EM-based Componen and Circuit Design Software

This version 6.2 of LINMIC is a microwave/ RF IC design suite that has revised the active device modeling for ease of use and for parameter extraction including detailed control of model quality. Aside of lumped device modeling, now MESFETs/HEMTs/MOSFETs can also be modeled as geometric/distributed entities. These distributed transistor models can then also be used for harmonic balance simulation and, in addition to standard results like power levels and dynamic loadlines, the voltages and currents along the transistor fingers can be visualized. For the simulation of nonlinear circuits with complex input signals, envelope simulation has been added and many specific improvements and amendments suggested by users have been implemented. All GUIs have been revised for further improving the ease and convenience of use.

AC Microwave GmbH,
Aachen, Germany +49-241-8793022,

EM Test Generator

The model OCS500M/6 is an EM test generator for testing immunity to oscillatory transient waveforms, such as ringwave and damped oscillatory. The EM test OCS500M/6 is a compact solution that generates ringwave pulses up to 6 kV to also comply with the ANSI/IEEE C62.41 requirements. The two damped oscillatory waves, with 100 kHz and 1 MHz frequency, require test voltages up to 2.5 kV. The damped oscillatory waves not only comply with IEC 61000-4-12 requirements, but also correspond with the requirements to test protective relays and relay systems as per ANSI/IEEE C39.70. This generator offers the capability to perform magnetic tests as per IEC 61000-4-10, using a magnetic field coil. The generator includes a coupling/decoupling network for either single or three phase and is rated for currents of 16A or 32A per line. It is suitable for power mains and testing AC/DC supply lines and data/signal lines.

AR Worldwide,
Souderton, PA (215) 723-8181,

RF Combiner Module

The model 3060 RF combiner module is designed specifically for RF component and radio terminal system test. It is a high performance, four-port RF combiner that covers 300 MHz to 2.5 GHz in a compact single-slot module. The 3060 is designed for use in RF test systems in conjunction with the 3020 RF signal generator and the 3030 RF digitizer. Together these modules enable the development of compact, high performance, low cost modular RF test systems. The RF combiner eliminates the need for extraneous RF combiner and signal routing development in the test fixture, simplifying test system design. The 3060 provides a single, combined port (UUT port D) from any combination of 3020 RF output modules and 3030 RF digitizer modules connected to ports A, B and C. Price: $2500.

Aeroflex Inc.,
Plainview, NY (516) 694-6700,

Frequency Converter

The model FCN4760 is a frequency converter that can be used with the Spectrum Master™ MS2711D to conduct highly accurate interference analysis measurements on IEEE 802.11a networks. Covering 4.7 to 6.0 GHz, the MS2711D and FCN4760 combination is designed for field use by fixed wireless engineers to ensure the proper design, deployment and optimization of Wi-Fi networks. The FCN4760 frequency converter brings all the standard one-button measurement capabilities of the MS2711D to Wi-Fi5 applications. The MS2711D/FCN4760 delivers a measurement range of –40 to –100 dBm, giving the sensitivity needed for assessing potential interference issues during installation and troubleshooting of 802.11a access points. Price: $2550 (FCN4760); $6700 (MS2711D with option 6). Delivery: four to eight weeks.

Anritsu Co.,
Morgan Hill, CA (800) ANRITSU,

SOC Test Solution

This RF SOC test solution tests, in quad-site, all devices in a wireless radio for all wireless applications. The solution includes a RFIC IQ analog option, which provides the performance demanded by the high data rates of emerging wireless standards, including 3G and 4G. This configuration includes all the digital, analog and RF functionality required for quad-site testing of all devices in a wireless radio, from an LNA chip to highly integrated, zero-IF RF transceivers. The RFIC IQ analog option provides a relative amplitude accuracy of ±0.05 dB and a relative phase accuracy of ± 0.2°. Price: < $860,000.

