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Waveguide Calibration Kit

Model STQ-TO-12-U3-CKIT1 is a E-band waveguide vector network analyzer (VNA) calibration kit designed to work with industry standard network analyzers in the frequency range of 60 to 90 GHz. The calibration kit consists of two straight waveguide sections, one fixed short, one fixed matching load, one sliding load, one ¼ wavelength offset, two waveguide quick connects, ten 3/32 hex head waveguide screws, a 3/32" hex waveguide screw driver and one calibration data USB drive. The calibration kit is collected in a wooden box and is an ideal higher performance metrology grade calibration set for VNA system calibrations.

SAGE Millimeter
Sagemillimeter.com

Doppler Measuring System

Spacek Labs Model DS-940HD is a cost-effective Doppler measuring system. The center frequency of the model shown is 94 GHz with +/- 50 MHz of bias tuning. The output power of the DS-940HD is 20 mW at the horn antenna. The Gunn oscillator incorporates a GaAs Gunn diode with an input bias of +4.5 to +5.5 VDC @ 1.0A typ. Heat is dissipated with an integrated heatsink. This assembly is delivered with a WR-10 horn antenna, an integrated isolator, circulator and a Spacek Labs W band detector, Model DW-2. It allows real-time Doppler measurements including direction (to and from radar) up to a distance of 10 feet depending on size of object. These systems are available from 18 to 110 GHz in all standard waveguide bands.

Spacek Labs
spaceklabs.com

BGA Pocket Adapter

Ironwood Electronics' new high performance BGA Socket Adapter, LS-BGA256E-15, allows user to convert compression mount BGA socket which needs mounting holes (in target PCB) into conventional through hole soldering options. The adapter consists of machined Brass pins pressed into an FR4 wafer. The top side of adapter has gold plated pads to receive socket interconnect and the bottom side has 0.008" diameter pin tails. The adapter can be soldered to any thru-hole pattern using conventional soldering methods or plugged into mating female receptacle.

Ironwood Electronics
ironwoodelectronics.com

Continuing Education

Studies reveal that within each 3-5 year period, one-half of an engineer’s technical knowledge becomes obsolete. New graduates soon discover that university education provides only the foundation of knowledge that is realistically needed to perform well in the industry. Continued education is a must for survival in today’s competitive market. Application of modern computer-aided engineering to RF and microwave circuit and system design is vital to manufacturing products with high quality and yield. Modernization of the design laboratory and production floor is critical to maintaining a competitive edge.

Besser Associates
besserassociates.com

Innovative Manufacturing Solutions

Ducommun serves the avionics, communications, defense, industrial, intelligent traffic systems, medical, and test equipment markets with millimeter wave products. We design and manufacture products including amplifiers, antennas (horn and patch), mixers, oscillators, multipliers, radar sensors, industrial grade phase shifters, lab components, up/down-converters, along with sub-systems and integrated assemblies.

Ducommun
ducommun.com

Edge Launch Connectors

1.85mm, 2.4mm, 2.92mm, 3.5mm, & SMA Series readily available for 0.062” thick PCB’s. Electrical:  50 Ohm, Low VSWR, Low Insertion Loss, Mode Free through 65 GHz. Materials: Beryllium Copper Gold plated Components. Dielectrics are PCTFE (PolyChloroTriFluoroEthylene) (SMA Fluorocarbon (PTFE)) Available for immediate delivery – Same day shipping for all stock items.

SGMC Microwave is a registered ISO 9001:2015 manufacturer of precision coaxial connectors including cable connectors, adapters, and receptacles.

SGMC Microwave
sgmcmicrowave.com

Flexible Waveguide (Flexguide) Section

Model SWG-15020-FB-F is a 2” (50.8 mm) long, V-band flexible waveguide section with a WR-15 waveguide and UG-385/U flange. It also has a polysulfide rubber jacket for robustness applications. The waveguide features a flexible bend to be long-term stress free when it is integrated into systems. The waveguide is manufactured with a precision manufacturing process to ensure high quality. The waveguide has low insertion loss in the frequency range of 50 to 75 GHz. Various standard and custom length options are available under different model numbers.

SAGE Millimeter
sagemillimeter.com

Bidirectional Amplifier

The NuPower Xtender™ VU4GX01 VHF/UHF Bidirectional Amplifier module is a small, broadband, high-performance RF embedded OEM amplifier that generates 4 watts of linear RF power across the 225 to 512 MHz frequency range. It is ideal for extending the communication range of half-duplex transceivers with constant-envelope waveforms (i.e. PSK- and FSK-based modulations, such as SOQPSK and GFSK), and generates 10 Watts of RF transmit power. The module accepts a +5 dBm input level and provides 35 dB of transmit gain, all while operating with 30% or better power efficiency at most frequencies. In receive mode, it offers a low noise figure of 3.5 dB and incorporates a low noise amplifier that provides 15 dB of gain.

