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AKELA VNAs are available in two models to meet a range of production test requirements from 125 MHz to 6 GHz at deterministic sweep times as low as 6ms (51 points). The AKELA VNA was designed for networked operation from the ground up, without the interference of middleware or the inconsistent latency of USB connections. The user's software, based on the AKELA API, has direct access to the hardware, and sweep timing is completely deterministic.


Frequency Synthesizer

Micro Lambda’s MLSP series of low noise frequency synthesizers cover up to 33 GHz. Standard models include MLSP-1829 covering 18 to 29 GHz and MLSP-2333 covering 23 to 33 GHz. Step sizes are programmable from 1 kHz and up using 5 wire SPI or standard USB control. Units are available with internal crystal reference, external crystal reference or both. Output power levels of +13 dBm are provided.

Micro Lambda Wireless

Real-Time Spectrum Analysis

At this month’s EuMW show, National Instruments featured new LabVIEW FPGA programmable solutions for spectrum monitoring and electronic warfare applications. These solutions include a real-time spectrum analysis demonstration using NI’s new controller for FlexRIO. The NI Controller for FlexRIO combines with wideband RF transceiver adaptor modules to produce a rugged and deployable radio platform. 

National Instruments

Handheld Analyzer

Keysight Technologies added six millimeter-wave models to its family of FieldFox handheld analyzers. The flagship model is the industry’s first handheld combination analyzer to provide coverage to 50 GHz. With more built-in capabilities than similar analyzers, FieldFox can replace three or four single-function instruments – benchtop or handheld – that are typically used for maintenance and troubleshooting of systems that operate at or above Ka-band frequencies.

Keysight Technologies

Power Sensor Software Controls Multiple Sensors

LadyBug Technologies’ new Precision Power Meter PMA-12 supports a broad range of Power Sensor functions. The application provides an ideal user interface for measuring a host of RF signal parameters and is included with LadyBug’s LB5900 series True RMS Sensors. In addition to reporting and visualizing RF power in many ways, the software manages the sensor’s extended functions such as its advanced Unattended Operation feature (Option UOP).

LadyBug Technologies


MECA announced the addition to its 662 series, 2 watt SMA attenuators operating now up to 6 GHz. The 662-dB-1F6 series attenuators cover all wireless applications from Hz – 6.0 GHz and available in standard values of 3, 6, 10, 20 & 30dB. And as always made is USA carrying MECA’s 36 month warranty.

MECA Electronics

Filter Design

Nuhertz Technologies announced an improvement to its FilterSolutions® program allowing increased automation and accuracy in the design of asymmetric frequency response bandpass filters. Bandpass filter designs do not always require the symmetric attenuation response on each side of the pass band.  Utilizing optimization or manual pole-zero tuning to set design parameters can be cumbersome and not necessarily accurate. FilterSolutions provides a fast, accurate, and automated methodology for setting asymmetric design parameters.

Nuhertz Technologies

Power Amp

Richardson RFPD, Inc. announced that it is stocking a new benchtop power amplifier from TriQuint/Qorvo. The RM022020 features Qorvo’s patented Spatium™ combining technology to provide unprecedented performance in a general purpose laboratory bench top amplifier for applications that include lab work, test and measurement, load pull, EMI test, and anechoic chambers and test ranges.

Richardson RFPD

Size #8 to SMA Adapters

SGMC Size #8 to SMA Adapters are Precision Between-Series Adapters that feature: DC - 18 GHz; VSWR: 1.15:1 Max; Blindmate Interface; Body & Contact: Heat Treated Beryllium Copper/Gold Plated; Dielectric: PTFE (Teflon); O-Rings: Fluorosilicone Rubber; Epoxy Captivated. SGMC Microwave’s hallmarks are always:  Quality, Performance, & Reliability.

SGMC Microwave


Ducommun offers two types of single-pole-double-throw (SPDT) manual coaxial switches for all applications. Current options range from DC to 3 GHz up to 50 Watts (CW) of power. For additional information regarding Ducommun’s manual coaxial switches, please contact a sales representative.