Agilent Technologies Inc.,
Palo Alto, CA (877) 424-4536,

MMICAD Design Software Upgrade

This recent release is an upgrade to the MMICAD suite of CAE/CAT software used for design, test and modeling of RF, wireless and microwave circuits. The 3.1 upgrade adds a new integrated schematic entry capability to the MMICAD linear circuit simulator and introduces neural network models. To help reduce time-to-market, the MMICAD linear simulator has a dedicated built-in schematic entry capability. An elements tab listing loaded libraries has been introduced to help with the placement of schematic symbols. Element libraries can now be created and loaded by the user. Commonly used schematic commands are available on the newly added schematic toolbar.

Optotek Ltd.,
Ontario, Canada (613) 591-0336,

On-wafer Device Characterization Solution

This fully integrated on-wafer device characterization solution provides measurement ac-curacy and high performance for characterizing semiconductor devices to 110 GHz. This solution enables high precision measurements up to 110 GHz by combining the Agilent N5250A 110 GHz PNA series network analyzer with Cascade’s Summit series of analytical probe stations, probes, control software, positioners and calibration standards.

Cascade Microtech Inc.,
Beaverton, OR (503) 601-1000,

Isolator Assembly

The model YUL620-2 is a dual-channel ten junction isolator assembly that is designed to facilitate the IMD testing of communications equipment. The standard EIA rack mounted isolator unit (IU) operates over the 800 to 1300 MHz bandwidth and offers > 90 dB of reverse isolation with < 1.5 dB insertion loss in the forward direction with an integrated port for VSWR monitoring. The IU power rating is 100 W average/500 W peak into a 2:1 maximum output VSWR.

Channel Microwave Corp.,
Camarillo, CA (805) 482-7280,

Software Option

The release of the software option for the GPS7500 noise and interference generators delivers both forward, reverse and a unique forth/back frequency sweep over the entire 40 MHz output bandwidth at any of the L1 and optionally L2 or L5, GPS test frequencies. The software can provide swept frequency signals at any of the output power levels from –126.5 to +21 dBm of the GPS7500. The software allows designers to set specific CW sweep parameters such as output power, start frequency, stop frequency, sweep duration and sweep type. The GPS7500 noise and interference generators are equipped with one or optionally two independent arbitrary waveform generators capable of 40 MHz bandwidth for interference generation over the L1 and L2 or L5 bands. The instrument features an integrated PC that allows user-defined arbitrary interference and jamming waveforms.

Noise Com,
Parsippany, NJ (201) 261-8797,

GPS Receiver

The ptf 3201A GlobalTyme™ provides a solution for applications requiring a GPS receiver. From test and measurement to wireless communications and telecom, this model offers high reliability at a lower cost. The ptf 3201A uses at its heart a fourth-generation GPS clock combined with an 8-channel GPS receiver, control circuitry and a high quality ovenized oscillator all on a single board. The result is increased integrity and reliability. This models GPS clock outputs a 10 MHz reference signal and a 1 PPS signal with an over-determined solution synchronized to GPS or UTC time. The 10 MHz reference accommodates applications requiring sub-microsecond timing. Size: 1U ¥ 19" ¥ 12". Price: $2100.

Precise Time and Frequency Inc.,
Peabody, MA (978) 535-4848,

Frequency, Phase and Phase Noise Measurement System

This A7 frequency and phase comparator has been redesigned using new circuit technologies to achieve better resolution of frequency and phase differences between highly stable oscillators and frequency standards at lower noise levels. The A7-M (metrology) can resolve Df to 1¥10-15 in 100 second gate times. Phase noise can also be calculated up to 0.01 Hz from the carrier at low levels. The A7 combines the production-oriented capability of rapidly adjusting a source within a certain tolerance using the panel meter, along with metrology capability of a full time domain analysis of a source or passive component through data acquisition from the frequency center.

Devon, England, UK +44 (0) 1803 862062,

Software Options

These two software options complement both the signal analyzers of its FSQ series as well as the FSU and FSP spectrum analyzers, making the instruments especially suitable for use in development and production. The FS-K74 option adds high speed downlink packet access (HSDPA) to the analyzers’ WCDMA applications using high measurement speed. HSDPA signals are designed to increase the WCDMA data throughput in the future. The second option, FS-K76, can perform measurements according to the time division-synchronous code division multiple access (TD-SCDMA). Measurements of the peak code domain power and modulation accuracy can be performed in the same way as with WCDMA and cdma2000 signals.

