Passive Components

2003 Connector, Cable and Cable Assembly Survey

This is the first survey of connectors, cables and cable assemblies sponsored by Microwave Journal. We hope to update it annually with increased industry participation.
On December 13, 2002, we sent a questionnaire to 75 companies that provide products and services in this field, with a response deadline of January 11th. We used e-mail rather than the USPS so that we would have feedback that all the questionnaires were received. On January 3, 2003,...
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Quick Mating N Connectors for RF Applications

In today's competitive environment designers and engineers are looking for any features that can give them the edge. When it comes to RF connectors, areas where that advantage can be gained are in the speed of installation, flexibility of connection and efficient utilization of space. The QuickLock family of...
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Precision Test Cable Assemblies to 40 GHz

The Accu-Test™ products are a family of precision cable assemblies that are designed for use in the DC to 40 GHz frequency range, intended to facilitate accurate measurements and exhibit low loss characteristics at a competitive price for precision test and measurement applications. The family is currently comprised of...
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MIM Technology for RF Connector Production

When developing and producing complex RF connector housings, costs can be high and the process complex due to the sheer number of required machined metal components and the diversity of the necessary assembly. However, these difficulties can be overcome by employing molded injected metal (MIM) technology for connector manufacturing....
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Developing Sophisticated Models for Capacitors, Inductors and Other Passive Components

It is useful to model the non-ideal characteristics of capacitors, inductors and other passive components by using multi-element "schematics," where each element represents some portion of the device's behavior. Traditional models for these devices suf...
Traditional capacitor and inductor models have consisted of two or three elements (capacitor examples are shown in Figure 1 ). The two-element models provide a simple way to define the device. From a circuit designer's viewpoint, the two-element models may suffice for applications where the component is being used...
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RF Coplanar Probe Basics

Explanation of the construction, characteristics and usage of coplanar waveguide probes
Coplanar waveguide probes, also referred to as coplanar probes, are the method of choice for launching RF signals on and off a wafer. This article explains their construction, RF characteristics and proper usage. Before the advent of coplanar probes, finding the RF behavior of a die on a wafer...
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A Modular Switch Filter Bank

A new modular switch filter bank is featured
For many years switch filter banks have been designed as custom RF assemblies with long lead-time, large NRE charges and extreme custom packaging and specifications. A new modular approach to switch filter bank design has been introduced that provides the design engineer with the opportunity to maintain a custom...
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A Low Noise Wideband Microwave Oscillator Using a Tunable Microstrip Combline Filter

In RF measurement equipment, microwave synthesized signal sources, broadband digital satellite receivers and many other applications, broadband and low phase noise oscillators are becoming more and more important. A wide tuning range and good phase noi...
Typical oscillator designs use a common-base or common-collector circuit for generating a negative resistance at one port, which is usually terminated with a parallel or series LC-resonant circuit. The main problems in this design are the bandwidth of the negative resistance, which cannot be easily extended over one frequency...
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