Drop-in Replacements

This drop-in replacement product family is designed for 50 V MRF150/151 and 28 V MRF141 type VDMOS general-purpose RF products. Demand for these products remains high while the number of suppliers has been reduced by recent industry consolidations. These products are ruggedized to enhance overall performance under harsh or severe RF load conditions in demanding applications in industrial, scientific and medical markets. These rugged features include: 75 percent more forward-biased safe operating area, higher breakdown voltage, improved leakage current stability and are avalanche rated.

Advanced Power Technology RF,
Montgomeryville, PA
(215) 631-9840,

Zero Bias Detector Diodes

The CMS-8250 series of plastic packaged, surface-mountable zero bias Schottky detector diodes is designed for high volume applications including low noise receivers, RFID, RF tags, wireless systems, radio and WLAN. These low cost devices are available as singles, series pairs, common cathode, unconnected pairs and bridge quad configurations in SOT-23, SOT-143 and SOT-323/363 package configurations. Other package styles and custom designs are available upon request.

Calmos Technology Inc.,
San Jose, CA
(408) 935-0909,

Multichannel RF Transceiver

The model CC1021 multichannel RF transceiver is a cost-optimized version of the CC1020 and operates in the 402 to 470 MHz and 804 to 940 MHz frequency ranges. It is designed for relaxed narrowband operations (50 kHz or wider channel spacing). This model builds on the company’s SmartRF® 02 0.35 mm CMOS technology and complies with EN 300 220 and FCC CFR Part 15. This single chip UHF transceiver has the flexibility offered by a software configurable radio architecture.

Chipcon AS,
Oslo, Norway
(+47) 22 95 85 44,

SPDT Switches

The model HMC349LP4C and model HMC349MS8G are single pole double throw (SPDT) MMIC switches that are well suited to a broad range of applications including base station infrastructure, MMDS, WLL, CATV/ broadband and test equipment. These models are SMT packaged SPDTs that operate from DC to 4 GHz requiring only a single positive control voltage and +5 VDC bias. Both of these GaAs MESFET MMICs feature 67 and 62 dB of isolation at 1 and 2 GHz, respectively, with a non-reflective topology. Size: 4 x 4 mm.

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

Field Effect Transistor

The model PTF080901 is a 90 W, internally matched GOLDMOS FET intended for EDGE and CDMA applications in the 860 to 960 MHz band. Full gold metallization ensures good device lifetime and reliability. Features include: broadband internal matching, typical EDGE performance, average output power is 45 W, gain is 18 dB and efficiency is 40 percent. This model is capable of handling 10:1 VSWR at 28 V and 90 W (CW) output power.

Infineon Technologies,
Morgan Hill, CA
(408) 776-0600,

Single Chip Tuner

The MicroTuner™ model MT2121 is a 1 GHz silicon tuner that enables cable set-top boxes and residential home gateways to support bandwidth-intensive video and home networking services. The MT2121 is optimized to receive and tune radio frequencies in the 50 MHz to 1 GHz range of the cable spectrum. It is ideally designed for video-on-demand, subscription video-on-demand, HDTV programming, as well as in-home media distribution. Size: 8 x 8 mm 56-lead MicroLead Frame™ package. Price: $5.50 (10,000).

Microtune Inc.,
Plano, TX
(972) 673-1600,

Radio Transceiver

The model BiM2 is a half duplex radio transceiver module that utilizes surface acoustic wave technology. The BiM2 module is a SAW-controlled 10 mW FM transmitter plus front-end SAW filter and full screening for EMC. BiM2’s transmit section comprises a SAW stabilized and FM modulated 433.92 MHz (European license-exempt frequency) oscillator feeding a 10 mW power amplifier stage. Size: 23 x 33 mm.