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

Real-time Spectrum Analyzers

This RSA series of real-time spectrum analyzers addresses time varying and transient RF signals by triggering on events that swept spectrum and vector analyzers fail to see, seamlessly capturing and storing a record of signal activity and enabling in-depth analysis and troubleshooting with time correlated multi-domain visual displays. The analyzers provide a complete measurement package for engineers developing RF technologies, such as RFID and radar. Real-time spectrum analysis is the ability to trigger, capture and analyze time-varying RF signals. Price: $22,990. Delivery: six weeks from receipt of order.

Tektronix Inc.,
Beaverton, OR (800) 426-2200,

Test Probe

The model 44RF probe is ideal for testing ground and signal contacts on high frequency hybrid and integrated circuits. The probe’s return loss can be increased by the addition of internal loss. It is designed for use with standard manipulators and cables for fast accurate positioning of the probe tips. The model 44 probe is a low cost alternative probe that has been designed for those RF/microwave applications in the DC to 3 GHz frequency range. With more than 20 versions of the model available, the company offers either series resistive elements within the probe housing or parallel terminations. Typical element values available include 45, 50, 550 and 950 W. Delivery: four to six weeks.

The Micromanipulator Co.,
Carson City, NV (775) 882-2400,


SMA Attenuator

The model 351-013-XXX is a 2 W broadband fixed attenuator. This attenuator is ideal for signal leveling applications in the DC to 18 GHz frequency range. The model is available with attenuation values from 0 to 30 dB and has SMA male/female connectors. Attenuator kits that feature from 3 to 6 units with calibration data are also available.

BroadWave Technologies Inc.,
Franklin, IN (317) 346-6101,

Zero-bias Diode Detector

The model DZM020BB zero-bias Schottky diode detector is a power monitor for RF and wireless application. It has a BNC male input connector and a BNC female output. The detector has good flat frequency response of ±0.3 dB over 100 kHz to 2 GHz and matched input with good VSWR of 1.3. It is ideal for lab testing, power monitoring and circuit leveling. It is offered in either negative or positive output polarity.

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

Surface-mount Filters

This IB60 series of filters is built using microminiature packages, with the addition of gullwing pins and ground tabs for surface-mount applications. This initiative is to accommodate the increasing need for parts to be installed using surface-mount techniques. These parts are manufactured using solder with a minimum liquidous temperature of 221°C. The chip and wire, and ceramic product topologies are available in this configuration. These parts are suitable for use in rugged military environments including airborne, naval and ground-based applications.

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

Digital Bandpass Filter

This standard digitally controlled bandpass filter is available with 3 or 5 sections in the frequency range of 25 to 3000 MHz. The typical insertion loss at center frequency ranges from 0.7 to 1.0 dB and standard tuners have a 3 dB passband bandwidth of 5 percent. Digitally controlled bandreject filters are also available. Standard bandreject filters have 3 or 5 sections with a center frequency between 25 to 2200 MHz and a notch depth of 50 to 75 dB. The rejection bandwidth is typically 1 percent. All standard digitally controlled filters have a dial accuracy of better than 0.5 percent. The filter is controlled by sending commands as ASCII strings to the RS232 port. Additional features include: octave tuning, built-in backlash compensation, simple command structure and a GPIB interface.

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

Spiral Inductor Chip

This MMI 300 series of spiral inductor chips is a result of increased in-house metallization and masking capabilities. These spiral chips offer as many as 17.5 turns and inductance values reaching 100 nH. This series is a good alternative to staking coils. They are dimensionally uniform and each coil is a planar solid structure. The company’s unique photolithography and plating techniques have been perfected on quartz substrates to produce highly reliable and reproducible spiral inductors that are also extremely durable. The inductors are ideally suited for bias injection in oscillators, amplifiers and microwave switches or bias tees. Delivery: available from stock.

