing process. New Absolute™ Fizeau l/50 reference flats have also been introduced to support applications requiring reference wavefront subtraction.

Melles Griot Optics Group
Rochester, NY
(585) 244-7220

RS No. 219

Model Parameter Extraction Software

Agilent Technologies Inc. is shipping its model parameter extraction tool for the advanced PSP complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) device model. For use with Agilent’s Integrated Circuit Characterization and Analysis Program (IC-CAP) software platform, the PSP Model Extraction Package takes advantage of the IC-CAP flexible architecture to accommodate the PSP model, which provides better accuracy than existing BSIM models for designs with very small geometries and helps designers efficiently and accurately model CMOS devices. With Agilent’s new PSP Model Extraction Package and IC-CAP, designers can generate complete models based on the most recent version of the Compact Modeling Council’s standardized PSP model. The PSP package includes an easy-to-use interface for measurement collection, recommended extraction flows and model implementation. The package has been verified with 65 nm data from prominent CMOS foundries.

Agilent Technologies Inc.
Santa Clara, CA
(800) 829-4444

RS No. 220

Microwave Design and Analysis Suite

Applied Computational Sciences (ACS) has released a new version of its LINC2 Pro RF and microwave design, synthesis and simulation software suite. Version 2.71 adds user defined equations to the LINC2 simulation control toolset. Equations can include any number and combination of variables and math operations. Equations can be assigned to circuit component parameters so that tuning or optimizing any equation variable will update the component value through the relation defined in the associated equation. The latest edition of LINC2 also offers enhanced schematic capture, including an all new snap-to-grid feature for easy placement and alignment of components on the schematic page. Circuits can be entered manually or created automatically by a number of circuit synthesis modules.

Applied Computational Sciences
Escondido, CA
(760) 612-6988

RS No. 221

Femtocell Reference Design

Manufacturers of WiMAX femtocell access point equipment can now leverage a reference design from Freescale Semiconductor and Sequans Communications that shrinks form factors, lowers costs and streamlines the development of high performance femtocell base station products. The joint solution is delivered on a 165 mm x 135 mm printed circuit board and enables rapid creation of WiMAX femtocell access point products capable of supporting more than 50 simultaneous users. The joint solution’s high performance results from the integration of Freescale’s PowerQUICC® II Pro MPC8313E processor and Sequans’ SQN2130 single-chip Mobile WiMAX 802.16e PHY + MAC ASIC.

Sequans Communications
Paris, France

RS No. 222


Self-shielding RF Circuits

RF Micro Devices Inc. (RFMD) has introduced a new self-shielding technology for RF circuits. RFMD’s self-shielding technology is designed to eliminate the need for custom external shields by integrating RF shielding into the RFIC or module. This reduces the volume required for RF sections by approximately 30 to 50 percent and provides customers with RF components that are not sensitive to board placement. RFMD’s self shielding technology is applicable to any RFMD product and will be available first in RFMD’s POLARIS 3 TOTAL RADIO solution.

RF Micro Devices Inc.
Greensboro, NC
(336) 664-1233

RS No. 223

Antenna Tuning Switch

Peregrine Semiconductor Corp. released the UltraCMOS™ PE42641 SP4T antenna tuning switch delivering IMD performance of –110 dBm, making it ideal for converged designs requiring high linearity and low distortion. The UltraCMOS™ silicon-on-sapphire-based PE42641 incorporates Peregrine’s HaRP™ technology enhancements to deliver exceptional harmonic results, linearity and overall RF performance: high linearity of +68 dBm IP3 or –110 dBm IMD; harmonics better than –80 dBc, low insertion loss of 0.5 dB (typical); high isolation of 35 dB at critical paths; and complete monolithic integration. Additionally, the new switch offers Class 2 ESD (2 kV HBM) on all pins, and Class 3 (4 kV HBM) at the antenna.

Peregrine Semiconductor Corp.
San Diego, CA
(858) 731-9400

RS No. 224

WiMAX Cavity Duplexer

Networks International Corp. (NIC) introduced a new 3.5 GHz cavity duplexer designed for use in WiMAX applications. The duplexer features mutual isolation of greater than 70 dB and a passband insertion loss of 1.5 dB max. The duplexer operates within specification between –40° to +90°C and is available in a profile of 4.0 x 3.0 x 1.1 in. Custom designs are available.

