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VST: 12X the Bandwidth, 50% Smaller Footprint

The PXIe-5820 module is the industry’s first baseband VST with 1 GHz of complex I/Q bandwidth and is designed to address the most challenging RF front-end module and transceiver test applications, such as envelope tracking, digital pre-distortion and 5G test. The PXIe-5820 combines a wideband I/Q digitizer, wideband I/Q arbitrary waveform generator and high-performance user-programmable FPGA into a single 2-slot PXI Express module. With 1 GHz of complex I/Q bandwidth, the baseband VST suits a wide range of applications including baseband I/Q testing of wireless and cellular chipsets as well as envelope tracking of digitally pre-distorted waveforms for power amplifier, and generation and analysis of new wireless standards such as 5G, 802.11ax and LTE-Advanced Pro.

National Instruments

Signal Generator: Leading Phase Noise Performance 

The R&S SMA100B with a frequency range up to 20 GHz is the most powerful analog signal generator on the market. It delivers signals with the lowest possible phase noise and the highest output power with extremely low harmonics. Engineers no longer need to compromise between output power and a spurious free dynamic range. The R&S SMA100B is designed for the RF semiconductor, wireless communications and aerospace and defense industries.

Rohde & Schwarz

Power Sensor: 1 MHz to 18 GHz

LadyBug Technologies’ LB5918A Power Sensor measures RF power at frequencies from 1 MHz to 18 GHz. The sensor has excellent sensitivity and measures from -60 dBm to +20 dBm. One of the latest advanced features is un-attended operation. Functioning in conjunction with the built-in, backed-up, real time clock, this programmable feature allows the sensor perform automated measurements with no connection other than power. Once programmed, it can make and store over 100 million measurements into the built-in flash memory. Later, the sensor can be connected to a computer, and the measurements downloaded into files for further analysis.

LadyBug Technologies

Arrestors and More

SRTechnology designs a wide range of arrestors, terminations, attenuators, dividers, adapters, connectors, and much more. Quality levels are uniformly state of the art, and our world-class customer service team will ensure your satisfaction, each and every time. At SRT, we always: Supply our customers with high-quality products, on time; work closely with customers to optimize their project outcomes; and offer highly reliable products at competitive prices.


Precision N-Type Adapters

Frequency Range:  DC to 18 GHz (Mode FREE) Electrical:  50 Ohm, Low VSWR & Low Insertion Loss Straight Adapters VSWR: 1.15:1 Max @ 18 GHz (Typical VSWR 1.05:1 through 18 GHz Internally Swept Right Angle Adapter VSWR: 1.25:1 Max @ 18 GHz (Consult Factory for plots) Materials: Passivated 303 Stainless Steel Robust Construction / Beryllium Copper Gold Plated Dielectrics Fluorocarbon (PTFE)  Available for immediate delivery – Same day shipping for all stock items

Reliability you can count on, from SGMC Microwave.


SGMC Microwave

Power Amp

Model SBP-7531142515-1010-E1 is a power amplifier with a typical small signal gain of 25 dB and a nominal output power of +15 dBm across the frequency range of 75 to 110 GHz.  The DC power requirement for the amplifier is +15 VDC/190 mA.  The mechanical configuration offers an in line structure with WR-10 waveguides and UG-387/U-M flanges. Other port configurations, such as with 1 mm connectors or a right angle structure with WR-10 waveguides, are also available under different model numbers.

SAGE Millimeter

Connection System 

SV’s new Mini-D RF Connection System has industry leading .110” port-to-port spacing and uses removable SMPS bullets for high mating cycle applications without damaging the housing.  Low profile edge and surface mount connector options are available with excellent RF performance through 67 GHz.

