Saturday, April 20, 2019


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Switch Cycler

Ducommun’s switch cycler is designed to automate switch cycling and allow users to “plug-and-play” versus having to design a custom instrument themselves. The CAT-001 allows users to perform a “burn-in” function for switches that have sat in inventory for long periods of time. The CAT-001 also features an optional strip chart counter to record data for each switch, GUI remote control for automation and a keypad for local control.


24 GHz to 44 GHz Wideband Up & Downconverter

Analog Devices announced the ADMV1013 and ADMV1014, a paired highly integrated microwave upconverter and downconverter, respectively. These ICs operate over a very wide frequency range with 50 Ω-match from 24 GHz up to 44 GHz, facilitating ease of design and reducing the costs of building a single platform that can cover all 5G mm Wave frequency bands including 28 GHz and 39 GHz.

Additionally, the chipset is capable of flat 1 GHz RF instantaneous bandwidth supporting all broadband services as well as other ultra-wide bandwidth transceiver applications.

Analog Devices


Power Sensor: Advanced Video Filters

LadyBug Technologies’ LB480A and LB680A RF Power Sensors with Option 004 make wide bandwidth time domain trace measurements. The detected video filters include a selection of 9 frequencies between 100 kHz and 10 MHz. The filters are ideal for honing in on your signals modulation. Along with LadyBug’s advanced averaging techniques, the filters can aid in reducing noise that interferes with the desired video information. Signals can be cleaned so that accurate peak and pulse power levels are quickly measurable.

LadyBug Technologies  

YIG Tech Brief

Using small conductive “loops,” a YIG filter is coupled to and from a YIG sphere’s resonant magnetic field. The closer the loop, the wider the bandwidth. Bandwidth can also be expanded by increasing the number of YIG resonators and carefully “tuning” the RF coupling loops. In this brief, RF engineers will learn the three basic methods in which this coupling is applied: signal transfer; signal reflection; and oscillation feedback, and how this differentiates a bandpass from a band-reject filter.

Micro Lambda Wireless

Antenna Design

The latest release of the antenna design, synthesis and optimization module, AntSyn™ 3.1, is now available for use by current customers and evaluators. IoT accounts, like Striiv, have found this innovative EM-based synthesis tool valuable for designing antenna solutions for their products.

National Instruments

Power Dividers: 0.698 - 2.700 GHz   

VidaRF introduced Power Dividers covering 0.698 - 2.700 GHz for all wireless applications from cellular through UMTS. Available in 2, 3, 4, 6 and 8-way with SMA, N, QMA, or alternative connector configurations. VidaRF is a North Carolina-based company that is focused on being a solution provider by building to customer specs and offering zero days lead time for custom parts through its stock and ship program.


Power Amp

Richardson RFPD, Inc. announced a new power amplifier from Microsemi Corporation, a Microchip Company. The MMA053AA is a gallium arsenide (GaAs) monolithic microwave integrated circuit (MMIC) pHEMT distributed power amplifier die that operates between DC and 8 GHz. The amplifier provides 17 dB of gain, +43 dBm output IP3, and +31 dBm of output power at 3 dB compression, while requiring only 410 mA from an 11 V supply.

Richardson RFPD

Skew Matched Cable Pairs

Fairview Microwave expanded its line of skew matched cable pairs to include 40 GHz and 67 GHz versions that are ideal for the development of high-data-rate digital systems. Fairview’s extended line of skew matched cables consists of seven models, three original and four new, available in 40 GHz and 67 GHz versions. These delay matched cables are offered with 2.92 mm or 1.85 mm connectors and polarity indicators for matched cable ends. Performance specs include an impressive VSWR of 1.4:1 and delay match as low as 1 ps.

Fairview Microwave

New Products

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Precision SMA Panel Cable Connectors

SMA Female/Jack 2 and 4 Hole configurations for .085 Semi-Rigid Cable (Direct Solder)

Featuring: DC-26.5 GHz

Low VSWR & Insertion Loss

Gold Plated 303 Stainless Steel Bodies for solderability and durability

Quality, Performance, & Reliability you can count on, from SGMC Microwave.

SGMC Microwave

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Precision 2.4mm/2.92mm NMD Between-Series Adapters 

SGMC Microwave’s 2.4mm to 2.92mm between-series precision grade NMD connectors are designed for use with microwave applications requiring excellent performance up to 40 GHz.  NMD connectors are ruggedized test-port connectors that specially designed to stabilize the test port cable during testing on many network analyzers. Pictured are four different NMD configurations, noted below from left to right:

SGMC Microwave

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High-Performance Passive Components

Passive Plus, Inc. (PPI) is a manufacturer of high-performance RF/Microwave passive components for the Medical, Semiconductor, Military, Broadcast, and Telecommunications Industries. We specialize in High-Q, Low ESR/ESL Capacitors, Broadband Capacitors, Non-Magnetic Resistors and Trimmers. PPI was established in 2005 in New York, founded by industry executives with over 30 years’ experience in Sales, Program Management and RF Engineering and Development.

