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The Book End

November 1, 1997
The Book End Microwave Engineering, Second Edition David M. Pozar John Wiley & Sons Inc. 716 pages; $101.95 Much has changed in microwave engineering since the first edition of this reference text was published. Microwave applications have changed with the increased emphasis on the commercial use of microwave technology....
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High Performance RF Jumper Cables

Copper-corrugated jumper cable assemblies that feature unique connectors, solid center conductor cables and soldered inner and outer conductors
November 1, 1997
High Performance RF Jumper Cables Today's mobile communications systems demand very low intermodulation (IM) characteristics due to the crowded frequency spectrum used by these services. As a result, components that have not traditionally been known as IM contributors have become IM sources to consider. RF cables and their associated...
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Fast and Accurate Spectrum Analysis to 40 GHz

The FSEK series microwave spectrum analyzers that comprise two models to perform precision measurements in the mm-wave range
November 1, 1997
Fast and Accurate Spectrum Analysis to 40 GHz Tektronix Inc. Beaverton, OR Many communications systems operate in the mm-wave range in today's market. Satellite equipment, video local multipoint distribution systems, and many military and avionics systems employ frequencies exceeding 26.5 GHz. Radar and line-of-sight communications links operate in the...
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Large-signal Modeling of MESFETs and HEMTs

The LASIMO software that facilitates the development of large-signal models is featured on this month's cover
November 1, 1997
Large-signal Modeling of MESFETs and HEMTs Optotek Ltd. Kanata, Ontario, Canada Accurate device models are essential for the efficient use of both linear and nonlinear simulation programs. Conventional procedures for extracting MESFET and high electron mobility transistor (HEMT) large-signal models are complex, time consuming and require the use of...
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Miniature Bias Filter Networks with High Isolation from RF to mm-waves

A family of bias filter networks designed to filter unwanted signals from bias and control lines from 10 MHz to 40 GHz
November 1, 1997
Miniature Bias Filter Networks with High Isolation from RF to mm-waves Dielectric Laboratories Inc. Cazenovia, NY Today's broadband active components and circuits are particularly susceptible to unwanted RF, microwave and mm-wave signals that appear on the bias, control and supply lines that are necessary for proper circuit operation. As...
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An RFIC Test Systems Contactor with a Long Lifetime and Reduced Parasitics

The YieldPro contactor that combines a long lifetime, a wiping action, respectable compliance range and small size for operation to 18 GHz
November 1, 1997
An RFIC Test Systems Contactor with a Long Lifetime and Reduced Parasitics Hewlett-Packard Co. (HP) Santa Rosa, CA Nestled within the heart of high speed RFIC and MMIC test systems is the contactor (or socket), a tiny component that has importance far greater than its size suggests. As the...
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Computer-aided Design of MMIC Variable Attenuators

The design, fabrication and testing of a 3 to 7 GHz, voltage-controlled MMIC attenuator
November 1, 1997
Computer-aided Design of MMIC Variable Attenuators Variable attenuators are used widely in telecommunications and electronic warfare applications to adjust the signal level or compensate for intrinsic gain variations in operating temperature. This article discusses the design, fabrication and testing of a 3 to 7 GHz, voltage-controlled MMIC attenuator and...
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Appendix A: The MMICAD Simulation file

November 1, 1997
Appendix A The MMICAD Simulation file !NONLINEAR MESFET MODEL !OPTOTEK LTD. ! files \mmicad\atten\p2vp47.s2p mescs 101 ! !set up the voltage control variable var vc1=20 ! ckt !*************************************************** !a user defined mesfet nonlinear model !as a function of gate bias !rdist=-.2 + .98vg-.103vgˆ2+.0041VGˆ3 !-6.5E-5VGˆ4 + 3.65E-7VGˆ5 !cdist = .615/(1...
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Beyond the 1GHz Barrier with Thick-Film Ceramic

Using a ceramic multichip module to achieve high frequency performance beyond what is capable in a printed circuit board
November 1, 1997
Beyond the 1 GHz Barrier with Thick-film Ceramic Daniel I. Amey and Samuel J. Horowitz DuPont Electronic Materials Research Triangle Park, NC Stephen Sekel Tektronix Inc. Beaverton, OR Jeff Powell and Brian Durwood Maxtek Components Corp. Beaverton, OR Design challenges change at frequencies beyond 1 GHz. Circuits begin to...
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Appendix A: A PCB vs. MCM-c Comparison Matrix

November 1, 1997
Appendix A: A PCB vs. MCM-c Comparison Matrix Problem Description PCB solution MCM-C solution Cost Final design must meet cost targets Reinforced BT epoxy or GETEK can meet high frequency performance requirements, but costs are higher than for conventional FR4 boards, heat sinks and special wire-bondable conductors add to...
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