Radiometrix Ltd.,
Hertfordshire, England
+44 20 8428 1220,

Front End Receiver

The model RF2890 is a high performance dual-band cellular/GPS LNA/mixer for CDMA and JCDMA applications. The RF2890 meets demands for small package size and increased functionality, allowing handset engineers to efficiently achieve design goals and accelerate time-to-market. The RF2890 includes a three-gain stage LNA (17.5 dB gain control) with an integrated single gain state high IIP3 mixer (8.5 dBm). An integrated optional LO prescaler allows flexible VCO selection. The device also includes a TX LO buffer amplifier. Size: 4 ¥ 4 mm QFN package with full ESD protection on all pins. Price: $2.45 (10,000).

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

Low Loss SPDT Switch

The model MASWSS0115 is a lead-free low loss SPDT GaAS switch that provides low loss switching for the transmit/receive function in 802.11b WLAN applications and for low power general-purpose RF applications in a small SOT-363 package. This model may be used for other low and medium power switching applications from DC to 3 GHz. Price: < $0.18 each (50,000).

M/A-COM Inc.,
Lowell, MA
(978) 442-5000,


High Frequency Cable

This Mini-Flex 105 is a stable, high frequency, cost-effective cable for applications requiring flexibility and where higher losses can be tolerated. An overlapping helical inner shield provides 90 dB of shielding and low loss. The cable supports the full range of direct solder 085 connectors in addition to SMAs to 26 GHz, 2.9 mm to 40 GHz and 2.4 mm to 50 GHz.

Florida RF Labs,
Stuart, FL
(772) 286-9300,

Multi-modulus Divider IC

The model UXC40C is a multi-modulus divider IC intended for applications including 10 and 40 Gb/s telecom circuit test; point-to-point and point-to-multipoint digital radios; electronic warfare, avionics and satellite communications. The UXC40C operates at up to 40 GHz and is based on silicon germanium process technology and provides simultaneous divide-by-2, divide-by-4 and divide-by-8 outputs. This model boasts DC coupling on all inputs and outputs via CML logic levels and operates off of a single –3.3 V power supply. Size: 1 x 1 mm.

Centellax Inc.,
Santa Rosa, CA
(866) 522-6888,

Transient Switch

The model SWN-1140-3DR-STD with options 218, B08 and B01-12V is a 2 to 18 GHz low video transient SP3T switch with VSWR of 2:1, 60 dB isolation, 3.5 dB insertion loss, switching speed of 20 ns rise/fall time and 70 ns on/off delay, RF power of +20 dBm and TTL control logic (0) ON.

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

1.28 to 1.4 GHz Limiter

The UZ-10 limiter has been developed primarily for ground and marine radars. This limiter offers a frequency range of 1.28 to 1.4 GHz, exhibits a maximum insertion loss of 0.6 dB and a minimum VSWR (in/out) of 1.5. The limiter’s average power is 60 W, while its peak power is 600 W. Other key specifications include a flat leakage of 20 mW, a pulse width of 100 ms and a 10 percent duty cycle.

Elsys Electronic Systems,
Poltava, Ukraine
+38 0532 50 13 72,

Diode Detector

The model DZR185AA is a miniature size detector, 1.06", including input SMA male and output SMA female connectors. It has a flat frequency response of ±0.5 dB maximum and low VSWR of 1.25 maximum over the entire frequency band of 10 MHz to 18.5 GHz. Applications include lab testing, power monitoring and leveling circuits.

Herotek Inc.,
San Jose, CA
(408) 941-8399,

Low Pass Filter

This thick film drop-in low pass filter is planar, surface-mountable and completely integral. This filter is compact and designed to be used as a drop-in component by RF/microwave design engineers. The passband is 1200 MHz ± 250 MHz. Rejection at 2.5 GHz is –25 dB minimum and is maintained to 4.6 GHz. VSWR is 1.1 over a 20 percent bandwidth. Insertion loss is 0.5 dB over the entire passband. Size: 0.550" ¥ 0.440" ¥ 0.025".