Passive Plus

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App Note: Automating Matching-Circuit Design

This application note highlights the network synthesis module within the NI AWR Design Environment platform, an electronic design automation (EDA) software technology that reduces design time in the domain of network synthesis by automating the development of impedance-matching circuits. Network synthesis is helpful at the earliest stages of a design to help determine reasonable performance targets based on device performance limits, device sizing (decisions on active device periphery), part selection for discrete packaged transistors, and other early design decisions.

National Instruments

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MM-Wave Active Doubler

The new mmwave ADA-2052 active doubler will frequency extend your <26 GHz synthesizer up to 52 GHz with high output power and high harmonic suppressions. +20 dBm output power is provided over 30 to 52 GHz, and at least +16 dBm from 20 to 30 GHz, with an input from -6 to +2 dBm. This high performance GaAs MMIC chipset consists of an ADM-5974CH input buffer amplifier, MMD-2060HCH doubler, and AMM-6702CH output buffer amplifier. ADA-2052 is a RoHS connectorized module ideal for lab use, test and measurement, and prototype systems.

Marki Microwave

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Wideband Power Amp Brochure 

AMCOM’s products are as categorized in its new online product brochure:

Technology base: 1) GaN HEMT/SiC (for high output power); 2) GaAs PHEMT (for good performance and low-cost); and 3) GaAs FET (for good linearity) Products: (many are for wideband applications) 1) Discrete devices (GaN/SiC HEMT, GaAs FET, GaAs PHEMT): packaged and bare die DC-18GHz and up to 40W 2) MMIC power amplifiers (based on GaN/SiC HEMT, GaAs FET, GaAs PHEMT): wideband DC-17GHz and 1W- 20W 3) SSPA modules and pallets: 30MHz-17GHz and up to 100W. 4) Microwave T/R switches, phase shifters, attenuators, and bias tees 5) Custom design: MMIC power amplifiers, module power amplifiers, as well as T/R modules with frequencies ranging from 10KHz to 60GHz with output power from 1W to 100W.


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Comb Generators, Detectors, Switches

Herotek, Inc. has been a quality supplier of RF and Microwave components since 1982. Herotek is a broad-based, high technology company supplying parts for the Military, Industrial and Commercial markets with designs from DC to 75 GHz. It offers standard products as well as thousands of custom designs, and is happy to match existing products. Herotek offers Detectors, Comb Generators, Limiters, Switches, GaAsFet Amplifiers (Broadband, Low Noise, and Power) and integrated subsystems of many types, including up and down converters, multipliers, harmonic mixers, and transceivers.


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Molded Power Inductors

Coilcraft introduced its XGL4020 Series of high-performance, molded power inductors. The XGL4020 features the industry’s lowest DC losses and extremely low AC losses for a wide range of DC-DC converters (from hundreds kHz up to 5+ MHz). Additional performance improvements include a wider range of inductance values and improved Irms current ratings.


March 2019

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The March 2019 Online Edition is now available for viewing and download!

Download March HFE PDF


Web Exclusives


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Live Class:  New NI AWR Software Training Course

NI AWR software will be featured in an equations and scripting training course this spring. The two-day class is offered in Santa Clara, CA, March 20-21 and in El Segundo, CA, April 16-17. To learn more and register, visit

System Simulation Primer for RF Link Budget Analysis

This white paper examines how a more rigorous link budget analysis of an entire system can be determined through simulation using Visual System Simulator™ (VSS) software and how performing link budget analysis enables designers to address losses, gains, and power levels to meet the operational requirements of radio communications systems.

Insulated Wire Inc.

Insulated Wire Inc. is pleased to announce that following the retirement of a French delegate, IW Microwave Products Division President, John Morelli, has been appointed as the Secretary for IEC/SC46F, a subcommittee of IEC/TC46. IEC/SC46F is responsible for RF and Microwave Connectors and Components International Standardization.

Mr. Morelli, who is sponsored by Insulated Wire, brings significant RF/Microwave connector and component experience to the position, and we congratulate him on his new appointment. Mr. Morelli had been serving as the chief Technical Advisor for the US National Committee’s Technical Advisory Group to IEC/SC46F.

The US National Committee of the IEC is a fully integrated entity of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

Coming Events

NAB, Las Vegas, April 6 - 11, 2019

WAMICON, Cocoa Beach, FL, April 8 - 9, 2019

Satellite 2019, Washington DC, May 6 - 9, 2019

IMS 2019, Boston, June 2 - 7, 2019

IEEE EMC + SIPI, New Orleans, July 22 - 26, 2019

IEEE AUTOTESTCON, National Harbor, MD, September 9 – 12, 2019

EuMW 2019, Paris, September 29 - October 4, 2019

MILCOM 2019, location TBD, October 2019 (date TBD)

AOC, Washington, DC, October 28 - 30, 2019

IEEE Radio and Wireless Symposium, location TBD, January 2020 (date TBD)