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

50 Ω Termination

The model ANNE-50X is a 50 W termination that offers wideband coverage of DC to 20 GHz. It features return loss of 40 dB typical up to 4 GHz and 30 dB typical 10 to 20 GHz. The ANNE-50 X has rugged construction and operates at –55° to 100°C. This model has applications in cellular communications, satellite communications, test set-ups and defense and radar.

Brooklyn, NY (718) 934-4500,

Broadband Digital Attenuator

The model DAT-23 is an 8 bit, 0.25 dB LSB, 0 to 64 digital attenuator. It covers the frequency range of 6 to 16 GHz with a maximum insertion loss of 6 dB and a maximum VSWR of 2:1. Control logic is TTL and switching time is 500 ns typical. Flatness is ±1.2 dB at 64 dB.

Pulsar Microwave Corp.,
Clifton, NJ (973) 779-6262,

Multi-port Switches

These multi-port switches are broadband, DC to 18 GHz and are available in a normally open configuration. These switches have break-before-make RF contacts that switch from a common input to any of three outputs. Multi-port switches are available in two sizes, six port and eight port. Both ports offer low insertion loss, minimal VSWR and high isolation. The switches are designed for high reliability and consistent performance. The switches have a 50 W impedance, SMA female connectors and solder terminals for a bias connection. They operate at 0° to +70°C and –40° to +85°C £ 30 percent humidity.

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

Surface-mount Directional Couplers

These surface-mount directional couplers simplify installation, while still providing the high directivity and low VSWR of standard couplers. These units are available in both octave or multi-octave bandwidths, over the frequency range of 500 to 3000 MHz. Coupling values of 10, 16 or 20 dB are standard. These couplers operate at –55° to +85°C and offer power capability of 50 W average, 3 kW peak.

RLC Electronics Inc.,
Mount Kisco, NY (914) 241-1334,

Coaxial Connector

This LC coaxial connector is for RG-218 coaxial cables and is suitable for replacement of the UG-154B/U. Additional strain relief has been added to maintain performance over time, as the equipment requiring these connectors cycles through repetitive motion, placing considerable strain on the cable braid and coupling nut. This 50 W connector is able to handle 5000 V RMS, operates to 1 GHz and comes with a solder on center contact. Standard plating is nickel on the connector body, with silver on the center contact, for part number 1801-04 mod1 NS.

San-tron Inc.,
Ipswich, MA (978) 356-1585,

SMA Connectors

This line of SMA connectors is suitable for industrial, commercial and telecom applications. These rugged connectors are available with both stainless steel and brass bodies. Configurations include PCB mount, 2-hole and 4-hole flange receptacles, as well as in-series adapters. Cable connectors are available for all popular flexible cables from RG-55 to RG-316 for crimp/solder attachment and for solder attachment to RG-402 and RG-405.

SV Microwave Inc.,
West Palm Beach, FL (561) 840-1800,

Chip Isolators

This range of SMD isolators is a series of microwave components for the digital personal mobile radio market. These RoHS compliant devices are designed to protect other microwave components from excessive signal reflection and cover the frequency range of 380 to 430 MHz. They are low cost, drop-in isolators, with typical isolation of 12 dB, a VSWR of 11 dB and insertion loss of 1 dB. The isolators are available in clockwise and counter-clockwise versions, with forward power input of 10 W and reverse power of 2 W. The isolators are operational from 40° to +85°C and are available in both 10 x 10 x 4 mm and 12 x 12 x 4 mm form factors, tape and reeled in quantities of 500.

Cedex, France +33 (0) 1 46 90 23 00,

23 GHz Diplexer

This low cost E-plane diplexer is an integration of two 8-cavity rectangular waveguide filters, a T-junction, an 8-section low pass filter and a 90° twist. This diplexer is suitable for radio links and exhibits good characteristics. A maximum insertion loss of 1.5 dB over 588 MHz of bandwidth is guaranteed between –30° and +80°C with an attenuation of 60 dB between the two bands spaced at 1008 MHz.