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

Bandpass Filter

The model 5KCB20-310/U180 is a low cost bandpass filter that can be manufactured at high volumes with good repeatable performance. Specifications include amplitude matching in pairs within 0.25 dB over 225 to 400 MHz. Center frequency is 310 MHz with a 1 dB bandwidth of 180 MHz minimum. Insertion loss is 1 dB maximum at f0 and passband return loss is 18 dB minimum. Rejection is 20 dB minimum from DC to 190 MHz and 750 to 1500 MHz. Size: 1.0" x 0.5" x 0.3".

K&L Microwave Inc.,
Salisbury, MD
(410) 749-2424,

Switch Filter Bank

The model 2SFB-2016/2436-MP is a two-channel high isolation switch filter bank. This unit features 80 dB stop bands on both channels. Insertion loss is specified as 6.5 dB across the passbands with 2.0 as a standard VSWR. The switch filter bank utilizes a +5 V power supply with < 50 mA current draw. The control and voltage lines contain control line filters to reduce coupling. The switching speed is specified as 100 ns maximum. The mechanical housing includes RF pins for surface mounting and has been designed with a 0.3 maximum height to fit most low profile cards.

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

Low Pass Filters

The VLF series of low pass filters utilize a 7-section low pass filter design. This series pro-

vides good passband matching (typical VSWR is 1.2), an ultra-wide stopband and a sharp transition band. Built with solid stainless steel unibody construction and coated with a durable gold finish, these units feature SMA type connectors, can handle high power (up to 7 W at input) and are temperature stable from –55° to 100°C. These low cost filters are ideal for eliminating the harmonics produced by transmitters, amplifiers and nonlinear passives. Price: $19.95 each (1–9).

Brooklyn, NY
(718) 934-4500,

Surface-mount Low Pass Filters

These surface-mount low pass filter products include low pass filters, bias tees and DC

blocks. The low pass filters offer good time-domain performance with the convenience of automated assembly and reduced size offered by surface mount. The filters produce good eye diagrams and good frequency domain performance and are well suited for both communications systems, and test and measurement applications. Price: $149.

Picosecond Pulse Labs Inc.,
Boulder, CO
(303) 209-8100,

High Speed Prescaler

The model PS4-10F is a high speed, prescaler frequency divider. This model is optimized for 4 to 10 GHz and features a high input sensitivity of –10 dBm at 10 GHz at 25°C. Maximum RF input power is +15 dBm. Size: 1" x 1" x 0.50".

Planar Monolithics Industries Inc.,
Frederick, MD
(301) 631-1579,

Flange Mount Drop-in Isolator

This K-series of flange mount drop-in isolators features up to 30 percent bandwidth in the 4 to 18 GHz range. This series is ideal for military and space applications and features a steel housing that is gold plated for better RF performance. This temperature stable device has a typical loss of < 0.4 dB and return loss and isolation of > 20 dB in sizes of 0.375" x 0.620" x 0.18" and 0.350" x 0.475" x 0.18".

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

Fixed Attenuator Pads

These fixed attenuator pads feature an innovative GroundWrap design that eliminates the need for separate ground bonding. This ground is wrapped around on the four corners of the chip so additional ground bonding ribbon is not required. The chips may be attached using conductive epoxy or solder preform. Gold contacts on the input and output pads make final assembly, using standard bonding equipment. Performance characteristics of these attenuator chips include power handling of 2 W CW, good stability over temperature (TCR < 100 ppm), and flat response from DC to 40 GHz. Size: 0.030" x 0.030" x 0.010". Delivery: available from stock in values from 1 to 30 dB.

Micrometrics Inc.,
Londonderry, NH
(603) 641-3800,

Drop-in Coupler and Hybrid Family

This RMCL series of low package volume, formable, drop-in hybrids and directional couplers includes units that operate at narrow and broad-

band widths between 50 MHz to 8 GHz and offer incremental coupling values from 3 through 52 dB. Electrical performance offers typical insertion loss of 0.3 dB, directivity of 20 dB minimum, coupling variation of ±1 dB and VSWR of 1.2 maximum. Power handling of up to 500 W CW is available.