NuWaves Engineering
nuwaves.com

RF Probes

Pasternack’s extended line of coaxial RF probes now includes 4 models that deliver 10 dB maximum return loss over the broad frequency range of DC-40 GHz. These probes are offered in GS and GSG configurations with a pitch of 800 or 1500 microns and a 2.92mm interface. They are gold-plated and have compliant pogo pin contacts that allow for a wide range of probing angles. These RF coaxial probes can be used by hand, with or without a probe positioner, and can be cable mounted or mounted with Pasternack’s multi-axis probe positioner. They are ideal for signal integrity measurement, chip evaluation, coplanar waveguide, Gigabit SERDES, substrate characterization and test fixture applications.

Pasternack
pasternack.com

Vertical Launch Connectors

Pasternack’s new series of vertical launch connectors consists of 12 models that provide VSWR as low as 1.3:1 and maximum operating frequency of up to 50 GHz, depending on the model. These launches boast a reusable clamp attachment and can be used for microstrip or stripline. They are offered in male and female versions, covering 2.4mm, 2.92mm and SMA interfaces, and all models provide solderless installation. These removable vertical launches feature a stainless steel outer conductor, gold-plated beryllium copper center contact and Polyetherimide (PEI) insulators. They are ideal for high-speed backplanes, signal integrity measurements, semiconductor verification boards, multi-channel tests and SERDES applications.

Pasternack
pasternack.com

Power Sensor with Security Features

LadyBug Technologies, a leader in RF Power measurement, announced its LB5900 Series Power Sensors Security Options for commercial and military applications. Models with frequency coverage up to 40 GHz are available. Security options include Option SEC -- secure erase -- and Option MIL – memory write prohibited. For the highest level of security, Option MIL prevents any user information from being stored in the sensor but still allows a very high level of usability, including programmatic control. Items such as presets, internal user cal tables, simple and frequency dependent offsets, will be lost when the power is removed. Each time the sensor is powered, it will appear as it did when it was first delivered.

LadyBug Technologies
ladybug-tech.com

Modular RF Switch Control System 

Modular System Controls has developed a modular system for OEMs to control RF switches, attenuators, synthesizers and other devices. The traditional OEM approach has been to use generic commercial off-the-shelf serial, Ethernet or GPIB digital interface boards to control their systems. These boards typically have up to 16 8-bit ports with 128 total I/O lines with a control format that may only support byte oriented commands.

Modular System Controls
ModularSystemControls.com

Power Amps and More

Exodus Advanced Communications is a multinational RF communication equipment and engineering service company serving both commercial and government entities and their affiliates worldwide. Headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada, the company utilizes its global network of resources to effectively serve customer requirements.

Exodus Advanced Communications
exoduscomm.com

YIG-Tuned Components: Trust the Leader

YIG technology is the most effective solution to a variety of RF and microwave frequency generation and filtering challenges — especially when the absolute lowest phase noise and multi-octave tuning is required. At Micro Lambda we've dedicated ourselves to the art of YIG-tuned designs and perfecting the science of manipulating YIG behavior. We offer you the latest suite of standard products, customization capabilities, and the best customer support.

Micro Lambda Wireless
microlambdawireless.com

Coils, Conicals, and More

For more than 50 years, Gowanda has been a leading manufacturer of board-level magnetic inductive components for the OEM electronics marketplace. Our extensive product line includes axial-lead & surface mount RF and power inductors, chip coils, conicals, lead and lead-free designs, pot cores, qualified product list (QPL) components, shielded/unshielded designs, switching power supply magnetics, toroids, transformers, tunable coils, and application-specific configurations.

Gowanda Electronics
gowanda.com

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60 to 90 GHz Feed Horn Antenna

Model SAF-6039031340-141-S1-122-DP is a dual polarized, WR-12 scalar feed horn antenna assembly that covers several popular 5G bands in the frequency range of 60 to 90 GHz. The antenna features an integrated orthomode transducer (OMT) that provides high port isolation and cross-polarization cancellation and a broad band scalar horn that provides low sidelobe levels. The OMT enables the antenna to separate a circular or elliptical polarized waveform into two linear, orthogonal waveforms or vice versa. The dual polarized horn also supports either vertical or horizontal polarized waveguide forms with more than 30 dB cross polarization rejections.

