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May 1, 2010
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Medium Power Amplifiers

AML announces the immediate availability of medium power broadband amplifiers model AML0126P3001 and AML0126P3002. Operating in the frequency range of 100 MHz to 26.5 GHz, these amplifiers offer gain of 30 dB minimum and typical noise figure below 5 dB (above 500 MHz). Output P1dB is +19 dBm minimum/+22 dBm typical for P3001 and +25 dBm minimum/+27 dBm typical for P3002. Amplifiers operate from a single +12 to +15 V DC supply with nominal DC current of 400 mA for P3001 and 700 mA for P3002. Operating temperature range of -54° to +85°C is available as an option.

AML Communications Inc.,
Camarillo, CA (805) 388-1345,
RS No. 216

RF Power Amplifier

The model RF40015 is an RF power amplifier designed for defense applications in which broadband frequency coverage of 20 to 305 MHz and RF output power of at least 100 W in Class AB operation is desired in a compact, rugged package. The model RF40015 combines the latest Gallium Nitride (GaN) RF power transistors with the company's advanced design and fabrication techniques to deliver high RF power density in a module measuring only 5.5" x 4.5" x 1.6" and weighing less than 2 lb. It has extremely fast blanking speed of less than 5 µs for excellent noise performance and low standby power consumption, as well as efficiency of at least 30 percent and the ability to deliver its full RF power output into VSWR of 2.5:1.

BC Systems Inc.,
Setauket, NY (631) 751-9370,
RS No. 217

Voltage-controlled Oscillators

Crystek's CVCO55CC-3345-3955 voltage-controlled oscillator (VCO) operates from 3345 to 3955 MHz with a control voltage range of 2.5 to 23.5 V. This VCO features a typical phase noise of -100 dBc/Hz at 10 kHz offset and offers excellent linearity. Output power is typically +3.5 dBm. Engineered and manufactured in the USA, the model CVCO55CC-3345-3955 is packaged in the industry-standard 0.5" x 0.5" SMD package. Input voltage is 10 V, with a maximum current consumption of 50 mA. Pulling and pushing are minimized to 5 and 3 MHz/V, respectively. Second harmonic suppression is -15 dBc typical.

Crystek Corp.,
Fort Myers, FL (239) 561-3311,
RS No. 218

MMIC Power Amplifier

The HMC755LP4E is a high gain, high linearity GaAs InGaP HBT MMIC power amplifier that is rated from 2.3 to 2.8 GHz and provides up to 31 dB of gain. This high efficiency amplifier operates from a single +5 V supply, and achieves 28 percent power added efficiency (PAE) at +33 dBm of saturated output power. Three power control pins can be used to reduce the RF output power of the PA, or for full power down of the amplifier to conserve DC power. The integrated output power detector pin (VDET) is internally coupled and provides excellent measurement accuracy while requiring only a single external decoupling capacitor. With an OFDM output power of +25 dBm (64 QAM, 54 Mbps), the HMC755LP4E achieves an error vector magnitude (EVM) of only 2.5 percent, making it ideal for WiMAX and LTE/4G applications. This high performance amplifier is packaged in a compact 4 x 4 mm QFN SMT package, requires a minimum of external matching components, and is rated for operation from -40° to +85°C.

Hittite Microwave Corp.,
Chelmsford, MA (978) 250-3343,
RS No. 220

Compact X-band Power Amplifiers

MITEQ has introduced a new line of low profile, lightweight and small volume high power X-band amplifiers. The new PA family offers a unique combination of features and performance in an extremely small footprint. The high speed pulsed DC feature and 12 V supply allows for extremely efficient operation suitable for high temperature, portable or airborne applications. Numerous models cover 8.5 to 10.5 GHz, in various sub-bands up to 1 GHz wide, with power levels of 8 to 12 W. The AMF-5B-08500960-25-40P-PLS delivers 10 W of peak power, with negligible droop, for pulses over 100 usec, and with proper heat sinking CW.