Teleinvest Industries Srl,
Persiceto, Italy (+39) 051-68121,

High Power Drop-in Isolator

This high power drop-in isolator is ideal for protecting high power solid-state S-band radar amplifiers. This unit provides under 0.2 dB loss at up to 2 kW pk/200 W average power. Typical performance over 2.7 to 2.9 GHz is 20 dB minimum isolation and 1.20 maximum VSWR. Other models are available for operating in similar 10 percent bandwidths in the 1.0 to 2.5 GHz IFF, radar and PCS bands. Size: 1-1/4" square x 3/4" thick.

UTE Microwave Inc.,
Asbury Park, NJ (732) 922-1009,


Power Amplifier Module

The RMPA1965 3 V is a power amplifier module for CDMA and CDMA2000-1X personal communications system applications. This two-stage amplifier, which operates in the 1850 to 1910 MHz frequency range, is an InGaP heterojunction bipolar transistor device and is internally matched to 50 W to minimize the use of external components. The unit features a single positive-supply operation and low power/shutdown modes, while affording good linearity and high power-added efficiency. The RMPA1965 meets all cdma2000-1XRTT performance requirements. This model boasts a 40 percent power-added efficiency at a Pout of +28 dBm, and high power/low power mode control to achieve a typical quiescent current of only 55 mA and to minimize DC power consumption at RF output power levels less than +16 dBm for longer battery life. Power shutdown is implemented using the Vref control pin, with no additional external components, resulting in a low leakage current of just 1 mA.

Fairchild Semiconductor Corp.,
RF Division,
Andover, MA (978) 684-8905,

Detector Log Video Amplifiers

This line of detector log video amplifiers is available in both 40/45 dB and 70 dB models with a variety of available packages and capabilities. The model LVD-218-50 is a 40/45 dB, miniature, 2 to 18 GHz (other frequency bands available), DC-coupled, detector log video amplifier. The VSWR is 3.0 and the RF operating input power is +13 dBm. The rise time is 20 ns and the recovery time is 200 ns maximum. Size: 2.2" x 1.5" x 0.4".

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

High Power Amplifier

The model PHC447-700 is a 700 W pulsed high power amplifier that uses class C bias to achieve high efficiency. The amplifier is designed to operate up to 5 percent duty factor and pulse widths up to 250 ms. This amplifier has good spurious and harmonic rejection as well as EMI/EMC susceptibility on conductive emissions characteristics. The HPA incorporates circuitry to protect against excess pulse width, CW and VSWR, and is designed to operate from –20° to 50°C. A remote TTL gated control and power control is standard. This amplifier is used in radars where pulse shaping and spectral characteristics are critical. Size: 5.75" x 13" x 1.5". Weight: 6.8 lbs.

Comtech PST,
Melville, NY (631) 777-8900,

Low Noise Amplifier

The model PE2-15-0R0519-7R5-16-15-SFF is a low noise amplifier that operates from 0.05 to 19.0 GHz. This amplifier displays typical specifications that include a gain of 15 dB with a gain flatness of ±2.0 dB, a noise figure of 7.5 dB and an output 1 dB compression of 16 dBm, while the VSWR input and output is 2.5. The DC current draw is 250 mA at +15 VDC.

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

Linear Amplifier Detector Module

The model ADA-506F-30-TSS61-LM is a DC coupled, temperature-compensated, linear amplifier detector module. The module has 30 dB of dynamic range that operates from 5.4 to 5.9 GHz with an 8 ns rise time and 10 ns fall time and a TSS of –61 dBm (0.5 to 20 GHz units are also available). This unit operates on +15 VDC at 20 mA and –15 VDC at 80 mA. Size: 2.5" x 2.9" x 0.50".

