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Clamshell Socket for NXP’s BGA141

Ironwood Electronics introduced a new BGA socket design using high performance elastomer capable of 75GHz, very low inductance and wide temperature applications. The GT-BGA-2061 socket is designed for 10x10 mm package size and operates at bandwidths up to 75GHz with less than 1dB of insertion loss. The socket is designed to dissipate few watts using a compression screw and can be customized up to 100 watts with modified fin design on top of the screw and adding axial flow fan. The contact resistance is typically 30 milliohms per pin.

Ironwood Electronics

Re-Flex™ Starter Kits

Re-formable cable assembly solutions are now available straight out of the box. For customers who know the advantages of Re-Flex over traditional hand-formable and semi-rigid, and to make cable selection easier for those new to our product, IW is pleased to announce our new range of Re-Flex Starter Kits. Three kits are currently available: CT-1879 (SPSD-TPRF085-XXX-SPSD) direct solder SMA male/male using TPRF085 (RG405 line size); CT-1880 (SPSD-TPRF141-XXX-SPSD) direct solder SMA male/male using TPRF141 (RG402 line size); CT-1881 (SPSH-TPRF141-XXX-SPSH) shell style SMA male/male using TPRF141 (RG402 line size).

IW Microwave

17 - 40 GHz Block Up and Down Converter

Norden Millimeter introduced a new generation of broader-band block up and down converters used for extending the frequency range of existing ELINT, COMINT, RADAR, and Testing systems. These new converters cover the 17-26.5 GHz and 25.5-40 GHz bands with a full 1 GHz overlap with existing 18 GHz systems and at the transition between bands. The upconverter has independent input IF and output RF attenuation for over 60 dB of gain control.  These attenuators are controlled by parallel attenuation bits on a rear power/control multi-pin connector.

Norden Millimeter

mm Flexible Cable Assemblies

Southwest Microwave offers complete 1.0 mm cable assemblies made with 0.047 flex cable. These performance-driven cable assemblies (~ 1.25:1 VSWR) are highly flexible and are used in a wide variety of applications. Providing high performance at reasonable cost, these flexible cable assemblies are available in 6- and 12-inch standard lengths from stock, or other lengths are available in 4-6 weeks.

Southwest Microwave

Pulse Profiling Power Sensor

LadyBug Technologies’ Zero Aware LB480A USB pulse profiling power sensor is available with an extended Type-N connector. The sensor is ideal for many laboratory, manufacturing and field applications. The high quality extended Type-N male connector (option XNM) is available on other LadyBug Power sensors including its True RMS, peak & pulse sensors. LadyBug power sensors provide high accuracy NIST traceable RF Power measurements to below -60dBm. A virtual power meter application is included with each sensor.

LadyBug Technologies, LLC



Model SAT-FA-28028-S1 is a full band, WR-28 orthomode transducer (OMT) that operates between 26.5 and 40 GHz. The OMT separates a circular or elliptical polarized waveform into two linear, orthogonal waveforms or combines two linear polarized waveforms into one circular or elliptical polarized waveform. The OMT shows high port isolation and high cross-polarization cancellation while providing a low insertion loss. The OMT is configured with a 0.280” x 0.280” square waveguide for the antenna port and two WR-28 waveguides for the horizontal and vertical ports.

SAGE Millimeter


VidaRF offers a wide selection of Isolators and Circulators designed to cover 80MHz to 60 GHz. Configured to Coaxial, Drop-In, Surface Mount or Waveguide. Standard Connector SMA Female, other connectors available upon request. Magnetically shielded, clockwise or counter-clock wise rotation(CCW), LOW IMD -80dBc,  reflected power from 1(W) to 250(W) on pending models, single or double junction and  RoHS compliant.



Skyworks released the SKY13592-689LF, a new single-pole, double-throw (SPDT) switch for mode switching in WLAN applications such as ISM band radios, smartphones and connectivity modules.  This 1.0-6.0 GHz device uses advanced switching technologies to maintain low insertion loss and high isolation for all switching paths. It also delivers high-linearity performance, making it an ideal choice for low-power transmit/receive applications. Integrated DC blocking capacitors eliminate the need for external DC blocking capacitors. This switch comes in an ultra-miniature, 1 × 1 × 0.5 mm, 6-pin exposed pad plastic Micro Lead-frame Package Dual (MLPD) package.


Scalable Model

The CAP-PPI-0201BB-001 is a substrate scalable Modelithics Global Model™ for the Passive Plus, Inc. (PPI) P/N 0201BB surface mount chip capacitor family. The models are for use with microstrip applications and account for substrate (or printed circuit board) related parasitic effects up to 65 GHz.

Substrate height, dielectric constant, loss tangent, interconnect metal thickness, component tolerance, pad width, pad length and pad gap are model input parameters. Models account for up to two higher-order resonant frequency pairs beyond the fundamental series resonant frequency.

Passive Plus

Power Amp

RFMW announced design and sales support for a 25W GaN power amplifier. The Qorvo TGA2219-CP serves commercial VSAT, military satellite communications, data links and radar in the 13.4 to 16.5GHz range. Driven from a 28V supply drawing 450mA, power added efficiency is >31%. Large signal gain is 28dB (@16dBm input). Small signal gain is over 30dB. The TGA2219-CP is offered in a bolt-down, pure copper based package measuring 15.2x15.2mm for superior thermal performance. Qorvo offers the TGA2219 in DIE form for chip and wire implementation.


Learning Center

Keysight’s new RF and Digital Learning Center is an information-rich RF and digital measurement resource. The learning center, which contains the latest webcasts, application notes and on-demand technical content, features industry experts discussing what it takes to address today’s most difficult RF and digital measurement challenges. The learning center also includes real-world demonstrations that use the latest design, test, validation and measurement hardware and software solutions. The Keysight RF and Digital Learning Center is available at www.keysight.com/find/KLC.

