Digital Vector Signal Analysis

This combination of solutions tightly integrates the digital signal capture power of the company’s logic analyzers with its 89600 series vector signal analysis (VSA) software. The result is a powerful digital vector signal analysis measurement system that delivers precise, accurate modulation measurements on the digitized communication signals found in DSP-based radio transceivers. Digitized transmit and receive signals found on data buses between the baseband and RF blocks of digital radio applications can be analyzed in the time, frequency and modulation domains within a logic analyzer just as if they were in full analog form.

Agilent Technologies Netherlands B.V.,
Amstelveen, The Netherlands
+31 20 547 2000,

Bluetooth EDR Test Set

The MT8852B Bluetooth test set is designed for high speed testing of Bluetooth Enhanced Data Rate (EDR) products. It performs the new radio layer measurements defined in the Bluetooth Revision 2.0 EDR standard, along with the basic rate measurements, from a single “RUN” button key-press. To ensure reliable connections with other Bluetooth products, the MT8852B performs transmitter error vector magnitude and receiver sensitivity tests at the higher data rates. The test set also offers a typical test time of less than 10 seconds for new EDR products, meeting the demands of high volume manufacturing lines. Price: $24,000.

Anritsu Co.,
Richardson, TX (972) 644-1777,

Surface-mount Noise Source

The model NW2G-B-SM is a surface-mount packaged noise source ideal for surface-mount PCB applications. Offering broadband frequency coverage from 200 kHz to 2 GHz, the NW2G-B-SM features at least 31 dB ENR with flatness of ±1.5 dB or better. All bias circuitry is included so standard operation is from +15 VDC with a 10 mA maximum current draw. Applications include built-in test equipment, dithering for increased dynamic range of A/D converters, jamming and as an economical source for broadband power.

NoiseWave Corp.,
East Hanover, NJ (973) 386-1119,
RS No. 221

Broadband Amplifiers

The model 15S5G7 (15 W) and model 30S5G7 (30 W) amplifiers operate in the 5 to 7 GHz frequency range. These broadband amplifiers are well suited for testing WiMAX components because of the amplified signal the models produce is virtually indistinguishable from the signal generator’s output. Since the linearity of the amplifier signal is as strong as the signal generator there is no interference with adjacent channels. In addition, the units’ high peak-to-peak power ratio means the amplifiers deliver more useable power.

AR Worldwide RF/Microwave Instrumentation,
Souderton, PA (215) 723-8181,

RF Vector Signal Generator

The model 2910 RF vector signal generator offers capabilities and ranges that make it ideal for production testing of today’s mobile handsets as well as for applications such as communications research, the testing of mobile communications infrastructure, RFICs and wireless connectivity devices. This model is designed to execute key tasks such as frequency tuning, amplitude switching and waveform changes that increase throughput and lower test costs. This generator’s continuous frequency range of 400 MHz to 2.5 GHz spans key mobile wireless bands. Digital waveforms are built-in for key handset testing in the major cellular formats. This system also supports various forms of analog modulation and noise tests.

Keithley Instruments Inc.,
Cleveland, OH (440) 248-0400,

Thermal Design Software

Version 3.0 of the FLO/PCB thermal design software, FLO/PCB for Allegro provides a link to Cadence® Allegro® PCB Editor software that allows designers to simply call up a menu item on the Cadence software and, with a few mouse clicks, generate a thermal model of their design. The FLO/PCB/Allegro interface transfers information about the PCB’s geometry and components needed to perform thermal analysis. This includes the number of metallic layers, the type of each layer such as signal or power or ground plane, the coverage of copper on the board, and the location and power dissipation of each component. The interface also allows the user to select the appropriate layer used to derive the physical extents of the package.

Flomerics Ltd.,
Hampton Court, UK +44 (0) 20 8487 3000,

Directional Coupler

These application specific directional couplers are designed for power sampling and VSWR monitoring in WiMAX applications. The couplers operate at 2.5 and 3.5 GHz and are available in coupling values of 10, 20 and 30 dB nominal. Electrical performance offers typical insertion loss of 0.5 dB, isolation of 18 dB minimum, VSWR of 1.25 typical and directivity of 15 dB maximum. Forward power handling is 50 W CW. Size: 1.38" × 0.95" × 0.59", plus connectors.