SAGE Millimeter
sagemillimeter.com

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71 to 76 GHz E Band Junction Isolator & Circulator

Model SNW-7137630818-12-I1 is an E band waveguide junction isolator that covers the frequency range of 71 to 76 GHz. Compared with a Faraday isolator, the waveguide junction isolator offers at insertion loss of 0.8 dB typical and a much shorter insertion length for system integration. As a tradeoff, the waveguide junction isolator only offers a nominal isolation of 18 dB. Model SNW-7137630818-12-C1 is an E band, waveguide junction circulator that covers the frequency range of 71 to 76 GHz.

SAGE Millimeter
sagemillimeter.com

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26.5 GHz RF Downconverter

The SC5318A is a C to K broadband single-stage downconverter, converting frequencies from 6 GHz to 26.5 GHz down to 50 MHz to 3 GHz. The LO frequency range is from 6 to 26.5 GHz with an input LO range from 6 to 14 GHz. An internal frequency doubler multiplies the input LO range up to 26.5 GHz. This module also features an internal 26.5 GHz synthesized LO, RF preamplifier, and variable gain control, making it a standalone module. The SC5318A may be paired together for MIMO applications such as ground-based satellite communications, point-to-point radio, and test instrument systems.

SignalCore
signalcore.com

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Power Sensors for IoT Bluetooth Testing

LadyBug Technologies’ LB479A and LB480A are ideal for testing Bluetooth devices. The sensors have very good dynamic range and are suitable for measuring radiated power as well as direct connectivity to the Bluetooth DUT. Both sensors provide statistical pulse measurement capability. This capability is ideal for manufacturing test systems where a quick numerical measurement of average and pulse power is 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
ladybug-tech.com

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Multicoax Connector

Amphenol Ardent Concepts has released a new form factor of its TR Multicoax connector. The connector was designed specifically for solving signal integrity issues caused by serpentine trace routing from high speed devices. TR Equal Trace delivers superior signal integrity from multiple high-speed channels in an arched footprint, making it ideal for applications where equal and short trace lengths are imperative for performance tuning. In these cases, TR Equal Trace can eliminate the need to create complicated serpentine traces, helping to ensure signals reach their destination at the same time in data and clock routing for peak performance. The tight pitch of TR Equal Trace gets the connector closer to the device to reduce signal loss.

Amphenol Ardent Concepts
ardentconcepts.com

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Broadband LNA

The HILNA™ GPS C034 is a broadband low noise amplifier designed to achieve high gain while maintaining low noise and a high third order intercept point, and is specifically targeted for the L1 (1575.43 MHz) and L2 (1227.6 MHz) GPS signals. This ruggedized, high-performance module delivers 32 dB of gain across the frequency range of 1200 MHz to 1600 MHz with an OIP3 of +30 dBm and less than 1 dB of noise figure. The HILNA™ GPS C034 is also usable up to 2000 MHz with over 28 dB of gain.

NuWaves Engineering
nuwaves.com

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Band Reject Filter

Model JTIDS-0001-TNS is an ultra-small band reject filter centered at 1085 MHz. This filter rejects frequencies from 960 to 1210 MHz and was specifically designed for Military JDITS applications. Other specifications include notch Bandwidth of 250 MHz; passband insertion loss 6.0 dB; and VSWR of 2.0:1. Physical size is 1.5"L x 0.5"W x 0.5"H and contains TNC female IN/OUT connectors.

Planar Monolithics Industries
pmi-rf.com

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MLCC Capacitors

The AEC-Q200 series of MLCC capacitors has had a range extension increasing the available working voltage from 2kV up to a maximum of 4kV. Designed for EV applications where ever higher voltages are needed, but where a margin for derating has to be accommodated for - ideal for power train use, like battery management and invertors. Available in X7R dielectric, and with capacitance up to 22nF, this extension joins an already comprehensive offering of Syfer AEC-Q200 qualified MLCC capacitors and complements the extensive AEC-Q200 qualified components KPD offer. Available as standard with KPD’s lead-free, RoHS and REACH compliant, FlexiCap termination for crack prevention and high number thermal cycle withstand.

Knowles Precision Devices
knowles.com

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Capacitors

PPI offers traditional Hi-Q, Low ESR, Multilayer Ceramic Capacitors. The 2225C/P (.220" x .250") and 3838C/P (.380" x .380") case size capacitors have an increased Operating Temperature qualified to 200°C. These capacitors exhibit Low ESR/ESL, Low Noise, High RF Power, High Self-Resonance, as well as ultra-stable performance over temperature and available in NP0 dielectrics & P90. Typical Functional Applications: Bypass, Coupling, Tuning, Impedance Matching and D.C. Blocking. Typical Circuit Applications: UHF/VHF RF Power Amplifiers, Antenna Tuning, Plasma Chambers and Medical.

