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Fast-Tune Frequency Synthesizer

MLVS-Series Frequency Synthesizers 50 MHz to 21 GHz: Micro Lambda Wireless announced the production release of a new smaller and lower cost frequency synthesizer designed for

low noise and fast-tune applications. A standard frequency model is available covering 500 MHz to 20 GHz with options to cover down to 50 MHz and up to 21 GHz in a single unit.  

Phase noise at 5 GHz and 10 kHz offset of -130 dBc/Hz while at 10 GHz the phase noise is -125 dBc/Hz at 10 kHz offset, both industry leaders.

Micro Lambda Wireless


Model SAT-FU-18819-S1 is a WR-19 orthomode transducer (OMT) that operates between 40 and 60 GHz. It separates a circular or elliptical polarized waveform into two linear, orthogonal waveforms or combines two linear polarized waveforms into one circular or elliptical polarized waveform. The OMT shows high port isolation and high cross-polarization cancellation while providing a low insertion loss. It is configured with a 0.188” x 0.188” square waveguide for the antenna port and two WR-19 waveguides for the horizontal and vertical ports. All ports have standard UG-383/U-M flanges.

SAGE Millimeter

Peak and Pulse Power Sensor

LadyBug Technologies’ LB679A Peak and Pulse Sensor utilizes patented No-Zero and Zero Aware Technology to deliver high accuracy statistical pulse information without zeroing the sensor before use. The USB Sensor offers frequency coverage from 50 MHz to 18 GHz, (20 GHz with an SMA or 3.3mm connector). The product’s broad frequency range combined with good sensitivity make them ideal for satellite, radar, and defense applications. The LB680A is a similar sensor that adds pulse profiling capability. These measurements provide a visual time domain trace of the pulse power profile. Both sensors are provided with a suite of software that includes programmatic support for ATE builders. Triggering, Recorder Output and Optional connectors are available.

LadyBug Technologies LLC                     

Internally Swept Right-Angle Adapters

SGMC Microwave offers an extensive line of 2.4mm, 2.92mm, 3.5mm, and SMA Precision Right Angle “Internally Swept Contacts” In-Series and Between-Series adapters suited for all your application needs.  Ruggedized 303 Stainless Steel (Passivated) construction for repeatability and reliability with captivated internally swept center contacts. Low VSWR and insertion loss. Please visit our website or contact us directly to find out more about our Precision Right Angle Coaxial Connectors. Same day shipping is available from our stocking distributor C.W. Swift & Associates.

SGMC Microwave

Design Software

NI AWR Design Environment V13 specifically addresses design challenges associated with highly-integrated RF/microwave components commonly found in communications and radar systems. Emphasis in the V13 release was placed on several facets of the software’s end-user use model. These include the design environment – enhancements to the UI as well as new additions to design flow automation inclusive of synthesis, file format standards import/export and third-party links; simulation engines – harmonic balance, system-level and planar as well as arbitrary 3D EM solver improvements; physical design for streamlining PCB design across various vendor tools, and layout editing commands; and lastly user support that brings new facets to the software in terms of interactive guided help and knowledge base content.

National Instruments

Hybrid Coupler

KRYTAR announced a 180-degree hybrid coupler that delivers 3 dB of coupling over the full frequency range of 10 to 40 GHz in a single, compact package. Hybrid couplers perform many functions, including splitting and combining signals in amplifiers, switching circuits, and antenna beam-forming networks used in a wide range of commercial and military applications. KRYTAR’s hybrid coupler, Model 4100400, delivers this versatility from 10 to 40 GHz with excellent phase and amplitude matching.


Comb (Harmonic) Generator

Herotek has designed ultra-broadband comb generators with output frequency spectrum (from 1-75 GHz) in a single unit. Our Comb Generators are used for Frequency Multipliers, Frequency Synthesizers, and built-in test source. Ideal frequency multiplication base element for generation of milliimeterwave frequencies. Typical output power per picket -15 dBm up to 20 GHz  and to -55 dBm at 60-75 GHz.

Output frequency starts from 2nd harmonic of the input frequency and up.


RF Transceiver Design Course
Sep 25 – Sep 29, 2017, San Jose CA 

This course is intended for design, application and test engineers as well as technicians interested in learning about the system aspect of the radio design space covering the entire signal chain from antenna to bits and back. The aim is to apply intuitive system design methods to dissect the radio modem at RF, analog and digital domains with emphasis on: a) physical understanding of the interaction between components and different radio architectures and b) quantitative performance evaluation using simple hand calculations and simulation. Throughout the course, students will be exposed not only to theoretical analysis but also to concrete examples of radio architectures from existing commercial systems (LTE, WCDMA, GSM, WLAN, Bluetooth, etc.).

Besser Associates

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. AMCOM has all the expertise, manpower, space, and equipment for manufacturing state-of-the-art products. Some of our capabilities are: active device design, MMIC design, and power amplifier module design.


VNA Brings Excellent Performance

The new R&S ZNLE vector network analyzer from Rohde & Schwarz brings excellent RF performance and faster measurements to the economy class. This easy-to-use instrument is the lightest, most compact VNA in its class, making S parameter measurements as easy as ABC. Rohde & Schwarz has launched the R&S ZNLE vector network analyzer to address the requirements of customers looking to perform RF measurements to characterize components such as antennas, attenuators, filters and PCBs. The new standalone instrument weighs only 6 kg and has a footprint of just 408 mm x 235 mm, saving up to two thirds of space on the workbench compared with competitive VNAs.

