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40W & 100W Switches

The 40W TGS2354-SM and the 100W TGS2355-SM are new GaN SPDT reflective switches from TriQuint. They operate from 0.5 to 6 GHz and maintain low insertion loss (< 1.1 dB) and excellent isolation (> 25 dB typical for the TGS2354-SM and 40 dB typical for the TGS2355-SM), making them ideal for high-power switching applications including radar, communications, electronic warfare, and test instruments.

Richardson RFPD/Arrow RF & Power

Filter Designer

Computer Simulation Technology announced the addition of Filter Designer 2D to CST STUDIO SUITE®, allowing the synthesis, electromagnetic simulation, optimization and multiphysics analysis of filters in one single environment. Built on Nuhertz Technologies’ well-reputed and mature technology, Filter Designer 2D’s integration into CST STUDIO SUITE means the full workflow can now be carried out with a single tool.


High Power Amp

Aethercomm announced a high efficiency, high power and highly linear rack-mounted amplifier which operates from 960 MHz to 1215 MHz. This rack-mounted unit is microprocessor-controlled and provides excellent performance across the entire band. The built in pre-distortion linearizer allows for low level IMD’s at high RF output power levels. The part number for this rack mounted system is SSPA 0.960-1.215 -2000-RM. 


Combo Connector

Molex introduced the microSD/micro-SIM combo connector, which provides mobile device manufacturers with a highly versatile connector with a lower profile and more compact size than competitive products. The push-pull, normal-mount combo connector, which features a 2.28 mm height with detect switch, saves space by combining two card functions in one. This eliminates the need for an extra sub-PCB. 



Model SBL-6039033050-1212-S1 Low Noise Amplifier is a full band, 60 GHz to 90 GHz, low noise amplifier. The amplifier exhibits a typical of 30dB small signal gain and 5.0dB noise figure throughout the entire E Band, making it ideal for many applications ranging from test equipment to fully integrated communication systems.

SAGE Millimeter


The MLBS-Series bench test synthesizers are ideal for production test sets, laboratory tests and test equipment racks where generation of microwave signals is essential. Frequency coverage is 2 to 20 GHz. Each synthesizer consists of a frequency synthesizer, heat sink, power supply, cooling fans, keyboard, display, USB interface, Ethernet interface and a manual tuning knob. Components are housed in a 10” wide, 4” height, 13” deep enclosure with mounting feet and handle.

Micro Lambda Wireless

RF Source

APELC’s Footlocker high-power RF source transmits a wideband RF pulse with an electric-field amplitude over 170 kV/m @ 1m. It uses a 400-MHz dipole antenna backed by a corner reflector. The corner reflector is used to increase antenna directivity and to reduce the back-lobe radiated field. The Footlocker is typically used to study electronic-attack effects and electronic equipment vulnerabilities from a mobile platform.



The APT-DPX-2G is a novel variable crossover, L-Band non-complementary diplexer that yields a low-pass band insertion loss, higher channel isolation, and higher rejection. This is due to the use of minimal number of high Q circuit elements to achieve the desired frequency response. The non-complementary, optimal design allows for easy selection of crossover frequency with the least number of components.



The GVA-123+ (RoHS compliant) is a 50Ω, 0.01 to 12 GHz advanced ultra-wideband amplifier fabricated using GaAs HBT technol­ogy and offers excellent gain flatness over a broad frequency range. It has good input and output return loss over this frequency range without the need for external matching components. Lead finish is tin-silver over nickel. It has repeatable performance from lot to lot and is enclosed in a SOT-89 package for very good thermal performance.


PXI-based ATE

NI announced the NI Semiconductor Test System (STS) series. These PXI-based automated test systems reduce test cost for RF and mixed-signal devices by opening access to NI- and industry-offered PXI modules in semiconductor production test environments. STS lead users are experiencing reduced production costs and increased throughput and can now perform both characterization and production with the same hardware and software tools.

National Instruments

Cable Assemblies 

High Speed Interconnects announced a broad range of highly-custom, micro coaxial cable assemblies intended to deliver signal and power. These high performance, high density, detachable coaxial cable assemblies are manufactured to deliver signal and/or complex hybrid (signal and power) coaxial cable solutions.

High Speed Interconnects


The MMG20241H is a 1/4 W high gain amplifier designed as a driver or pre-driver for Doherty power amplifiers in wireless infrastructure equipment operating in the 450 to 3800 MHz frequency range. Because of its versatile design, it may also be used in a variety of general purpose amplifier applications, including frequencies below 450 MHz and above 3800 MHz. At 2655 MHz, its P1dB is 24 dBm with a gain of 17.8 dB.



Holzworth Instrumentation’s new 10 MHz – 6 GHz CW sources exhibit industry leading phase noise (-126 dBc/Hz at 6 GHz, 10 kHz offset) and spectral purity (-80 dBc) performance, coupled with a calibrated amplitude range of +18 dBm to -110 dBm. 1, 2, 3 and 4 channel (phase coherent) models are available in a 1U form factor. 10 GHz and 20 GHz will be available by early 2015. 