Networks International Corp.
Overland Park, KS
(913) 685-3400

RS No. 226

Aerospace-grade Fiber-optic Cable

Tensolite introduced its LITEflight™ EP (enhanced performance) family of aerospace-grade fiber-optic cables. The new LITEflight™ EP series provides all the performance and benefits of its predecessor necessary to function in the harsh environments of aerospace and military applications but with lower loss, tighter bend radius, improved thermal stability and better handling during termination and installation. LITEflight™ EP is available in multiple sizes, configurations and temperature ratings to 260°C in order to meet numerous application requirements.

Tensolite Co.
St. Augustine, FL
(800) 458-9960

RS No. 227

12-bit ADC

Linear Technology Corp. introduced the LTC2309, a 12-bit analog-to-digital converter (ADC) that communicates via an I2C-compatible two-wire interface with 14 ksps throughput rate. This flexible ADC features an eight-channel integrated multiplexer to measure eight single-ended input channels, four differential channels, or combinations of both. The input channels are software selectable for unipolar or bipolar ranges. Operating from a single 5 V supply, the LTC2309 draws just 1.5 mW at a 1 ksps throughput rate and only 35 μW in shutdown mode. Packaged in a tiny 4 x 4 mm QFN-24 with internal reference, the LTC2309 is a great fit for portable instrumentation and space-constrained designs using I2C. The LTC2309 achieves excellent DC specifications when measuring unipolar or bipolar input signals, including ±1LSB INL and DNL, ±6LSB (max) zero-scale error and ±6LSB (max) full-scale error. The LTC2309 also excels when digitizing AC input signals, measuring 73 dB SINAD and –88 dB THD at 1 kHz.

Linear Technology Corp.
Milpitas, CA
(408) 432-1900

RS No. 228

Simplex Fiber Switch

Electro Standards Laboratories (ESL) has introduced its new QuickSwitchÒ Model 4294 four-way all-optic simplex fiber switch with threaded FC connectors, 100/140 graded index fiber, UPC. This QuickSwitch features optical scalability. The M4294 is bit-rate and data transparent and service/protocol transparent. This switch has switch position memory. When power is lost, the switch automatically changes to its default position and will continue to pass data. QuickSwitchÒ 4294 remotely controllable FC simplex A/B/C/D switch is designed with fiber optic mirror technology. The Model 4294 allows a fiber optic device connected to the unit’s FC simplex COMMON connector to access any of the four fiber optic networks connected to the A, B, C, or D ports. Switch position can be changed via front-panel pushbuttons, or from an RS232 Serial Remote Port located on the rear panel.

Electro Standards Laboratories
Cranston, RI
(401) 943-1164

RS No. 229

ESD/EMI Modules

EPCOS has developed the CeraDiode(r) CDA6 array series for the ESD protection of two USB 2.0 ports. In addition to protecting the two or four data lines, it also shields the supply voltage against overvoltages. The ESD protection satisfies Level 4 of IEC 61000-4-2. Unlike conventional TVS diodes, the protection is effective against both positive and negative voltages. The 1012 package as well as the configuration of the pads enable the array to replace the more expensive SOT23-6L diode solutions with no redesign of the circuit board. The CeraDiode solution also offers a better thermal response than the semiconductor-based designs. The array is suited for operating voltages up to 5.6 VDC. In addition to an extremely low response time of less than 0.5 ns, it features a low parasitic capacitance of only 5 pF (typical), so that no significant signal distortion or attenuation occurs even at high data rates.

Iselin, NJ
(732) 906-4386

RS No. 230

Coaxial Relay

RelComm Technologies Inc. has introduced a new high power 1P2T failsafe coaxial relay with side-launched connectors. This robust device incorporates type N connectors and is enhanced throughout with low loss, high temperature dielectrics. The side-launch connector configuration adds versatility for system layout, particularly when cabling into through-panel applications. Performance is rated to 3 GHz VSWR 1.20:1 maximum, insertion loss 0.20 dB maximum and isolation better than –60 dB. Power handling is rated 1 kW at 1 GHz and 650 W at 3 GHz. This device includes auxiliary position indicators.