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

High OIP3 Amplifier

The model SM1727-37HS is a small, highly linear amplifier designed for multiple wireless markets. Operating from 1.7 to 2.7 GHz, the amplifier can be used for PCS, UMTS, ISM and MMDS applications. Output power at P1dB is +37 dBm, minimum with a +50 dBm OIP3. Linear gain is 33 dB with ±0.5 dB flatness across the entire band. DC supply is +12 V at 1.9 amps. Features include mis-match protection, single power supply, over voltage protection, thermal protection with auto reset and logic on/off control. Size: 4.7" x 2.0" x 0.54".

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


Sidelobe Antenna

This Gaussian antenna design has a side lobe level of -43 dB and is eminently suitable for high security, military and covert surveillance applications since the possibility for jamming or listening to intelligence is minimized. Other attractive features of the Gaussian horns include high efficiency, compact size and suitability for mobile as well as static applications. Typically, the cross polarization isolation is better than 30 dB and the VSWR is 1.10 maximum.

Flann Microwave,
Cornwall, England, UK
+44 (0) 1208 77777,

Spiral Antenna

The model A4460 is a high performance spiral antenna that is intended for electronic warfare, radar warning and other applications. The model operates over the 2 to 40 GHz frequency range with a maximum VSWR of 3.0, and provides gain ranging from –8 to 0 dBiL. This antenna is only 2" in diameter and is available with an optional protective radome. Model A4460 is also suitable for communication, navigation and identification systems and is particularly well suited to meet the lightweight and small size requirements of airborne applications, such as UAVs, without compromising electrical performance.

Nurad Technologies Inc.,
Baltimore, MD
(410) 542-1700,


High Power RF Transistor

The model PTF211301A is a 130 W, single-ended high power LDMOS RF transistor optimized for use in the UMTS band. Typical two-carrier 3GPP WCDMA performance delivers an average output power of 28 W with 13.5 dB gain and 25 percent efficiency at –37 dBc IMD. Capable of handling 10:1 VSWR at 28 V, this GOLDMOS“ FET incorporates all gold metallization and integrated ESD protection in its design to ensure good device lifetime and reliability.

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

Integrated Circuits

WLAN 802.11a Module

The model SKY65202 is an integrated RF front-end module for 802.11a WLAN applications. A single supply voltage and positive supply diversity switch control simplifies bias requirements. This PA is manufactured on an advanced InGaP HBT process. All modules are screened at their operating frequency prior to shipment for guaranteed performance. SKY65202 is targeted for high volume applications. Features include high linearity of 15 dBm (802.11a), noise figure of 3.5 dB and gain of 30 dB TX, 10 dB RX. Size: 8 x 10 x 1.7 mm.

Skyworks Solutions Inc.,
Woburn, MA
(781) 376-3000,

SiGe Prescaler

The model HMC426MS8 is a SiGe MMIC divide-by-4 prescaler that operates from DC (with a square wave input) to 4 GHz input frequency, and accepts a wide input power range of –15 to +10 dBm. This versatile divider offers low additive SSB phase noise, –146 dBc/Hz at 100 kHz offset, high output power of +3.5 dBm and consumes only 13 mA from a single +3 V supply. The HMC426MS8 is housed in an industry standard SOIC-8 (MS8) leaded surface-mount package. This model is ideal for high volume synthesizer applications in DBS/CATV, WLAN, fixed wireless, WLL, cellular/3G, microwave radio and VSAT.

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


60 W/mK Adhesive

This series of patented silver-filled organic adhesives, designated as DM6030Hk, has thermal properties used to attach high power devices. Thermal conductivities as high as 60 W/mK and electrical resistivities as low as 6 mW-cm are achieved, generating a thermal resistance (Kcm2/W) of Au/Sn solder in customer applications. The DM6030Hk pastes require no plating of components, no flux or non-oxidizing atmosphere, have minimal voiding in the bondline, and is Pb-free in composition. Additionally, the optional lower processing temperatures of 175°C or less allows the use of lower cost plastic packages. The DM6030Hk products can be shipped and stored in jars at room temperature or packaged in frozen syringes.