Response Microwave Inc.,
Framingham, MA (978) 456-9184,

EDR with Loopback Test Mode

Bluetooth V2.0 + Enhanced Data Rate (EDR) options are available for the R&S CBT and R&S CBT32 RF testers. Fitted with the EDR option, the testers allow all measurements – with the exception of EDR C/I performance – to be performed without any external equipment or PCs. With regard to EDR receiver tests, the option supports the loopback test mode in accordance with the specification. The loopback test mode verifies the receiver sensitivity of an existing Bluetooth link under virtually realistic conditions. Like the basic versions, the R&S CBT and the R&S CBT32 with EDR option feature high measurement speed. Lab tasks can thus be handled more quickly, reducing test times and costs in production.

Rohde & Schwarz GmbH & Co. KG,
Munich, Germany +49 89 4129-13779,


PIN Diode Switch

The model MSN-2DT-05-IND with option 561R310H01 is an absorptive, SPDT PIN diode switch that operates from 50 to 500 MHz. This hermetically sealed switch offers a typical insertion loss of less than 1 dB, a typical isolation of 65 dB and a typical VSWR of 1.25. The switching speed is <200 ns while the peak RF input is +30 dBm. Input signals of +10 dBm will result in an output harmonic of –70 dBm maximum. The DC power supply is +5 VDC at 100 mA maximum. Size: 1" × 1" × 0.4".

American Microwave Corp.,
Frederick, MD (301) 662-4700,

PIN Diode Attenuator

The model A0P-69N-0AB is a 2 to 18 GHz PIN diode attenuator that is capable of a 105
dB dynamic range in monotonic 0.03 dB steps. Attenuation flatness is ±1 dB to ±8 percent of set value. VSWR is less than 2.2 and the insertion loss is 5 dB. The attenuator is digitally controlled via 12 bits of TTL compatible binary logic with a switching speed less than 350 ns. Size: 2" × 3" × 0.75".

G.T. Microwave Inc.,
Randolph, NJ (973) 361-5700,

Power Splitters/Dividers

The In-Line two-, three- and four-way power splitters/dividers are now available with SMA connectors. These Wilkinson style power dividers, Dx-64FF series, cover the frequency range from 800 to 2500 MHz to include the cellular, PCS and UMTS bands in a single unit. Each divider has been designed for low power applications where output isolation is preferable over lowest possible loss. The wide frequency range of this design allows use with multiband antennas and leaky cable systems.

Parsippany, NJ (973) 386-9696,

Surface-mount Chip Resistors

The Super RCX series of thick film wraparound surface-mount chip resistors offers twice the power handling in the same footprint for users who need more power, but do not want the higher cost of BeO Beryllia and AlN aluminum nitride. Super RCX resistors eliminate the need for redesign to accommodate higher power. The same resistor size and footprint is able to be maintained. Resistor sizes available include 0402, 0603, 0805, 1206 and 2512. Ohmic values of resistance range from 10 ohm to 1 megohm. Termination metals are PtAg platinum silver and platinum silver with a 62/36/2 solder coating.

International Manufacturing Services Inc.,
|Portsmouth, RI (401) 683-9700,

Eight-channel Switch Bank

The model 8IFA-1340/2440-SR is an eight-channel switch bank that covers the frequency range from 1340 to 2440 MHz. The bank utilizes MMIC switch technology for minimum size and maximum electrical performance. Supply voltage is specified as +5 V at 10 mA. Attenuation points are specified as 35 and 65 dB with a VSWR of 2.0 standard. The unit features a 4.8 × 3.3 × 0.50 package with SMA female connectors.

Lorch Microwave,
Salisbury, MD (410) 860-5100,

5 W Coaxial Attenuators

These 5 W, type N and SMA male-to-female coaxial attenuators are ideally suited for demanding power applications that operate from DC to 6 GHz. Standard attenuation values of 3, 6, 10, 20 and 30 dB are available from stock. These attenuators feature good accuracy of 0.3 dB and low VSWR of 1.15 while handling 5 W of continuous power at 500 W peak. Delivery: available from stock.