Ducommun Inc. RF Products has design Engineers who can create custom versions for your specific applications.


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Production Tester

Rohde & Schwarz now offers a new, speed-optimized production tester – the R&S SMBV100A vector signal generator equipped with the R&S SMBV-P101 package. During production testing of modules and receivers for satellite-based communications, the basic GNSS signal reception and the connection between the antenna and GNSS chipset need to be checked.

Rohde & Schwarz

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KRYTAR announced a new directional coupler offering 6 dB of coupling over the frequency range of 10.0 to 67.0 GHz, in a single, compact and lightweight package. This latest addition enhances the selection of multi-purpose, stripline designs that exhibit excellent coupling over a broadband frequency range of 10.0 to 67.0 GHz.


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Harmonic Mixer

Model SFH-15SFSF-A1 is an V-Band balanced harmonic mixer especially designed for the Keysight spectrum analyzer series. It employs high performance GaAs Schottky flip chip diodes, balanced configuration to produce superior RF performance. The required LO frequency range is 3.0 to 6.1 GHz and power is +16 dBm, which translates the harmonic number 14 and resultant IF frequency range of DC to 1.3 GHz. Typical conversion loss is 40 dB covering entire 50 to 75 GHz frequency range.

SAGE Millimeter

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Filter, Components Catalog

Temwell is a leading provider of microwave and RF solutions in the field of wireless communications, supplying markets such as Aerospace, Military, Medical, and more. Temwell has been designing and manufacturing helical bandpass filters for more than 19 years. Its new online product catalog features bandpass filters, obsoleted Toko-type standard filters, notch filters, cavity filters, splitters, combiners, and much more.


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Mesa Microwave introduced its K Spark Plug Connector, Frequency DC to 40 GHz, VSWR: 1.433, Operating Temp: -55C to + 125C, Material Passivated 303 Stainless Steel. Excellent Performance up to 40 GHz. Dielectric: Polyphenylene Oxide.

Mesa Microwave

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Pasternack introduced a large portfolio of in-stock general purpose multi-market coaxial packaged electromechanical switches for RF, microwave and millimeter wave applications. These new switches are uniquely qualified for use in numerous applications including military communications, radar, commercial and military aviation, SATCOM, test & instrumentation, medical equipment and others.


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White Paper

NI (formerly AWR Corp.) announced a new NI AWR Design Environment™ white paper that describes how Visual System Simulator™ (VSS) system design software and LabVIEW can co-simulate, enabling system designers to better analyze, optimize, and verify complex RF systems inclusive of digital signal processing (DSP) blocks.

National Instruments

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Pole/Zero released a new reduced SWaP-C line of MINI-ERF™ (G2) tunable bandpass filters. MN-30-520-(%BW)-S04 covers the entire tactical military tuning range of 30 MHz to 520 MHz and is currently available in either a 4% BW or 7% BW (3dB). The MINI-ERF™ (G2) filter is a low-cost, miniature, high-performance tunable bandpass filter.


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Implantable Radio Module

The ZL70323 implantable radio module is a high-performance, easy-to-use RF module based on the ZL70103 MICS-band transceiver IC. The module is small and is designed to provide good performance while consuming very little power. It integrates all the circuitry and functionality required to deploy a complete radio solution for implantable applications such as pacemakers, cardiac defibrillators and neurostimulators—measuring just 5.5mm x 4.5mm x 1.5mm.


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Linear Amplifier Module

This wideband 800 to 2500 MHz, 12 W GaAs linear amplifier module is capable of supporting any signal type and modulation format, including but not limited to 3 - 4G telecom, WLAN, OFDM, DVB, and CW/AM/FM. Due to state-of-the-art circuits, this unit is highly immune from damage due to any out of spec DC voltage conditions that may be applied. Its rugged construction guarantees fault-free operation in the most extreme environments.

