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August 7, 2010
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2 to 6 GHz Limiter
The model ACLM-4805FM15 is a microwave limiter that combines high RF power handling ability of 10 W CW with a broad frequency range of 2 to 6 GHz and a compact surface-mount package. The ACLM-4805FM15 is designed to keep the RF input signals experienced by low noise amplifiers and front-end components of receivers to safe levels by attenuating signals above a specific threshold. While there are many limiters available in the marketplace, the ACLM-4805FM15 is highly unusual in its ability to handle such high power over a broad frequency range within the confines of a package with a very small footprint.
Advanced Control Components,
Eatontown, NJ
(732) 460-0212,
RS No. 216

Low Pass Filters
Crystek has introduced a new line of lowpass filters, the CLPFL Series. Encased in a rugged SMA housing, this filter line is designed for test equipment and general lab use. Five models, with frequency ranges from DC to 100 through 500 MHz, compose the CLPFL line. The Crystek CLPFL low pass filter line has excellent out-of-band rejection, and features 7th Order Butterworth Response and 50 ohm SMA connectors. All filters in the CLPFL family are rated at +36 dBm (4 W), with an operating temperature of -40° to 85°C and storage temperature of -55° to 100°C.
Crystek Corp.,
Fort Myers, FL
(239) 561-3311,
RS No. 217

High Power Diplexer
Model EWT-52-0069 is a high power diplexer capable of handling 100 W CW over the passbands 30 to 390 MHz and 410 to 500 MHz. This unit features 1.25 dB maximum insertion loss over both passbands and a minimum of 30 dB channel to channel isolation. Overall size is 3.0" × 3.5" × 0.81". Shown with TNC connectors. Other connector styles are available upon request.
EWT Inc.,
Salisbury, MD
(410) 749-3800,
RS No. 218

Single and Dual Junction Isolators
MECA Electronics introduced a new line of single and dual junction isolators enclosed in an IP67 housing and suitable for outdoor long- term use. The isolators are available in both cellular and PCS frequency bands. The dual junction models feature isolation performance of 45 dB with 50 W power handling capability when used with a properly sized external heat sink. Made in the USA with a 36-month warranty.
MECA Electronics,
Denville, NJ
(973) 625-0661,
RS No. 219

RF Step Attenuator
The model 743-60 step attenuator provides attenuation of 0 to 60 dB in 10 dB steps via a thumb-wheel and direct readout, and covers DC to 18 GHz. The model 743-60 is extremely precise, with attenuation deviation of ±1 dB or less from 0 to 40 dB, and no more than ± 1.5 dB to 60 dB of attenuation. Resetability is less than 0.05 dB, VSWR is less than 1.5:1 and temperature stability is 0.0001 dB/deg. C. The attenuator can handle RF input power of 2 W average and 200 W peak, and uses Type-N female connectors. The model 743-60 measures 1.43" × 1.75" × 0.5" and can be panel mounted with an optional kit available from Narda.
Hauppauge, NY
(631) 231-1700,
RS No. 221

Directional Coupler
Pulsar model CS20-53-436-13 is a new 20 dB coupler covering the frequency range of 1 to 40 GHz with 1.6 dB insertion loss. Directivity is greater than 10 dB and flatness is ±0.6 dB, 1 to 20 GHz and ±1.5 dB, 1 to 40 GHz. The VSWR is 1.80:1 maximum and the unit can handle 20 W into a 1.20:1 load. Connectors are 2.92 mm female.
Pulsar Microwave,
Clifton, NJ
(973) 779-6262,
RS No. 222

Series of Connectors
The new cost-effective MML Series connector solutions include plugs, receptacles, jacks, adapters, pigtails and cable assemblies. These connectors address the market demand for smaller miniaturized connectors for applications such as Wi-Fi access points, GPS and other mobile terminals. With an operating frequency range of DC to 6 GHz and a typical VSWR of 1.35, the series features two types of PCB receptacles and three corresponding types of space saving plugs with mated heights of 2.5, 2.0 and 1.5 mm. Also offered is a variety of MML Series cable assemblies with three RoHS compliant 50 ohm high-performance cables.
Radiall USA Inc.,
Chandler, AZ
(480) 682-9400,
RS No. 223