Keysight Technologies

Tunable Cavity Filter

RLC Electronics manufactures Tunable Cavity Bandpass Filters that feature sharp stop band rejection and lower losses than comparable tubular bandpass filters. Parallel coupled round rod distributed resonators afford small size and high Q to achieve a near ideal bandpass response. Units are constructed to operate over the most severe military environmental conditions. These filters offer a tuning range of +/- 7.5% (from center frequency).  The unit pictured above is a filter that offers center frequency to be tunable/adjustable from 1025 to 1150 MHz, with the typical 3dB bandwidth being approximately 5 MHz.

RLC Electronics

9-Way Power Divider

Power Divider, 9-Way optimized for performance across S band from 2.0 GHz – 4.2 GHz.  The rugged construction makes them ideal for radar, weather radar & satellite communication networks/ applications. Available in Type N & SMA interfaces. Made in the USA with a 36 month warranty.

MECA Electronics

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Communications Tester

To coincide with Bluetooth® Release 5, Rohde & Schwarz has expanded the functional range of its line of R&S CMW wideband radio communication testers to cover the new specification. The R&S CMW software encompasses all RF tests needed for development and production, including the new test cases for Bluetooth SIG precertification.

Rohde & Schwarz


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Rogers Corp. announced the latest addition to its RO4000® Series thermoset circuit materials: RO4830™ high-frequency laminates. RO4830 laminates offer 76-to-81-GHz auto radar sensor designers a lower-cost-but-performance-competitive option.  Rogers RO4830 laminates have a lower price point and are processed by means of standard epoxy/glass (FR-4) circuit fabrication methods, for lower overall production costs versus PTFE-based circuits.

Rogers Corp.

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Model SAO-2832930610-28-S1 is a WR-28 omnidirectional antenna that operates between 28 and 29 GHz. This vertically polarized antenna offers 360 degrees azimuth coverage with 6 dB gain and ±3 dB gain flatness. The antenna features a half power beamwidth of 10 degrees in the vertical direction.  The actual operating frequency of this omnidirectional antenna is much broader.

SAGE Millimeter

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Flex Cable

SpectrumFlex is a flexible cable that can be terminated with any standard semi-rigid cable connector. Its durable construction ensures long life and consistent performance. Spectrum Elektrotechnik was founded in 1981 and has become a leading supplier of state-of-the-art components used in RF and microwave technology, including connectors, adapters, cable assemblies, phase shifters, couplers, gain amplitude equalizers, terminations, and calibration kits. A number of complex and integrated components have been engineered and manufactured for specialized programs and various customers' special needs.

Spectrum Elektrotechnik


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SRTechnology manufactures a full line of connectors, including SMA, BNC, N, 7/16DIN, MCX, MMCX, and SMB. SRTechnology specializes in designing and manufacturing passive devices. The company has set up a strong and motivated team able to cooperate with customers worldwide in a unique and successful way. R&D represents its core and highest added value thanks to a balanced mix of well-trained engineers and experienced personnel with both electrical and mechanical competencies.


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Comb Generators and More

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. 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.


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Skyworks unveiled the SKYA21003, a new CMOS silicon-on insulator (SOI) single pole, double throw (SPDT) switch that is targeted for automotive LTE cellular and general purpose RF applications.  This product is AEC-Q100 Grade 2 Qualified with guaranteed RF performance across extended temperature limits, making it an excellent design choice for LTE cellular telematics modems, remote keyless entry devices, infotainment systems, automated toll transponders, garage door openers, GPS/navigation platforms, and other wireless control solutions. 


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6-Way Power Divider

Model 151-215-006 is a resistive 6-way power divider designed for antenna sharing. The 50 Ohm units frequency range is DC-6 GHz. Insertion loss above theoretical loss is + 1.0 dB  nominal DC-5 GHz and + 1.6 dB nominal 5-6 GHz. Input power is 1 watt average with an operating temperature of  -20o C to +100o C. Amplitude tracking is + 0.5  dB maximum and VSWR is 1.50:1 maximum. The RF connectors are SMA female.

BroadWave Technologies

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Inductor Coils

SemiGen spiral inductor coils come in ten models with seven different square dimensions including .030”x.030”, .040”x.040”, .045”x.045”, .055”x.055”, .065”x.065”, .075”x.075”, and .085”x.085”―all inductors are .012” thick. Inductance offered ranges from 1.5 nH to 300 nH with 1.5 turns up to 18.5 turns. The coils are manufactured on a thin film process on quartz substrates with precision photolithography and non-chemical etching to ensure clean edges and uniformity from coil to coil.


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Pasternack released a line of waveguide direct read attenuators for instrumentation, test benches, high efficiency RF/Microwave transmissions, SATCOM, MILCOM, radar and telecom applications. These attenuators are available in WR-42 to WR-10 waveguide standards operating in seven waveguide bands within the 18 GHz to 110 GHz frequency range. They boast +/- 2% typical attenuation accuracy and feature an easy-to-read drum scale and military standard UG-style flanges. Minimum attenuation range is 0 dB to 50 dB with an insertion loss of 0.5 dB to 1 dB depending on the frequency range.


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RFMW announced support for a high efficiency power doubler designed to support DOCSIS 3.1 CATV hybrid fiber coax (HFC) requirements. The Skyworks ACA2429 offers 26.3dB typical gain with 1dB tilt over the bandwidth of 50 to 1218MHz. Ideal for HFC distribution systems and headend equipment, the ACA2429 operates from 24V using 430mA. Two parallel amplifiers are optimized for exceptionally low distortion, high output power, and high crash point in a thermally enhanced surface mount package.


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