MECA Electronics,
Denville, NJ (973) 625-0661,

Power Dividers/Combiners

These high performance power dividers/combiners are primarily used to distribute or combine RF power from signal sources. Components like the eight-way model shown operate in a frequency range from 3 kHz to 26.5 GHz and offer high isolation, low insertion loss, as well as standard SMA or N connectors. Many items are in stock and available for immediate delivery.

Microwave Communications
Laboratories Inc.,
Saint Petersburg, FL (727) 344-6254,

Digital Phase Invariant Attenuator

The model DPAT-135145-32-08-0.125 is a digital phase invariant attenuator that covers the frequency range from 13.5 to 14.5 GHz. As the attenuation is varied over its entire 32 dB range the phase shift remains within a maximum of 7°. The insertion loss is less than 2.5 dB and attenuation is performed in steps of 0.125 dB. The attenuator is controlled by an 8-bit digital word with an accuracy of 1 dB. Options available include attenuation ranges to 60 dB and other frequency bands.

Hauppauge, NY (631) 436-7400,

Band Reject Filter

The model 5MBR17R1G-40DB-CD-SFF is a band reject filter that offers a low passband insertion loss of 1 dB maximum from 2 to 16.7 GHz while providing over 40 dBc of band rejection at 17.1 GHz. This filter is used mainly to reject unwanted frequencies that are close to the desired passband and when a low pass filter is not steep enough. The filter is temperature stable and maintains all of the specifications over the –55° to +85°C temperature range. Many other frequency ranges and notch depths are available over the 500 MHz to 26.5 GHz range.

Planar Filter Co.,
Frederick, MD (301) 662-5019,

High Power 180° Hybrid

The model JTP-10-450/1 is a three-port, 180 degree hybrid released for the 10 to 100 MHz frequency range with input power handling of 50 W. Specifications include insertion loss of 0.6 dB, VSWR of 1.4, isolation of 20 dB and phase balance of 180 ±3 degrees. Size: 2.1" × 2.1" × 1". The unit is available with either SMA or type N connectors.

Pulsar Microwave Corp.,
Clifton, NJ (800) 752-2790,

High Power Narrowband Notch Filter

The model 5R7-1.775-20S11 is a narrowband notch filter with the notch center at 1775 MHz. The notch depth measures 60 dB with passbands from DC to 1757 MHz and 1793 to 5000 MHz. Insertion loss measures 1.5 dB in the passband, and passband VSWR is less than 1.5. This unit can withstand 15 W CW of power although other power levels are available.

Reactel Inc.,
Gaithersburg, MD (301) 519-3660,

Drop-in Isolator

The L-series of flange-mount drop-in isolators features up to 15 percent bandwidth in the 8 to 40 GHz frequency range. This series is ideal for military and space applications and is made of a steel housing that is gold plated for better RF performance. This temperature stable device offers a typical loss of <0.4 dB and VSWR and isolation >20 dB. Size: 0.25" × 0.50" × 0.18".

Renaissance Electronics Corp.,
Harvard, MA
(978) 772-7774,

Low Pass Coaxial Bandpass Filters

These sixteen bidirectional tubular bandpass filters operate in a frequency range from 2 to 18 GHz. The rugged designs provide low Tchebycheff ripple of 0.01 dB in passband and offer 55 dB rejection in the stopband. Standard connector interfaces are SMA and type N, but other connector series are available.

Filtronic Signal Solutions Inc.,
Hudson, NH
(603) 459-1600,


High Power Amplifier

The model SSPA 2.2-2.3-20-ODU is a high power amplifier that is employed in an outdoor unit configuration and is mounted on an antenna hub. This specialty power amplifier is employed as a satellite ground station uplink transmit amplifier for the TDRSS family of spacecraft. This amplifier consists of an AC/DC converter, multiple amplifier assemblies, output filtering and an environmentally sealed housing including lighting protection. This module operates from 2.2 to 2.3 GHz and delivers a minimum of 20 W of RF power to the antenna. Size: 9.09" × 11.80" × 3.03".

