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RFIC Test System

NI’s PXI-based RFIC test system combines its vector signal transceiver (VST), high-speed digitizer, and source measure unit (SMU) technology into an integrated system for WLAN, UMTS, and LTE power amplifier test. In version 2.0, NI has added LTE-advanced multicarrier support, with EVM and ACP measurements on up to 5 component carriers. In addition, the new version natively integrates NI’s SMU technology for integrated power added efficiency (PAE) measurements.

National Instruments
IMS Booth # 1529

Power Inductors

The XEL40xx Series is offered with lower inductance values that have been fully optimized for high frequency applications. They also offer extremely low DCR (as low as 2.5 mOhms) and ultra-low AC losses, resulting in the highest efficiency across a range of frequencies (2 to 5+ MHz).  They are offered with current ratings as high as 28.5 Amps, and their soft saturation characteristics can withstand high current spikes.

IMS Booth # 1826


SGMC Microwave’s SSMA series are precision grade connectors designed for use with microwave applications requiring excellent performance up to 34 GHz and beyond to 40 GHz. The SSMA series is mechanically compatible with our very own ASSMA connector series. SGMC offers an extensive line of SSMA precision adapters, receptacles, and cable connectors for various semi-rigid and flexible coaxial cables.  Special designs are also available upon request.

SGMC Microwave
IMS Booth # 2330



AGP series general purpose amplifiers are discrete and/or MMIC PHEMT based amplifiers that operate at the frequency range between 18 to 96 GHz for gain added applications. The amplifiers are offered in two categories, namely, standard and custom built. The custom built amplifiers are offered in various RF interfaces, including standard waveguide or coax connectors, for convenient system integration. The optional input and output integrated isolators are available to further improve the port return loss.

IMS Booth # 1417

Simulation Software

CST STUDIO SUITE is an EM simulation software package containing solvers for applications across the electromagnetic spectrum, as well as multiphysics and particle applications. All of its tools are available within a single graphical user interface with strong integration between them. Engineers use CST STUDIO SUITE to develop new ideas, optimize their products, and ensure standards compliance. The 2016 release packs a number of new features that allow simulation to be used in new ways in the design process.

IMS Booth # 739

Power Sensor Video Filters

LadyBug Technologies’ latest LB480A RF Power Sensor filters & bandwidth option offers a broad selection of video filters suitable for various RF & microwave modulation applications. The detected video filters include a selection of 9 frequencies between 100 kHz and 10 MHz.  They are ideal for honing in on your signals modulation information and can reduce noise not associated with the desired video information. Signals can be cleaned and important information extracted by combining the video filters with LadyBug’s advanced averaging techniques.

LadyBug Technologies
IMS Booth # 921

Chip Termination

Barry Industries introduced an ultra-broadband, DC to 60 GHz chip termination for microwave applications. The uniquely designed TV0404FA-50R0JN-91 has been third-party tested to show a typical return loss of 18.5dB or better over a DC to 60GHz bandwidth. The TV0404FA-50R0JN-91 is a compact, 0404 (1.016 x 1.016mm) size chip constructed of robust thick film on alumina with a wire-bondable input pad and epoxy or solderable ground.

Barry Industries
IMS Booth # 1217

Test Cables

Pasternack announced a new line of flexible precision VNA test cables rated to 50 and 67 GHz, depending on the series. Designed for use as VNA test port extenders, these highly durable and flexible test cables are able to withstand the rigors of test lab use where these cables are constantly flexed during common testing situations.

IMS Booth # 2423

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Power Divider

MECA announced its latest addition to an extensive line of stripline Power Dividers with the 802-2-9.500, 2-way splitter covering 1 to 18 GHz.  Available with SMA female connectors, optimized for excellent performance with industry leading specifications offering typical VSWR’s ranging from 1.20:1, Isolation of 25dB typical, with exceptional phase and amplitude.