Triad RF Systems

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The Model 177Ka provides 750W peak power at duty cycles up to 10% from 34 to 36 GHz. Particular emphasis has been placed on the generation of the output RF pulse shape. The RF output pulse width tracks the input 5 volt video pulse. Internal power supplies are DC-DC converter designs operating at 50kHz with fast loop response times so that output level variations are minimal for any PRF including a non-periodic or burst type PRF.

Applied Systems Engineering

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BGA Socket

Ironwood Electronics introduced a new BGA socket design using high performance elastomer capable of 75 GHz, very low inductance and wide temperature applications. The GT-BGA-2029 socket is designed for 35 x 35 mm package size and operates at bandwidths up to 75 GHz with less than 1 dB of insertion loss. It is designed to dissipate few watts using compression screw and can be customized up to 100 watts with modified fin design on top of the screw and adding axial flow fan.

Ironwood Electronics

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PMI Model No. SDLVA-18G40G-65-CD-292FF is a Successive Detection Log Video Amplifier (SDLVA) that operates over the frequency range of 18 to 40 GHz with a Logging Range from - 63 to + 2 dBm and a Log Slope of 25mV/dB.  Video Log Linearity is ±2.0dB and Video Frequency Flatness is ±2.5dB. High speed is achieved providing a Video Rise Time of 8ns and a Recovery Time of 40ns. Operates on ±12VDC and is offered in a small, lightweight housing measuring 2.37” x 1.8” x 0.42”. (Other frequency ranges, specifications and packaging are available. Please contact PMI with your specific requirements)

Planar Monolithics Industries

Insulated Wire

Insulated Wire’s Microwave Products Division announced a new distribution agreement with HASCO Inc. for the Re‐Flex™ product range. Re‐Flex™ is a semi‐rigid and conformable replacement cable combining IW’s unique laminated dielectric with a tin/alloy plated outer braid to provide a double shielded re‐formable cable that eliminates the failure modes of traditional solid and solder dipped outer jacketed, and provides a highly flexible cable with excellent RF performance, including lower attenuation than the comparable line size RG cables.

HASCO Inc. has stock available for immediate delivery of RF141 (RG402 line size) assemblies in a range of lengths starting at 2” with both direct solder and shell style SMA connectors, operating to 18 GHz and 26.5 GHz respectively. For further information and specifications please contact HASCO Inc.:


The comprehensive search engine on the AmpliTech website has been significantly revamped to not only allow for searches based on particular specifications, but to offer results that are closest to the entered parameters (within certain ranges) if a search by the exact specifications yields no matches. In addition, searching for a particular model number (in lieu of a search by specifications) has been made easier due to the ability to search for partials in case the customer doesn’t have the entire exact model number handy. More versatility has also been added by allowing searches just by using either a Start OR Stop frequency as opposed to both. For example, the user can simply enter 10 GHz for the Start frequency and leave the Stop frequency blank to see all models whose bandwidth starts at 10 GHz or higher.



Richardson Electronics announced the launch of a new business group, Power & Microwave Technologies (“PMT”). The PMT group encompasses Richardson Electronics’ existing Electron Device Group (“EDG”) and adds new technologies and engineered solutions for the power conversion and RF and microwave markets.

“The PMT group will focus on adding new suppliers and technologies to take advantage of high growth markets and leverage our global infrastructure, including sales, marketing, engineering solutions and logistics,” said Edward Richardson, CEO and Chairman of the Board for Richardson Electronics. “Under the direction of Greg Peloquin, PMT combines new technologies and capabilities with our existing EDG business to maximize associated selling opportunities of both electron tubes and solid-state products.”

Greg Peloquin, Executive Vice President, PMT, brings considerable experience and expertise in the RF and microwave, power and energy, and electron tube markets to his PMT group leadership role. Prior to joining Richardson Electronics in June 2014, as Executive Vice President, EDG, Mr. Peloquin served as president of Richardson RFPD, Inc.  From 2002 to 2011, he was executive vice president and general manager of Richardson Electronics’ RF & Wireless Communications Group. Earlier in his career he was director of global distribution for Motorola, Inc.’s wireless infrastructure division.