Aethercomm Inc.,
San Marcos, CA (760) 598-4340,

2 to 18 GHz Switched Bypass Amplifier

The model AML218PS3601 is a 2 to 18 GHz switched bypass amplifier with a high gain state of 36 dB and a low gain state of 0 dB. Flatness over frequency, in either mode, is +1.5 dB. Noise figure in the high gain state is 8 dB with a P1dB output power of +22 dBm. Input and output VSWR is 2.0. Gain state selection is by TTL compatible interface. Model AML218PS3601 is part of a series that offers several gain and switch configurations. DC operating voltage is 11 to 18 VDC at 850 mA. Size: 1.7" × 1.4".

AML Communications Inc.,
Camarillo, CA (805) 388-1345,

High Power Amplifier

The model 50AMP8.5G9.5-40-37 is a high power amplifier that operates in the frequency range from 8.5 to 9.5 GHz and is ideal for wireless, defense and satellite communications. The output power at 1 dB compression is at least 37 dBm and gain is 40 dB. Noise figure is 7 dB, input voltage is +12 V and current draw is less than 3.5A. The unit is supplied with TTL control, which turns current off to the unit. Additionally, the unit is equipped with an integral isolator at the output. Size: 3" × 5" × 1".

Amplical Corp.,
Verona, NJ (201) 919-2088,

Low Noise Amplifiers

The model HMC376LP3E and the model HMC382LP3E are GaAs PHEMT MMIC low noise amplifiers (LNA) that operate from 700 to 1000 MHz and 1700 to 2200 MHz, respectively. These LNAs require little or no external matching, and are footprint/pinout compatible such that a single PC board design can be used to implement either part number. With noise figures as low as 0.6 dB, and up to +36 dBm of output IP3, the HMC376LP3E and the HMC382LP3E MMIC LNAs are ideal for front-end receivers, and repeaters in GSM/GPRS, CDMA, WCDMA and TD-SCDMA applications.

Hittite Microwave Corp.,
Chelmsford, MA (978) 250-3343,

Low Noise Amplifiers

Models XL1003, XL1004 and XL1005 are gallium arsenide (GaAs) monolithic microwave integrated circuit (MMIC) low noise amplifiers (LNA). Using 0.15 micron gate length GaAs pseudomorphic high electron mobility transistor (PHEMT) device model technology, the devices operate in a frequency band from 5 to 45 GHz and offer low noise performance achieving 1.7 dB. These LNAs are well suited for millimeter-wave point-to-point radio, LMDS and SATCOM applications.

Mimix Broadband Inc.,
Houston, TX (281) 988-4600,

MMIC Amplifiers

This family of “Lee” MMIC amplifiers is highly reliable, extremely broadband and low in cost.
These amplifiers offer good electrical performance, with up to 17.3 dBm flat output power to 10 GHz. These five models are housed in a leadless 3×3 mm low profile (MCLP™) package with exposed metal bottom for good grounding and heat dissipation. This series offers high reliability and repeatability. These amplifiers are ideal for the cellular, PCS, communication receivers and transmitters as well as for satellite communication and military applications. Price: from $1.19 ea. (25).

Brooklyn, NY (718) 934-4500,


The model PM2-32-818-23-12-SFF amplifier offers 32 dB typical gain from 8 to 18 GHz. The gain flatness is better than ±2 dB, noise figure is <4 dB and the OP1dB is >23 dBm. This model offers in/out VSWR of 2.0 maximum and current of 800 mA at +12 VDC maximum. The amplifier is packaged in the standard PM2 housing with other housings available.

Planar Electronics Technology,
Frederick, MD (301) 662-5019,

Ultra-linear RF Amplifier

The model SM4450-43L is a 20 W GaAs FET amplifier designed for various military and commercial applications demanding high performance. The unit operates from 4.4 to 5 GHz with a P1dB of +43 dBm and OIP3 of +62 dBm. Small-signal gain is 55 dB with a flatness of ±0.5 dB across the band. Standard features include a single +12 VDC supply, thermal protection with auto reset and over/reverse voltage protection. Size: 7.5" × 3.97" × 0.79".

