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Connector Website

SGMC Microwave’s updated website features its precision coaxial connectors, including cable connectors, receptacles and adapters. SGMC Microwave was founded to provide the Defense, Test & Measurement, Telecommunications, Satellite and Aerospace industries with high-performance microwave and millimeter-wave connectors.

SGMC Microwave
sgmcmicrowave.com

TWTA

The dB-3860 is a TWT Amplifier operating in the frequency range of 34.5 to 35.5 GHz providing 700 Watts minimum peak output power at a duty cycle of up to 10%. A wideband, periodic permanent magnet (PPM)-focused, conduction-cooled TWT is used for power amplification. The power supply topology uses proprietary low-noise, high-efficiency designs to operate the RF signal path.

dB Control
dbcontrol.com

Interference Hunter 

The MA2700A Handheld Interference Hunter is equipped with a GPS receiver and antenna, an electronic compass, and a user-selectable preamplifier. It is designed to enhance Interference Mapping, which is part of option 25, Interference Analysis on Anritsu handheld instruments. With the MA2700A, a vector line to an interfering signal can be added to a map in the instrument with a click of the trigger on the handle.

Anritsu
anritsu.com

Up/Down Converters

OML leverages the design of its fundamental mixer technology in its converters to satisfy the need for optimized performance criteria. Our converters optimize performance for size, output power, conversion loss, stability, group delay, noise figure and bandwidth. Contact OML to discuss your specific requirements.

OML
omlinc.com

Power Amps

The 10W TGA2583-SM and 18W TGA2585-SM are designed using TriQuint’s production 0.25-μm GaN on SiC process, can operate under both pulse and continuous wave (CW) conditions, feature RF ports with integrated DC blocking capacitors, and are fully matched to 50 ohms for simple system integration. They are ideally suited to support commercial and defense-related S-band radar applications.

Richardson RFPD
richardsonrfpd.com

Impedance Analyzer 

Keysight's E4991B impedance analyzer offers high measurement accuracy (0.65 percent basic accuracy) for evaluating components over a wide impedance range, from 1 MHz to 3 GHz. It features accurate material measurement options that include temperature characteristics analysis from -55°C to 150°C (Option 007) and direct read function of permittivity and permeability up to 1 GHz (Option 002).

Keysight Technologies
keysight.com

Website Resource

Richardson RFPD offers a robust selection of online resources, including dedicated sections on gallium nitride (GaN), silicon carbide (SiC) and silicon-on-insulator (SOI) technologies. These technology-focused website sections include complete product inventories, supplier information, and extensive technical resources, from applications notes to brochures, selector guides, videos and white papers.

Richardson RFPD
richardsonrfpd.com

Portable Receiver

The PR100 portable receiver is specifically designed for radiomonitoring applications in the field. Its functions and control concept have been optimized for monitoring tasks. It operates in a wide frequency range from 9 kHz to 7.5 GHz. Whether used for monitoring emissions, detecting interference or locating miniature transmitters, the receiver combines high mobility with maximum operating ease.

Rohde & Schwarz
rohde-schwarz.com

White Paper

Signal Hound announced a white paper, “Cost-efficient and Extensible RF Spectrum Monitoring &Management.” The white paper discusses: Trends driving factors for in-the-field RF spectrum management; Limitations of larger, standalone spectrum analyzers vs. portable USB-based spectrum analyzers; An open systems approach to RF spectrum analysis; Real world benefits and use cases.

Signal Hound
signalhound.com

Couplers

The 10CN600 is one model of the series of directional couplers that cover octave and multi-octave bands up to 18-GHz. These directional couplers are offered with SMA or N-female connectors in standard and custom configurations. Values of 6, 10, 20, 30-dB and between. Made in the U.S.A.

Werbel Microwave
werbelmicrowave.com

VNA 

Anritsu expanded its ShockLine™ family of vector network analyzers (VNAs) with the introduction of the MS46122A series. Incorporating patented shock line VNA-on-a-chip technology, the MS46122A low-cost full-reversing 2-port VNAs are packaged in a very compact 1U chassis, and are optimized for ultra-cost-sensitive test applications in manufacturing, engineering, and education environments.

Anritsu
anritsu.com

Control Platform

Seven new modules have been added to the R&S OSP open switch and control platform from Rohde & Schwarz. Users now have altogether 28 modules at their disposal for implementing a variety of RF wiring configurations between test instruments and DUTs. This allows them to reproducibly configure even automatic path switchovers in complex RF test systems and control them via Ethernet.

Rohde & Schwarz
rohde-schwarz.com

Capacitors

Passive Plus introduced the 01005BB104 and 0201BB104 ultra-broadband 100 nF multilayer ceramic capacitors. The 01005BB104 has a case measuring (mils) 16 x 8 x 8, and offers resonant-free RF coupling/DC blocking from 16 KHz (lower 3-dB frequency) to beyond 65 GHz with < 1 dB insertion loss and < -15 dB return loss on suitable substrates.

