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New Waves: ISM Applications

December 1, 2009
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Channel Simulator

Agilent Technologies introduced a new statistical mode for its signal integrity Channel Simulator. The mode, offered as part of Agilent’s Advanced Design System (ADS) 2009 Update 1, is well suited for design and verification of high-speed, chip-to-chip data links found in most consumer and enterprise digital products produced today, from laptop computers and data center servers, to telecommunication switching centers and Internet routers. By accelerating simulation, the new Channel Simulator mode allows manufacturers of such products to more quickly explore and arrive at an optimal design and eliminates the need for costly and time-consuming prototype iterations, dramatically improving time-to-market.


Agilent Technologies Inc.
Santa Clara, CA
(800) 829-4444
www.agilent.com
RS No. 216

Analog-to-Digital Converters

ADI has expanded its low-power data converter portfolio with 26 analog-to-digital converters (ADC) for effective high-performance, power-efficient communications, portable device, instrumentation and healthcare applications. The offering includes three data converter technology industry firsts for 16-bit ADCs: ADI’s AD9269, the industry’s first 16-bit 80 MSPS low-power, dual ADC with quadrature-error correction (QEC); ADI’s AD9265, the industry’s first single-channel, 16-bit low-power ADC spanning 80 to 125 MSPS; and ADI’s AD9266, the industry’s smallest, single-channel 16-bit low-power ADC spanning 20 to 80 MSPS. These new ADC products provide designers a flexible, future-proof platform to differentiate their systems without changing the core design by migrating either resolution or bandwidth support by means of space efficient pin compatible families. In addition, the new ADCs’ energy efficiencies provide significant power consumption improvement without impacting system-level performance.

Analog Devices Inc.
Norwood, MA
(781) 329-4700
www.analog.com
RS No. 217

LTE Fading Simulator

The MF6900A fading simulator is designed for use with its MD8430A Signalling Tester, which creates a single vendor solution for conducting simulation tests that have traditionally required more expensive, multi-vendor configurations. The integrated test solution allows developers and manufacturers of 3GPP LTE terminals and chipsets to perform highly accurate and repeatable 22 MIMO fading tests more efficiently. When connected to a MD8430A Signalling Tester, the MF6900A emulates the operation of a 3GPP LTE base station in a 22 MIMO fading environment. It tests and verifies the handover operation by simulating fading when a mobile terminal (UE) switches its connection between two base station cells. The MD8430A/MF6900A can perform all the necessary intra-LTE handover tests.

Anritsu Co.
Richardson, TX
(972) 644-1777
www.us.anritsu.com
RS No. 218

PLL Synthesizer

Crystek’s CPLL58-4240-4240 PLL Synthesizer operates at 4240 MHz with a typical step size of 2500 kHz. Engineered and manufactured in the USA, the model CPLL58-4240-4240 is housed in a compact 0.582" × 0.8" × 0.15" SMD package, which saves board space. Crystek’s PLL Synthesizer construction essentially wraps a VCO around a PLL in a package that is only marginally larger than a VCO on its own, and significantly smaller than separate VCO/PLL modules. The CPLL58-4240-4240 is a complete PLL Synthesizer needing only an external frequency reference and supply voltages for the internal PLL and VCO.

Crystek Corp.
Fort Myers, FL
(239) 561-3311
www.crystek.com
RS No. 219

Frequency Synthesizer

The SLS-2100 is a frequency synthesizer optimized for telemetry applications with extremely low phase noise (<-127 dBc/Hz at 100 kHz, typical). The serially-programmable synthesizer performs over the frequency range of 1900 to 2100 MHz with a step size of 100 kHz and fast switching speed (750 uSEC), and can be custom-designed to operate, fixed or programmable, at any L- or S-band frequency. The unit features an optional internal reference, operating temperature range of -30° to +70°C, output power of +8 dBm, low spurs (<-95 dBc) and operates on a supply voltage of +12 V at 155 mA, typical. The SLS-2100 is designed to improve interoperability of telemetry applications and is housed in a ruggedized, aluminum package of 1.5" × 1.5" × 0.6", with female SMA connectors.

