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Giga-tronics Inc.

Company Profile

Contact Information

Phone: (925) 328-4650
Fax: (925) 328-4700

Location

Giga-tronics Inc.
4650 Norris Canyon Road
San Ramon CA 94583
United States
Founded in 1980, Giga-tronics Incorporated, an ISO 9001 and AS 9100 certified company, headquartered in San Ramon, California, is a manufacturer RF and microwave signal generators, microwave power amplifiers, USB power sensors, microwave power meters and broadband switching matrices. R&D, production and test managers, scientists, engineers and technicians, around the world, use Giga-tronics test equipment to realize higher productivity and greater ease of use in many applications: ATE systems, radar, EW, aerospace & defense, communications and general microwave component test.

Products

2500B Series Microwave Signal Generator

March 26, 2013

SignalGenThe Giga-tronics 2500B design team optimized the design for no compromise between speed and signal purity. Six models are available covering 2.5 GHz, 8 GHz, 20 GHz, 26.5 GHz, 40 GHz and 50 GHz. The 50 GHz model is the flagship of the product line.

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ASCOR High Density Switch Solutions

March 26, 2013

GT-8300AThe GT-8300A chassis comes with a LAN and IEEE-488 interface with a built-in resource manager. It is available in either 3 U with four slots, or 6 U with eight slots. These are capable of supporting any of the Giga-tronics ASCOR line of 3000 Series switch modules.

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ASCOR RF & Microwave Switch Solutions

March 26, 2013

ASCOR_Product_CollageThe Giga-tronics ASCOR Series 8000, 8800 and 8900 have a flexible and versatile design making it an ideal platform for standard and tailored switching solutions and RF Interface Units (RFIUs). It is geared to control any of the various switch types and enable them to be mounted on the front or rear panel or host switching and signal conditioning components internally.

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Microwave Power Amplifier

March 26, 2013

MPAmpThe Giga-tronics microwave power amplifiers offer linear high-power amplification across multi-octave bandwidths. These instrumentation grade amplifiers offer low noise, high gain and outstanding gain flatness, for testing in wireless communications, defense EW and radar testing and general purpose microwave laboratory applications.

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Power Meters and Power Sensors

March 26, 2013

PowMetersandSensorsThe Giga-tronics 8650B series universal power meters have the extensive measurement capabilities and unique features required to test today’s sophisticated communications systems faster and more accurately. The 8650B can measure the CW power, peak power and average power of TDMA, GSM, and CDMA signals.

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USB Power Sensors

March 26, 2013

USBpowerSensorsThe Giga-tronics GT-8550B USB power sensors offer easy-to-use high-performance RF and microwave power measurement. High dynamic range and high accuracy make these sensors ideal for testing in wireless communication applications and Defense EW systems. The GT-8550B series feature no zero and no calibration and fast measurement speed.

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ASCOR RF/Microwave ATE Switching Solutions

January 17, 2011

ASCORThe Giga-tronics ASCOR Series 8000 and 8800 has a flexible and versatile design making it an ideal platform for standard and tailored switching solutions and RF Interface Units (RFIUs). It is geared to control any of the various switch types and enable them to be mounted on the front or rear panel or host switching and signal conditioning components internally.

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Giga-tronics Microwave Power Amplifier

January 17, 2011

GT10XXSeries_100The Giga-tronics GT-1000A series of microwave power amplifiers offer linear high power amplification across multi-octive bandwidths. The GT-1000A series deliver outstanding performance and exceptional value. These broadband power amplifiers provide excellent pulse performance and modulated signal fidelity for defense EW and radar testing.

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Giga-tronics Power Meter

January 17, 2011

8650B_Front_100The Giga-tronics 8650B series universal power meters have the extensive measurement capabilities and unique features required to test today’s sophisticated communications systems faster and more accurately.

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Giga-tronics USB Power Sensor

January 17, 2011

GT8550A_SeriesThe Giga-tronics GT-8550A USB Power Sensors offer easy-to-use high-performance RF and microwave power measurement. High dynamic range and high accuracy make these sensors ideal for testing in wireless communication applications, and Defense EW systems.

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Microwave Components and Assemblies

January 17, 2011

MicrowaveComponentsAssembliesGiga-tronics' core technologies in microwave signal generation and filtering have enabled them to design unique integrated electronic assemblies for leading aerospace and defense, test and measurement, and communications companies.

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News

Giga-tronics Announces the Sale of Its SCPM Product Line to Teradyne for Approximately $1,000,000

March 18, 2013

Giga-tronics Incorporated, a leading provider of test and measurement equipment, announced that it has entered into an Asset Purchase Agreement with Teradyne, Inc. ("Teradyne"), of North Reading, Massachusetts, pursuant to which it agreed to sell to Teradyne its product line known as SCPM for approximately $1,000,000. The closing of the sale is expected to occur on or about April 1, 2013.

