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January 15, 2009
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New Waves: Radar/Antennas

Surface-mount Antenna

The Mixtus A10194 has been added to the gigaNOVA® range of surface-mount antennas. It is a dual-band 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz SMD antenna that operates over the full 2.4 to 2.5 GHz and 4.9 to 5.9 GHz bands and is designed for use in all Wi-Fi applications, including 802.11n. In addition, good isolation can be achieved between two closely spaced Mixtus antennas on the same platform making it suitable for MIMO applications. Mixtus A10194 is a compact 10 x 10 x 0.9 mm3 size antenna intended for surface mounting and requires minimal ground plane.


Antenova Ltd., Stow-cum-Quy,
ambridge, UK +44 (0) 1223 810600, www.antenova.com.

RS No. 216

Cavity Backed Spiral Antennas

Cobham SASL’s ASO-2045 six-inch diameter spiral antennas provide superior performance for use in applications requiring circular polarization. With excellent input VSWR, these antennas provide smooth broadband gain, low axial ratios and consistent pattern performance over 500 MHz to 4 GHz. This model was designed and developed for applications requiring unit-to-unit amplitude and phase matching, and is an excellent choice for airborne interferometry and direction finding systems. The six-inch diameter by three-inch depth spiral allows close element spacing in arrays to satisfy geometry for upper frequency ambiguity resolution. The ASO-2045 uses a SMA Female connector and has mounting edge for ground plane installation to allow for “clocking” of the elements.

Cobham SASL,
Lansdale, PA (215) 996-2416, www.cobhamdes.com.

RS No. 217

SPDT Switch

The CCS33160 is a high power, broadband single pole double throw (SPDT) switch that operates from 6 to 18 GHz. The power handling is rated at 2 kW peak and 100 W CW, while the switching speed is rated at 500 nSec typical. The insertion loss is 1.8 dB maximum and the isolation is 40 dB minimum. The connectors are TNC, and this device utilizes single line TTL control. Bias requirements are +40 V, 20 mA; +5 V, 20 mA; -5 V, 150 mA.

Cobham Defense Electronic Systems, REMEC Defense and Space East,
(603) 518-2700, www.cobhamdes.com.

RS No. 225

Frequency Synthesizer

The LX-4300 is a frequency synthesizer designed into an adaptive phased-array antenna system for co-channel interference cancellation. The LX unit operates from 4000 to 4200 MHz with 1 MHz step size and comes in a small surface-mount package of 0.75" x 0.75" x 0.15". The LX units offer a cost-effective design with excellent performance featuring low phase noise, <-80 dBc/Hz at 10 kHz, +7 dBm output power, and a supply of +5 VDC at 75 mA. Custom LX units are available for high volume, tape-and-reel packaging, and feature bandwidths > 50 percent. The LX series is ideal for use in ISM band and other commercial applications requiring small, cost-effective frequency synthesizers, with excellent performance.

EM Research Inc.,
Reno, NV (775) 345-2411, www.emresearch.com.

RS No. 219

Low Pass Filter

The model 0868LP15A020 is a low pass filter designed for the popular European 868 MHz short-range device (SRD) band, ETSI EN 300 220. This ceramic chip low pass filter provides a cost-effective and compact solution (2.0 x 1.25 x 0.95 mm) and offers excellent performance for applications requiring harmonic filtering to meet the latest emissions regulations. Insertion loss is 0.5 dB maximum with second harmonic rejection of 30 dB minimum and third harmonic rejection of 40 dB minimum. Detailed specification and samples are available on request. This device is fully pin compatible with the popular 0915LP15B026, a similar solution for the US 915 MHz ISM band. Also available for sub 1 GHz ISM bands are the ceramic antenna solutions 0868AT43A0026 and 0915AT43A0026 for size constrained applications.

Johanson Technology,
Camarillo, CA (805) 389-1166, www.johansontechnology.com.

