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Richardson RFPD, Inc. announced availability and full design support capabilities for a new dual, 14-bit, 500 MSPS analog-to-digital converter from Analog Devices. The AD9684 includes an on-chip buffer and a sample-and-hold circuit designed for low power, small size, and ease of use. The ADC is specifically designed for sampling wide bandwidth analog signals. It is optimized for wide input bandwidth, a high sampling rate, excellent linearity, and low power in a small package.

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RF Coaxial Switch

Ducommun’s model N9-449C49FRV is a SP9T RF coaxial switch for vacuum applications, covering 400 MHz to 8000 MHz with 10 watts CW of power handling capability. It operates from 21.0 Vdc to 31.0 Vdc at extreme temperatures of -30°C to +71°C. It is latching type with set/reset functions and equipped with telemetry circuitry. Features: Multiple output RF transmission lines; low insertion loss; high isolation. Applications: satellite testing systems.



Microwave Substrates

CuFlon has documented performance up to 18 GHz with a 2.05dk and .00045 loss tangent. Over the years there has been considerable work with third party testing of Teflon (PTFE) in the millimeter wave frequency spectrum.  One such study performed in 1959 by NASA in the E Band region reveals a dk of 2.06 and loss tangent of .00022 from 60 to 90GHz. CuFlon has proven performance in high frequency and high power applications.


VNA with Extender

The R&S ZVA high end vector network analyzers and R&S ZVAX-TRM extension unit offer an efficient and highly flexible solution for characterizing active components. Using a combination of a high-end R&S ZVA and the R&S ZVAX-TRM, users can now measure the noise figures of amplifiers, converters and transmit/receive (T/R) modules for radar and satellite applications. The new options make it possible to carry out this measurement on amps with gain of only 10 dB and low noise figures down to the 1 dB range.

Rohde & Schwarz

X-Band Downconverter

Norden Millimeter continues to expand its standard and custom product lines of frequency converters.  Norden Millimeter provides frequency converters and frequency multipliers from 500 MHz  to 110 GHz. Pictured are X Band Down-converters which include an Image Reject Mixer with Integrated Preamplifier. The units are phase matched over their operating temperature.

Norden Millimeter

YTOs Cover 8 to 16 MHz

Micro Lambda Wireless announced the production release of TO-8 YIG-Tuned oscillators covering the frequency range from 8 to 16 GHz. This new model is only .5” tall and perfect for next-generation products that use plug-in technology. The standard model operates over the 0 to +65 C temperature range, but military versions covering -40 to +85C are available on special order. Applications include Test Instruments, Wide Band Receivers, Telecom, Satcom and a variety of defense applications.

Micro Lambda Wireless

Harmonic Mixers and Horns

OML offers harmonic mixers and standard gain horn antennas (+24 dBi) ranging from 18 GHz to 325 GHz. We also offer a package for testing compliance according to FCC Part 15 regulations on transmitters operating in the 10 GHz to 100 GHz spectrum. This solution is compatible with most spectrum analyzers offering optional external mixer capabilities.


Spectrum Monitor

Anritsu introduced its Remote Spectrum Monitor, a platform of modular and scalable products that helps operators generate a greater return on their investments and maximize network capacity to meet consumer demand. Designed without a display or keyboard, Remote Spectrum Monitor automates the method of conducting radio surveillance, interference detection, and government spectrum policy enforcement while delivering flexibilities and cost efficiencies to network management.   


Signal Source

SignalCore’s high performance 20 GHz VCO-based synthesized signal source is cost effective, compact and designed for seamless integration. With frequency spanning 100 MHz to 20 GHz (1 Hz resolution), low phase noise of -118 dBc/Hz at 10kHz offset @ 10 GHz carrier, and amplitude step resolution of 0.01 dB over a -30 dBm to +7 dBm output range, this product is ideal for R&D, academic, military and commercial applications. 


RF Amplifier

LPA-7-24 is a general purpose RF amplifier, designed for 100-7000 MHz wideband driver applications. With 24 - 27dB gain and +/-1.5dB gain flatness, LPA-7-24 is suitable for variety of RF signal applications. Measured at 1.25" x 1.25" x 0.625”, the unit can be powered with 10V to 15V DC power supply and drawing 130mA current.

RF Bay

Epoxy System

Developed for a variety of bonding, sealing, potting and encapsulation applications, Master Bond EP3RR-80 is a one component epoxy that offers user friendly handling. It has a moderate viscosity, good flow properties and an unlimited working life at ambient temperatures. Additionally, this system can be stored at 40-50°F and does not require freezing. Unlike typical one part epoxies, EP3RR-80 will cure in 45-50 minutes at 80°C (175°F), or in 25-30 minutes at 250°F.

