A new low power I/Q modulator from Linear Technology enables battery-powered transmitters operating in the 30MHz to 1.3GHz frequency bands, breaking new ground in power consumption, sideband suppression, carrier leakage and dynamic range performance. The LTC5599 modulator, powered from a single 2.7V to 3.6V supply, draws only 28mA current, less than 60% that of alternative solutions—with no performance sacrifice.
Online Learning Portal
The NI AWR Design Environment™ E-Learning Portal gives current customers* of NI AWR software the ability to learn more about the powerful tools, technologies and applications of the software as their time and interest allows. The portal offers jumpstart training modules that help customers cover all aspects of the software in about an hour and technical archives that contain a full compilation of technical application notes, white papers and educational web events—all conveniently located for fast and easy access.
The new LB5908L Power Sensor measures RF power at frequencies from 9 kHz to 8 GHz, making it ideal for source calibration and EMC testing applications. It has excellent sensitivity and measures from -60 dBm to +20 dBm. It has three interfaces, giving it new never-before -available connectivity. Customers can connect to the sensor using USBTMC, USB HID, or the optional SPI/IIC interface. It has a built in real-time clock and measurement storage. Once programmed, it can make and store over 100 million measurements with no computer or power meter connected.
Rack Mount Amplifier
Mini-Circuits’ new HPA-272+ high-power rack mount amplifier is capable of amplifying signals up to 100 W across its entire operating bandwidth of 700 – 2700 MHz. It delivers 48 dB typical gain with ±1.7 dB gain flatness across its entire operating frequency range. Its wide bandwidth covers popular application bands including wireless communications, SATCOM, and radar in a single instrument, and its high gain performance and output power support a variety of high power test applications such as EMI, reliability testing, RF power stress testing, and more.
IMD Direct Connect Solution
OML introduced the industry’s first direct connect solution for mm-wave Intermodulation Distortion (IMD) measurements. IMD is an industry standard technique revealing the linearity of an amplifier using a two-tone measurement. OML’s direct connect solution provides you the capability to measure IMD as well as gain compression and S-parameters. Compatible with modern network analyzers, OML offers mechanical compatibility with existing probe stations and ability to upgrade existing module for IMD capabilities.
Saelig Company Inc. announced the Owon TDS7102, a 100MHz four-channel benchtop scope with touch-screen capabilities that make instrument setting, operation, and adjustment faster and more intuitive. With 1GSa/s signal capturing on all four channels simultaneously, a 7.6MSa record length, and 50,000 wfmSa/s capture rate, zooming in and finding fast, intermittent pulses is now much quicker and simpler. Controlling waveform position, display, and triggering is much faster with touch control, but buttons are also provided to offer conventional operation.
Isola announced a free Impedance and Power-Handling Calculator that predicts the design attributes for microstrips and striplines based on the design’s target impedance and dielectric properties of the company’s RF, microwave and millimeter-wave laminate materials. This new tool supports Isola’s earlier announcement of a Design Review Service, in which its technical staff will provide PCB fabricators and OEMs all of the calculations, testing, characterizations and material recommendations needed to convert to Isola’s materials.
High Speed Interconnects announced a new range of flexible cable assemblies which outperform semi-rigid cable performance. Combining advanced coaxial cable and proprietary VP90™ expanded PTFE (ePTFE) extrusion technologies, HSI is able to manufacture highly phase-stable, low-loss interconnect solutions for a wide variety of applications. Coaxial cable sizes range from 16-52AWG, with most cables exhibiting insertion losses of less than 1.00 db per foot with little to no phase change.
High Speed Interconnects
Cable Assembly Builder
San-tron announced the launch of their new website that features a robust product finder, which pulls from San-tron’s extensive library of RF and microwave coaxial connectors and adapters, as well as a simple, user-friendly cable assembly builder. Both tools feed into their new “My Quote” system, which allows multiple products to be added at once including a new custom quote option.
RFMW announced sales support for Peregrine Semiconductor’s 2-bit, fast-switching digital step attenuator (DSA). The PE43205 offers 29nS switching time when transitioning between 6, 12 or 18 dB of attenuation. Simple, coarse attenuation is a great benefit for robust receiver gain control designs. Specified from 35MHz to 6GHz, the PE43205 offers IIP3 of 61dBm for highly linear, wide dynamic range circuits.