EM Research Inc.
Reno, NV
(775) 345-2411
www.emresearch.com
RS No. 220

20 Gbps Clocked Comparators

Hittite’s new family of 20 Gbps Clocked Comparators offers a unique combination of low propagation delay for low input overdrive while minimizing propagation dispersion and power dissipation. The HMC874LC3C, HMC875LC3C and the HMC876LC3C are ideal for digital receivers, clock and data signal restoration, pulse spectroscopy, high speed instrumentation, medical imaging and diagnostics, and industrial systems where high speed, performance, and low power are critical requirements.

Hittite Microwave Corp.
Chelmsford, MA
(978) 250-3343
www.hittite.com
RS No. 222

Hardware Extension Unit

The R&S ZVAX24 hardware extension unit converts the vector network analyzers of the R&S ZVA family into space saving solutions to make intermodulation or pulse profile measurements easier -- even applications up to +43 dBm. Due to its modularity, the R&S ZVAX24 can be tailored to individual applications and can be equipped with combiners, harmonic filters, pulse modulators and high power couplers. For connection, the extension unit is placed under the vector network analyzer and the RF ports are connected via semi-rigid coaxial cables. Control is performed via USB directly from the vector network analyzer, which displays a dialog box containing a block diagram of the extension unit. Depending on the test task, the required RF components can be connected.

Rohde & Schwarz
Munich, Germany
+49 89 4129 13774
www.rohde-schwarz.com
RS No. 223

Mixed Signal Oscilloscope

The MSO70000 Series of Mixed Signal Oscilloscopes is a high-performance family of integrated MSOs. The instruments have up to 20 channels of measurement capture (4 analog and 16 digital) with analog bandwidth ranging from 4 to 20 GHz and 80 ps digital channel timing resolution. With the MSO70000 introduction, Tektronix now has a complete portfolio of Mixed Signal Oscilloscopes on the market; 17 MSO models are offered, which range from the value-priced portable MSO2000 all the way to the 20 GHz MSO72004. The MSO70000 Series combines the signal visibility and timing features of a high performance logic analyzer with the analog precision, probing and usability of a high performance real-time oscilloscope. This makes it the ideal debug and verification tool for such demanding high-speed design applications.

Tektronix Inc.
Beaverton, OR
(800) 835-9433
www.tek.com
RS No. 224

MMIC Tool Bar

WIN Semiconductors announced the availability of a new MMIC tool bar personality for ten Advanced Design System (ADS) process design kits (PDK) for its popular Enhancement/Depletion-Mode PHEMT and HBT process technologies. The new add-on WIN PDKs, developed for use with current and future releases of Agilent Technologies’ ADS 2009, enable high-frequency RF and microwave designers to create compact integrated circuits comprised of power amplifiers, switches, low-noise amplifiers, mixers and logic circuitry. The add-on PDKs are available now from WIN Semiconductors.

WIN Semiconductors
Tao Yuan Shien
Taiwan 886-3-397-5999
www.winfoundry.com
RS No. 225

COMPONENTS

Multi Position Switch

The SM Series features SMA connectors and a frequency range of DC to 18 GHz. The SME Series also features SMA connectors and has a frequency range of DC to 26.5 GHz. Both series are available with failsafe or normally open Actuator functions. Features include: weight of 5.0 oz; RF impedance of 50 ohms nominal; operating temperature of -55° to +85°C ambient; operating life of 2,000,000+ cycles minimum; switching time of 15 mSec maximum; and switching sequence of Break Before Make.

Ducommun Technologies
Carson, CA
(310) 513-7214
www.ducommun.com
RS No. 226

Low Loss Cable Assemblies

These low loss cable assemblies feature attenuation of 0.22 dB/ft. at 18 GHz. The extremely low loss, 0.335" (LL335), cable assemblies also achieve typical attenuation of 0.048 dB/ft. at 1 GHz, and 0.17 dB/ft. at 10 GHz. Additionally, these cable assemblies can handle 1800 W CW input power at 1 GHz and 600 W CW input power at 10 GHz. They offer shielding effectiveness of greater than 95 dB with low coefficient of expansion over a wide temperature range of -55° to +200°C to ensure that attenuation and phase performance remains stable over time and temperature. These low loss cable assemblies feature a minimum bend radius of 1.7".