RS No. 220

LDMOS Transistor

The BLL6H1214-500 Laterally Diffused Metal Oxide Semi-con-ductor (LDMOS) transistor for L-band radar applications delivers RF output power of 500 W at frequencies between 1.2 and 1.4 GHz. It combines the power density of bipolar with the advantages of DMOS technology for L-band radar design. The RF power transistor operates at a supply voltage of 50 V, exhibits a 17 dB gain and 50 percent drain efficiency. It is rugged, has an improved pulse droop of 0.2 dB, has non-toxic packaging and is RoHS compliant.

NXP Semiconductors,
Eindhoven, Holland +31 40 27 29960, www.nxp.com.

RS No. 222

Ku-band LNB

This Ku-band LNB is designed for military and satellite customers. The LNB includes an LNA, RF filters, mixer, phase-locked LO, IF amp and filters. The unit has a low noise figure of 2 dB maximum and a conversion gain of 55 dB minimum. Input voltage is +15 to +24 VDC with less than 400 mA power consumption. Input is via a WR-62 waveguide, and the IF output is type N at 950 to 1700 MHz. The operating temperature range is -40° to +60°C. Rodelco can design customized units covering C- to Ka-band.

Rodelco Electronics Corp.,
Ronkonkoma, NY (631) 981-0900, www.rodelcocorp.com.

RS No. 223

In-phase Splitter

The model SPD-90-210 is a new L-band, four-way in-phase splitter for SATCOM applications. This low loss splitter spans the frequency band of 900 to 2100 MHz maintaining tight phase and amplitude tracking, typically within 3 degrees and 0.2 dB of signal unbalances respectively within specified frequency band. The splitter is well matched for applications in 50 ohms systems. This product replaces stripline splitters and saves critical board space when splitting local oscillator signals and when used as receiver antenna combiners. The splitter model SPD-90-210 is packaged in a small surface-mount RoHS compliant package, measuring 0.8" x 0.4" x 0.2". Prices start at $20.00 for low quantities, with deliveries ranging from stock to six weeks.

Synergy Microwave Corp.,
Paterson, NJ (973) 881-8800, www.synergymwave.com.

RS No. 224

Wideband RF Transistors

This wideband, high power discrete RF transistor family is designed for broadband applications including radar, signal jammers and wireless communications. TriQuint’s new PowerBand™ device family delivers high power performance across an exceptionally wide bandwidth while maintaining very high efficiency. PowerBand offers the RF designer unequalled performance without all the traditional sacrifices.

TriQuint Semiconductor Inc.,
Hillsboro, OR (503) 615-9000, www.triquint.com.

RS No. 230

Active Components

Voltage-controlled Oscillators

The EVCO series of voltage-controlled oscillators (VCO) is designed to meet rigorous performance standards required for military, industrial and satellite applications. This VCO series features stable linear frequency and power output. The EVCO VCO series is hermetically sealed with operating frequency ranges covering 100 MHz to 5 GHz and an operating temperature range of -40° to +85°C. Typical phase noise is -100 dBc/Hz at 10 kHz.

Emhiser Micro-Tech,
Verdi, NV (775) 345-0461, www.emhiser.com.

RS No. 218

Multi-position Switch

The MM Series coaxial multi-switch contains 4P3T electromechanical switches designed for cell sites with three antennas each receiving or transmitting over 120 degrees of one-third of the coverage area for cellular telephone carrier or wireless applications. The MM4 switch can replace three SDPT and SP3T switches or three transfer switches, creating space and cost savings. This series provides a VSWR of 1.20:1 maximum, insertion loss of 0.20 dB maximum, isolation of 80 dB minimum and operates in a frequency range from DC to 18 GHz.

Ducommun Technologies,
Carson, CA (310) 513-7214, www.dt-usa.com.

RS No. 226

Ultra-wideband Block Downconverters

The DC Series, models DC-20/26.5G and DC-20/40G are high performance inverting ultra-wideband block downconverter systems. Model DC-20/26.5G converts an input signal in the 20 to 26.5 GHz band to an output of 10.3 to 16.8 GHz. This model is designed to be used with MITEQ’s model DC-8/20G and DC-0.5G/20G ultra-broadband 2 Hz step agile downconverters to extend input receive bands to 26.5 GHz. Model DC-20/40G converts an input signal in the 20 to 40 GHz band to an output of 3.2 to 16.8 GHz. This model is designed to be used with MITEQ’s Model DC-0.5/20G ultra-broadband 2 Hz step agile downconverter to extend the input receive band to 40 GHz.

