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Power Sensors for IoT Bluetooth Testing

LadyBug Technologies’ LB479A and LB480A are ideal for testing Bluetooth devices. These sensors have very good dynamic range and are suitable for measuring radiated power as well as direct connectivity to the Bluetooth DUT.  Both provide statistical pulse measurement capability. This capability is ideal for manufacturing test systems where a quick numerical measurement of average and pulse power are required without complex measurement set up. The LB480A includes triggering features along with pulse profiling capability. LadyBug sensors can be ordered with a variety of connectors reducing or eliminating adaptor requirements, thereby increasing measurement accuracy.

LadyBug Technologies, LLC
ladybug-tech.com

110 GHz Cable Assemblies

MegaPhase offers its Mega110 products with 1.0mm connectors in both semi-rigid and flexible cable assemblies. Our lightweight 110 GHz cable assemblies are specifically designed for the demands of high-bandwidth applications such as automotive radar, probe stations, and mobile backhaul.

Links to our data sheets: http://www.megaphase.com/rf/110; http://megaphase.com/rf/.

MegaPhase
megaphase.com

Detector

SFD-603903-12SF-N1 is an E Band amplitude detector capable of full or narrow band applications. The detector is zero biased and intended to be fabricated for small signal detection purpose. Based on the proprietary circuitry and careful diode selection, the detector exhibits high sensitivity and extremely flat output characteristics.

The detector is designed to have 10 MHz video bandwidth and 1 MΩ video output impedance. The minimum detectable signal level is approximately -50 dBm.

SAGE Millimeter
sagemillimeter.com

Communications Analyzer

Anritsu introduced new software for its Radio Communications Analyzer MT8821C that creates the industry’s first test solution that supports evaluation of 4x4 MIMO 256QAM RF Rx performance for all DL 3CC CA band combinations with no restrictions on frequency and signal bandwidth combinations. The new software provides wireless chipset and UE manufacturers, as well as mobile operators with a solution to conduct efficient, highly accurate carrier acceptance tests to ensure performance.

Anritsu
anritsu.com

Push-On Contacts Catalog

SSBP push-on contacts are designed to be used in industry standard multi-contact connectors or can be arrayed in a custom envelope for maximum flexibility. The SSBP interface engagement starts with a low insertion force mate, then the spring loaded sleeve is compressed when the multi-contact connector is fully engaged.

The SSBP interface sides are designated as pin and socket following the convention of the multi-contact connector industry. Standard insertion and retraction tools will work with SSBP contacts.

Southwest Microwave
southwestmicrowave.com

3.5mm Precision In-Series Adapters

3.5mm Precision In-Series Adapters: SGMC Microwave’s 3.5mm series are precision grade connectors designed for use with microwave applications requiring excellent performance up to 34 GHz. SGMC offers an extensive line of 3.5mm precision adapters, receptacles, and cable connectors for various semi-rigid and flexible coaxial cables. Special designs are also available upon request.

SGMC Microwave
sgmcmicrowave.com

Aqueous-Based Coating System

Well suited for electromagnetic interference and radio frequency interference shielding applications, Master Bond MB600G is an aqueous based, sodium silicate system with graphite filler. Graphite filled materials are widely used for shielding and static dissipation applications because of the balance of shielding effectiveness and cost. Shielding effectiveness is most often measured by attenuation.

Master Bond
masterbond.com

PIN Diode Switch

Amplical’s SW5A203 SP5T 2 to 18GHz miniature broadband absorptive PIN diode switch features low insertion loss, low vswr, high isolation and fast switching speed. J1, J2, J3, J4 and J5 ports are terminated in 50Ω when switched in the isolation (off) state. All RF ports incorporate DC blocks. An on-board TTL-compatible driver provides convenient logic control. The switch operates from +5V DC and a negative DC supply ranging from –12V to –20V.

Amplical
amplical.com

Antenna Synthesis Empowering Designers

The growing demand for wireless connectivity requires antenna solutions that are optimized for system performance, cost, and size. And with the expected demand for design experience greatly exceeding the current supply of antenna engineers, an antenna synthesis approach, such as AntSyn™ is just what the market needs.

AntSyn is a cloud-based, software-as-a-service (SaaS,) automated antenna design, synthesis, and optimization tool that takes antenna engineering requirements as input and produces antenna designs as outputs. AntSyn was designed by antenna engineers to be used by all levels of experience, from experts to those who are relatively new to antenna design.

