Monday, September 20, 2021

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GaN on SiC Solutions for mMIMO

Wolfspeed continues to extend its range of RF solutions for mMIMO cellular infrastructure applications. With discrete and module options that both include an asymmetric Doherty design; engineers have the flexibility to integrate the right product into their system architecture to maximize performance and enable a smaller and lighter system that consumes less power.

Wolfspeed is leading the transformation from silicon to silicon carbide and GaN as we shape the future of semiconductor markets: the transition to electric vehicles, the move to faster 5G networks, the evolution of renewable energy and energy storage, and the advancement of industrial applications.


Peak and Pulse Power Sensor

LadyBug Technologies’ LB479A thermally stable peak and pulse sensor utilizes patented technology to deliver no drift, high accuracy statistical pulse information along with average power. No user zeroing is required. The measurements are direct pulse measurement and are NOT calculated from duty cycle.

The USB Sensor offers frequency coverage from 10 MHz to 8 GHz. Unlike similar pulse sensors, the sensor’s full -60 dBm sensitivity is available in pulse mode. The product’s broad frequency range combined with excellent sensitivity make it ideal for IoT, satellite, radar, Bluetooth, and defense applications. In average mode, the sensor can make over 2,000 settled measurements per second continuously, making it ideal for antenna testing requiring many measurements and high sensitivity.

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Programmable Attenuator

PMI Model No. DTA-13G14G-40-8-CD-1-20DBM is an 8-Bit Programmable Attenuator that operates over the 13.0 to 14.0 GHz frequency range. It has a minimum attenuation range of 40 dB and a maximum insertion loss of 5 dB. This Attenuator has a maximum VSWR of 2.0:1 and a maximum switching time of 1.0 µs. This model is outfitted with SMA female connectors and a female 15 Pin Micro-D in a housing measuring 2.00" x 1.80" x 0.50".

Planar Monolithics Industries

Bring RF/Wireless Training to Your Site

Any of Besser Associates’ courses can be presented on-site at your location at a time that is convenient to you. On-site training is available for domestic and international locations and has the following benefits:

protects proprietary information. avoids logistics and travel costs associated with training large numbers of people off-site. permits critical-function employees to be accessible for work while taking a class. frees engineers' time to design products rather than administrate training needs. schedule the course when you want it.

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New Products

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Capacitor Selection Tool

Passive Plus, Inc.’s (PPI) brand new online Capacitor Application Program (C.A.P.) helps Engineers and Designers select capacitors by inserting basic capacitor requirements (Cap value, Frequency). C.A.P then produces Scattering Matrices (S2P) Charts, electrical parameters (ESR, Q, Impedance), and available mechanical options (Case Size, Terminations, Mounting). Once engineers have determined their capacitor requirements, C.A.P. helps complete online Requests for Quotes (RFQs), datasheets, and sample requests if desired.

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SMA Female to SMA Female In-Series Adapter

Frequency Range: DC to 18 GHz / Usable up to 26.5 GHz (MODE FREE) Electrical: 50 Ohm, Low VSWR & Low Insertion Loss VSWR: 1.15:1 Max @ 18 GHz (Under 1.25:1 up to 26.5 GHz) Materials: Passivated 303 Stainless Steel or Gold Plated Beryllium Copper available Dielectric: Fluorocarbon (PTFE) Epoxy Captivated Overall Length 0.508” (12.90mm) Available for immediate delivery – Same day shipping for all stock items

SGMC Microwave

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Cross-Reference For Avantek YIG-tuned RF/Microwave Oscillators

Micro Lambda Wireless offers a complete line of hard-to-find Avantek™ YIG Tuned Oscillators. Frequency coverage is 500 MHz to 40 GHz. Micro Lambda Wireless has done extensive cross reference research and provides both catalog and special models. Available at the company’s website is a brief cross reference guide for Avantek’s™ catalog YIG tuned oscillators. Please contact Micro Lambda Wireless for special model Avantek cross references.

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VNA Cal Kit

For vector error correction procedures with your existing vector network analyzers, OML offers precision millimeter waveguide calibration kits with coverage from 50 GHz to 0.5 THz in four configurations: Universal, Standard, and Standard plus Sliding Load (except WR-02.2) and Standard plus additional Load and Short.


August 2021

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The August 2021 Online Edition is now available for viewing and download!

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Web Exclusives

94GHz Socket for LGA56

Ironwood Electronics introduced new LGA socket design using high performance elastomer capable of 94 GHz, very low inductance for ATE applications. The GTP-LGA-1002 socket is designed for 10x10 mm package size and operates at bandwidths up to 94 GHz with less than 1dB of insertion loss. Contact resistance is typically 30 milliohms per pin. Socket is mounted on the target PCB with no soldering, and uses very small real estate allowing capacitors/resistors to be placed close by. This socket utilizes swivel lid for initial setup. Once test program is verified, lid and protruded screws are removed.

New RF GaN X-Band Radar Solutions

Wolfspeed introduces four multi-stage GaN on SiC devices, extending its range of RF solutions for X-band radar applications. These new devices provide options for systems requiring high efficiency transmit solutions in challenging form factors. Offered in small, industry standard packages that allow designers to achieve maximum performance with smaller systems that consume less power.

Qorvo® to Create State-of-the-Art Semiconductor Packaging Center

Qorvo® has been selected by the U.S. government to create a State-of-the-Art (SOTA) Heterogeneous Integrated Packaging (SHIP) RF production and prototyping center. The SHIP program will ensure that microelectronics packaging expertise and leadership is available for both U.S. defense contractors and commercial clients that require design, validation, assembly, test and manufacturing of next-generation RF components.

The exclusive SHIP Other Transaction Agreement (OTA), worth up to $75 million, was awarded to Qorvo by the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC), Crane Division. This program is funded by the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering’s (OUSD R&E) Trusted and Assured Microelectronics Program (T&AM), and is administered by the Strategic & Spectrum Missions Advanced Resilient Trusted System (S²MARTS) Other Transaction Agreement (OTA), managed by National Security Technology Accelerator (NSTXL).

Under the SHIP program, Qorvo will design and deliver the highest levels of heterogeneous packaging integration. This is essential to meet the size, weight, power and cost (SWAP-C) requirements for next-generation phased array radar systems, unmanned vehicles, electronic warfare platforms and satellite communications.


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eBook: A Designer’s Primer on Radar Systems

Combined with advances in phased-array antennas and integration technologies, radars are moving beyond military/aerospace markets to address a host of commercial applications. This primer showcases how NI AWR software provides designers with the advanced modeling and simulation technologies needed to meet the challenges of all types of radar system design.

A Designer’s Primer on 5G Communications

Recent advances in NI AWR software are helping designers develop the antenna and RF front-end components that are making 5G a reality. This primer offers content on the innovative wizards and synthesis technologies that enable engineers designing 5G communications systems to deliver cost-effective, high performance, and high-reliability products to market.