MITEQ Inc.,
Hauppauge, NY (631) 436-7400, www.miteq.com.

RS No. 227

8 Bit Digital-controlled Phase Shifter

PMI model PS-360-DC-3 Option 618 is a 6 to 18 GHz, 0° to 360°, 8 Bit digitally-controlled phase shifter with a switching speed of less than 50 nS, rise and fall time of less than 20 nS. Insertion loss of 10 dB typical, 12 dB maximum, VSWR of 2.0:1 and with a phase accuracy of ±12° p-p maximum from 8 to 18 GHz and ±15° p-p maximum from 6 to 18 GHz. Size: 1.75" x 1.60" x 0.5". Unit can be hermetically sealed.

Planar Monolithics Industries Inc.,
Frederick, MD (301) 631-1579, www.planarmonolithics.com.

RS No. 228

RF Coaxial Switch

The RMT series RF coaxial switch is a multi-position switch with type ‘SMA’ connectors in a ‘Break before Make’ contact configuration. This manually operated device provides crisp detent switching and is equipped with positive internal position stops. Standard package measures 1.19" square x 1.25" high and can be flange or bulkhead mounted (bulkhead hardware included). Available with performance rated up to 18 GHz with a maximum VSWR of 1.50:1, insertion loss of 0.50 and 60 dB isolation. The switch is available in 1P3T and 1P6T configurations.

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

RS No. 229

Voltage-controlled Oscillator

The model V350ME18-LF is a new RoHS compliant voltage-controlled oscillator (VCO) in VHF-band. The V350ME18-LF operates in a frequency range from 205 to 350 MHz with a tuning voltage range of 0.5 to 11.5 VDC. This VCO features a typical phase noise of -109 dBc/Hz at 10 kHz offset and a typical tuning sensitivity of 14 MHz/V. The V350ME18-LF is designed to deliver a typical output power of 0 dBm at 3.3 VDC supply while drawing 10 mA (typical) over the temperature range of -40° to 85°C. This VCO features typical second harmonic suppression of -13 dBc and comes in Z-Comm’s industry standard MINI package with shield measuring 0.50" x 0.50" x 0.22". It is available in tape and reel packaging for production requirements.

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

RS No. 231

Amplifiers

Magnetic Immunity Amplifier

AR RF/Microwave Instrumentation has unveiled a new magnetic immunity amplifier for susceptibility testing. Model 350AH1 (350 W, 10 Hz to 1 MHz) automatically accepts voltages from 90 to 260 VAC in the 47 to 63 Hz frequency range. The new amplifier, which has very low output impedance, will be used primarily for susceptibility testing for magnetic and audio frequency tests in MIL-STD-461D/E, DO160D/E, and a variety of automotive test standards. It can also be used as an AC voltage source, for watt-meter calibration, and as a driver for higher-power amplifiers.

AR RF/Microwave Instrumentation,
Souderton, PA (215) 723-8181, www.ar-worldwide.com.

RS No. 232

1 W Power Amplifier

These new chip and SMT GaAs PHEMT MMIC power amplifiers are ideal for military EW, test & measurement equipment, and telecom applications from DC to 6 GHz. The HMC637 is a GaAs PHEMT MMIC power amplifier chip that is rated from DC to 6 GHz, and delivers 14 dB gain, +30 dBm saturated output power and +41 dBm output IP3. The HMC637 also delivers consistent output IP3 and excellent gain flatness of ±0.6 dB across its rated bandwidth. This versatile power amplifier chip requires no external matching components, occupies an area of 7.3 mm2, and consumes only 400 mA from a +12 V supply. For applications where an SMT compatible solution is preferred, the HMC637LP5 offers similar performance to the HMC637, and is housed in a RoHS compliant 5x5 mm leadless QFN SMT package.