Hauppauge, NY (631) 436-7400,
RS No. 221

MOSFET Power Modules

These new linear MOSFET power modules (part numbers: APTMLxxx…) are used to provide a wide range of solutions in any linear, high-power density application where conventional switch-mode operation is either not allowed or not possible. They are ideal for circuits in which power devices must operate with high voltage and high current simultaneously, in near DC conditions. These MOSFET power modules are specifically designed to meet a wider guaranteed Forward Safe Operating Area, ensuring improved system reliability, with the minimum number of devices (to achieve given power levels). With their positive temperature coefficient thermistor included, these new linear MOSFETs from Microsemi are more stable and much less prone to thermal runaway. The included series shunt resistors allow current to be precisely controlled. This allows the modules to be easily used in parallel with an equal power dissipation balance.

Richardson Electronics,
LaFox, IL (800) 737-6937,
RS No. 247

4 W 340 to 470 MHz SSPA

Stealth Microwave introduces the SM034047-34MQ2, a MOSFET amplifier designed for military and commercial applications to include COFDM video and C2 links in UAVs and in portable battery powered transmitters. The unit operates from 340 to 470 MHz with a P1dB of +4 W. Small-signal gain is 11 dB with a flatness of 0.8 dB across the band. Standard features include high speed on/off for TDD switching and a lightweight housing designed to meet most MIL-STD-810G testing methods. In module form, the unit measures 3.375" x 1.9" x 0.49".

Stealth Microwave, a division of Micronetics Inc.,
Ewing, NJ (609) 538-8586,
RS No. 223

GaN Product

TriQuint Semiconductor has expanded its revolutionary wideband, high power RF transistor family with the new T1G6003028-SP, a 25 W (P1dB) GaN device operating from 20 MHz to 6 GHz. This PowerBand™ discrete GaN on SiC HEMT product delivers high-efficiency, high-power performance across an exceptionally wide bandwidth. The T1G6003028-SP is ideal for commercial applications such as WiMAX and professional radio systems, as well as wideband defense communications systems.

TriQuint Semiconductor,
Hillsboro, OR (503) 615-9000,
RS No. 239


40 and 50 GHz SMPM Terminations

Just announced are two high frequency SMPM push-on terminations from Aeroflex/Inmet. The TMP-400F (DC to 40 GHz) and the TMP-500F (DC to 50 GHz) are designed to mate with GPPO and SMPM male connectors. These terminations complement Aeroflex/Inmet's existing blind mate 8541-MPF SMPM DC blocking terminations. The new terminations are ideal for use in 40 Gbs optical transmission systems as well as in test and measurement applications.

Ann Arbor, MI (734) 426-5553,
RS No. 224

Bandpass Filter

AKON's model number A65-MH131 band- pass filter covers the 3.1 to 3.5 GHz frequency range with only 0.4 dB (maximum) insertion loss, 1.35:1 maximum VSWR, passband rejection > 20 dBc from DC to 2.9 GHz, +43 dBm CW power handling, all packaged within 2.98" x 1.22" x 0.82". AKON is a manufacturer of RF/microwave components and subsystems for military, space and commercial applications. AKON's compact filters are available in all topologies for low pass, high pass, bandpass and band reject requirements. Customer specified filters are available per individual customer requirements.

AKON Inc.,
San Jose, CA (408) 432-8039,
RS No. 225

Microwave Horn Antennas

AR RF/Microwave Instrumentation has a family of broadband RF and microwave horn antennas offering coverage up to 50 GHz. These antennas are specifically designed to compensate for the losses that typically occur in test systems as frequency increases and can be used in shielded rooms or in free space.

AR RF/Microwave Instrumentation,
Souderton, PA(215) 723-8181,
RS No. 254

EMI Filters

Models FMCE-0328, FMCE-0528, FMCE-0828 and FMCE-1528 are FMCE filters designed to work with Crane's Interpoint brand 28 V input, 1.5 to 120 W DC/DC converters and are backward compatible and fully interoperable with Interpoint brand FMH, FMC, FMD and FME filters. They have been designed to provide exceptional attenuation performance with a minimal loss of power in the filter as well as to make sure that heat generated in the filter is efficiently dissipated by the device to minimize stress on components, ensuring optimal product life.