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,
RS No. 224

Four Tuning Bandpass Filter
The four tuning helical bandpass filter offers high attenuation, meets broadband needs with a bandwidth greater than 100 M, insertion loss is < 2.0 dB and group delay is < 20 to 40 ns. In particular the filters are suitable for this special project design, such as for digit-mixer RF/IF conversion, MDS, mine communication system, Project 25 wireless systems, the data radio of two-way radio, etc. The company can also install the four tuning bandpass filter into module filters and provide SMA, N and F connector for selection.
Temwell Corp.,
Taipei, Taiwan
RS No. 225


Broadband Power Amplifier
Aethercomm model number SSPA 0.5-2.5-50 is a high power, broadband, Gallium Nitride (GaN) RF amplifier that operates from 500 to 2500 MHz. This PA is ideal for broadband military platforms as well as commercial applications because it is robust and offers high power over a multi-octave bandwidth. This amplifier was designed for broadband jamming and communication systems platforms. It is packaged in a modular housing that is approximately 3.4" (width) by 6.4" (long) by 1.06" (height). This amplifier has a typical P3dB of 40 to 50 W at room temperature. Noise figure at room temperature is 10.0 dB typical.
Carlsbad, CA
(760) 208-6002,
RS No. 226

100 and 200 W Power Amplifiers
Models C090105-50 and C090105-53 are X-band high power rack mount amplifiers that operate over the 9 to 10.5 GHz bandwidth. The model C090105-50 amplifier delivers 100 W minimum of output power across the entire bandwidth with greater than 52 dB of small-signal gain. The model C090105-53 amplifier delivers 200 W minimum of output power across the entire bandwidth with greater than 52 dB of small-signal gain. These amplifiers can be factory tuned to provide 100 or 200 W for adjacent bands including 8.5 to 9.6 GHz and 10.7 to 11.7 GHz. Enclosure size: 19" wide × 24" depth × 8.75" panel height.
AML Communications Inc.,
Santa Clara, CA
(408) 727-6666,
RS No. 227

Hybrid Power Amplifier Modules
AR's new line of wideband, hybrid power amplifier modules (HPM) covers the 6 to 18 GHz frequency range, and are the result of combining microelectronic technology with the latest developments in thin film substrates. These hybrid modules require a single DC voltage source and are 50 ohm cascadable building blocks with output powers up to 37 dBm. AR has the in-house capabilities to create custom HPM design solutions with frequencies from DC to 40 GHz. Bring AR your requirements and they will work with you to create a solution.
AR RF/Microwave Instrumentation,
Souderton, PA
(215) 723-8181,
RS No. 228

Low Noise Amplifiers
CTT Inc. announced a new family of compact, low noise amplifiers (LNA) operating in the 1 to 18 GHz frequency range for a wide variety of RF and microwave applications. CTT's family of LNAs offers noise figures of less than 2.5 dB (typical) over an instantaneous bandwidth of more than four octaves (1 through 18 GHz). These compact LNAs will find use in a wide range of applications including radar imaging, spread-spectrum, and a myriad of ultra-wide bandwidth applications including the related instrumentation for each. CTT's AMX family of LNAs is based on GaAs PHEMT technology with input and output impedance matching. The compact LNAs are available as a drop-in package or with SMA connectors.
CTT Inc.,
Sunnyvale, CA
(408) 541-0596,
RS No. 229

Amplifier Systems User Interface
The Ethernet option builds on the strong features of the LCD Controller and allows the end user to control the amplifier over a LAN using any common Web browser. This function is especially useful when connecting to several amplifiers because each amplifier can be individually addressed. The Ethernet connectors can be placed in the front or rear panel according to your design requirements.
Empower RF Systems Inc.,
Inglewood, CA
(310) 412-8100,
RS No. 230

Double-balanced Mixer Pre-amplifier
MITEQ's new X-band double-balanced mixer with integral IF amplifier for radar, communications, and related test systems applications provides 25 dB conversion gain for low level, 20 to 40 MHz and IF signals. Model DA0812/3010 mixer with pre-amplifier covers from 8 to 12 GHz and provides a noise figure of 9.5 dB with conversion gain to a RF output level of 9 dBm at P1dB. This model meets rugged environmental MIL specs, operates over a -54° to +85°C temperature range, and is ideal for rugged military systems applications.
Hauppauge, NY
(631) 436-7400,
RS No. 231