Master Bond


VidaRF offers a wide selection of Directional Couplers, Dual Directional Couplers and Hybrid Couplers, designed to cover 0.1 GHz to 20 GHz. Average power from 50W to 1kW. Standard coupling values 3,6,10,15,20,25 and 30 dB. Standard Connector type: SMA female, other connectors available upon request. VidaRF is a North Carolina based company that is focused on being a solutions provider.



Richardson RFPD announced availability and full design support for a new gallium nitride bias controller/sequencer module from M/A-COM Technology Solutions. The MABC-001000-DP000L provides proper gate voltage and pulsed drain voltage biasing for a device under test (DUT). The bias controller module offers protection and dynamic control of all MACOM high-power transistors, including its GaN portfolio.

Richardson RFPD


Power Dividers

P1dB introduced 2-Way and 4-Way SMA power dividers operating from 2 to 6 GHz. The new RF power dividers operate across the full frequency band and are optimized for the 2.4 and 5 GHz Wi-Fi bands with increased isolation and improved insertion loss.  The SMA dividers meet the demands of production test systems for routers, cell phones, tablets and other Wi-Fi enabled products. They are in-stock and can ship immediately. 


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Power Sensor Includes Internal and External Triggering

LadyBug’s LB5900 Series USB RF Power Sensors now include internal and external triggering at no upcharge. The state of the art high accuracy, high sensitivity True RMS Average power sensor products are ideal for making measurements on signals with wide bandwidth modulation including all modern communication formats. The LB5900 series sensors are available with frequency coverage from 9 kHz to 40 GHz and offer excellent dynamic range.

LadyBug Technologies

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Keysight announced the VXT PXIe vector transceiver, a fully calibrated instrument module that provides vector signal generation and analysis in four slots. With accelerated measurements and deep software, VXT is ideal for rapid solution creation and faster throughput in manufacturing test of wireless components and IOT devices. Test solutions for power amplifiers and front-end modules are easily created using the VXT’s ready-to-run software and FPGA-accelerated measurements.

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Richardson RFPD announced availability and full design support for a new dual differential, single pole double throw RF switch from Peregrine Semiconductor. The PE42920 DDSPDT RF switch is a broadband (10 kHz–6 GHz) and low loss device that enables the switching of two independent differential signals. This device consumes less power than active differential switches. It has high isolation between same-channel inputs, as well as opposite active channels.

Richardson RFPD

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W. L. Gore & Associates (Gore) introduced GORE® Aerospace Fiber Optic Cables to meet the civil aerospace industry’s need for reliable high-speed data transmission cables in a durable, lightweight construction. Engineered with a unique dual-buffering system, GORE® Aerospace Fiber Optic Cables withstand the challenging environments they encounter throughout an aircraft’s service life.


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Directional Coupler

This coupler features reliable Stripline construction using multi-section design and provides power sampling up to 1000 watts CW in small coaxial packages that has proven performance for power and reliability under extreme environmental conditions. Covering a 400 - 1000 MHz the coupler boasts flat coupling of 0.25 dB across the band exhibiting 0.2 dB insertion loss with 25 dB directivity. The input/output connectors are Type “SC” female and type “N” on the coupled ports.

Preferred Power Products

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Skyworks introduced an ultra-broadband low-noise amplifier (LNA) with superior gain flatness and exceptional linearity. It is ideal for high performance cellular infrastructure, small cells, tower mounted amplifiers, remote radio units, repeaters, base stations and military LNA applications. The SKY67159-396LF single stage GaAs pHEMT LNA offers ultra-broadband performance with a single matching circuit, low noise figure and good linearity. On-die active bias design ensures consistent performance over process and temperature variation.


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Amp Module

The Model TA1049 - 700 to 6000 MHz, 10W GaN Amplifier Module is ideal for CW, modulated or pulsed applications. The wideband DC input range of +9 to +36V allows the unit to be used with various power supplies in existing systems. Due to several state-of-the-art circuits, this unit is also highly immune from damage due to out of spec DC voltage conditions that may be applied. Its rugged construction guarantees fault-free operation in the most extreme environments.