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

RS No. 233

High Power Amplifier

MPI announces the availability of an updated 100 W model C090105-50 chassis type X-band unit with improved cooling and mechanical design. With this new design MPI can also provide in excess of 200 W in the 8.5 to 9.6, 9 to 10.5, 10.7 to 11.7 GHz, etc., frequency spectrum with model C090105-53.

Microwave Power Inc. (MPI),
Santa Clara, CA (408) 727-6666, www.microwavepower.com.

RS No. 234

Broadcast Amplifier

The RES-INGENIUM FM550-108 is a new high performance pallet amplifier designed for FM and HDFM radio broadcast. This Class B amplifier will deliver 500 to 600 W CW output power, up to 82 percent collector efficiency, and very good harmonic suppression (-30 dBc). Rugged and reliable, featuring the MRF6V2300NBR1 LDMOS transistor from Freescale™ Semiconductor, it operates from 10° to +60°C. The typical gain (21 dB) allows the system designer to supply only 4.5 W input power (at 550 W Pout), eliminating one or more gain stages to save cost. The FM550-108 is ideal for FM transmitter, transposer and broadcast exciter designs. Connectorized versions are available upon request.

Richardson Electronics,
(800) 737-6937, www.rfwireless.rell.com/amplifiers.asp.

RS No. 236

Passive Components

Triple Band Bandpass Filter

The model SPCL-00192 is a Joint Tactical Information Dis-tribution System (JTIDS)/Multifuctional Information Distribution System (MIDS) Triple Band Bandpass Filter designed with in-house software CKTTOOL by dividing the 962 to 1215 MHz passband into three independent bands. For high Q (low loss) and high power handling, the solution of choice is TEM (combline) resonators. The result is a temperature-stable array of magnetically-coupled resonators in a relatively small package, measuring only 1.5" x 1.75" x 6.1" (excluding connectors).

K&L Microwave,
Salisbury, MD (410) 749-2424, www.klmicrowave.com.

RS No. 237

GPS L2 Ceramic Filter

LCW offers DR-1227/50, a ceramic filter that covers the GPS L2 frequency of 1227.6 MHz. The filter exhibits less than 3.5 dB of insertion loss across the passband of 1202 to 1252 MHz, while providing greater than 50 dB of rejection at 1127 and 1327 MHz. The unit measures approximately 1.00" x 0.45" x 0.25" and is available from stock.

Lorch Commercial and Wireless,
Salisbury, MD (410) 860-5100, www.lorch.com.

RS No. 238

Wideband Bandpass Filter

The 11AS-2/6.16G-11 is a wideband bandpass filter that offers a passband of 2 to 6.16 GHz. Featuring loss of 1 dB and rejection in excess of 60 dB, this tiny unit is perfect for portable or “hi-rel” applications. Reactel manufactures many different varieties of filters; please contact them with your specific need.

Reactel Inc.,
Gaithersburg, MD (301) 519-3660, www.reactel.com.

RS No. 239

Two-way Power Divider

Model D5674 is a high power combiner/divider designed specifically for multi-octave, commer--cial and military solid-state amplifier applications. This model is available with full 0.01 to 250 MHz bandwidth, at a power level of 100 W CW. The model D5674 measures 7.38" x 6" x 3.17", with an insertion loss of 1.5 dB, VSWR of 1.4:1 and isolation of 18 dB.

Werlatone Inc.,
Brewster, NY (845) 279-6187, www.werlatone.com.

RS No. 241

Low Pass Filters

RLC Electronics now offers 4th order tubular Bessel low pass filters with 3 dB cutoffs from 1 to 22 GHz. Computer design and tubular construction allow RLC to maintain excellent group delay characteristics with reasonable rejection while extending a 3 dB cutoff approaching 30 giga bits. These filters should be regarded as compromise designs for pulsed systems where truthful reproduction of the pulse shape is important. Primarily used on lightwave receivers to reduce the impact of higher order distortion and noise. These high frequency filters are essential for today’s high bit rate applications.

