Monday, June 21, 2021

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New Programmable Attenuators

Micro Lambda Wireless announced the production release of new programmable attenuators. Standard frequency models are available covering 10 MHz to 21 GHz and provide either 31.5 or 63 dB of attenuation over the full frequency range. Units are fully programmable by the user.

Model MLAT-1000A 10 MHz to 21 GHz / 31.5 dB attenuation.

Model MLAT-1000B 10 MHz to 21 GHz / 63 dB attenuation.  

Micro Lambda Wireless

9.0 - 10.0 GHz, 20 W, Packaged GaN MMIC Power Amplifier

Cree’s CMPA901A020S is a packaged, 20W HPA utilizing Cree’s high performance, 0.15um GaN on SiC production process. The CMPA901A020S operates from 9-10 GHz and targets pulsed radar applications such as marine weather radar. With 3 stages of gain, this high performance amplifier provides >30dB of large signal gain, potentially lowering the transmit BOM count, and >50% efficiency to support lower system DC power requirements and simplify system thermal management solutions.


New Circuit and 3D Resistor Models Validated to 60 GHz

Passive Plus Inc. (PPI) is pleased to announce the release of new Modelithics® models for the R35-1209BB and R35-2010BB flip-chip resistor products. New Microwave Global Models™ for both resistor series are now available within the Modelithics COMPLETE Library™ as well as the Modelithics mmWave & 5G Library. In addition, new 3D geometry models for the resistors are now available within the latest version, v20.8, of the Modelithics COMPLETE+3D Library for Ansys® HFSS™.

Passive Plus

Ultra-High Frequency Synthesizer Series

The SC5520A and SC5521A are part of our ultra-high frequency synthesizer series (UHFS) of signal sources. They boast a frequency tuning range of 160 MHz to 40 GHz stepping at 1 Hz resolution, and an amplitude range of -10 dBm to +15 dBm typ with phase noise among the lowest in the market.

These compact modules are ideal for system integration and appropriate for applications in communication transceivers, automotive radar and optics, and as clocks in modern day digital data converters.


8.0 to 9.0 GHz SP3T Reflective Switch

PMI Model No. P3T-89-45-R-SFF is a Single Pole, Three Throw, Reflective Switch that operates over the 8.0 to 9.0 GHz frequency range.

Specifications are insertion loss of 2.7 dB Max; isolation of 45 dB Min; VSWR: 1.8:1 Max; Switching Speed 100 ns Max; Amplitude Balance, ±0.25 dB Max; Insertion Loss Flatness ±0.2 dB Max; Video Transients: 1 mV Peak to Peak Max; and Power Handling 10 W CW Min, 57 dBm Peak @ 1 us Pulse Width, 1% Duty Cycle.

Planar Monolithics Industries

1 MHz to 18 GHz Power Sensor

LadyBug Technologies’ LB5912A Power Sensor measures RF power at frequencies from 1 MHz to 18 GHz. The sensor has a dynamic range of -60 dBm to +86 dBm allowing users measurement flexibility and making attenuator selection for high power applications easy.

The advanced RMS responding, two path diode based sensor accurately measures signals with any modulation bandwidth. It offers higher measurement speed and dynamic range than thermal sensors, without compromising accuracy.

LadyBug Technologies


SiTime announced the availability of a significant new feature of the SiTime Endura SiT5146 Super-TCXO. Previously, these devices operated down to -40°C, but now support -55°C.

With this new capability, the SiT5146 delivers stability over -55ºC to +105ºC, benefiting airborne applications such as low earth-orbiting (LEO) satellites, commercial aircraft, satellite communication systems, and rocket delivery systems as well as terrestrial systems residing in extremely cold environments.


New Products

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Portable Digital Delay/Pulse Generator 

The Model 525 represents a revolutionary new portable pulse generator that offers full function in a compact and cost-effective package. At about a size of a small book or external hard drive, 7.125“ x 5.1“ x 1.5”, this is one of the most compact units available, yet you will not be disappointed in its performance, features, or programmability. The Model 525 is powered by a standard USB charger, through a laptop USB port, or a portable battery pack so it can be used on the go, great for engineers who are always on the move. The Model 525 can be controlled using its Graphical User Interface which eliminates the bulky front panel components and reduces the potential for mechanical problems. 

Berkeley Nucleonics

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2 - 8 GHz Coupler

Model C-0208-20 is a coupler that operates over 2 to 8 GHz octave band at 50 ohms impedance with low insertion loss and excellent VSWR. High directivity performance. Werbel Microwave designs, develops and manufactures high-performance, quality radio frequency (RF) and microwave products for military, commercial, test and measurement, DAS and amateur radio applications.

Products include: single and dual directional couplers, bidirectional couplers, power splitters, power dividers, power combiners, Wilkinson and resistive splitters, reactive splitters, 90 and 180 degree hybrids, bias tees, monopulse comparators.

Werbel Microwave

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Switch Filter Bank

PMI Model No. 6SFB-1G20G-LP-AMP-SFF-MS is a 6-Channel Switch Filter Bank that operates over the 1.0 to 20.0 GHz frequency range. It has a typical gain of 25 dB; a max VSWR of 2.0:1; Output 2nd Harmonic, 45 dBc @ 0 dBm Output Power (Filter Passband must be selected for maximum harmonic attenuation.