Crane Aerospace & Electronics,
Electronics Group, Redmond, WA,
RS No. 226

High Frequency Coaxial Attenuator

The 42WXX is a high performance precision SMA coaxial fixed attenuator. This product expands EMC's current offering of SMA coaxial products out to 18 GHz. In EMC tradition, this product is offered in commercial or high reliability versions for all applications. EMC can offer a standard test plan or up-screen product for custom requirements. EMC coaxial attenuators are manufactured with a stainless steel body and standard SMA male/female interface. This product is offered in values from 0 to 10 dB in one dB increments and up to a maximum frequency range of 18 GHz. The rugged construction of this device ensures reliability and continuous performance in the most demanding environments.

EMC Technology/Florida RF Labs,
Stuart, FL (772) 600-1360,
RS No. 227

Wideband Attenuator

The new 50P-1857 is a programmable attenuator that offers solid-state reliability and superior broadband performance. With an operating frequency range of 200 to 6000 MHz, it is ideal for today's wideband variable attenuator requirements including VHF/UHF, LTE and WiMAX testing applications. This 50 ohm device has a dynamic range of 0 to 95 dB in 1 dB steps and is guaranteed monotonic across its entire bandwidth. SMA female connectors are standard on the input and output.

JFW Industries, Indianapolis,
IN (317) 887-1340,
RS No. 228


The 10DPS-6082/8400-S is a diplexer that is designed with a low band of 6082 to 6482 MHz and a high band of 7900 to 8400 MHz. The diplexer features a 1.2 dB maximum insertion loss with a 1.5:1 VSWR. The isolation is specified as 50 dB from the band edges. The physical size is 3.7" x 1.15" x 0.750" excluding SMA-female connectors. The unit also contains flange mounting.

Lorch Microwave,
Salisbury, MD (410) 860-5100,
RS No. 229

Medium Power Attenuators

Microlab announced the addition of a new range of medium power attenuators with guaranteed low PIM of less than -150 dBm when measured with two 20 W test tones. These products are available in attenuation values from 4.8 to 30 dB to meet the exacting needs of the wireless market across the whole 698 to 2700 MHz band. The AY series is designed for powers from 30 to 45 W depending on the attenuation value, and is available with either N or 7-16 mm DIN, male to female connectors. Units have been designed using mechanically stable connections and achieve an input VSWR better than 1.20:1 across the whole frequency band for all values except the 4.8 dB, which is less than 1.30:1.

Parsippany, NJ (973) 386-9696,
RS No. 230

Limiter Protection Circuits

Mini-Circuits' new VLM-73+ extends a popular line of SMA connectorized high power limiter protection circuits to 7 GHz. Ideally suited for protecting low noise receivers from exposure to unwanted high level signals, the VLM-73+ has only 0.3 dB typical insertion loss in the linear region, yet reacts almost instantaneously (2 nSec typical response time and 10 nSec recovery time) to signals up to 1 W input power by limiting the output power to less than +15 dbm across the frequency band. Housed in Mini-Circuits' patented uni-body construction, the VLM series is a tough unit for the most rugged receiver applications.

Brooklyn, NY (718) 934-4500,
RS No. 231

Coaxial Attenuator

The model 766-20 is a 20 dB bidirectional coaxial attenuator that operates from DC to 4 GHz and can handle full RF input power at either connector without damage. Attenuation deviation of the Model 766-20 is ±0.25 dB to 3 GHz and ±0.5 dB to 4 GHz. It handles 20 W average and 1 kW peak input power, and maintains a VSWR of less than 1.15:1. The compact unit is heavily heat-sinked, uses Type-N connectors, measures 3.07" long and x 1.52" diameter, and weighs 5.6 oz. The model 766-20 coaxial attenuator is available from Narda for immediate delivery.