National Instruments
awrcorp.com

Frequency Synthesizers: 250 MHz to 16 GHz

Micro Lambda Wireless announced production release of a new smaller and lower cost frequency synthesizer designed to fit into a single slot PXI chassis. Standard frequency models are available covering 250 MHz to 6 GHz, 2 to 8 GHz, 6 to 13 GHz and 8 to 16 GHz. Special customer defined frequency ranges within the entire frequency range are available on special order.

Standard models are specified to operate over the 0 to +65 C temperature range, but extended temperature versions covering -40 to +85C are available on special order.

Micro Lambda Wireless
microlambdawireless.com

Connector System

Molex 4.3-10 RF Connector System and Cable Assemblies meet the performance needs of next-generation mobile network equipment, in a small form factor with best-in-class passive intermodulation (PIM). The evolving demand on bandwidth and cellular radio sensitivity has put greater demands on the transmission of RF signals from the cellular antenna to the remote radio head. Connector size and weight restrictions have become more stringent. Molex 4.3-10 Connector Solutions offer high-performance RF signal transmission with low-PIM performance and 100% data traceability with a connector that is 30% smaller and 70% lighter than DIN 7/16.

Molex
molex.com

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High Pass Filter

To serve the 5G/WiGig research efforts, Spacek Labs is offering this waveguide high pass filter, model HPF-640, in a WR-15 waveguide. This filter is designed with a sharp cut off close to the passband and will pass the entire V-Band spectrum down to 57 GHz with an insertion loss of 1.0 dB typ and 1.5 dB max. The reject band is </= 55 GHz, with 20 dB rejection at 55 GHz and 40 dB at </=54 GHz. Part of a complete filter series from 10 to 110 GHz, Spacek Labs can also customize the design to suit any application or form factor.

Spacek Labs                                                                                                                                    
spaceklabs.com

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18 - 40 GHz Downconverter

Model N15-5356 is a millimeter-wave frequency converter with a single RF input and two IF outputs at 4 - 18 GHz. The unit has integrated LO sources and down-converts 18 - 26.5 GHz and 26.5 - 40 GHz simultaneously. A positively sloping gain across the frequency range compensates for other system losses. Norden takes advantage of its extensive engineering and prototyping capability, a trained manufacturing staff, and an experienced vendor/supplier base to deliver superior amplifier multiplier product development and manufacturing.

Norden Millimeter
nordengroup.com

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DC to 18 GHz Keyed Coax Connectors

Southwest Microwave’s high-security SMKey 3.7 mm DC to 18 GHz Keyed Coax Connectors provide a failsafe mating solution for critical connections between mated connector pairs. SMKey connectors are offered in 10 keyed combinations, each with uniquely polarized key positions to eliminate the risk of interconnect mismatch. Each connector also includes one non-keyed (Universal) option. The SMKey product suite includes two field-replaceable keyed .500 square, four-hole flange jack connectors, including a right-angle flange jack, which both accept a 36-mil diameter launch pin.

Southwest Microwave
southwestmicrowave.com

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Attenuators

MECA offers fixed attenuators available up to 90dB with N-Male/Female configuration covering all commercial wireless bands up to 2.5 GHz.  Indoor/outdoor use with 2W average (1kW peak) power handling. Standard attenuation values of 40, 50, 60, 70, 80 & 90 dB available from stock – 4 weeks ARO. Made in USA – 36 month warranty.

MECA Electronics
e-MECA.com

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Amp

Empower RF announced availability of a field proven Model 2185 high power pulsed amplifier operating from 960 to 1215 MHz at 10KW Peak and duty cycles from 0.1% to 5%. This compact and versatile radar transmitting amplifier, with flexible operating modes, makes an ideal fit for radar component testing, advanced research, and system development. Because of its superior SWaP, it is also well suited for mobile EW and threat simulator applications.

Empower RF
empowerrf.com

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SMA Power Divider

VidaRF offers a new power divider Model: VPD-20180A3 frequency range from 2-18 GHz. 3-way 0 Degree splitter/combiner providing 10W power as splitter and low insertion loss. This model also provides high isolation port to port and low amplitude and phase balance. Operating temp -55 to 85 C. Sealed and painted to meet IP65 standards. 