Electronic Assembly Manufacturing Inc.
Methuen, MA
(978) 374-6840
www.eamcableassemblies.com
RS No. 227

Isolators and Circulators

JQL Electronics announced its new ThincoreTM waveguide isolators and circulators. The new Thincore line is designed for point-to-point base station application with ultra compact size and reliable performance. Key models include WR 42 (17.6 to 19.7 GHz, 21.2 to 23.6 GHz) with 9.5 mm thick, WR 28 (37 to 40 GHz) with 12.7 mm thick and WR 62 (14.4 to 15.5 GHz) with 14 mm thick. Thincore also offers ultra competitive cost.

JQL Electronics Inc.
Deerfield, IL
(630) 930-9917
www.jqlelectronics.com
RS No. 228

Hybrid Ring Divider/Combiners

MECA features two high power, hybrid ring divider/combiners designed to cover wireless bands from 0.810 to 0.960 GHz and 1.700 to 2.000 GHz with average RF power handling capability of 1,000 W (5 kW peak). Other high power, hybrid ring models are available in frequencies spanning from 0.810 to 6.000 GHz for narrowband applications. Available stock to four weeks ARO. Made in the USA with a 36-month warranty.

MECA Electronics Inc.
Denville, NJ
(973) 625-0661
www.e-meca.com
RS No. 230

High Power SPDT Switch

This new wideband, high power SPDT switch exhibits optimum performance across the IFF band (1015 to 1105 MHz). The HPSW2-006016RN5NNF model measured loss is 0.33 dB and the VSWR is 1.07:1 across the IF band and degrades somewhat across the 600 to 1600 MHz range of operation. This switch operates over a -55° to +91°C temperature range and at 70,000 feet altitude. This model was designed and tested at 3.5 kW, 35 microsecond pulse width, 1.6 percent DF at high altitude and into a sliding 3:1 load.

MITEQ Inc.
Hauppauge, NY
(631) 436-7400
www.miteq.com
RS No. 231

Coaxial Terminations

Model 368BNM and Model 369BNM coaxial terminations operate from 2 to 18 GHz and 700 MHz to 18 GHz, respectively, and are extremely rugged for use in applications ranging from instrumentation to transmitters in the field. The Model 368BNM handles an RF power input power up to 500 W average and 5 kW peak, has a maximum VSWR of 1.4:1 from 2 to 3 GHz, 1.3:1 from 3 to 12.4 GHz, and 1.45:1 from 12.4 to 18 GHz. It measures 11.9" × 3.88" including Type-N connector and heat sink, and weighs 6.5 lb (3 kg). The Model 369BNM handles an RF input power up to 175 W average and 10 kW peak, has a maximum VSWR of 1.2:1 from 700 MHz to 1 GHz, 1.1:1 from 1 to 9 GHz, and 1.2:1 from 9 to 18 GHz to 18 GHz. It measures 13.1" × 3.88" including Type-N connector and heat sink, and weighs 2.5 lbs (1.1 kg).

Narda
Hauppauge, NY
(631) 231-1700
www.nardamicrowave.com/east
RS No. 240

Single and Dual Directional Couplers

RLC Electronics’ high power directional couplers offer accurate coupling, low insertion loss and high directivity in a compact package. The standard units are optimized for two octave bandwidths and are available with a choice of coupling values. These units are ideal for sampling forward and reflected power with a negligible effect on the transmission line and very low intermodulation products.

RLC Electronics Inc.
Mount Kisco, NY
(914) 241-1334
www.rlcelectronics.com
RS No. 232

Compact Filters

This series of compact LC BP filters is designed for the Iridium telephony band. This pole-placed bandpass filter passes the 1616.0 to 1626.5 MHz band with a maximum insertion loss of 2.6 dB while providing a minimum of 15 dB of isolation at GPS L1 and 70 dB minimum at GPS L2. It also provides 45 dB of isolation at 1710 to 1850 MHz band and 55 dB beyond that out to 10 GHz. Both connectorized and PCB mount versions are available.