RelComm Technologies Inc.
Salisbury, MD
(410) 749-4488

RS No. 225

WiFi/WLAN Internal Antenna

Ethertronics introduced its third-generation quad-band WiFi/WLAN internal antenna solution. Designed to operate on 2.4, 4.9, 5.2 and 5.8 GHz spectrum bands (also known as 802.11a/b/g/n+), this robust antenna is ideal for integration into a variety of devices including mobile phones, notebook computers, industrial handhelds and access points. Ethertronics’ WiFi/WLAN quad-band antenna is based on the company’s patented Isolated Magnetic Dipole (IMD) technology, allowing for quicker time to market, minimizing antenna size without degrading performance, optimizing antenna patterns and operating characteristics without being effected by surrounding component placement and supporting high volume manufacturing processes by being surface mountable and fully compliant with the European RoHS directive 2002/95/EC.

Ethertronics Inc.
San Diego, CA
(858) 550-3820

RS No. 231


High-power Amplifiers

Amplical Corp. has announced the availability of a new family of broadband maximally flat high power amplifiers designed with MMIC technology, resulting in an economical and reliable solution. The model AMP800G2.5-23-35 is an 800 MHz to 2.5 GHz amplifier that features 23 dB gain with gain flatness better than ±1.25 dB. The amplifier outputs at least 2 W of power. Current draw is 650 mA from +24 V. Connectors are SMA (f) and delivery is typically from stock. Other models are available that feature additional gain, different input voltages and frequency ranges.

Amplical Corp.
Verona, NJ
(201) 919-2088

RS No. 235

50 W 700 to 800 MHz SSPA

Stealth Microwave introduced the SM07080-47, a GaAsFET amplifier designed for next- generation 700 MHz applications. The unit operates from 700 to 800 MHz with a P1dB of +47 dBm (min.). Small-signal gain is 55 dB with a flatness of ±0.5 dB across the band. Standard features include thermal protection with auto reset and over/reverse voltage protection. Optional features include TTL on/off, RF sampling and high speed switching up to 1 μs. In module form, the unit measures 7.5 x 3.97 x 0.79 in.

Stealth Microwave Inc.
Trenton, NJ
(609) 538-8586

RS No. 232

Solid-state Power Amplifier Drivers

MITEQ introduced a new line of linear SSPA drivers. Three models cover all of the common satellite communication bands: AMFLD-05700850-60-16P for C-/X-band, AMFLD-12501850-60-18P for Ku-/DBS-band and AMFLD-27003100-60-12P for Ka-band. All three models have a common outline of 3.7 x 2.5 x 0.73 in., SMA connectors for RF I/O and a multi-pin connector for supply, controls and detector output. The linear drivers have a typical gain of 25 dB flat to within 1 dB, P1dB of 16 dBm and output IP3 of 26 dBm. Power monitor DC output and gain are well compensated, allowing for a compliant temperature range of –25° to +80°C. Also incorporated is 30 dB of linear gain control. Drivers have a noise figure of less than 6 dB and operate from a single 15 V supply and draw 400 mA (typical).

Hauppauge, NY
(631) 439-9220

RS No. 233

Low-noise Amplifier

Hittite Microwave Corp. released a hermetically packaged SMT GaAs MMIC low-noise amplifier for use in microwave radio, military and space applications from 3.5 to 7 GHz. The HMC392LH5 is a hermetic SMT LNA that provides 15 dB of gain, while contributing only 2.5 dB of noise figure over the frequency range of 3.5 to 7 GHz. The amplifier provides excellent output IP3 performance of +24 dBm as well as an output P1dB of +14 dBm. In addition to the flexibility of selecting six possible bias options that allow the user to choose the desired bias point and output power, the amplifier’s I/Os are internally matched to 50 ohms and DC blocked for robust wideband performance. The HMC392LH5 MMIC LNA is housed in a hermetic RoHS-compliant, 5 x 5 mm leadless SMT package, and consumes typically 43 mA of current from a single +5 V supply.