Passive Plus
passiveplus.com

LNA

Custom MMIC released the CMD218, a 5 - 9 GHz low noise amplifier (LNA) in die form. It offers a gain of 22 dB, output of 1 dB, compression point of +19.5 dBm, and noise figure of less than 1.25 dB across the 5 to 9 GHz frequency range. In addition, without an input limiter, the CMD218 can survive high incident power levels up to 5 W with no degradation in performance.

Custom MMIC
custommmic.com

VNA

The R&S®ZNBT8 multiport vector network analyzer offers up to 24 integrated test ports. The instrument can simultaneously test multiple DUTs or measure one DUT with up to 24 ports. The R&S®ZNBT8 offers short measurement times even in scenarios with a large number of ports. Other highlights include a wide dynamic range, high output power levels, and inputs featuring high power-handling.

Rohde & Schwarz
rohde-schwarz.com

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Amplifier

Mini-Circuits’ ZHL-100W-242+ is a 50Ω, 100W, 2000 to 2400 MHz high power amplifier that features: saturated power 100W typ.; wide bandwidth, usable 1900 to 2450 MHz; high gain, 50 dB typ.; good gain flatness, ±1.0 dB typ.; unconditionally stable; self protected against excessive drive, high case temp., reverse polarity and shorting/unshorting.

Mini-Circuits
minicircuits.com

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Matching Load

Model SWL-2846-S1 is a WR-28 waveguide high power matching load. It offers better than 1.25:1 VSWR in the frequency range of 26.5 to 40.0 GHz. Power handling is 30 watts CW. It measures 1.65” W x 3.10” L x 1.65” H. The high power matching loads in the frequency range of 10 to 110 GHz with waveguide bands, WR-62 through WR-10, also available under various model numbers.

SAGE Millimeter
sagemillimeter.com

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Rack System

Keysight introduced a rack system for high-power DC applications. The prewired N8900 series reduces system complexity and saves time for engineers designing and implementing high-power systems for challenging applications requiring up to 90 kW. When engineers design high-power racks, they face design and safety challenges; this rack system helps them easily overcome them.

Keysight Technologies
keysight.com

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Switch

Richardson RFPD announced availability and full design support for a new RF single-pole double-throw (SPDT) switch from Peregrine Semiconductor. The broadband PE42424 operates from 100 MHz to 6 GHz and features exceptional port-to-port isolation, fast switching speed, and high power handling—all in a compact 1.5 mm x 1.5 mm package.

Richardson RFPD
richardsonrfpd.com

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MIMO Antenna

Pulse Electronics introduced its distributed antenna system (DAS) in-building ceiling mount multiple-input/multiple-output (MIMO) antennas. They have high port-to-port isolation and superior gain patterns for both ports 1 and 2, providing wireless carriers with improved data throughput and implementation flexibility.

Pulse Electronics
pulseelectronics.com

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Wireless Test Set

The UXM is a highly integrated signaling test set created for functional and RF design validation in the 4G era and beyond. Recently introduced by Keysight and shipping in volume, the UXM supports multiple cells, downlink and uplink carrier aggregation, MIMO up to 4x2, and integrated fading – allowing users to assess design readiness with greater confidence.

Keysight Technologies
keysight.com

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Power Sensor

LadyBug Technologies announced that it now maintains stock of its 26.5 GHz LB589A USB power sensor. The power sensor is shipped with a set of full-featured applications including a power meter application and high speed data logger. Also provided is example code in various programming languages and an open source test harness for programmatic users.

LadyBug Technologies
ladybug-tech.com

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High Power Amp 

Model SBP-7137632518-1212-S1 is a high power amplifier with a small signal gain of 25 dB and a P-1 dB of +18 dBm minimum in the frequency range of 71 GHz to 76 GHz. The DC power requirement for the amplifier is +8.0 Vdc/280 mA. The input and output port configurations are both WR-12 waveguides with UG387/U Flanges.

SAGE Millimeter
sagemillimeter.com

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IF Subsystem

The AD6676 is a highly integrated IF subsystem that can digitize radio frequency (RF) bands up to 160 MHz in width centered on an intermediate frequency (IF) of 70 MHz to 450 MHz. It relies on a tunable band-pass Σ-Δ ADC with a high oversampling ratio to eliminate the need for band specific IF SAW filters and gain stages.

Analog Devices
analog.com

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Amplifier

MITEQ introduced model AWS-3F-02002650-50-17P to its family of hermetic coaxial amplifiers. It has over 25 dB of gain from 2 to 26.5 GHz in a housing that is only 1” long and 0.66” wide, not including the field replaceable SMA-connectors. Gain flatness is a maximum of ±1.5 dB, with typical flatness of ±1 dB.