RLC Electronics Inc.,
Mount Kisco, NY (914) 241-1334, www.rlcelectronics.com.

RS No. 240

Systems

Military Communications Terminal

The MTT2450 terminal supports satellite communications at C-band, X-band, Ku-band and Ka-band frequencies, as well as troposcatter Beyond-Line-of-Site link communications in the 4.4 to 5 GHz and 14.9 to 15.4 GHz bands. Terminals may be configured with common SCPC-type modems or with SkyWAN® full-mesh capability. This full-featured, trailer-mounted, military tactical terminal is HMMWV-towable. It combines a 2.4 m antenna with an on-board diesel generator, unique power distribution/protection system and environmentally protected electronics. A supervisory monitor and control system provides simplified deployment and link acquisition as well as holistic terminal control and health monitoring via remote access.

ND SatCom GmbH,
Immenstaad, Germany +49 75459390, www.ndsatcom.com.

RS No. 221

Global Positioning Systems

The model 092-00750 is a Global Positioning System (GPS) that employs a single feed input SMA or female connector. The antenna provides hemispherical coverage at the L1/L2 bands. Model 092-00750 has a VSWR of 2.0:1, gain of 5 dBi and impedance of 50 Ohms. The 3-inch in diameter by 0.575-inch thick compact design and rugged construction make model 092-00750 extremely reliable for harsh military shipboard environments.

Cobham Defense Electronic Systems- Nurad Division,
Baltimore, MD (410) 542-1700, www.cobhamdes.com.

RS No. 242

Test Equipment

DIN Type Calibration Kit

Manufactured using precision machining and RF characterization technologies this DIN type calibration kit contains male calibration devices (Open, Short and Load). It can be used to calibrate all kinds of commercial VNA systems from DC to 4 GHz, and offers good load characteristics, including a return loss of <- 40 dB. This high quality, high frequency component is also RoHS compliant.

GigaLane Co. Ltd.,
Gyeonggi-do, Korea +82-31-233-7325, www.gigalane.com.

RS No. 243

High Power Signal Generator

The KU SG 2325 100 is a high power signal generator for the frequency range of 2300 to 2500 MHz with a maximum output power of 100 W (optional 200 W). The unit provides power level adjustment in 1 W steps and can be remote controlled via an RS 232 or USB. Typical applications are electromagnetic wave propagation tests, microwave heating and electromagnetic compatibility tests.

Kuhne Electronic GmbH,
Berg, Germany 00 49 (0) 92 93-800 939, www.kuhne-electronic.de.

RS No. 244

13 and 30 GHz Instruments

The R&S FSV13 (up to 13 GHz) and the R&S FSV30 (up to 30 GHz) have been added to the R&S FSV family of combined signal and spectrum analyzers. Both models feature a convenient operating concept that includes a touch screen, an on-screen keyboard and an expanded control panel. The instruments exhibit a displayed average noise level of less than –148 dBm (1 Hz) at 13 GHz and less than –144 dBm (1 Hz) at 30 GHz as well as a third-order intercept of 15 dBm. They support all current mobile radio and wireless standards by means of software applications and an analysis bandwidth of 40 MHz makes even WLAN 802.11n achievable. For aerospace and defense sector users, the new models offer a removable hard drive and USB interfaces that can be deactivated to ensure that sensitive data from high-security areas is protected.

Rohde & Schwarz,
Munich, Germany +49 89 4129 13774, www.rohde-schwarz.com.

RS No. 245

Transmission Line Components

Bias Tee/Diplexer

The ZABT-2R15G+ is a new bias tee/diplexer that is well suited for satellite/VSAT, LNB, BUC and modems. The ZABT-2R15G+ can be used as a bias tee or diplexer that can inject 10 MHz and DC on a L-band signal. It can also be used in the reverse direction that can strip off the DC and/or 10 MHz signal. A prime application for this model is in a satellite system where the basic architecture consists of a modem usually in the base or hub. This modem will convert IF signals to L-band (950 to 2150 MHz).

Mini-Circuits,
Brooklyn, NY ( 718) 934-4500, www.minicircuits.com.

RS No. 235

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