Rohde & Schwarz

Power Amp

RFMW announced design and sales support for a multi-stage power amplifier designed for WiFi applications. The Qorvo RFPA5218 consumes less than 1.7W of DC power while providing +25dBm output power at an EVM of -30dBm (MCS7, HT20/40 standard). Applicable for access points and wireless routers operating in the 2412 to 2484MHz frequency range, the RFPA5218 offers 32dB of gain. Packaged as a 3x3mm QFN. 



Pasternack’s new series of single-pole single-throw (SPST) and double-pole double-throw (DPDT) PIN diode waveguide switches consists of four models with fully integrated WR10 and WR12 waveguide ports covering popular E-band (60 to 90 GHz) and W-band (75 to 110 GHz) frequencies.  Switch circuits integrate low loss Fin-line assemblies with high performance GaAs beam-lead diodes that results in 4 dB typical insertion loss, greater than 25 dB of Isolation and fast switching speed < 300 nsec. These waveguide PIN diode switches incorporate TTL driver circuitry with an SMA connector control port for ease of use. 


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Low Noise Amp: Wearables

Skyworks introduced the SKY65623-682LF, a low noise amplifier (LNA) designed for applications such as wearables, asset trackers, navigation devices, action cameras and more. This discrete LNA is optimized to operate from 1559 to 1606 MHz, has a very low current (1 mA @ 1.8 V supply) and single power supply (1.5 to 3.6 V range) for design flexibility and simplicity. The device’s broad frequency range covers GPS L1, GLONASS, Galileo and Compass navigation systems and it minimizes external components thereby reducing the bill of materials for OEMs. The SKY65623-682LF comes in an extremely compact form factor (5L QFN 0.8 x0.8 mm package), ideal for low-power Internet of Things (IoT) devices.  


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Southwest Microwave features high-frequency within-series adapters for Southwest Microwave’s 110 GHz 1.0 mm (W) connectors and 67 GHz 0.9 mm SuperMini ultra-miniature threaded coupling coaxial assemblies. Several between-series adapters have been introduced for interface between 2.92 mm (K) and 1.85 mm (V) connectors, and between 0.9 mm SuperMini and 1.0 mm connectors.

Southwest Microwave

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MECA’s Low Frequency addition to the H-Series, 100-watt Wilkinson high power combiner/dividers. Available in 2 & 4-way configurations covering 5 to 500 MHz. VSWR of 1.30:1 accommodating load VSWR’s of 2.0:1 or better! N and SMA connectors.  Weatherproof IP 67/68 rated. Made is USA - 36 month warranty.

MECA Electronics

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Power Sensors

Boonton’s RTP4000 series of Real-Time True Average Power Sensors deliver a dynamic range from -60 dBm to +20 dBm, a frequency range down to 6 kHz and an industry leading measurement rate of 100,000 measurements per second. Built with Boonton's Real-Time Power ProcessingTM technology which eliminates gaps in acquisition and provides zero measurement latency, RTP4000 sensors deliver lightning-fast performance in a compact USB form factor.  The True Average capabilities of these sensors enable accurate capture and measurement of pulsed, modulated and CW signals.


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1.85mm Male Direct Solder One-Step Cable Connectors for .085” Cables

SGMC Microwaves NEW One-Step connectors have “Captivated” center contacts offering excellent performance up to 65 GHz (usable up to 67 GHz).  With no loose parts to handle, assembly is as simple as trimming the cable and then inserting it into the body for soldering. 

• DC-65 GHz / VSWR: 1.25:1 Max per connector

• Captivated center contact (beryllium Copper, gold plated)

• Body Components (Corrosion resistant Type 303 Stainless steel, passivated)

SGMC Microwave

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Stand-Alone RF Signal Generator with USB Support

DS Instruments introduces the SG6000LX, a compact and economical Dual Channel RF Signal Generator covering 25MHz to 6GHz. Output power is independently adjustable on each channel in 0.5dB steps and with a vernier setting. The USB port is configured as power source and industry standard COM port requiring no special drivers for remote operation.

DS Instruments

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Available in a 2220 case size, these X7R dielectric capacitors offer the user the option of greater total capacitance on the board, or piece part count reduction. For example, they can take the place of 2 x 4.7nF X1/Y2 capacitors connected in parallel to reduce component count, size and weight - leading to a significant reduction in cost.  Knowles high voltage capacitor expertise means this range offers the highest capacitance / widest range available for a class X1/Y2 250Vac surface mount MLCC.

Knowles Capacitors

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Cross Directional Couplers

Wenteq Microwave’s WCC series Cross Directional Couplers are for signals coupling in a waveguide system. There are two oblique cross holes in the common wall of the two crossed waveguides. The coupling port is the one closer to the first hole on the cross section from main transmitting path. Another end of the coupling waveguide should be terminated with a matching load. This series offers standard coupling level of 23dB. Custom designs are offered to cover frequency from 1.7 to 110GHz, with the coupling level 15 - 30dB.

Wenteq Microwave

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