Passive Plus
passiveplus.com

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GNSS LNA

Skyworks announced its latest GNSS low-noise amplifier (LNA) front-end modules (FEMs), the SKY65933-11 and SKY65943-11. These turnkey GNSS connectivity solutions feature Skyworks’ proprietary TC-SAW filters, are designed specifically for IoT applications including smartwatches, action cameras, drones, asset trackers and personal navigation devices, and can be easily integrated by wireless module and IoT device manufacturers. Both modules come in a compact 2.5 x 2.5 mm Multi-Chip Module (MCM) package with surface-mount technology and offer extremely low leakage current (1 uA max) ─ a key benefit for battery powered IoT devices.

Skyworks
skyworksinc.com

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Wirewound Ferrite Beads

Coilcraft offers a broad range of wirewound ferrite beads in standard package sizes from 0201 (0603) to 1812 (4532). Superior attenuation and frequency performance enable smaller solution sizes compared to traditional thick-film chip ferrite beads. Ferrite beads are used as low pass filters to eliminate high frequency noise while allowing low frequency signals or DC current to pass through a circuit. Coilcraft wirewound ferrite beads feature a ferrite construction and heavy gauge wire for high current handling. They provide extremely low DCR while maintaining high filtering impedance across a wide bandwidth – up to GHz band.

Coilcraft
coilcraft.com

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BGA Socket Design

Ironwood Electronics has recently introduced a new BGA socket design using high performance elastomer capable of 75GHz, very low inductance and wide temperature applications. The GT-BGA-2086 socket is designed for 21x21 mm package size and operates at bandwidths up to 75GHz with less than 1dB of insertion loss. The socket is designed to dissipate few watts using compression screw and can be customized up to 300 watts with modified fin design on top of the screw and adding axial flow fan. The contact resistance is typically 30 milliohms per pin. The socket is mounted on the target PCB with no soldering, and uses very small real estate allowing capacitors/resistors to be placed close by.

Ironwood Electronics
ironwoodelectronics.com

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Fully Differential Amplifiers/ADC Drivers

Analog Devices announced the LTC6363-0.5, LTC6363-1 and LTC6363-2 Precision, Fixed-Gain, Fully Differential Amplifiers, creating a family of ultra-precision fixed-gain variants of the successful LTC6363 amplifier. The new offerings are available in fixed gains of 0.5, 1 and 2V/V which provide flexibility when scaling inputs to the full range of ADCs. The precision resistors, which are integrated in LTC6363-0.5, LTC6363-1 and LTC6363-2, have been designed with overall system performance in mind, striking a balance between noise and linearity, and utilizing laser trimmed factory calibration to achieve a level of precision which is difficult and costly to achieve discretely.

Analog Devices
analog.com

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Auto Radar Echo Generator

The R&S AREG100A automotive radar echo generator reliably tests radar sensors in the 24 GHz ISM band and in the E band at 77 GHz or 79 GHz. It simulates echoes of up to four artificial target objects at fixed distances. User-configurable Doppler offsets can optionally be applied to simulate radial movement of the objects. The R&S AREG100A is a future-proof solution for testing advanced long-range and short-range radars. It supports bandwidths up to 4 GHz in the E band and can simulate objects at a minimum distance of 4 m if the distance between the frontend and the DUT is 80 cm. With this approach, Rohde & Schwarz offers its customers an extraordinary degree of test flexibility, from simple to complex.

Rohde & Schwarz
rohde-schwarz.com

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Type N Female Bulkhead Adapters

Frequency Range: DC to 18 GHz (Mode FREE) Electrical: 50 Ohm, Low VSWR & Low Insertion Loss VSWR: 1.15:1 Max @ 18 GHz (Typical VSWR 1.05:1 through 18 GHz) O-Ring seal captivated within the flange body groove Materials: Passivated 303 Stainless Steel or Nickel Plated Brass available Dielectrics Fluorocarbon (PTFE) Available for immediate delivery – Same day shipping for all stock items

SGMC Microwave
sgmcmicrowave.com

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Insulated Wire Inc.

Insulated Wire Inc. is pleased to announce that following the retirement of a French delegate, IW Microwave Products Division President, John Morelli, has been appointed as the Secretary for IEC/SC46F, a subcommittee of IEC/TC46. IEC/SC46F is responsible for RF and Microwave Connectors and Components International Standardization.

Mr. Morelli, who is sponsored by Insulated Wire, brings significant RF/Microwave connector and component experience to the position, and we congratulate him on his new appointment. Mr. Morelli had been serving as the chief Technical Advisor for the US National Committee’s Technical Advisory Group to IEC/SC46F.

The US National Committee of the IEC is a fully integrated entity of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

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IEEE International Conference on Mobile Terahertz Systems 2018 (ICMTS 2018) Duisburg, July 2-4, 2018

IMS 2018, Philadelphia, June 10-15, 2018

WAMICON, Clearwater, April 9-10, 2018