Trilithic Inc.
Indianapolis, IN
(317) 895-3600
www.trilithic.com
RS No. 233

AMPLIFIERS

GaN Power Amplifier

Model number SSPA 0.1-0.8-70 is a high power, Gallium Nitride (GaN) amplifier that operates from 100 to 800 MHz minimum and is packaged in a compact, high performance package. This amplifier is designed for operation in harsh environments. Typical output power is 80 W across the band at P3dB. Small-signal gain is 57 to 58 dB across the band typically. Power added efficiency in saturation is typically 45 to 60 percent across the band. Input and output VSWR is 2.0:1 maximum. This unit is equipped with DC switching circuitry that enables and disables the RF devices inside the amplifier in 4000 nSec typical for turn on and 1650 nSec typical for turn off time. Standard features include reverse polarity protection, output short and open circuit protection, and over/under voltage protection.

Aethercomm Inc.
Carlsbad, CA
(760) 208-6002
www.aethercomm.com
RS No. 234

20 W Solid-state Amplifier

AR’s model 20S6G18, a 20 W solid-state amplifier covering 6 to 18 GHz provides high gain, low noise, good linearity and excellent mismatch capability. The amplifier also delivers superior error vector magnitude (EVM) performance. With a minimum of 43 dB gain and a typical noise figure of 6 dB, the 20S6G18 offers significant advantages over traveling wave tube amplifiers in this frequency range.

AR RF/Microwave Instrumentation
Souderton, PA
(215) 723-8181
www.ar-worldwide.com
RS No. 235

Wideband Amplifier

The ZX60-V82+ is a compact wideband amplifier covering 20 to 6000 MHz with 14 dB gain (at 2 GHz). Housed in a rugged, cost-effective unibody chassis, this amplifier supports a wide variety of applications requiring moderate power output, low distortion and 50 ohm matched input/output ports. The ZX60-V82+ covers a wide spectrum of application frequencies from VHF through C-band. When combined with the output power and IP3, this amplifier supports a broad array of systems and test applications. With input VSWR typically 1.3:1 and output 1.5:1, the ZX60-V82+ can be used in cascade with many components and maintain minimal interaction or reflections. With small size, 0.75" 0.75", the unique unibody construction enables the ZX60-V82+ to be used in compact designs. These amplifiers are unconditionally stable, and have no adverse effects due to loading of the input and output ports. Pricing: $69.95 (QTY 1-9).

Mini-Circuits
Brooklyn, NY
(718) 934-4500
www.minicircuits.com
RS No. 236

Low Noise Amplifiers

NIC successfully launched its new line of wideband low noise amplifiers (LNA) designed for C-band, Radar and Satcom applications. This amplifier operates in the frequency range of 4 to 5 GHz, providing high gain of ~23 dB typical, low noise figure of ~0.9 dB typical and is built in an extremely small package size of 1.2" × 0.9" × 0.4". Custom designs are available.

Networks International Corp.
Overland Park, KS
(913) 685-3400
www.nickc.com
RS No. 237

High Power Pallet Amplifier

The PP470-860-1000 is a high power Linear Class AB pallet amplifier featuring the latest generation LDMOS transistors, covering the entire UHF TV band. The PP470-860-1000 can be used as an output PA at 250 W of DVB-T Average Digital Output Power, shoulder -33 dBc. This pallet is not designed for analog service. Please refer to PMT’s UHFTV-600 for analog broadcast applications.

Power Module Technology Inc.
Carson City, NV
(775) 883-1122
www.pmtrf.com
RS No. 238

Low Noise Amplifiers

The HLNA Series of low noise amplifiers covers the frequency ranges from 18 to 110 GHz. A wide variety of gain and bandwidth combinations are available to provide the designer with a solution for most applications. Custom designs are available and in most cases NRE is not required. MMIC technology is employed for high reliability and repeatability. The amplifiers can be used to lower system noise figure in communication and radar systems and also as gain blocks in LO chains and test equipment. Low noise amplifier stages can be combined with power amplifier stages for higher P1dB levels. LNAs can also be packaged with other components for custom configurations. Each LNA contains a voltage regulator and bias sequencing circuitry allowing the use of a single bias to power the amplifier.