Response Microwave Inc.,
Framingham, MA
(978) 456-9187,

7-16 Male to N Female Adapters

This series of advanced 7-16 male to N female adapters features good RF performance for a number of applications. Engineered to provide high reliability, durable service, part number 194400 is made of silver-plated brass. Operation is in the DC to 8 GHz bandwidth with third-order intermodulation at –165 dBc and VSWR better than 1.02 at DC to 2 GHz. This series is ideally suited for RF laboratory testing solutions, production applications and for field use. Price: $22.70.

Spinner North America,
Norcross, GA
(770) 263-6326,


MMIC Power Amplifier

The model 20MPA0289 is a gallium arsenide (GaAs) monolithic microwave integrated circuit (MMIC) four-stage power amplifier that functions as a good saturated output stage. Using 0.15 micron gate length GaAs pseudomorphic high electron mobility transistor (pHEMT) device model technology, this amplifier covers the 17 to 26 GHz frequency range and has +24 dBm saturated output power and 20 dB small signal gain.

Mimix Broadband Inc.,
Houston, TX (281)

Low Noise Amplifier

The model PE2-20-0R518-7R0-18-15-SFF is a low noise amplifier that operates from 0.5 to 18 GHz. Typical specifications include a gain of 20 dB with a gain flatness of ±1.5 dB and noise figure of 7 dB, an output 1 dB compression of 18 dBm, while the VSWR input and output is 2.3 and the DC current draw is 250 at +15 VDC.

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


The model P34-1 is a low noise mixer-preamplifier that covers a 26 GHz bandwidth in Ka-band. The LO + RF bandwidths are 2 GHz wide in WR-28. The IF band is 10 to 500 MHz. LO power input is +10 dBm. RF-to-IF gain is 25 dB typical and the DSB noise figure is 2.5 dB typical and 3 dB maximum. Bias is 25 mA at +15 V.

Spacek Labs,
Santa Barbara, CA
(805) 564-4404,

Linear 2 W Amplifier

The model SM1925-33 is an amplifier that is designed to meet the needs of low cost service providers working in the PCS, IMT2000, UMTS, ISM and WCS markets. This new generation design supplies a minimum P1dB of 2 W and covers 1900 to 2500 MHz. Linear gain is 34 dB with a ±0.4 dB flatness across the band, and VSWR in/out of 1.5. The unit consumes approximately 1.3 A of quiescent current and has internal voltage regulation which allows for operation between +8 to +12 V. Size: 4.7" x 2.0" x 0.54".

Stealth Microwave Inc.,
Trenton, NJ
(888) 772-7791,

Transimpedance Amplifier

The model TGA4817 is a 10 Gb/s transimpedance amplifier. Its circuitry uses a proprietary design technique to simultaneously achieve good sensitivity and optical overload performance. The TGA4817 provides 6000 W of differential transimpedance and 9 GHz bandwidth at 230 mW power dissipation from a single +3.3 V supply. In its development stage the TGA4817 demonstrated better than –20 dBm sensitivity and an optical overload in excess of +2.5 dBm.

TriQuint Semiconductor Inc.,
Hillsboro, OR
(503) 615-9000,


Omni-directional Antenna

This 3 dBi omni-directional antenna can replace the standard rubber ducky or whip antenna on a wireless telephone terminal or data services. The PCD series allows the subscriber to place the antenna in a remote location for better signal strength. Electrically, this antenna has a power handling capability of 10 W. It is vertically polarized with an elevation pattern of 60 degrees and 360 degrees in azimuth. This easy to install antenna is available for the cellular 824 to 896 MHz (PCD800V), PCS 1850 to 1970 MHz (PCD1900V) and the spread spectrum 2.4 to 2.5 MHz (PCD2400V) frequencies.