Diemat Inc.,
Byfield, MA (978) 499-0900,


Phase-locked Crystal Oscillators

This PLXO series of phase-locked crystal oscillators offers outputs from 5 to 400 MHz for use as sampling clocks for D-A/A-D converters, reference clocks for next generation DDS and clock synchronizers for SONET/SDH/DSP applications. PLXOs are good phase-locked sources used to clean-up signals for remotely-located reference oscillators such as GPS. Available in 1.0" x 1.0" x 0.25" SMT packages, PLXOs lock to any specified 2 to 50 MHz external reference, provide +7 dBm or CMOS outputs, exhibit –120 dBc/Hz at 1 kHz, and –135 dBc/Hz 10 kHz offsets at 70 MHz output. The PLXO is also available in 1.50" x 1.50" x 0.60" connectorized housings.

EM Research Inc.,
Verdi, NV (775) 345-2411,

C-band Frequency Synthesizer

This C-band synthesizer offers 125 kHz or 1 kHz steps, up to 1.5 GHz bandwidth and an integrated PLDRO that requires only 6 W of DC power. Typical frequencies are: 4.5 to 5.5 GHz, 5.1 to 5.7 GHz, 6.5 to 7.6 GHz and 7.2 to 7.7 GHz. In order to meet tough applications, this synthesizer offers a phase noise of –110 dBc offset 100 kHz from 2.5 GHz as well as guaranteed zero phase hits over temperature. In addition, the synthesizer is ruggedized and field-tested for operations over a wide temperature range, shock and vibration to meet the needs of military requirements as well as IESS 308, Eutelsat and MIL-STD 188-146. The MFS series is ideal for applications in commercial and military SATCOM converters. Size: 7.7" x 5.5" x 0.73".

Elcom Technologies,
Rockleigh, NJ
(201) 767-8030,

Low Noise Calibration Source

The model CS-K low noise COLFET calibration source calibrates K-band radiometers. A small waveguide-output source (K-connector optional) radiates 33 to 60 Kelvins over 20 to 24 GHz when biased by +8 VDC, 100 mA maximum. The CS-K operates at room temperature so no cooling is required. Its integral voltage regulator ensures the constant noise-temperature output and can also be TTL controlled. Also available are high temperature output noise sources providing ~20 dB ENR when biased.

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

Voltage-controlled Oscillator

The model CRO3120A is a voltage-controlled oscillator that utilizes a ceramic coaxial resonator. The model operates at 3120 MHz and offers good phase noise at –114 dBc/Hz at 10 kHz offset. With low tuning sensitivity of 7 MHz/V, this oscillator offers minimal susceptibility to pushing and pulling: < 0.5 MHz/V pushing and < 0.5 MHz/V pulling. The CRO3120A is primarily used in the point-to-point wireless radio industry and is designed for harsh environments and can withstand temperature fluctuations from –55° to +85°C. Size: 0.5" x 0.5" x 0.22". Price: $29.95.

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


L-band Matrix

The model 13853 is a 16 x 16 non-blocking matrix. This matrix can be used to connect up to sixteen LNBs to up to sixteen satellite receivers in any combination through rear panel F type connectors, while supplying a DC feed to the amplifiers. The non-blocking feature allows multiple receivers to connect to one LNB. The system can also combine multiple inputs into one output. The unit mounts in a standard 19" equipment rack. Chassis slides are provided for mounting. This unit operates at 950 to 1750 MHz, offers unity gain, RS-232 interface remote control, crosspoint verification and front panel keypad control with LCD display. Size: 19" x 5.25" x 25.00". Delivery: 12 weeks.

Matrix Systems Corp.,
Calabasas, CA (818) 222-2301,

Switch Modules

This SVM family of VME-based switches address power, DC signal and RF applications. These high density switches are available in solid-state and electromechanical designs and support VME32/64 operation. Key features include: scan list operation, programmable delays, interrupt driven triggering and internal confidence checking. Additionally, the safety interrupt is a programmable fail-safe feature permitting all relays to be opened based upon a user defined event. These intelligent switching features are achieved in hardware, rather than through driver or on-board firmware, thereby greatly increasing system throughput and reducing software programming overhead.

VXI Technology Inc.,
Irvine, CA (949) 955-1894,