Narda Microwave-East,
Hauppauge, NY (631) 231-1700,
RS No. 222

SP4T RF Switch

The PE42440 SP4T (single pole four throw) RF switch is designed on Peregrine's green UltraCMOS™ silicon-on-sapphire (SOS) process technology and features excellent broadband RF performance from 50 MHz up to 3 GHz. The HaRP™-enhanced switch has best-in-class linearity, making it ideal for general purpose TRx switching in cellular and 2.4 GHz industrial, scientific and medical (ISM) radio bands; antenna tuning; and filter bank tuning/switching in a wide range of applications, including cellular radios and radio modules; antenna tuning of UHF bands through 3 GHz; RFID antenna tuning; 2.4 GHz ISM; Femtocells and other industrial applications.

Peregrine Semiconductor Corp.,
San Diego, CA (858) 731-9400,
RS No. 232

Directional Coupler

Pulsar model CS20-51-435/1 is a new 20 dB coupler covering the frequency range of 6 to 40 GHz with 1.2 dB insertion loss. Directivity is greater than 10 dB and flatness is ± 0.4 dB from 8 to 20 GHz and ±1.0 dB 6 to 40 GHz. The VSWR is 1.70:1 maximum and the unit can handle 20 W into a 1.20:1 load. Connectors are 2.92 mm female.

Pulsar Microwave Corp.,
Clifton, NJ (973) 779-6262,
RS No. 233

VHF LC Triplexer

Reactel part number 3TP-86/198-11 is a VHF LC triplexer. This unit exhibits low loss and high isolation as it splits the VHF band into 30 to 88, 100 to 172 and 225 to 400 MHz channels. This unit has a high power option and can be outfitted with most any RF connector you desire. Please contact the factory for this or any other filter requirement that you have.

Reactel Inc.,
Gaithersburg, MD (301) 519-3660,
RS No. 234

Coaxial to Waveguide Adapters

RLC Electronics now offers coaxial to waveguide adapters in a variety of configurations for specific applications. Option A are broadband adapters whose excellent electrical specs are maintained over the entire adapter bandwidth, while option B offers enhanced performance over a specific band of the adapters' bandwidth. Computer design and the latest in RF techniques coupled with precision assembly ensure optimal electrical performance in the recommended frequency ranges.

RLC Electronics Inc.,
Mount Kisco, NY (914) 241-1334,
RS No. 235

Base Station Duplexer

Trilithic Inc. has released a new base station duplexer for the LTE Band 13. Utilizing high “Q” cavities and a pseudo elliptic response, this duplexer provides low insertion loss and high isolation in a compact size. The maximum insertion loss in the passband is 1.25 dB while providing a minimum of 100 dB of isolation between the TX to RX ports. It also provides 80 dB minimum isolation out to 2800 MHz. This unit can handle up to 100 W CW across a temperature range of 0 to +70°C. Standard delivery: five to six weeks.

Trilithic Inc.,
Indianapolis, IN (317) 895-3600,
RS No. 237

100 MHz Power Circulator

A new high power circulator suitable for FM broadcast, scientific and medical applications is now available. The unit provides 10 MHz bandwidth in the 85 to 110 MHz spectrum. Specifications are 20 dB minimum isolation, 0.3 dB maximum loss and 1.25 maximum VSWR. Operating power is 1 kW average and 25 kW peak. The 8-1/2" hex x 2" thick unit operates over a 15° to 50°C temperature range. DIN 7/16 are standard. Other units are available at higher frequencies.

UTE Microwave,
Ashbury Park, NJ (732) 922-1009,
RS No. 238


Single-chip ISM Band Transceivers

RFMD announced the introduction of the ML2730, a single-chip fully integrated Frequency Shift Keyed (FSK) transceiver with integrated power amplifier (PA) and low noise amplifier (LNA). The ML2730 expands RFMD's portfolio of ISM band single-chip transceivers, covering 900 MHz, 2.4 and 5.8 GHz. The ML2730 is optimized for a variety of wireless media applications (audio, video and data) operating in the 2.400 to 2.485 GHz unlicensed ISM band. The high data rate capability of the ML2730 supports streaming applications like wireless audio and wireless video. The ML2730 is also suitable for a variety of radio controlled applications. By integrating the PA and LNA on a single chip, the ML2730 enables customers to develop robust wireless links with improved sensitivity and output power while reducing both costs and board size.