Miteq
miteq.com

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Amps

RFMW announced support for a family of linear output power amplifiers to support Small Cell and Repeater applications. The Skyworks SKY660XX amplifiers meet the stringent spectral linearity requirements of WCDMA and offer high PAE and margin. They require minimum design time and board space as they are fully matched and run off a single DC supply voltage.

RFMW
rfmw.com

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Enclosure

Molex’s OptoConnect™ Custom Optical Enclosures are designed to simplify complex fiber optic mapping issues. The OptoConnect fiber routing system using integrated FlexPlane™ circuitry provides a complete end-to-end optical management system for high density telecom and datacom equipment used in communication systems for aerospace and defense networks.

Molex
molex.com

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VCO

The CVCO55CC-0805-0815 VCO operates from 805 MHz to 815 MHz with a control voltage range of 0.3V~4.7V. It features a typical phase noise of -124 dBc/Hz @ 10KHz offset and has excellent linearity. Output power is typically -5 dBm. Engineered and manufactured in the USA, it is packaged in the industry-standard 0.5-in. x 0.5-in. SMD package.

Crystek
crystek.com

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Terminals

Molex announced that its SolderRight TM Direct Solder Terminals are now available to fulfill direct solder wire-to-board designs where a very low profile right angle solder option for wires exiting a PCB is necessary due to severe space constraints. This robust solder terminal enables a secure and reliable connection with a minimal “z” profile.

Molex
molex.com

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Inductors

Coilcraft’s XAL15xx family of rugged, magnetically-shielded power inductors are offered in two versions - one providing saturation current ratings up to 111 Amps and the other offering inductance values as high as 33 µH - delivering the highest levels of performance in the smallest possible space.

Coilcraft
coilcraft.com

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Data Recorder

The R&S IQR100 digital I/Q data recorder can now record, store and play I/Q signals with bandwidths up to 79.6 MHz, loss-free in real time. Even parallel recording of position data and automatic gain control (AGC) reference levels is possible. The AGC function allows a wider dynamic range without the danger of overload.

Rohde & Schwarz
rohde-schwarz.com

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Attenuator

PMI Model No. PVVAN-6012-60-MP is an analog controlled 60 dB PIN diode attenuator operating over the frequency range of 6.0 to 12.0 GHz. This model has 2.8 dB maximum insertion loss with a typical switching speed of 75nsec. It operates from a single +12 to +15VDC supply. The housing measures 2.0" x 1.8" x 0.5”.

Planar Monolithic Industries
pmi-rf.com

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MOSFETs

Richardson RFPD announced support for new 1200V, 80mΩ SiC MOSFETs from Microsemi. They are built on patented SiC MOSFET technology, which features best-in-class RDS(on) vs. temperature, ultra-low gate resistance for minimizing switching energy loss, superior maximum switching frequency, and outstanding ruggedness with superior short circuit withstand.

Richardson RFPD
richardsonrfpd.com

December 2014

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Mini-Circuits

Mini-Circuits announced that throughout the month of December, customers can buy any quantity of any catalog model from its web store, and receive a 10% dis­count on the purchase. The discount applies to all catalog models listed at minicircuits.com for all quantities and prices as shown. Customers will receive the Holiday Season Discount on all orders placed online from December 1 through December 31 without restriction on the number of orders placed. The offer expires on December 31, 2014.

Narda Microwave

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Narda Microwave is celebrating its 60th year in business in 2014. Narda started in 1954 in a small storefront in Mineola, New York, offering innovative solutions for microwave applications. Sixty years later, Narda is recognized worldwide for highly reliable RF and microwave components, complex integrated microwave assemblies, and compact RF subsystems, serving commercial and military markets.

Today, Narda offers one of the largest selections of off-the-shelf RF and microwave components in the industry.  Narda’s 2014 catalog, the most comprehensive reference in the company’s 60-year history, features more than 700 models and 125 new products. To learn more about Narda Microwave and its products, please visit www.nardamicrowave.com.

ARC Technologies

ARC Technologies announced the launch of AC2ES (ARC Clear Conductive Electromagnetic Shielding).

ARC Technologies’ AC2ES material offers flexibility and versatility for applications requiring transparent EMI shielding materials. These ultrathin, flexible films use the latest nanotechnology to provide high levels shielding effectiveness while remaining optically clear, for use in commercial and industrial electronic applications requiring transparent solutions for shielding materials. The AC2ES materials can be flat or shaped into three-dimensional (3D) forms, and are available in sheets or rolls with conductivity between 0.1 and 6.0 Ω/square, 70% to 80% transparency, and shielding effectiveness (SE) of 20 to 40 dB from 2 to 18 GHz.