MECA Electronics
IMS Booth # 818

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Model SFB-12-E2 is an E-Band, externally biased balanced mixer. The main advantage of external biasing is that it requires only 0 to +3 dBm local oscillator (LO) power when a DC bias of +5 VDC is applied. This eliminates the requirement of an expensive local oscillator and makes system integration more affordable. The mixer supports full waveguide band operation for both LO and RF frequencies from 60 to 90 GHz with extreme broad band IF output from DC to 30 GHz.

SAGE Millimeter
IMS Booth # 302

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Amplifier Systems

At OPHIR RF, we don't think you should pay for extra bandwidth you don't need. We provide our customers with efficient choices. Among the multi-application broadband 0.8-4.2GHz, you can select from 0.7-3.0GHz, 0.8-2.0GHz, 0.8-2.5GHz, 1.0-3.0GHz, and 2.0-4.0GHz, as well as other popular broadband frequencies. OPHIR RF designs and manufactures its products in the USA. 

Ophir RF
IMS Booth # 1729

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Frequency Extension Module

The V10VNA2 Series will expand your existing Vector Network Analyzer capabilities in order to conduct millimeter wave S-parameter measurements in WR-10 (75-110 GHz). With a typical dynamic range of 110 dB, this unit also offers options including manual adjustable attenuation, low power and intermodulation (IMD). Contact OML for even more options and capabilities.

IMS Booth # 1333

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Signal Source

The SC5511A is a compact, high-performance VCO-based synthesized signal source with very low phase noise and an amplitude control of 0.01 dB throughout its -30 dBm to +7 dBm output power range. Using a unique multiple phase-locked loop architecture, phase spurs are kept below -70 dBc across the entire tuning range, even at 1 Hz step resolution. Download the Product Brief and see why this module’s impressive features and specs make it stand out compared to other small modular synthesizers.

IMS Booth # 412

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LDMOS Transistor

Richardson RFPD announced availability and full design support capabilities for a new LDMOS transistor from NXP Semiconductors. The MRF8VP13350NR3 is a 350W CW transistor designed for industrial, scientific and medical (ISM) applications in the 700 MHz to 1300 MHz frequency range. It is capable of 350W CW or pulse power in narrowband operation. The new device is internally input matched for ease of use, and it can be used single-ended or in a push-pull configuration.

Richardson RFPD
IMS Booth # 1918

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USB Spectrum Analyzers

Tektronix expanded its line of USB-based real-time spectrum analyzers with 4 new higher-performance models targeting design, spectrum management and wireless transmitter installation and maintenance applications. The new RSA500 and RSA600 series of analyzers offer frequency coverage from 9 kHz up to 7.5 GHz with 40 MHz acquisition bandwidth, a measurement dynamic range from -161 dBm/Hz Displayed Average Noise Level, and up to +30 dBm maximum input.

IMS Booth # 2449

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Low Noise Amplifier

Model ABL0150-02-2916 is high dynamic range PIN diode limiter protected pHEMT transistor based low noise amplifier module offering 29 dB of linear gain and 1.6 dB noise figure over the frequency range from 30 MHz to 1.5 GHz. The maximum input, no damage RF power can be as high as 30 dBm at RF input port. The unit has a built in voltage regulator, and a reverse polarity protection diode.

Wenteq Microwave
IMS Booth # 328

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Cooling Material

Rogers Corp.’s Power Electronics Solutions (PES) group has introduced its latest high-performance cooling material, curamik® CoolPerformance Plus. curamik CoolPerformance Plus is an advanced liquid-cooled material designed to dissipate large amounts of heat and provide reliable thermal management of high-power laser diodes and other heat-generating optical devices.

Rogers Corp.
IMS Booth # 2039

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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”.


Rogers Corp. to Exhibit, Provide Education at DesignCon

Rogers Corp. will be exhibiting (booth # 702) and educating at the upcoming DesignCon ( 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 ( 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.