RF Micro Devices Inc.,
Greensboro, NC (336) 664-1233,
RS No. 250

Assembly or Process Challenge

SemiGen is a modern outsource for die packaging, hybrid assembly, and automated PCB manufacturing and test. The company gives you the edge you need to reduce production costs and meet demanding deadlines. Serving the military electronics, commercial device and medical instrumentation markets, its production line is capable of handling any requirement, from prototype to production.

SemiGen Inc.,
Londonderry, NH(603) 425-1144,
RS No. 240


Design and Simulation Software

ACS has recently released a new version of the LINC2 Pro RF and microwave design and simulation software suite. LINC2 V2.72 release I includes many new enhancements and upgrades. The latest version of LINC2 Pro ships with new RF tools software that includes nonlinear amplifier analysis. The software provides schematic capture for entering schematics manually or schematics can be created automatically by a number of circuit synthesis modules. The LINC2 Pro RF and microwave circuit design and analysis software suite combines circuit synthesis, simulation, optimization and statistical yield analysis into a single integrated design environment at an affordable cost.

Applied Computational Sciences (ACS),
Escondido, CA (760) 612-6988,
RS No. 241

Combining CAD Speed with 3D Flexibility

WASP-NET® combines unparalleled efficiency now with unlimited flexibility; WASP-NET version 8.0 features convenient 3D data file import and 3D structure editors, by which users can create arbitrary, user-defined geometries. WASP-NET's unique hybrid MM/FE/MoM/FD CAD engine yields EM CAD precision in seconds for general 3D microwave components and antennas, including arbitrarily shaped waveguide and coaxial components, combline/interdigital and dielectric resonator filters, feed systems, corrugated horn antennas, shaped reflector antennas, large slot arrays, dielectric loaded antennas, lenses, radomes, etc.

Microwave Innovation Group (MiG)
GmbH & Co. KG,
Bremen, Germany +49 421 223 7966 0,
RS No. 242


Surface-mount Synthesizer

The UPN-7500 is a surface-mount synthesizer that operates in a frequency range from 5500 to 7500 MHz. The unit is designed to withstand up to 9.26 Grms random vibration and 30 G's peak pulse of shock, tested in accordance with MIL-STD-202G. The UPN-7500 features 5 MHz step size, < 200 µSec settling time (any frequency step), 125 MHz external reference, +3 dBm output power and low phase noise (<-90 dBc/Hz at 100 KHz). The units feature low power consumption (115 mA, typical), extended operating temperature range (-45° to +85°C), small, SMT package (0.9" x 0.9" x 0.21"), and manufactured to IPC-A-610 standards.

EM Research Inc.,
Reno, NV (775) 345-2411,
RS No. 243

Microwave Frequency Synthesizers

The QuickSyn® series of microwave synthesizers, designed and manufactured by Phase Matrix's Frequency Synthesis group, delivers instrument-grade performance, increased functionality, and efficient power consumption at a reduced size and low cost. The synthesizers employ a revolutionary phase-refining technology that provides a unique combination of fast-switching speed and low phase noise characteristics.

Phase Matrix Inc.,
San Jose, CA (408) 428-1000,
RS No. 244

Integrated Synthesizers

The SKY73134 is a wideband integer-N frequency synthesizer with an approximate 6 GHz locking range. This extremely small 5 x 5 mm device includes four differential VCOs which, by applying internal VCO frequency division, continuously cover the output frequency from 0.375 to 5.6 GHz. The integrated phase noise from 100 Hz to 100 kHz measures less than 0.6 degree RMS at 960 MHz frequency. In addition, the phase noises at 100 kHz, 1 MHz and 3 MHz frequency offsets are -115 dBc/Hz, -143 dBc/Hz and -150 dBc/Hz, respectively, making the SKY73134 an ideal solution for GSM/EDGE, CDMA/WCDMA and LTE base station transceivers. The SKY73134 is controlled by a bi-directional read/write serial to parallel interface that allows flexible device configurations that may be locked with an external VCO or external PLL, or be used as a divider chain only.

