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mmWave Building Blocks

American Technical Ceramics Corp. has released a wide variety of ultra-broadband and millimeter wave products to serve as basic building blocks in high speed communications applications. The product offering includes capacitors, resistors, and inductors through 40+ GHz. Richardson RFPD offers a broad, in-stock selection of these ATC devices—available for immediate delivery and with full design support.

Richardson RFPD

Power Supply

Versatile Power announced its line of BENCH 600W Programmable Power Supplies. The Versatile Power BENCH series are compact, programmable, DC power supplies and are nearly half the cost compared to the industry’s leading producer of power supplies. The power supply measures just 1.73 in. (44 mm) High x 8.82 in. (224 mm) Wide x 10.30 in. (262 mm) Deep and Weighs only 5.8 lbs. (2.6 Kg).

Versatile Power


Dow-Key’s new Reliant SwitchTM guarantees insertion loss repeatability of 0.03-dB from DC-to-26.5-GHz.  It’s a 1 x 6 bidirectional switch operating both in break-before-make or make-before-break applications and has a fast switching speed of 15-ms. The Reliant SwitchTM offers a variety of control options including +24Vdc coil voltage, TTL discrete logic, and CANBus. 

Dow-Key Microwave

Target Simulator

Rohde & Schwarz is now selling the ARTS turnkey radar target simulator from ITS and miro-sys. When combined with the R&S FSW high-end signal and spectrum analyzer and its analysis option for FM CW chirp signals, the ARTS constitutes an innovative test solution for the development and production of automotive radar sensors.

Rohde & Schwarz

Between-Series Adapters

SGMC’s between-series adapters feature: Frequency Range: DC-26.5 GHz; Low VSWR and Insertion Loss; Internally Swept Right Angle Design; Corrosion Resistant 303 Stainless Steel (Passivated); Ruggedized Construction for repeatability and reliability.

SGMC Microwave


The SC800 nanoSynth™is a fully integrated broadband CW signal synthesizer designed with a proprietary architecture in a rugged and miniature 2”x1” surface mountable package. Output frequency range is 25 MHz to 6 GHz with average output power of +10 dBm. Tuning at 1 Hz resolution, the multiple PLL design eliminates close-in phase spurs associated with fractional-N PLLs.



Models SWC-28KF-E1 and SWC-28KM-E1 are Ka band waveguide to coaxial inline adapters. The adapters offer a convenient mean for WR-28 waveguide to 2.92 mm (F) connector transition.  The inline configuration is particularly convenient for the coaxial testing cable to waveguide adaption. The adapter has less than 0.3 dB insertion loss and better than 1.3:1 VSWR in the frequency range of 26.5 to 40 GHz.

SAGE Millimeter


The LTC6430-20, a 20MHz to 2GHz differential input and output 20dB gain amplifier, offers outstanding linearity of +51 dBm OIP3 (Output Third Order Intercept) and 2.9 dB noise figure at 240 MHz. It has a best-in-class OP1dB (Output 1dB Compression Point) of +23.9 dBm. It is offered in an A-grade version, which is 100% tested and guaranteed to a minimum OIP3 of +44.8 dBm, with a typical of +48.3 dBm at 380MHz.

Linear Technology

Power Sensor

A new, fully self-contained 40 GHz RF and microwave power sensor can be interfaced using its USB HID, USBTMC or can be directly controlled through its I2C or SPI, serial microcontroller interfaces. These options make the sensor ideal for automated test equipment. All interfaces use standard SCPI commands. The sensor’s USBTMC interface makes it a drop in-replacement for similar competitive sensors.

LadyBug Technologies


Model 100S1G6AB is a solid-state; 100 Watt Class AB amplifier design that instantaneously covers 1-6 GHz in one unit. When used with a sweep generator, the 100S1G6AB will provide 100 watts typical of RF power in approximately half the size of a traditional Class A design at a more economical price. 

AR RF/Microwave Instrumentation


Southwest Microwave announced a line of 1.0 mm (W) DC to 110 GHz connectors. Products in this high-frequency connector series include field-replaceable two and four-hole flange mount and thread-in connectors, direct solder cable connectors, and clamp-on end launch connectors, including low profile and reduced-size low-profile versions.

Southwest Microwave

Test Platform

Anritsu’s MT1100A Network Master™ Flex is a cost-effective, easy-to-use, full-function multi-protocol transport tester. Combining light weight and portability with high performance – including support up to 400G (4 x 100G) – it is adept in the field during installation and maintenance of optical networks, as well as in the R&D lab and on the manufacturing floor to test transport equipment. 



Mini-Circuits’ TCD-16-23-75X+ is a 75Ω, 5 to 2000 MHz surface mount directional coupler that features: wideband, 5 to 2000 MHz; low mainline loss, 1.3 dB typ.; aqueous washable; leads for excellent solderability; protected by US Patent 6,140,887. Applications: VHF/UHF; CATV; cellular.



Analog Devices released a synchronous demodulator, the ADA2200, that uses ADI’s patent pending sampled analog technology and incorporates a configurable analog filter to enable designers of portable and low-power instrumentation to maximize battery life and perform precision magnitude and phase measurements on analog signals in the presence of large noise sources.