Stealth Microwave Inc.,
Trenton, NJ (609) 538-8586,

Variable Gain Amplifier

The model VG025 is a high dynamic range variable gain amplifier that is capable of achieving an analog attenuation range of up to 21 dB. The +21 dBm output compression point and +40 dBm output intercept point of the amplifier are maintained over the entire attenuation range while operating over the 50 to 2200 MHz range making it ideal for either IF or RF applications. This model is packaged in a 16-pin 4×4 QFN package that is lead-free/green/RoHS compliant.

WJ Communications Inc.,
San Jose, CA (408) 577-6200,


High Power Transistors

Models 1517-20M, 1517-110M and 1517-250M are high power transistors that target high L-band pulsed radar applications from 1480 to 1650 MHz with a pulsed output power of 20, 110 and 250 W, respectively. These transistors are designed to handle medium pulse widths of 200 ms with a duty cycle of 10 percent. The high performance, common base, class C, output stage, for example, offers 250 W of peak power, 40 percent collector efficiency and low droop, 0.5 dB or less across the 200 ms pulse width.

Advanced Power Technology,
Bend, OR (541) 382-8028,

Integrated Circuits

Handset Module Solution

The POLARIS 2™ TOTAL RADIO™ module solution is comprised of a cellular transceiver module and a cellular transmit module for handsets operating on the GSM/GPRS and GSM/GPRS/EDGE networks. The performance, size and cost advantages of this solution enable handset manufacturers to quickly and cost-effectively introduce smaller, more feature-rich handsets capable of delivering the advanced levels of functionality and services of today’s high data-rate networks. This new solution is a complete, two-placement radio consisting of transceiver and transmit modules designed to support up to four frequency bands while operating under the GSM, GPRS and EDGE air interface standards.

RF Micro Devices Inc.,
Greensboro, NC (336) 664-1233,

Single-chip RF Transceiver

The model SW3200 is a single-chip CMOS, multi-band WCDMA/EDGE (WEDGE) RF transceiver that supports downlink data rates up to 10.2 Mbps with high speed downlink packet access (HSDPA) category 9 operation. The SW3200, an RF transceiver in Sirific’s NEXUS™ III 3.5G product family, incorporates its low noise, wideband direct up-/down-conversion architectures and patented frequency synthesizer design. These advanced CMOS RFIC architectures, coupled with the application of digital CMOS design techniques, enable the SW3200 to achieve the highest levels of integration and WEDGE performance with a reduction in current consumption. The result is a low power, high performance CMOS WEDGE RF transceiver that features a low PCB component count.

Sirific Wireless Ltd.,
Richardson, TX (519) 747-2292,


High Frequency Circuit Material

The RO4350™ series high frequency circuit material is a glass-reinforced hydrocarbon/
ceramic thermoset laminate set designed for performance sensitive, high volume commercial applications. These laminates are designed to offer good high frequency performance and low cost circuit fabrication. The result is a low loss material, which can be fabricated using standard epoxy/glass (FR4) processes.

Rogers Corp.,
Rogers, CT (860) 779-5597,


Oven-controlled Crystal Oscillator

The 9633 accelerometer compensated OCXO is a high performance, ultra-miniature
ovenized crystal oscillator designed to provide a high stability output. The 9633 is designed specifically for military applications, including navigation, radar and secure communications, where low acceleration sensitivity capabilities are critical to realize low phase noise under vibration. The 9633 has demonstrated sensitivities of less than 2 × 10–11 per g (gamma) over a wide frequency range.

Symmetricom Inc.,
San Jose, CA (978) 927-8220,

Coaxial Resonator Voltage-controlled Oscillator

This coaxial resonator based voltage-controlled oscillator (VCO) series includes model CRO2590A (2480 to 2700 MHz) and model CRO2935A (2850 to 3020 MHz) in S-band whereas model CRO3335A (3210 to 3451 MHz) and model CRO3617A (3515 to 3720 MHz) in C-band are all designed to meet the high data rate applications of point-to-multipoint and terrestrial radios as carrier generators. The models offer phase noise performance of –108 dBc/Hz at 10 kHz away from the carrier. The wide band models offer good tuning linearity and harmonic suppression that make them an ideal choice for demanding applications. Size: 0.50" × 0.50" × 0.22". Price: $29.95 (5 pcs min). Delivery: stock to four weeks.

Z-Communications Inc.,
San Diego, CA (858) 621-2700,