Skyworks Solutions Inc.,
Woburn, MA (781) 376-3000,
RS No. 245

Fixed Frequency Synthesizer

Model SFS1770A-LF is an RoHS compliant fixed frequency synthesizer in L-band. The SFS1770A-LF is a single frequency synthesizer that operates at 1770 MHz. This synthesizer features a typical phase noise of -95 dBc/Hz at 10 kHz offset and typical sideband spurs of -70 dBc. The SFS1770A-LF is designed to deliver a typical output power of 6 dBm with a VCO voltage supply of 5 VDC while drawing 35 mA (typical) and a phase-locked loop voltage of 3 VDC while drawing 9 mA (typical) over the temperature range of -40° to 85°C. This fixed frequency synthesizer features typical second harmonic suppression of -15 dBc and comes in Z-Comm's industry standard PLL-V12N package measuring 0.60" x 0.60" x 0.13".

Z-Communications Inc.,
San Diego, CA (858) 621-2700,
RS No. 246

Subsystems or Systems

Amplifier Systems LCD Controller

The LCD touch screen display and microprocessor is a powerful tool that can be added to any Empower system. The LCD controller allows easy, intuitive access to all the monitoring and control functions of the amplifier, both locally on the screen and remotely via RS422, RS232 or Ethernet. The controller extends the capability of the amplifier to control; T/R switches, sub-octave filters, system interlocks and other miscellaneous internal and external features.

Empower RF Systems Inc.,
Inglewood, CA (310) 412-8100,
RS No. 248

OFDM Compatible Transceiver

The MiniTrans 2401 is a 2.45 GHz radio modem, basing on the patented dual mode radio architecture, for data rates up to 25 MBit/s and higher and for a point to point data transfer with digital input and digital output. A spread spectrum transmission is standard with the integrated noise generator (~ 10 MHz) or an external signal source, leading to a secure, rugged and tap-proof link. Except for the lower price-range, the module is readily comparable with OFDM systems. Applications for UWB are possible.

Heuermann HF-Technik GmbH,
Stolberg, Germany +49 2402/9749764,
RS No. 249

Ground Data Terminal Antenna System

The GDT-2100 is a military-grade, lightweight portable tracking antenna system for ground-based Ku-band data link transmit and receive communication. This standard COTS system is used by mobile ground forces to exchange imagery and data from UAV's utilizing CDL or other Ku-band data links. The GDT-2100 also supports data link relay, and UAV command and control missions. This ruggedized, portable system offers reliable field-proven performance, at a low cost.

TECOM Industries Inc.,
Thousand Oaks, CA (805) 267-0100,
RS No. 251

Test Equipment

Portable Positional Simulator

Aeroflex introduced the GPSG-1000, the first truly portable GPS and Galileo positional simulator. The GPSG-1000 is lightweight, easy to use, configurable and inexpensive. It fills a gap in the market by providing a low-cost 12-channel test set that creates three-dimensional simulations for under $20,000. With the advent of GPS signal modernization, many GPS simulators on the market today are now obsolete. The GPSG-1000 supports civil and military avionics field and bench maintenance technicians, production test technicians, and system integrators with a modern simulator for L1, C/A code and L1C, L2C, L5 GPS modernization signals, as well as new Galileo E1, E5, E6 services. It can be configured with single channel, 6-channel, or 12-channel simulation. Typical tests include acquisition sensitivity, tracking sensitivity, time-to-first-fix for cold/warm/hot starts, time-to-second-fix, positional accuracy, RAIM failure tolerance, and subsystem stimulation for 3D flight execution.

Wichita, KS (800) 835-2352,
RS No. 252

Noise Source

Micronetics SMN7108 noise source is ideal for dithering for high speed A/D conversion for high dynamic range input signals. This small surface-mount noise source packs the power needed for dithering without external amplification. This noise source is extremely stable over temperature making it ideal for military SIGINT and ELINT DSP circuit cards.

Micronetics Inc. Noise and Test Division,
Hudson, NH (603) 883-2900,
RS No. 253

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