Analog Devices


ProbePoint Adapters Substrates are used to create test fixtures that coplanar or coaxial microprobes (Picoprobes from GGB Industries or ACP/FPC probes from Cascade Microtech) can employ to precisely make electrical measurements. Because of the precision and repeatability of the adapter substrates and the availability of calibration substrates for direct calibration of the adapters, metrology-grade measurements can be made to 60 GHz and above.

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Comtech PST introduced its latest in GaN-based 6-18 GHz RF amplifier. This highly integrated design is ideal for use in communication, electronic warfare, and radar transmitter systems where space, cooling, and power are limited. Comtech’s latest development continues to expand on its proven innovative integrated RF GaN Power Amplifier designs by further increasing RF power density.

Comtech PST

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Vishay Intertechnology introduced the first new series of Zener diodes with 500 mW of power dissipation in the new ultra-compact MicroSMF eSMP® series package. Combining extremely tight voltage tolerances with low leakage current and excellent stability, the PLZ Series is designed to withstand ESD pulses of 8000 V (human body model), save PCB space, and increase pick-and-place speed for assembly lines. 

Vishay Intertechnology

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Z-Communications, Inc. announces a new RoHS compliant VCO (Voltage Controlled Oscillator) model ZRO1000A-LF. The ZRO1000A-LF operates at 1000 MHz within a tuning voltage range of 1.5 to 3.5 Vdc. This high performance VCO features a remarkably clean spectral signal of -129 dBc/Hz @ 10 kHz offset and a typical tuning sensitivity of 2 MHz/V.


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Keysight Technologies announced the availability of its Method of Implementation (MOI) document for the transmitter/receiver (Tx/Rx) interface S-parameter and impedance tests defined in version 1.1 of the MIPI Alliance Specification for D-PHY. The MOI, together with a test package such as a state file (which makes setup and measurement easy) works with the ENA Series network analyzer’s enhanced time domain analysis option (E5071C-TDR).

Keysight Technologies

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The AD9135 and AD9136 digital to analog converters, available from Mouser Electronics, are high-speed, high dynamic range dual DACs which permit multicarrier signal generation up to the desired Nyquist frequency. These Analog Devices high speed data converters specifically target wideband communications systems, automated test equipment, and high speed instrumentation.

Mouser Electronics

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PMI Model No. ERDLVA-218-DC-LPD is an extended dynamic range DLVA designed to operate over the 2.0 to 18.0GHz frequency range.  It employs planar diode detectors and integrated video circuitry for high speed performance and outstanding reliability. It is of superior construction using state of the art MIC/MMIC technology.

Planar Monolithics Industries

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A range of Ultra Wide Band Amplifiers with frequency coverage from 10 MHz to 30 GHz has just been released by AtlanTecRF. Designed to be both economical and versatile, the amplifiers include a model to operate over 0.05 to 20.0 GHz in one unit with 24 dB gain, +23 dBm output power and less than 4 dB noise figure, while another spans 12.0 to 30.0 GHz with 30 dB gain, +20 dBm output power and just over 3 dB noise figure.


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Phase Shifter App Note

RFMW announced an application note detailing the fundamentals of phase shifters including theory of operation, critical parameters, and applications for test and measurement. Telemakus offers USB controlled phase shifters covering 1-8 GHz with 12-bit DAC resolution and greater than 400 degrees of phase control. Models extending the frequency coverage to 18 GHz are discussed.


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Armored Cables

High Speed Interconnects announced a range of armored cables that display excellent compression resistance after crush forces in excess of 300 lbs. per square inch. Constructed with High Speed Interconnects’ R-FLX™ crush-resistant cable technology, a wide range of ruggedized coaxial cables assemblies are available including single or multi-conductor options up to 500 channels with gauge sizes up to 48 AWG.

High Speed Interconnects

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Molex introduced Temp-Flex® FEP Flat-Ribbon Cable, the only FEP solution on the market that meets the MIL-Spec requirement for M49055/11 & M49055/12 for harsh environment applications such as those found in aircraft avionics and industrial equipment. Unlike competitive PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride) and TPE (Thermoplastic Elastomers) products, Molex offers extruded FEP (Fluorinated Ethylene Propylene) dielectric insulation material for a high-performance ribbon cable.


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Murata announced the the OKDx-T/40 series of non-isolated point-of-load (PoL) DC/DC converters from Murata Power Solutions. Available in three different package formats, through-hole, single-in-line, and surface mount, the OKDx-T/40 is a 40 Amp, 132 Watt digital DC/DC converter. These highly efficient (typically 97.2%), fully regulated converters offer a high power density and measure just 30.85 x 20.0 x 8.2 mm.

Murata Power Solutions

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5G Library

Keysight Technologies introduced the Keysight EEsof EDA 5G Baseband Exploration Library. Providing ready-to-use reference signal processing intellectual property (IP) for 5G technology research, this industry-first library dramatically increases the productivity for system architects and baseband physical layer (PHY) designers.

Keysight Technologies

November 2014

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The November 2014 Online Edition is now available for viewing and download!

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Web Exclusives



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 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

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.