Triad RF Systems

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SGMC Microwave introduced a new line of Precision Grade Receptacles. Type N Male and Female (4) Hole Flange Receptacles with extended pin and dielectrics (epoxy captivated). 50 Ohm, Low VSWR, Low Insertion Loss, Mode Free through 11 GHz (18 GHz version also available). Passivated 303 Stainless Steel Housings with Gold plated Center Conductors. Brass, Nickel Plated housings also available. Dielectrics: Virgin PTFE Fluorocarbon. Same-day shipping from stocking distributor C.W. Swift & Associates.

SGMC Microwave

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Probe Station

The LMS–2709 is a basic rugged RF (and DC) probe station for the research of advanced active and passive components. Useful for training university students in microwave and DC microprobing. Compatible with magnetic mount ball bearing microprobing positioners. Positioners compatible with DC, AC & RF microprobes. Binocular and Trinocular stereo zoom microscope with 7-30X magnification (included wide field eyepieces), LED ring Illuminator, precision x-y stage with isolated and shielded chuck, vacuum hold down and Z-lift. Vacuum pump included.

J Micro Technology

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Herotek’s 6 - 18 GHz miniature wideband LNAs feature: Very High Optimized Gain; Low Power Consumption; Low Noise Figure; Very Flat Gain Response; Miniature Sizes for Drop-In Assembly; Hermetically Sealed Package for all Applications. Applications: Microwave Radio & VSAT; Test Instrumentation; Fiber Optics; Telecom Infrastructure; Military & Space.


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PMI Model No. SDLVA-18G40G-65-CD-292FF is a Successive Detection Log Video Amplifier (SDLVA) that operates over the frequency range of 18 to 40 GHz with a Logging Range from - 63 to + 2 dBm and a Log Slope of 25mV/dB.  Video Log Linearity is ±2.0dB and Video Frequency Flatness is ±2.5dB. High speed is achieved providing a Video Rise Time of 8ns and a Recovery Time of 40ns. Operates on ±12VDC and is offered in a small, lightweight housing measuring 2.37” x 1.8” x 0.42”. (Other frequency ranges, specifications and packaging are available. Please contact PMI with your specific requirements)

Planar Monolithics Industries

Insulated Wire

Insulated Wire’s Microwave Products Division announced a new distribution agreement with HASCO Inc. for the Re‐Flex™ product range. Re‐Flex™ is a semi‐rigid and conformable replacement cable combining IW’s unique laminated dielectric with a tin/alloy plated outer braid to provide a double shielded re‐formable cable that eliminates the failure modes of traditional solid and solder dipped outer jacketed, and provides a highly flexible cable with excellent RF performance, including lower attenuation than the comparable line size RG cables.

HASCO Inc. has stock available for immediate delivery of RF141 (RG402 line size) assemblies in a range of lengths starting at 2” with both direct solder and shell style SMA connectors, operating to 18 GHz and 26.5 GHz respectively. For further information and specifications please contact HASCO Inc.: hasco-inc.com.


The comprehensive search engine on the AmpliTech website has been significantly revamped to not only allow for searches based on particular specifications, but to offer results that are closest to the entered parameters (within certain ranges) if a search by the exact specifications yields no matches. In addition, searching for a particular model number (in lieu of a search by specifications) has been made easier due to the ability to search for partials in case the customer doesn’t have the entire exact model number handy. More versatility has also been added by allowing searches just by using either a Start OR Stop frequency as opposed to both. For example, the user can simply enter 10 GHz for the Start frequency and leave the Stop frequency blank to see all models whose bandwidth starts at 10 GHz or higher.



Richardson Electronics announced the launch of a new business group, Power & Microwave Technologies (“PMT”). The PMT group encompasses Richardson Electronics’ existing Electron Device Group (“EDG”) and adds new technologies and engineered solutions for the power conversion and RF and microwave markets.

“The PMT group will focus on adding new suppliers and technologies to take advantage of high growth markets and leverage our global infrastructure, including sales, marketing, engineering solutions and logistics,” said Edward Richardson, CEO and Chairman of the Board for Richardson Electronics. “Under the direction of Greg Peloquin, PMT combines new technologies and capabilities with our existing EDG business to maximize associated selling opportunities of both electron tubes and solid-state products.”

Greg Peloquin, Executive Vice President, PMT, brings considerable experience and expertise in the RF and microwave, power and energy, and electron tube markets to his PMT group leadership role. Prior to joining Richardson Electronics in June 2014, as Executive Vice President, EDG, Mr. Peloquin served as president of Richardson RFPD, Inc.  From 2002 to 2011, he was executive vice president and general manager of Richardson Electronics’ RF & Wireless Communications Group. Earlier in his career he was director of global distribution for Motorola, Inc.’s wireless infrastructure division.