Smiths Interconnect announces the launch of a new series of fixed attenuators and Thermopad® products.

The patented products, which are part of Smiths Interconnect’s innovative SPL series, provide heightened performance for use in space, defense and aerospace applications. They are ideal in applications requiring stringent performance requirements and are highly reliable based on Smiths qualified reliability process.

The SPL series is particularly significant because it offers a lower cost of ownership based on MIL-PRF-55342 space heritage, a key performance specification for fixed, film, chip resistors ensuring high quality and reliability levels.

Tullio Panarello, vice president and general manager of the fiber optics and RF components business unit at Smiths Interconnect said, “The chip attenuator and Thermopad® products have established reliability through qualified electrical, visual and mechanical screening. The customer’s lead time is decreased by reducing the testing time and therefore reducing cost, while adding similar reliability as a fully screened product.”

The product is available in various styles from DC to 6 GHz for lower frequency requirements up to DC to 20 GHz for the broadband requirements of higher frequency applications. It provides annual test data product qualification reporting in a cost effective, easy to implement solution. They offer the following features:

  • 100 percent electrical, visual and mechanical tested
  • Annual test data product qualification reports
  • Lower cost of ownership
  • Shorter lead times
  • Compact and light weight
  • Terminal wraps for solder inspection.