SV Microwave

4500B Peak Power Meter

The 4500B Peak Power Analyzer has been totally redesigned from the inside out:

8.4" TFT color LCD display 100 ps timebase resolution Automatic peak-to-peak, delay-by-time and delay-by-events triggering GPIB, USB and LAN Text view of 15 time and power measurements per channel Envelope, persistence and roll mode displays Gated CCDF and PDF with log display (optional) Compatible with industry leading 56xxx and 57xxx series peak power sensors Familiar user interface


MMIC Amps and More

AMCOM Communications offers a wide selection of RF Transistors, Power Amplifier GaN/GaAs MMICs and Power Amplifier Modules. We regularly release new cutting-edge products. Our MMIC Amplifiers include GaN MMIC Power Amplifiers, GaN MMICs, GaAs MMICs, GaAs MMICs for VSAT & ITU Applications.


Directional Coupler

Microlab CK-20N series Directional Couplers are a quarter wave, air-line design for Tetra applications 380 - 520 MHz, and useable down to 80 MHz. Units couple off a defined fraction of signal with minimal reflections or loss. With air dielectric the loss is very low and with minimal solder joints the reliability is exceptional, making these couplers ideally suited to in-building passive distributed antenna networks and leaky cable systems for UHF wireless services.


Power Amp

The HMC8205BF10 is a gallium nitride (GaN) broadband power amplifier delivering 45.5 dBm (35 W) with 38% power added efficiency (PAE) across an instantaneous bandwidth of 300 MHz to 6 GHz. No external matching is required to achieve full band operation. Additionally, no external inductor is required to bias the amplifier. Also, dc blocking capacitors for the RFIN and RFOUT pins are integrated into the HMC8205BF10. The HMC8205BF10 is ideal for pulsed or continuous wave (CW) applications, such as military jammers, wireless infrastructure, radar, and general-purpose amplification.

Analog Devices


PMI Model No. PLNA-35-100M18G-P1dB24-120VAC is a portable amplifier that operates over the 100 MHz to 18.0 GHz frequency range. This model provides 40 dB typical gain with a minimum OP1dB of +24 dBm, Gain Flatness: ±2.0 dB Typical, VSWR In/Out: 2.0:1 Typical, Noise Figure: 3 dB. This amplifier features an illuminated push button On/Off switch in a small package (3.0" x 3.0" x 1.75") with Type N connectors. Gold plated finish.

Planar Monolithics Industries

Noise Generator

The UFX7000A Series instruments provide Broadband Gaussian noise (AWGN) with superior flatness. The output power can be attenuated up to 127 dB in 1 dB steps, and several connector types are available. In standby mode, the output RF switch is terminated into a 50-ohm load, while in the "on" state it is directed to the output connector. The UFX7000A Series flexible architecture allows several options, including an internal combiner, 0.1 dB attenuation steps, and internal switches for up to 4 filter paths. Standard units can be modified for specific customer requirements.


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Editor's Choice

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Passive Plus is now offering the 1313C (1.30” x 1.30”) series capacitor. The main features of the series are: High-Q above 10,000, Low ESR, High Operating Voltage, High Operating Current, and High Reliability. Target Industries are Semiconductor Equipment Manufacturers, Inductive Heating, Inductively Coupled Plasma Systems, Scientific Instrumentation, Medical, High Energy RF Power Transfer, and matching circuits using multiple frequencies. All parts are Non-Magnetic, NP0, conforming to MIL-PRF-55681, and come in multiple lead configurations.

Passive Plus

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2.4 GHz FEM

Skyworks is pleased to announce the launch of the SKY66113-11, our newest 2.4 GHz fully-integrated RF front-end module (FEM) supporting Bluetooth® Low Energy/Bluetooth® Smart, 802.15.4, Thread and ZigBee® applications.  This high-performance device is the world’s most efficient front-end solution for Internet of Things (IoT) applications, especially within the connected home, wearable and industrial markets.  It is ideal for voice assistants, sensors, beacons, smart watches, thermostats, wireless cameras/headphones, medical pendants, hearing aids and more.