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Giga-tronics announces Bentive as new sales rep for N. CA

April 25, 2012

Giga-tronics Inc. announced the appointment of Bentive LLC as new sale representatives for Northern California, to cover its growing business in RF and microwave test and measurement equipment. The products include the company’s high-performance microwave signal generators, broadband microwave power amplifiers, and extensive line of power meters and power sensors.

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Liberty Test Equipment features Giga-tronics products

February 03, 2012
Giga-tronics announced that Liberty Test Equipment featured a suite of Giga-tronics’ high-performance RF and microwave test and measurement equipment at the DesignCon conference in Santa Clara, Calif., on January 31 through February 1, 2012. Read More

Giga-tronics Strengthens Leadership in Switching Solutions

December 12, 2011
Giga-tronics announced that Robert Waldeck has joined Giga-tronics as Vice President of Business Development for Switching Solutions, effective December 1, 2011. Waldeck has held positions as a Sales Representative and in Sales Management in the T&M instrument industry during the past 15 years and, prior to that, worked in... Read More

Downloads

Application Guide - Switching Solutions for Multi-Channel BERT Testing

This Application note is intended to illustrate both the benefits and the design considerations involved in implementing such a switching strategy.

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Application Guide - Impact of Switching on ATE Measurements

This white paper lists some of the most important considerations when designing or implementing a ATE switching system.

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Application Guide - Improved Switching Architectures

The application note explains what is good and bad in switching architectures for ATE systems.

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Application Note - A Practical Guide to Microwave Switch Selection for ATE Systems

This application note provides a number of important selection criteria for Microwave relays with some suggestions in how to select one over another.

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Boosting RF Output Power

You need higher power to drive your device or antenna. should you choose the high power option to a microwave signal generator or opt for an external power amplifier instead? The trade-offs are not always obvious. This technical brief will guide you in your decision.

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Caution with Narrow Pulses

Many applications for microwave signal generators require narrow pulse modulation. Giga-tronics' microwave signal generators are designed with this in mind.

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Six Things about Giga-tronics Microwave Power Amplifiers

Within are six reasons demonstrate why the Giga-tronics Microwave Power Amplifiers are the best solutions for meeting your most demanding amplification needs.

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Microwave Power Amplifier Fundamentals

In this discussion the focus will be on solid state power amplifiers used at microwave frequencies, particularly in test and measuement applications.

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Test Instrumentation Short-form Catalog

Test Instrumentation Catalog solves demanding aerospaceand defense microwave test problems.

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Obsolete signal generators To Replace or Not to Replace? That is the Question

Repairing or replacing obsolete signal generators that are used in automated test systems for aerospace and defense is a significant challenge and headache for test engineers and their managers. These systems have a long lifespan, and must be supported for that duration, even when the original equipment in that system starts to fail and cannot be replaced with the original model. Users of these systems are faced with the dilemma to either repair or to replace these instruments.

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Frequency Switching Speed in Microwave Signal Generators

From calibrating Cellular receivers to agile Electronic Warfare transmitters, the ability to change from one frequency to another and settle within a specified amplitude and frequency is a key requirement for microwave signal generators. But what actually defines the frequency switching speed? What components in the block diagram contribute? What is the specification trade-off with respect to architecture and technology choices? To help answer all these questions, and hopefully generate a few more, let’s take our signal generator apart and see what contributes, and why.

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Introduction to Phase Noise in Signal Generators

Phase noise is the result of small random fluctuations or uncertainty in the phase of an electronic signal. We specify and measure phase noise because it is a fundamental limitation in the performance of systems, limiting dynamic range. This shows up in radar and communications as loss of sensitivity, in imaging as lack of definition and in digital systems as higher bit error rate. While this discussion will focus primarily on phase noise in the frequency domain, phase noise can also be quantified as jitter in the time domain.

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Phase Noise and its Changing Role in Radar Design and Test

In war, conflicts and other military to military skirmishes we need to detect high velocity vehicles such as supersonic jet fighters. This in the past has driven how we optimized the performance of Radars and Electronic Warfare systems and their associated test equipment. This changing requirement is observed more specifically in Doppler Radar Systems.

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Ten Things about Giga-tronics 2500B Microwave Signal Generators

The following ten reasons demonstrate why the Giga-tronics 2500B series Microwave Signal Generators are the best solution for meeting your most demanding analog signal generator needs.

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Comparing Spectral Purity in Microwave Signal Generators

This paper discusses the factors that make up spectral purity specifications to help you make more informed comparisons of microwave signal generator performance for test and measurement applications.

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