The MLSP-Series of YIG-based wideband synthesizers are specifically designed for VSAT applications. They provide 1 kHz frequency resolution over the 600 MHz to 20 GHz frequency range. Power levels of +8 to +13 dBm are provided throughout the series and full band tuning speed is 6 mSec. The units are 5” x 3” x 1” high and fit a 2 slot PXI chassis.
Micro Lambda Wireless
PMI Model No. PL-MCU-ENET-TTL-MAH is an Ethernet Microcontroller Test Box which allows for an ethernet command to be sent up to 18 paralell TTL output bits. This controller can be used with may PMI products that required parallel digital commands, such as switches, attenuators, phase shifters and IQ Modulators.
Planar Monolithics Industries
OML’s Signal Generator Frequency Extension Module can extend the frequency range of your existing 20 GHz microwave synthesizer to millimeter wave frequencies. Modules are available to span the waveguide bands between 50 and 500 GHz. These source modules are RoHS compliant. In addition, an option is available for manual power sweeps using a micrometer as a tuning mechanism.
Coaxicom’s 3993 series of Phase Adjusters are designed to deliver a means of phase adjustment over frequency ranges up to 18 GHz. The 3993-2 SMA Phase Adjustable connector has an adjustment range of over 180 degrees and a maximum VSWR of 1.30:1. The 3993-2 is a phase adjustable SMA plug (male) direct solder connector for RG402 (0.141" semi-rigid) or Coaxicom's ultra-flex and blue-flex cables. Available from stock.
Anritsu’s VectorStar ME7838D broadband system provides industry-best frequency coverage of 70 kHz to 145 GHz in a single sweep using a coaxial test port. Best-in-class dynamic range, calibration and measurement stability, and measurement speed.
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M/A-COM Technology Solutions announced a new high power MMIC amplifier ideal for X-Band communication and radar applications. The MAAP-015036, a two stage 8.5 – 10.5 GHz GaAs MMIC power amplifier, has a saturated pulsed output power of 42 dBm, a large signal gain of 17 dB and a typical 43 % power added efficiency. It can be biased using a direct gate voltage or using an on-chip gate bias circuit.
Richardson RFPD, Inc. announced availability and full design support capabilities for a new silicon carbide power Z-FET® from Cree, Inc. The C2M0040120D is a 1200V, 40mOhm RDS(on) SiC MOSFET that features N-channel enhancement mode and is available in a TO-247-3 package. Benefits include higher system efficiency, reduced cooling requirements, and increased system switching frequency and reliability.
The Iso-Divider represents a marriage of Crane Electronics’ Passive and Ferrite products. It is a higher isolation power divider which removes the need to additional components and connectors. Removing these improves reliability and allows the electrical performance to be enhanced. This product provides the ability for a Satellite receiver or transmitter to share antennas in a redundant configuration--a critical function which demands low insertion loss and exceptional performance.
MITEQ’s new Model JS5-26004000-32-18P is a state-of-the-art 26 to 40 GHz low-noise high gain amplifier with only 3.2 dB maximum noise figure and +18 dBm minimum P1dB. This model has a gain of 32 dB minimum in a small hermetically sealed package with field replaceable K-connectors. MIL-883 screening is also available. This model is also available as RoHS compliant, along with different options such as low gain, nose figure and power output.
Tango Wave, provider of Satellite Communications (SATCOM) power amplifier products, announced their new website (tango-wave.com) is up and running. Tango Wave is a manufacturer of high-power, high-linearity outdoor unit (ODU) Traveling Wave Tube Amplifiers (TWTAs) and subsystems designed for direct-to-home (DTH), global up-linking, satellite news gathering (DSNG/SNG), broadcasting, voice/data, mobile up-linking and maritime applications.
RFMD’s Power ICs are wideband power amplifiers designed for CW and pulsed applications such as wireless infrastructure, radar, two-way radios, and general purpose TX amplification. These input matched GaN transistors are packaged in an air cavity ceramic package, which provides excellent thermal stability through the use of advanced heat-sink and power dissipation technologies.