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Kappa 438 laminates feature the performance of mid-tier circuit materials that exceed performance limitations of FR-4 and provide the optimum blend of price, performance and durability. Kappa 438 laminates have low loss, excellent dielectric constant (Dk) tolerance and tight thickness control, and are engineered for outstanding, repeatable wireless performance. Kappa 438 laminates have a low Z axis CTE and High Tg for improved design flexibility, PTH reliability and automated assembly compatibility. They can be fabricated using standard epoxy/glass (FR-4) processes.

Rogers Corp.

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PMI Model No. PE2-500M18G-5R0-21-12-SFF is a 0.5 to 18.0 GHz, low noise amplifier that provides 24 dB min of gain while maintaining a maximum gain flatness of ±2.0 dB over the operating frequency. The noise figure is 5.0 dB maximum and offers a typical OP1dB of 21 dBm. The operating voltage is +12 to +15 VDC with a nominal current draw of 375 mA. Supplied with removable SMA(F) connectors in our standard PE2 housing.

Planar Monolithics Industries

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BMA Connectors

Pasternack released a new line of 52 BMA connectors and adapters with maximum operating frequency of 22 GHz. Typical applications include blind mating, rack and panels, phased array systems, RF backplanes and high-speed switching. The new product line is made up of 45 connectors with VSWR as low as 1.2:1, and 7 adapters with VSWR as low as 1.15:1. They feature gold-plated BeCu contacts, 50 Ohm impedance and a temperature range of -65°C to +125°C. Many of the models provide radial and axial float to help with alignment. 


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Richardson RFPD announced availability and full design support capabilities for a selection of new low noise amplifiers and switches for test and measurement applications from Microsemi Corporation.

The new GaAs MMIC wideband low noise amplifiers (MMA040AA, MMA041AA, MMA043AA and MMA044AA) deliver excellent performance with flat gain over a frequency range as wide as DC-28 GHz, and significantly better OIP3 performance compared to existing market solutions. The new GaAs MMIC multi-throw switches (MMS006AA and MMS008AA) provide broad frequency coverage combined with superior insertion loss, isolation and IIP3 performance.

Richardson RFPD

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Coaxial Switch

High reliability Single Pole Four Throw (SP4T) for space applications. The operating frequency range is from DC to 40.0 GHz with K connector. Low power input with operating voltage from 22 – 34 Vdc (28 Vdc Nominal) at extreme temperatures of -30°C to +85°C. The SP4T Coaxial Switch is latching type and equipped with suppression diodes, telemetry circuitry and 50 ohms terminations. In addition, it also features: multiple output RF transmission lines, robust and compact design and reliable.


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Signal Generator: Up to 44 GHz

Keysight Technologies announced the industry's first scalable PXIe microwave signal generator with frequency coverage up to 44 GHz and modulation bandwidth up to 1 GHz for generating complex waveforms used in emerging 5G and aerospace and defense DVT applications. Exclusive DDS technology with the synthesizer VCO provides excellent phase noise performance. When combined with the baseband performance, the M9383A PXIe signal generator delivers 1 percent EVM, a critical measure of 5G modulated signal performance, for 800 MHz wide pre-5G waveforms.

Keysight Technologies

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NEMA Enclosures

Equipto can create your NEMA enclosure from your drawings, rough sketches and even conversations. With virtually unlimited options your enclosure will be a great match for the technology it will be protecting. Our engineers will be with you every step of the way, from prototype to production. If you are not sure what level of protection you need, or what level of mechanical strength and corrosion resistance, our experts can help.

Equipto Electronics

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Design Software Streamlines Workflow

NI announced LabVIEW NXG 1.0, the first release of the next generation of LabVIEW engineering system design software. LabVIEW NXG bridges the gap between configuration-based software and custom programming languages with an innovative new approach to measurement automation that empowers domain experts to focus on what matters most – the problem, not the tool. The 1.0 release of LabVIEW NXG helps engineers performing benchtop measurements drastically increase their productivity with new nonprogramming workflows to acquire and iteratively analyze measurement data.

National Instruments

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