Variable Gain Amplifiers
RFMD announced a new family of high linearity, 6-bit digitally controlled variable gain amplifiers (DVGA). The innovative RFDA family of DVGAs expands RFMD's portfolio of infrastructure grade components that target the cellular base station, point-to-point and CATV end markets. RFMD's RFDA DVGA product family leverages RFMD's industry leadership in laminate multi-chip modules (MCM) to integrate high linearity amplifiers from multiple technologies with a digital step attenuator (DSA) and an optional serial to parallel converter. RFMD's DVGA products deliver multi-function features and performance while requiring few external components. As a result, designers of infrastructure transceivers can design radios with smaller size, higher assembly yields and lower cost. The RFDA product family offers a selection of components with gain up to 38 dB, OIP3 up to 43 dBm and a maximum operating frequency up to 4 GHz.
Greensboro, NC
(336) 664-1233,
RS No. 232


Omni-directional Antenna
The EM-6857 ultra-wideband, omni-directional, passive antenna performs over a frequency range from 20 MHz to 40 GHz and is the ideal antenna for TSCM and many SIGINT applications. The light 2.5 pound, 4 ½ inch diameter, 17 ½ inch long antenna reduces the number of antennas required to cover the spectrum and eliminates the need for batteries that a broadband active antenna would require. It is perfect for applications demanding rugged design and where size, weight and system configuration complexity must be kept to a minimum. The exceptionally broad and consistent frequency response with nominal gains above 0 dBi from 200 MHz to 40 GHz is the result of the continuing development of Electro-Metrics' proprietary technology.
Johnstown, NY
(518) 762-2600,
RS No. 245


PIN Diodes
Skyworks Solutions Inc. has introduced new PIN diodes in an industry standard 0402 packaging technology for handset, WLAN, CATV, SATCOM, land mobile radios, infrastructure, T/R and switching applications. These new PIN diodes provide designers with a small form factor, low-profile and low inductance, all in a plastic surface-mount technology (SMT) package. Additional benefits include low capacitance, resistance and thermal impedance.
Skyworks Solutions Inc.,
Woburn, MA
(781) 376-3000,
RS No. 233

94 GHz ×12 Active Multiplier
Model A940-12XW-8 is a ×12 active frequency multiplier intended to extend a 10 dBm low frequency input signal at 7.833 GHz up to 94 GHz with a minimum output power of 4 dBm. While maintaining excellent rejection of unwanted harmonics, the A940-12XW-8 contains a series of amplifier and multiplier stages designed to achieve optimum power levels at all stages.
Spacek Labs Inc.,
Santa Barbara, CA
(805) 564-4404,
RS No. 234

High Linearity Converter
The ML483 is a high linearity converter combining a passive GaAs FET mixer with an integrated LO driver in an ultra small MSOP-8 package for wireless base stations and repeaters. The RFIC is able to operate across a 0.7 to 1.0 GHz frequency range to achieve +36 dBm input IP3 while drawing a very low 50 mA current from 0 dBm of LO drive level. The ML483 is footprint compatible with its high-band sister product, the ML485.
TriQuint Semiconductor,
Hillsboro, OR
(503) 615-9000,
RS No. 235

QFN Packages
Endwave Corp. has an advantage when housing its high-performance monolithic-microwave-integrated-circuit (MMIC) products in a surface-mount package. By re-engineering the widely accepted QFN, or Quad Flat No-leads surface-mount-technology (SMT) package, Endwave has more than doubled the usable frequency range of the housing, increasing its upper-frequency limit to 50 GHz and higher. A standard QFN package is a micro-lead-frame-type SMT housing designed to provide protection for MMICs and other semiconductors while also simplifying their attachment to printed-circuit boards (PCB).
Endwave Corp.,
San Jose, CA
(408) 522-3100,
RS No. 236


Voltage-controlled Oscillator
These new coaxial-based VCOs are available from 800 to 4000 MHz and there are plans to expand to 7000 MHz. This new line of CROs offers superior electrical performance such as stable output power and excellent phase noise over harsh operating temperatures (-40° to +85°C) of today's system demands. These CROs feature up to 10 percent bandwidths with moderate output levels up to +8 dBm.
MICA Microwave Inc.,
Manteca, CA
(209) 825-3977,
RS No. 237

PLL Synthesizer
Peregrine's PE33361 is a high performance integer-N PLL capable of frequency synthesis up to 3500 MHz. The device is designed for superior phase noise performance with a direct, serial and parallel programming option. The PE33361 features a 10/11 dual modulus prescaler, counters and a phase comparator. Counter values are programmable through either a serial or parallel interface and can also be directly hard wired. The PE33361 is available in a 48-lead QFN and is manufactured on Peregrine's UltraCMOS™ process, a patented variation of silicon-on-insulator (SOI) technology on a sapphire substrate, offering excellent RF performance.
Peregrine Semiconductor Corp.,
San Diego, CA
(858) 731-9400,
RS No. 238