Hittite Microwave Corp.
Chelmsford, MA
(978) 250-3343

RS No. 234

MMIC Amplifiers

M/A-COM, a business unit of Tyco Electronics, introduced two new HBT MMIC amplifiers. The MAAM-007865-0P1R00 and the MAAM-007866-0P1R00 exhibit exceptional broadband frequency performance using only a single application circuit to cover frequency bands from 50 MHz to 2000 MHz, and 50 MHz to 3300 MHz, respectively. The MAAM-007865-0P1R00 is designed to have 20 dB gain with ±1.2 dB flatness across the frequency band. The P1dB level is 18 dBm and output IP3 is 29 dBm. The MAAM-007866 is a two-stage device designed to have 27 dB gain with ±1.2 dB flatness across the frequency band. The P1dB level is 22.5 dBm and ouput IP3 is 34 dBm. The design of the MAAM-007865-0P1R00 and MAAM-007866-0P1R00 incorporates an on-chip active bias network, reducing the number of off-board components thus easing application implementation. Both amplifiers require a single bias supply of +5 V, with a +5 V reference pin for power-down and power control capability. Each model is available in a 3 mm 12 lead PQFN package and assemblies are RoHS-compliant.

Tyco Electronics, M/A-COM Products
Lowell, MA
(800) 366-2266

RS No. 236


Voltage-controlled Oscillator

Z-Communications Inc. has released its new lead-free, RoHS-compliant voltage-controlled oscillator in S-band (2280 to 2450 MHz) for fixed wireless applications. The V804ME17-LF offers an ultra-low phase noise performance of –95 dBc/Hz at 10 kHz offset (typical). It provides an average tuning sensitivity of 98 MHz/V and excellent typical harmonic suppression of –20 dBc over the extended operating temperature range of –40° to 85°C. It covers the entire bandwidth between 0.5 to 4.5 V, at DC supply voltage of 5 V drawing 20 mA (typical). The V804ME17-LF comes in ZCOMM’s industry-standard MINI package measuring 0.50 in. x 0.50 in. x 0.13 in.

Z-Communications Inc.
San Diego, CA
(858) 621-2700

RS No. 237

Temperature-compensated Crystal Oscillator

Vectron International has released its smallest temperature-compensated crystal oscillator (TCXO) to date. The new VTM3 TCXO offers simi- lar phase noise performance to Vectron’s proven VTC4 and VTC1 TCXOs in a 50 percent smaller package (3.2 mm x 2.5 mm), enabling customers in the communications, industrial, test and military markets to benefit from the flexibility of a smaller, lower power oscillator without compromising the tight stability and superb phase noise performance they have come to expect from Vectron TCXOs. The VTM3 offers a phase noise floor of –155 dBc/Hz) while providing enhanced frequency stabilization in an expanded temperature range (enabling the stabilization of frequencies between 8 to 45 MHz in a temperature range of –30° to 80°C at better than 0.5 ppm).

Vectron International
Hudson, NH
(603) 598-0070

RS No. 238

Single OCXO

MtronPTI introduced its XO5120 Series OCXO, an industry standard 1 x 1.4 in. single OCXO. The XO5120 Series offers excellent phase noise capabilities at –155 dBc performance at 10 kHz offset at 10 MHz nominal frequency. This series also provides ±2 ppb stability performance over commercial temperatures and ±3 ppb over industrial temperatures. Applications include microwave radios, base stations and test and measurement equipment. With its stability performance, it can replace double OCXOs in some applications.

Yankton, SD
(605) 665-9321

RS No. 239

Temperature-compensated Voltage-controlled Crystal Oscillator

Bliley Technologies Inc. has introduced its TV79B temperature-compensated voltage-controlled crystal oscillator (TCVCXO). Fully RoHS-compliant, Bliley’s low-profile DIP TCVCXO enables cost reductions for many communication and other applications, including cellular base stations and telephony, test and other electronic equipment. Product specifications for Bliley’s TV79B TCVCXO include: ±0.28 ppm frequency stability over temperature; ±4.6 ppm frequency stability over all conditions (20 years of aging); standard footprint DIP package with an industry leading 0.3 in. height or several other package heights; 0.625 to 52 MHz operating frequency range; optional voltage-controlled frequency tuning; up to –40° to +85°C operating temperature range; CMOS, sine, clipped sine or TTL output options and 3.3, 5.0, 12.0 or 15.0 V supply options.

