A Simple Approach to Signal Via Stubs for Coaxial PCB Connector Launches

When designing printed circuit boards launches for coaxial test connectors, there are a number of aspects to consider in order to get the clearest picture of the intended device under test. Learn a relatively simple approach to modeling back-drilled vias and a rough "rule of thumb" to modeling them without electrical modeling tools.

Build Applications Tailored for Remote Signal Monitoring with the Signal Hound BB60C

The Signal Hound BB60C operates and is powered by connecting to a host PC through a USB 3.0 cable. Remote spectrum analyzer and PC management tasks are accomplished over an Ethernet connection through the use of a low cost Intel vPro- enabled PC, such as the Intel NUC, model DC53427HYE, paired with each BB60C. Intel's vPro technology keeps the Ethernet port powered on, even when the Core i5 processor is turned off, so that it can always receive commands.

Overview of Microsemi's New Line of RF Monolithic Microwave Integrated Circuit Devices

In May 2014, Microsemi entered the RF monolithic microwave integrated circuit market space with a new line of MMICs spanning the DC to 38 GHz frequency range and including wideband amplifier, low noise amplifier and switch devices designed for a broad range of applications. This paper will cover the new line of Microsemi MMICs, including how the highly-differentiated MMIC product attributes lead to faster design cycle times and smaller overall solutions sizes in electronic warfare, signal intelligence, military communications and aerospace applications.

50S1G6AB Solid State Amplifier - 50 W CW, 1 to 6 GHz

Model 50S1G6AB is a solid-state; 50 W Class AB amplifier design that instantaneously covers 1 to 6 GHz in one unit. When used with a sweep generator, the 50S1G6AB will provide 50 watts typical of RF power in approximately half the size of a traditional Class A design at a more economical price.

Techniques for Precision Validation of Radar System Performance in the Field

This application note provides an overview of field testing radar systems and Line Replaceable Units (LRU) using high-performance FieldFox combination analyzers having multiple measurement modes including a peak power analyzer, vector network analyzer, spectrum analyzer and vector voltmeter. This application note will show several measurement examples of pulsed and secondary radar signals and also reviews the basics of monopulse radar.

Calculating a Calibration Factor

Technicians and engineers use calibration factors when making measurements; but where do these calibration factors really come from?

Thermal Measurement Methodology of RF Power Amplifiers

This paper offers an overview of Freescale's methodology for thermal measurement of high power RF power amplifiers (RFPAs), including the use of infrared microscopy to accurately determine die temperature at high frequency under RF test conditions, and thermocouple measurements to accurately determine case temperature. It also covers the use of maximum die temperature to calculate a reliable junction-to-case thermal resistance value. A wide range of Freescale's high power RFPAs are available from Richardson RFPD / Arrow RF & Power at www.richardsonrfpd.com.

Modern Architecture Advances Vector Network Analyzer Performance

Modern Vector Network Analyzer (VNA) architectures such as those based on Nonlinear Transmission Line (NLTL) samplers and distributed harmonic generators now offer a beneficial alternative to traditional sampling VNAs. They allow for a simplified architecture and also enable VNAs that are much more cost effective. It is shown that NLTL technology results in miniature VNA reflectometers that provide enhanced performance over broad frequency ranges, and reduced measurement complexity, providing VNA users a unique and compelling solution for their high-frequency measurement needs.

Cost-efficient and Extensible RF Spectrum Monitoring & Management

Learn how to leverage high-performance portable analyzers, open software, and PC Integration for field analysis and remote deployments.

New Mobile Device App by AR RF/Microwave

AR RF/Microwave's new mobile app is available as a free download from Apple iTunes and Google Play. This application is a quick and easy tool to access various content for AR‘s products. Home screen icons give you easy access to basic and full product descriptions, app notes, AR’s literature library, YouTube videos, contact information and social media icons. For more detail and to download the app, visit www.arww-rfmicro.com/html/ar-moblie-app.asp.