Thru path 2nd harmonic value 15 dBc Typ; Switching Speed: 200 ns Typ. (From 50% TTL to 90%/10% RF); Power Handling, +15 dBm Max and Output P1dB, +10 dBm Min. 

Planar Monolithics Industries

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Antenna Booster

The ONE mXTEND is the smallest Virtual Antenna™ supporting cellular and unlicensed IoT wireless devices. It is part of a new generation of antenna solutions based on Ignion’s Virtual Antenna technology. This technology enables replacing conventional and custom antenna solutions with a new class of antenna boosters, including miniature and off-the-shelf chip antenna components. These new multiband, multipurpose chip antennas fit in a variety of wireless platforms. This enables simpler, faster and less expensive designs versus custom solutions.

Richardson RFPD

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Power Supply

Rohde & Schwarz continues to expand their range of basic power supplies with the new R&S NGA100 series. The R&S NGA100 is available in four models, providing a choice of single and dual outputs with up to 35 V / 6 A per output, or 100 V / 2 A per output. Single output models supply up to 40 W, dual output models up to 80 W power. The dual model outputs can be combined to provide up to 200 V or 12 A.

Rohde & Schwarz

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Ceramic Chip Inductors

Our 0603DC Series achieves the industry’s highest Q factors in 0603 size for super low loss in high-frequency circuits. They also feature wirewound construction for extremely high self-resonance – up to 11.4 GHz – and achieve DCR as low as 29 mΩ, significantly lower than other inductors this size.

45 inductance values from 2.7 to 470 nH

High self-resonant frequencies – as high as 11.4 GHz

AEC-Q200 Grade 1 (−40°C to +125°C)

Exceptionally high Q – up to 177 at 2.4 GHz!


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Continuing Education Courses for Engineers

Besser Courses in San Diego, CA

Courses will be offered this Summer and Fall. 

Radio Systems: RF Transceiver Design from Antenna to Bits & Back 

RF Power Amplifier Design Techniques 

5G Radio Systems and Wireless Networks

EMI/EMC and Signal Integrity Boot Camp

mmWave RFIC and MMIC Design Techniques

Visit our website to view our entire public course schedule.

Besser Associates

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Power Sensor: Internal and External Triggering

LadyBug Technologies’ newly updated LB480A includes both internal and external triggering as standard features. The sensor’s flexible triggering features give users the ability to make time gated measurements on pulsed signals. The advanced trigger in and out can be used to daisy chain sensors for synchronized measurements as well as other advanced measurements.

The default automatic internal trigger settings make most measurement easy, eliminating user setup requirements. Advanced users can set and control trigger level, polarity, delay and more.  Gates, markers, video filters are just some of the additional features available that allow users to enhance their measurements.

LadyBug Technologies


May 2021

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The May 2021 Online Edition is now available for viewing and download!

Download May HFE PDF



Web Exclusives

New RF GaN X-Band Radar Solutions

Wolfspeed introduces four multi-stage GaN on SiC devices, extending its range of RF solutions for X-band radar applications. These new devices provide options for systems requiring high efficiency transmit solutions in challenging form factors. Offered in small, industry standard packages that allow designers to achieve maximum performance with smaller systems that consume less power.

94GHz Socket for LGA56

Ironwood Electronics introduced new LGA socket design using high performance elastomer capable of 94 GHz, very low inductance for ATE applications. The GTP-LGA-1002 socket is designed for 10x10 mm package size and operates at bandwidths up to 94 GHz with less than 1dB of insertion loss. Contact resistance is typically 30 milliohms per pin. Socket is mounted on the target PCB with no soldering, and uses very small real estate allowing capacitors/resistors to be placed close by. This socket utilizes swivel lid for initial setup. Once test program is verified, lid and protruded screws are removed.

Qorvo® to Create State-of-the-Art Semiconductor Packaging Center

Qorvo® has been selected by the U.S. government to create a State-of-the-Art (SOTA) Heterogeneous Integrated Packaging (SHIP) RF production and prototyping center. The SHIP program will ensure that microelectronics packaging expertise and leadership is available for both U.S. defense contractors and commercial clients that require design, validation, assembly, test and manufacturing of next-generation RF components.

The exclusive SHIP Other Transaction Agreement (OTA), worth up to $75 million, was awarded to Qorvo by the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC), Crane Division. This program is funded by the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering’s (OUSD R&E) Trusted and Assured Microelectronics Program (T&AM), and is administered by the Strategic & Spectrum Missions Advanced Resilient Trusted System (S²MARTS) Other Transaction Agreement (OTA), managed by National Security Technology Accelerator (NSTXL).

Under the SHIP program, Qorvo will design and deliver the highest levels of heterogeneous packaging integration. This is essential to meet the size, weight, power and cost (SWAP-C) requirements for next-generation phased array radar systems, unmanned vehicles, electronic warfare platforms and satellite communications.


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eBook: A Designer’s Primer on Radar Systems

Combined with advances in phased-array antennas and integration technologies, radars are moving beyond military/aerospace markets to address a host of commercial applications. This primer showcases how NI AWR software provides designers with the advanced modeling and simulation technologies needed to meet the challenges of all types of radar system design.

A Designer’s Primer on 5G Communications

Recent advances in NI AWR software are helping designers develop the antenna and RF front-end components that are making 5G a reality. This primer offers content on the innovative wizards and synthesis technologies that enable engineers designing 5G communications systems to deliver cost-effective, high performance, and high-reliability products to market.