Renaissance Electronics Corp./HXI
Harvard, MA
(978) 521-7321
www.hxi.com
RS No. 239

MATERIAL

PTFE Laminates

The RO3730TM laminates are tailored for the special needs of high-frequency antenna designers requiring cost-effective PTFE laminates. These ceramic-filled laminate materials are reinforced by woven fiber glass with optimized glass and filler loading for excellent structural stability and outstanding electrical performance. The optimized blend of filler materials results in consistent dielectric constant across even large laminate panels, with low dissipation factor (0.00159 at 10 GHz/ 0.00128 at 2.5 GHz) and high power-handling capabilities. The RO3730 laminates boast the low passive intermodulation (PIM) distortion valued by engineers developing antennas for complex digital communications formats, including in 3G and 4G base stations. These robust RO3730 laminate materials with a dielectric constant of 3.0 are ideal for high-frequency circuit boards in a wide range of communications antennas.

Rogers Corp.
Chandler, AZ
(480) 961-1382
www.rogerscorp.com
RS No. 241

SOFTWARE

Radio Propagation Software

Remcom announces a new version of Wireless InSite®, enhanced to further improve customer productivity and efficiency with faster run times and the ability to handle more intricate wireless EM propagation problems. Wireless InSite is site-specific radio propagation software for the analysis and design of wireless communication systems. It provides efficient and accurate predictions of propagation and communication channel characteristics in complex urban, indoor, rural and mixed path environments, including high-fidelity and real time options. Applications range from military defense to commercial communications, helping RF engineers to design wireless communications links, optimize antenna coverage, and assess the effectiveness of jammers.

Remcom Inc.
State College, PA
(814) 861-1299
www.remcom.com
RS No. 242

SOURCES

Frequency Synthesizer

The FS3840A is an extremely wideband frequency synthesizer module featuring 1 Hz tuning resolution, very low spurious and excellent phase noise. The unit can be programmed by the user to operate from either the internal TCXO reference or an external source. The FS3840A can be used as a stand-alone frequency source conveniently controlled by a PC via its RS-232 serial port. Alternatively, the FS3840A can be programmed via a four-wire serial interface for embedded applications. The unit runs from a single +15 VDC supply. Its wide bandwidth, fine resolution, and a rich complement of programming commands makes the FS3840A ideal for a variety of applications.

Shireen Inc.
Rockville, MD
(301) 838-4380
www.shireeninc.com
RS No. 243

Voltage-controlled Oscillator

Z-Comm announced a RoHS compliant voltage-controlled oscillator (VCO) model V600ME14-LFin S-band. The V600ME14-LF operates at 2000 to 4000 MHz with a tuning voltage range of 0 to 24 VDC. This VCO features a typical phase noise of -89 dBc/Hz at 10 kHz offset and a typical tuning sensitivity of 110 MHz/V. The V600ME14-LF is designed to deliver a typical output power of 10 dBm at 5 Vdc supply while drawing 35 mA (typical) over the temperature range of -40° to +85°C. This VCO features typical second harmonic suppression of -15 dBc and comes in Z-Comm’s standard MINI-16-LOW package measuring 0.5" × 0.5" × 0.16".

Z-Communications Inc.
San Diego, CA
(858) 621-2700
www.zcomm.com
RS No. 244

SUBSYSTEM

Digital Receiver

The DRX-5571 is the latest addition to Cobham Sensor Systems M/A-COM SIGINT Products’ line of high-performance microwave set-on receivers. The proven RF to IF performance of the SMR-5500 series receivers is combined with an FPGA-based demodulation and radio demultiplexing capability. This allows the receiver to fully process microwave signals having complex modulation and encoding schemes down to the underlying radio payload. The DRX-5571 provides a completely integrated system solution for capture, analysis, survey and collection of wideband digital radio RF signals. An intuitive and easy to use GUI with Ethernet control interface is provided, which combines control for the receiver, demodulator and radio processing in a single interface. All flexible processing can be quickly and easily configured using the user-friendly interface, and access to all status is provided including spectrum display, constellation plot and analysis results.

Cobham Sensor Systems
Baltimore, MD
(410) 542-1700
www.cobham.com
RS No. 245

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