VidaRF
vidarf.com

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Diodes

The SLP7100 limiter diodes are processed with a high-resistivity epitaxial wafer (epi) that has thin intrinsic layers. These devices are 2 to 20 microns thick and can be gold doped to achieve specific performance goals. The SLP7100 limiter diodes are used in passive or active limiter designs in the 100 MHz to 30 GHz frequency ranges and feature a low capacitance and resistance as well as a turn-on time as low as 5ns. These limiters come with a maximum input power ranging from +47 dBm to +66 dBm and a leakage output power from +19 dBm to +44 dBm. Typical insertion losses range from a low 0.10 dB to a maximum of 0.2 dB.

SemiGen
semigen.net

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Waveguide Twists

Fairview Microwave announced a new family of precision waveguide twists operating across seven frequency bands from 18 to 110 GHz. These twists are specifically designed to prevent unwanted distortion in the signal’s transmission and are perfect for systems requiring a turn in the polarization and waveform. Fairview’s new waveguide twists are beneficial components to have when building a waveguide system, as they allow the waveguide to be turned at a precise angle in order to meet the mechanical and electrical constraints of the overall system.

Fairview Microwave
fairviewmicrowave.com

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Antenna

Southwest Antennas introduced its new small form factor “Turbo Cloverleaf” family of circularly polarized (CP) Omni antennas in 1.98 - 2.2 GHz and 2.3 - 2.5 GHz frequencies. These new products deliver substantial increases in high data rate throughput and signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) in a very compact, rugged radome that measures two inches or less on each side. Each antenna in the new family of products also features an integrated three inch RF coaxial gooseneck assembly with ruggedized non-rotating RF connector options.

Southwest Antennas
southwestantennas.com

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Resource Library

A resource library has been added to the NI AWR Design Environment™ website so that visitors can quickly and easily find and choose the specific/targeted content they need. The site contains a breadth and depth of resources for using NI AWR software and is organized by resource type, application, technology, product and industry. This resource library can be accessed at awrcorp.com/resource-library/.

National Instruments
awrcorp.com

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Smiths Microwave

Smiths Microwave is pleased to announce that LORCH Microwave has joined EMC Technology, Florida RF Labs, and TRAK Dundee in the Smiths Microwave - Components business unit as of February 15, 2016.The addition of Lorch Microwave’s multi-topology RF/microwave signal conditioning and high selectivity filter products will add to the already broad offering including ferrites, waveguides, resistive components, cable assemblies and other interconnects and signal conditioning components.

“We are excited to welcome the committed team in Salisbury, Maryland and look forward to providing our current and future customers with an even broader range of component solutions,” noted Robert Torsiello, President of Smiths Microwave - Components. “Lorch is an industry recognized brand with a substantial heritage of innovation and customization.  This addition ultimately reinforces our long established value proposition and business strategy; we continue to become technologically broader and deeper”.

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Rogers Corp. to Exhibit, Provide Education at DesignCon

Rogers Corp. will be exhibiting (booth # 702) and educating at the upcoming DesignCon (www.designcon.com). Now in its 21st year, DesignCon is a premiere event for design chip-circuit-and system-level engineers working on high-frequency analog and high-speed digital circuits. DesignCon 2016 is scheduled for January 19-21, 2016 (January 20-21 for the exhibition) at the Santa Clara Convention Center (Santa Clara, CA).

On the conference side, John Coonrod, Technical Marketing Manager for Rogers Advanced Connectivity Solutions, and author of the popular ROG Blog series, will participate in a 75-minute panel discussion targeting effective measurement methods for high-frequency/high-speed printed-circuit-board (PCB) materials.

This technical presentation will focus, in particular, on frequencies above 10 GHz, as needed for a growing number of applications, including many emerging wireless communications systems. Conducted by the IPC D-24c task group (www.ipc.org) on High Frequency Test Methods, the round-robin-style panel discussion (“Track 05: Characterize PCB Materials and Processing”) will explore the properties of some of the latest circuit materials and examine different methods for testing and characterizing those materials. Joining John Coonrod in the discussion will be Glenn Oliver, Senior Engineer at DuPont, and Don DeGroot, President of CCN.

Also, Dr. Allen F. Horn III will be presenting “Effect of conductor profile structure on propagation in transmission lines” at 9:20 AM on Thursday, January 21 and participating as a member of the August panel discussion “Getting smooth copper and keeping it” at 3:45 PM on Thursday, January 21.