Bliley Technologies Inc.
Erie, PA
(814) 838-3571

RS No. 240


FCC Category B Antenna

Radio Waves Inc. has announced a new low profile high performance 2’ antenna for FCC Catergory B applications in the 11 GHz microwave band. The new HPLP2-11 offers 34 dBi of gain in a low profile package that is the smallest FCC Category B antenna available on the market. The new HPLP2-11 has a shroud that is only 4 in. deep and has a diameter of 24.5 in. The new HPLP2-11 is FCC Category B compliant and use Radio Waves’ exclusive hybrid-cassegrain feed system for optimal efficiency. The new HPLP2-11 can be developed with a mounting system to directly integrate to an OEM manufacturer’s radio or outdoor unit.

Radio Waves Inc.
N. Billerica, MA
(978) 459-8800

RS No. 241

S-band Radar Amplifier

Aethercomm Model Number SSPA 3.1-3.5-1500-RM is a high power, pulsed RF amplifier that operates from 3.1 to 3.5 GHz in a rack-mount- ed configuration. It will also operate down to 3.0 GHz if requested. The amplifier is packaged in a 3u high, 19 in. rack mounted enclosure with multiple fans that form the internal thermal management system. It has a typical peak output power of 2000 W at a 5 percent duty cycle with a 64 μs pulse width. The SSPA 3.1-3.5-1500-RM offers a typical saturated gain of 55 dB with a typical power flatness of ±1.0dB. Input and output VSWR is 1.5:1 maximum and it operates from 220 VAC with a universal input transformer that will operate at 208 VAC also. There is a forward power RF sample port along with an output forward voltage pulse available. The output is fully protected from an infinite VSWR at the RF output port. The input RF connector is SMA Female. The output RF connector is a type N female. The amplifier has a rise time of 100 ns typical and a 20 ns fall time. Output spurious emissions are < –65 dBc.

Aethercomm Inc.
San Marcos, CA
(760) 598-4340

RS No. 242

Narrowband RF Module

Radiocrafts AS has expanded its product line with a high power narrowband RF module for the European market. The RC1280HP, offering up to 500 mW output power for increased range, is based on the RC1280 RF transceiver module for FSK operation with embedded protocol. When used with quarter-wave antennas, a line-of-sight range of 5 to 6 km can be achieved. The new RC1280HP module uses the same protocol and channels as the RC1280. Interoperation between RC1280 and RC1280HP is therefore possible in a network with both long- and shorter range modules. The module is pre-certified and CE marked for operation under the European radio regulations for license-free use in the 868 MHz band, operating in three channels in the sub-band at 869.400 to 869.650 MHz. The new module measure only 19.5 x 60.5 x 6.0 mm, and comes in a DIL-style package with 2.00 mm pin pitch made for low profile board-to-board connection.

Radiocrafts AS
Oslo, Norway
(+47) 4000 5195

RS No. 243

ZigBee Tranceiver

AeroComm Inc. enhanced its ZB2430 transceiver line to feature output power, receive sensitivity and line-of-sight range up to three miles. Based on the Texas Instruments 802.15.4 System-on-Chip and Z-Stack™ technology, ZB2430 targets secure, low power, mesh network applications. It communicates in the 2.4 GHz ISM band, making it ideal for OEMs preferring to standardize on one global platform for their end product needs. Modules are offered as either coordinators and routers or end-devices. Network scan, auto-configuration, dynamic routing, discovery and security enable the mesh network, delivering reliable redundancy, secure multi-communication nodes and long range performance. Embedded flash memory of 128 KB provides room for larger, more complex application profiles.

AeroComm Inc.
Lenexa, KS
(913) 492-2320

RS No. 244

Bonder Upgrade Software

Palomar Technologies has released bonder performance upgrade packages for its CBT6000 and Model 8000 automatic wire bonders and the Model 3500 component placement work cell. The upgrade packages include the latest operating software, improved vision systems for pattern recognition and new features like Bond Data Miner (BDM). BDM, included in Palomar’s current bonder models, is a software package that monitors machine and process trends to provide increased yields and predictive maintenance. Bond Data Miner can track and archive traceability data for each part, die, wire and bond; automatically adapt its process parameters to address lot to lot and/or part variations; capture and analyze process and machine trends to optimize yield; and report its own uptime and statistics to any computer in the world.

Palomar Technologies Inc.
Carlsbad, CA
(760) 931-3600

RS No. 245

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