Oven-controlled Crystal Oscillator
Valpey Fisher Corp. introduces the VFOV600, the newest addition to its OCXO product line. The VFOV600 utilizes AT-Cut crystal technology to provide excellent performance at prices below conventional oven oscillators. At 600 milliwatts the VFOV600 consumes significantly less power than most standard OCXOs. It is built in a space saving DIL 14 pin package and generates frequencies up to 100 MHz. The VFOV600 has stability performance of Stratum 3 or better and has a phase noise floor of -160 dBc/Hz.
Valpey Fisher Corp.,
Hopkinton, MA
(508) 435-6831,
RS No. 239

Fixed Frequency Synthesizer
The model SFS3900A-LF is an RoHS compliant fixed frequency synthesizer in S-band. The SFS3900A-LF is a single frequency synthesizer that operates at 3900 MHz. This synthesizer features a typical phase noise of -88 dBc/Hz at 10 kHz offset and typical sideband spurs of -65 dBc. The SFS3900A-LF is designed to deliver a typical output power of 3 dBm with a VCO voltage supply of 5 VDC while drawing 33 mA (typical) and a phase-locked loop voltage of 3 VDC while drawing 15 mA (typical) over the temperature range of -40° to 85°C. This fixed frequency synthesizer features typical 2nd harmonic suppression of -20 dBc and comes in Z-Comm's industry standard PLL-V12N package measuring 0.60" × 0.60" × 0.13".
Z-Communications Inc.,
San Diego, CA
(858) 621-2700,
RS No. 240


Dichroic Subreflector
Cobham Sensor Systems - Baltimore announces the latest in Cobham's composite offerings. The solid laminate constructed dichroic subreflector is made from low loss high performance composite material. The subreflector has a three-dimensional geometry and contains a Frequency Selective Surface (FSS) embedded for dual band application. The subreflector is used for ship-based applications.
Cobham Sensor Systems ñ Baltimore,
Baltimore, MD
(410) 542-1700,
RS No. 241

Test Equipment

RF Signal Generators
AnaPico offers a range of RF signal generators designed to match different customer requirements and to provide a lightweight, compact and low cost alternative to high end laboratory grade instruments. Featured in the new catalog are: the APSIN3000 and APSIN6000, which are true handheld, low noise, fast switching instruments; the APSIN 6010 (9 kHz to 6,100 MHz), the company's fastest-switching analog signal generator; the APGEN 3000 (9 kHz to 3,000 MHz), with 0.1 Hz frequency resolution, good signal quality and powerful trigger capabilities; and the APPH 6000, a fully automated phase noise test system to 6 GHz. The company's modules and customized solutions for OEMs are also outlined.
AnaPico Ltd.,
Zurich, Switzerland
+41 44 440 0051,
RS No. 242

HSPA Evolution Test Solution
Anritsu Co. introduces additional Release 8 HSPA Evolution software for its MD8480C Signaling Tester that builds on existing Dual Carrier downlink capability to create a more comprehensive Release 8 HSPA Evolution test solution. The new software includes features for testing Uplink Continuous Packet Connectivity (CPC), including Improved Layer 2 and Enhanced Cell FACH support, and provides developers of 3GPP protocol stacks, chipsets, and application software with an efficient test tool to verify performance, reduce cost of test, and improve time to market. The MD8480C Signaling Tester is a modular base station/network simulator with support for up to two RFs, four W-CDMA cells and two GERAN cells. The platform enables a full range of UE testing from physical layer to application and protocol testing, including tests requiring maximum downlink throughput of 42.2 MB/s or 2×2 MIMO.
Anritsu Co.,
Richardson, TX
(800) 267-4878,
RS No. 243

RF Peak Power Sensor
Boonton announced the extension of the fast 593xx peak power sensor family, the 59340. This RF peak power sensor is optimized for Boonton's high end peak power meter series 4500B and 4540. It provides dynamic input power ranges from -24 to +20 dBm in Peak mode and -34 to +20 dBm in CW mode. With frequencies of up to 40 GHz, its rise time of less than 10 ns and a bandwidth of up to 35 MHz, the new 59340 can even handle the most complex signal forms. Due to its high speed, the sensor is ideal for statistical measurements with high dynamic signal content.
Parsippany, NJ
(973) 386-9696,
RS No. 244

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