FAMILY OF HIGH-POWER HANDLING PASSIVE COMPONENTSAnaren, Inc. announced that it has developed and introduced a family of passive RF components specifically designed for high-energy RF applications, such as the new generation of ‘smart’ microwave ovens that refine how the RF energy employed in cooking is more precisely directed and modulated for improved cooking results.

The family of 2.4 GHz components is currently comprised of two Xinger®-brand 3 dB hybrid couplers (XEC24E-03G and XEC24A6-03G), one Xinger 30 dB directional coupler (XEC24P3-30 G), and a flanged, AIN termination (G300N50W4) optimized to work with the aforementioned couplers. All operate in the 2.4 to 2.5 GHz ISM band; offer a compact package size that saves space relative to their PCB-printed alternatives; and handle 300 W (except for the XEC24A6-03G, which handles 600 W).

“While Anaren’s high-performance RF components have been, frankly, overkill for today’s fairly simplistic and low-cost microwave cooking systems, we see an excellent opportunity and fit for our expertise and advanced technology in emerging RF energy segments like next-gen, smart microwave ovens,” said Hans Peter Ostergaard, Director of Business Development, Wireless Group.  “Here, attributes we bring to the table like small package sizes, difficult to achieve electrical characteristics like low loss and built-in heat dissipation, and long-term durability will be much appreciated by appliance manufacturers looking to introduce feature-rich and fully differentiated end-products to sophisticated end-users.”

Ostergaard added that the components are also well-suited to industrial and commercial lighting applications, select automotive tasks, and defense applications where high-power handling and robust packaging are required.

Specs for Anaren’s new high-energy RF product family are as follows:

Hybrid Couplers

  • Part no.: XEC24A6-03G
  • Dimensions in. / (mm): 0.560 x 0.350” (14.22 x 8.89)
  • Frequency (GHz): 2.4-2.5
  • Power (W/avg): 600
  • Insertion loss (dB/min): 0.15
  • Amplitude balance (dB/max): ±0.30
  • Isolation (dB/min): 20
  • Operating temp (ºC): -55 to +95

Part no.: XEC24E3-03G

  • Dimensions in. / (mm): 0.560 x 0.200” (14.22 x 5.08)
  • Frequency (GHz): 2.4-2.5
  • Power (W/avg): 300
  • Insertion loss (dB/min): 0.15
  • Amplitude balance (dB/max): ±0.25
  • Isolation (dB/min): 23
  • Operating temp (ºC): -55 to +95


Directional Coupler

Part no.: XEC24P3-30G

  • Dimensions in. / (mm): 0.250 x 0.200” (6.35 x 5.08)
  • Frequency (GHz): 2.4-2.5
  • Power (W/avg): 300
  • Insertion loss (dB/min): 0.10
  • Mean coupling (dB): 30.0 ±1.0
  • Directivity (dB/min): 20
  • Operating temp (ºC): -55 to +95


Flange-Mount Termination

  • Part no.: G300N50W4
  • Dimensions in. / (mm): 0.975 x 0.500” (24.77x 12.7)
  • Frequency (GHz): 2.4-2.5
  • Power (W/avg): 300
  • Return loss (dB/min): 25
  • Impedance (Ohms, nominal): 20
  • Operating temp (ºC): -50 to +150

Design engineers interested in learning more about Anaren’s new family of high-energy passive components are encouraged to visit the company’s website at or email