Astron Wireless Technologies Inc.,
Sterling, VA
(703) 450-5517,


SMD Dual Oscillator

These two self-sufficient working oscillators are available in a single case that can be switched by a control signal. The hermetically sealed case optimally protects against interfering environmental influences such as humidity, airflow or electromagnetic/electric fields. This addition to the XO/VCXO family is a miniaturized SMD dual oscillator in the frequency range of 100 to 800 MHz with complementary LVPECL-output signal and a low phase noise characteristic.

FOQ Piezo Technik GmbH,
Bad Rappenau, Germany
+49 (0) 7264-9145-0,

Oven-controlled Crystal Oscillator

The model YH1391 is an oven-controlled crystal oscillator that is designed to provide good frequency stability under severe vibration. Available from 10 to 100 MHz, the YH1391 features low g-sensitivity of 5 x 10–10/g. In addition, the YH1391 offers ultra-low phase noise, with a floor of –170 dBc/Hz and fast warm-up stabilization.

Greenray Industries Inc.,
Mechanicsburg, PA
(717) 766-0223,

8 to 15 GHz Synthesizer

The model 1463 synthesizer is capable of synthesizing frequencies in the range of 8 to 15 GHz in steps of 125 kHz, and uses a dual loop synthesis method. Output power is in the range 20 dBm ±2 dB. Power consumption is < 12 W from 15 V. Frequency setting is a TTL 16 bit parallel data word on J2. Data output on J3 mirrors the input word and has a lock status bit asserted. Size: 5.9" x 3.54" x 2.95". Weight: < 3 lbs.

Micronetics Inc.,
Hudson, NH
(603) 883-2900,

Crystal Oscillator

The model 5100 is a digital indirectly compensated crystal oscillator (DICXO) that provides a pure, ultra-clean, crystal-controlled radio frequency signal for applications where elimination of jitter, microjumps, perturbations and frequency “pops” is critical in a non-ovenized crystal oscillator. It was specifically designed for applications such as airborne navigation and landing systems, global positioning systems, and applications that require an ultra-reliable, clean and stable RF signal. The DICXO features improved internal thermal coupling, which allows stabilities of ±1 ppm. Size: 1.25" x 1.026" x 0.50". Price: $150 (100). Delivery: stock to eight weeks.

MMD Components,
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
(949) 753-5888, www.mmdcomp.com.

Voltage-controlled Oscillator

The model V910ME01 is a voltage-controlled oscillator (VCO) that delivers 3930 to 4200 MHz within 1.5 to 11 VDC of control voltage and covers the 270 MHz bandwidth with an average tuning sensitivity of 45 MHz/V. Engineered primarily for the microwave radio market, this VCO realizes unmatched spectral purity of –111 dBc/Hz, typically, at 100 kHz from the carrier. With its 1.1 linearity over frequency, the V910ME01 strengthens microwave radio PLL and temperature while suppressing the second harmonic better than –14 dBc. Size: 0.50" x 0.50" x 0.13". Price: $11.95.

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


60 GHz Front End

This 60 GHz front end completely integrates passive and active components in one radio link. The front end is designed for high volume productions and operates as data link in the 60 GHz unlicensed band with a data rate of 100 Mbps over a distance of 1 km. The product family will be extended to 1000 Mbps. Size: 6" x 6".

Huber + Suhner AG,
Herisau, Switzerland
+41 (0)71 353 41 11,

Test Equipment

Handheld Spectrum Analyzer

The model MS2721A is a fully-functional handheld spectrum analyzer that is designed to conduct highly accurate field analysis on the new wave of wireless signals, including 802.11a, 3G and ultra-wideband, as well as many existing commercial and private networks. The MS2721A, which covers 100 kHz to 7.1 GHz, can make a number of measurements with a single button. These measurements include field strength, channel power, occupied bandwidth, adjacent channel power ratio, carrier to interference ratio and interference analysis. Size: 12" x 8" x 3". Weight: 6 lbs. Price: $15,750. Delivery: four to eight weeks.

Anritsu Co.,
Morgan Hill, CA
(408) 778-2000,