Spectrum Analyzer Trio

Three new models have been added to the MS272xB series of handheld spectrum analyzers. The MS2724B offers continuous frequency coverage from 9 kHz to 20 GHz while the MS2721B and MS2723B cover frequencies up to 7.1 and 13 GHz, respectively. The MS2724B exhibits low phase noise of typically –104 dBc/Hz at 10 kHz offset at 2 GHz, and 1 Hz to 3 MHz RBW, making it well suited for spectrum monitoring, security and intelligence needs, RF/microwave measurements, or cellular signal measurements. Both the MS2721B and MS2723B have similar high performance. All three utilize the Spectrum Master design, which combines high durability with lightweight, have a standard built-in AM/FM/SSB demodulator and built-in preamplifier, and are the first in the family to feature a quasi-peak detector and CISPR bandwidths for EMC pre-compliance testing.

Anritsu EMEA Ltd., Luton, UK 01582 433242,, www.anritsu.com.

RS No. 216

Microwave/RF IC Design Suite

The new version 6.4 of the LINMIC Microwave and RF IC Design Suite has been released. LINMIC is a physics-based suite of integrated tools for the efficient EM-based design and layout of passive and active, single-layer and multi-layer, linear and nonlinear RF and microwave circuits. Version LINMIC 6.4 is more powerful for the design of circuits containing surface-mount RLC components (SMD-RLC). Advanced new models taking multiple resonances and up to two connections per pad into account, and a respective parameter extractor (SMDMOD) have been implemented for SMD-RLC components.

AC Microwave GmbH, Aachen, Germany +49 241-8793022,, http://www.linmic.com.

RS No. 246

High Performance EDA Software

The Turbo Package Analyzer&trade (TPA) v5 introduces new automation, design flow and simulation capability needed for the extraction of the electrical characteristics of complex high performance ball-grid array (BGA) style packaging, including wirebond (WBBGA), flip-chip (FCBGA), chip-scale packages (CSP) and System in Packages (SiP). TPA v5 increases the capacity of the solver to address larger-sized packaging problems and introduces greater automation for generating and/or modifying 3D package layouts. TPA v5 introduces a new user interface that includes new 2D editing and 3D viewing capabilities, unlimited undo/redo capability, powerful new editing and automation features, such as geometry validation checking and support for VB scripting.

Ansoft Corp., Pittsburgh, PA (412) 261-3200,, www.ansoft.com.

RS No. 217

9 kHz to 1.2 GHz Signal Generator

This lightweight 2U, 3.5" high signal generator offers a bandwidth of 9 kHz to 1.2 GHz and an RF output range from –140 to +13 dBm. The model SG1200 provides low carrier frequency with excellent resolution and low harmonics. The SG1200 is ideally suited for RF immunity testing for both conducted and radiated immunity systems covering the requirements for MIL-STD-461D/E, DO-160D/E, IEC 61000-4-3, IEC 61000-4-6 and many other EMC test standards.

AR Worldwide RF/Microwave Instrumentation, Souderton, PA (215) 723-8181,, www.ar-worldwide.com.

RS No. 218

WiMAX R&D Test Set

The RSA-IQWIMAX demodulation and analysis software is part of a comprehensive test set to find and solve WiMAX design problems. RSA-IQWIMAX software is a new application specific test tool for characterizing and troubleshooting WiMAX device designs utilizing a Tektronix RSA3408A real-time spectrum analyzer and is the result of a partnership between Tektronix and LitePoint. With RSA-IQWIMAX and the RSA3408A, engineering teams will be able to more quickly detect, diagnose and resolve design issues improving time to market for WiMAX end-user products, including consumer electronics, computers and handheld devices.

Tektronix Inc., Beaverton, OR (800) 833-9200,, www.tektronix.com.

RS No. 224

Wideband Driver Amplifier

The model HMC-C038 is a GaAs MMIC distributed driver amplifier packaged in a minia- ture, hermetic module with replaceable 2.92 mm connectors. Operating between 2 and 35 GHz, the HMC-C038 provides 12 dB of gain, +29 dBm output IP3 and up to +18 dBm of output power at 1 dB gain compression. Gain flatness is excellent from 2 to 16 GHz at ±0.5 dB making the HMC-C038 ideal for test and measurement applications. The HMC-C038 also exhibits a mid-band noise figure of 4 dB and is specified for operation over the full –55° to +85°C temperature range.

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

RS No. 219

Amplified Noise Source

The model NW3G-D-14 is a dual-in-line packaged amplified noise source that provides a high level output DIP noise module covering 3 GHz. Extending to virtually all wireless frequency bands, this noise source provides the user with broadband high levels of noise for PCB mounting. Offering broadband frequency coverage from 10 MHz to 3 GHz, the NW3G-D-14 features –10 dBm output power with noise flatness of ±2.5 dB or better. Standard operation is from +15 VDC with a 100 mA maximum current draw. The NW3G-D-14 is housed in an industry standard 14 pin DIP package. Utilizing small internal parts count, the NW3G-D-14 is economically priced and delivery is typically from stock.

Noisewave Corp., East Hanover, NJ (973) 386-1119,, www.noisewave.com.

RS No. 220

Grandmaster Clock

The XLi IEEE 1588 Grandmaster Clock with GPS reference is designed for IEEE 1588 protocol test and measurement applications. IEEE 1588 protocol enables accurate synchronization over Ethernet LANs and offers users the ability to synchronize clocks to better than one hundred nanoseconds accuracy with only a network connection. The XLi IEEE 1588 Grandmaster provides the precise time and is also equipped to physically measure how well that time is transferred through the network with precision down to five nanoseconds resolution.

Symmetricom Inc., San Jose, CA (800) 544-0233,, www.symmttm.com.

RS No. 223

Wireless Vector Signal Generator

The model p1411A is a high performance RF vector signal generator that serves the 800 and 1700 MHz cellular bands and produces high ac- curacy EDGE, GSM, IS-95, NADC, PHS, WCDMA and CW signals. The source includes an exclusive spectrum analyzer display along with an internal IQ waveform generator, and is available in bench-top or ATE configurations. User-created IQ waveforms can generate other signal types, specify data content or create worst-case signal scenarios for development and test of RFIC, subassemblies or completed wireless products. Price: $9990.00. Delivery: eight-week delivery ARO.

precisionWave Corp., Colorado Springs, CO (719) 325-0504,, www.precisionwave.com.

RS No. 221

Switch Matrix

This DC to 6 GHz multi-functional WiMAX custom matrix is compact and designed with instrumentation to the DUT ports that are synthesized to a custom RF configuration. With a total of two DUT ports, six instrument ports and six auxiliary ports, this RF head-end switch matrix contains combiners, switches, programmable attenuators and required components for RF modulation. The industry standard 19-inch rack mounted switch matrix occupies 2 U of space. The six auxiliary ports aid in the calibration of six corresponding instrument ports and is controlled using a GPIB/IEEE-488.2 interface.

Renaissance Electronics Corp., Harvard, MA (978) 772-7774,, www.rec-usa.com


RS No. 222

Filter Synthesis and Design Software

FilSynth is a precision microwave filter design software that features direct synthesis of all commonly used types of passive filters with es- sentially no limitations. Transmission zeros can be placed freely within the stopband. For a bandpass filter, N+2 type coupling matrix is generated so that maximum transmission zeros can be realized by using source/load coupling. Together with synthesis function, optimization, analysis and power handling functions make FilSynth a powerful filter design software.

FilResearch Inc., Fairfax, VA,, www.filresearch.com


RS No. 247