Holzworth Instrumentation

Power Sensor Line

LadyBug Technologies announced six new general purpose True RMS USB power sensors. These sensors are designed with broad frequency coverage in mind. The line offers frequency coverage down to 9 kHz and up to 40 GHz. They offer advanced time-gated triggering operation with internal and external triggering. Users can use trigger out to activate external functions, and since the sensors are fully self-contained, no computer is necessary.

LadyBug Technologies           

Wireless Test

Anritsu’s MW82119B PIM Master™ combines a 40W, battery-operated PIM analyzer with a 2 MHz to 3 GHz cable and antenna analyzer, eliminating the need to carry multiple instruments to measure the RF performance of a cell site. It provides wireless service providers with the first handheld field passive intermodulation (PIM) analyzer with line sweep capability so they can fully certify cell site cable and antenna systems.


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Editor's Choice

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Coax Adapters

Model SWC-101F-R1 and SWC-101M-R1 are W band waveguide to 1 mm coaxial adapters. These adapters offer convenient mean for waveguide to coaxial line connection for full W band operations.  Both WR-10 waveguide  to 1mm (F) and WR-10 waveguide to 1 mm (M) coax adapters have less than 1.0 dB insertion loss and better than 15 dB return loss from 75 to 110 GHz.

SAGE Millimeter

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The MAAM-011186 is an integrated two-stage differential amplifier operating from 5 to 300 MHz, with an embedded digital step attenuator (DSA) for CATV reverse path applications. It delivers 36 dB modulation error ratio (MER) performance for 64 QAM modulation and is loaded with 39 channels at 52 dBmV per channel. It is optimized for high output power and low current from 8V bias but can also be operated from 5V bias with flexibility to adjust DC current with external components.

Richardson RFPD

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Cost-Efficient VNA

The new R&S ZND vector network analyzer features two test ports, and the base unit is designed for unidirectional measurements from 100 kHz to 4.5 GHz. Its easy-to-use options provide for flexible upgrades. The frequency range can be extended to 8.5 GHz, plus the instrument can be equipped for bidirectional measurements up to 4.5 GHz or 8.5 GHz. These functions can be locally activated.

Rohde & Schwarz

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RF Switch

Peregrine Semiconductor introduced the UltraCMOS® PE42542 and PE42543 18 GHz SP4T broadband RF switches. Peregrine’s new switches uniquely offer test-and-measurement, wireless backhaul and military systems designers additional features, such as broad bandwidth, low-frequency power handling, high ESD protection and a fast settling time.

Peregrine Semiconductor

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Anritsu Company introduced a 32-channel synchronization function for its MP1800A BERT that creates a highly accurate integrated test set for the evaluation of high-speed transmission technologies utilizing phase amplitude modulation methods, such as Quad DP-16QAM and Dual DP-64QAM, used in core networks operating up to 1 Tbit/s.

Anritsu Company

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Model series 351-338-XXX is the company’s latest 100 Watt of RF power (average) rated fixed attenuator. This 50 Ohm device has an operating frequency range of DC-3 GHz and is available in 3, 6 and 10 dB (attenuation accuracy +/-0.75 dB), 20 and 30 dB (attenuation accuracy +/-1.0 dB) as well as 40 dB (attenuation accuracy +/-1.5 dB). Maximum VSWR is 1.20:1 (DC-1 GHz) and 1.40:1 (1-3 GHz). The RF connectors are SMA female.

BroadWave Technologies

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Spectrum Analyzer 

Saelig Company announced the Rigol DSA800 Spectrum Analyzers Series that extends coverage up to 7.5 GHz. The DSA832 and DSA875 expand this spectrum analyzer family to 3.2 and 7.5 GHz respective with specifications that far exceed the very popular and affordable DSA815-TG. These new instruments enable precise direct measurements of higher frequency signals and systems, complete with built-in tracking generators.

Saelig Company

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Right Angle Adapters

Fairview Microwave released an expanded family of high frequency right angle adapters, widely used in the military and commercial sectors for communications and cellular applications. Right angle adapters are commonly used in tight mechanical spaces where the bend radius of a coaxial cable would be exceeded. These adapters allow 90 degree turns in spaces too small to accommodate the bending of most coaxial cables.

Fairview Microwave

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Richardson RFPD announced availability for a new 22–38 GHz low noise amplifier from M/A-COM Technology Solutions. The MAAL-011111 is a three-stage GaAs MMIC LNA featuring a small signal gain of 19 dB with a noise figure of 2.5 dB. It is ideally suited as a first-stage LNA in multi-receiver applications that require broadband performance with simple bias requirements and ease of volume manufacturing.

Richardson RFPD

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RF Catalog

Pasternack Enterprises released its 2014 RF product guide. The company’s latest 264 page catalog contains thousands of in-stock products such as RF cable assemblies, an expanded portfolio of RF amplifiers, 60 GHz systems and modules and hundreds of other passive and active RF components, all available for same-day shipping worldwide.


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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.