The 2016 Defense Budget in Perspective
By Barry Manz President Manz Communications, Inc.
Determining the “right” level of funding needed to keep America safe is at least as difficult today as it has ever been, which explains why in addition to the Congressional Budget Office and other government agencies, think tanks, historians, academics, former government officials, and countless others dedicate their careers to the endeavor. Read More...

MMD March 2014

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Band Reject Filter Series
Higher frequency band reject (notch) filters are designed to operate over the frequency range of .01 to 28 GHz. These filters are characterized by having the reverse properties of band pass filters and are offered in multiple topologies. Available in compact sizes.
RLC Electronics

SP6T RF Switch
JSW6-33DR+ is a medium power reflective SP6T RF switch, with reflective short on output ports in the off condition. Made using Silicon-on-Insulator process, it has very high IP3, a built-in CMOS driver and negative voltage generator.

Group Delay Equalized Bandpass Filter
Part number 2903 is a group delayed equalized elliptic type bandpass filter that has a typical 1 dB bandwidth of 94 MHz and a typical 60 dB bandwidth of 171 MHz. Insertion loss is <2 dB and group delay variation from 110 to 170 MHz is <3nsec.
KR Electronics

Absorptive Low Pass Filter
Model AF9350 is a UHF, low pass filter that covers the 10 to 500 MHz band and has an average power rating of 400W CW. It incurs a rejection of 45 dB minimum at the 750 to 3000 MHz band, and power rating of 25W CW from 501 to 5000 MHz.

LTE Band 14 Ceramic Duplexer
This high performance LTE ceramic duplexer was designed and built for use in public safety communication and commercial cellular applications. It operates in Band 14 and offers low insertion loss and high isolation to enable clear communications in the LTE network.
Networks International

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  Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - Featured Cover Products
  • This new line of 10W terminations features industry leading PIM performance of -175 dBc typical to <-165 dBc (2 x 5W), -165 dBc typical to <-155 dBc (2 x 20W tones, additional heat sink required), while handling full rated power to +85ºC. - more...

  • EP2C+ is a MMIC splitter/combiner designed for wideband operation from 1800 to 12500 MHz. This model provides excellent power ratings in a tiny device package (4 x 4 x 1mm), with up to 1.85W power handling (as a splitter) and up to 0.4A DC current handling. - more...

  • The SMA series (Sub-Miniature-A) are precision grade connectors designed for use with microwave applications requiring excellent performance up to 18 GHz and beyond to 26.5 GHz. The SMA series is mechanically compatible with 3.5mm and 2.92mm connector series. - more...


  Feature Articles

Driving High Current and High-Frequency Coil Using Resonant Technique
By Accel Instruments

Multi-Function: A Dilemma or Reality?
By Duncan Bosworth, Analog Devices

BME Capacitors Now Approved for Space Applications
By John Marshall, Ceramics Technical Manager, AVX

Peak Power Meters for Crest Factor and Scalar Measurements Using Broadband OFDM Signals
By Vitali Penso, Boonton Electronics

Harmonic Injection Doubles Ultra–Wideband TWT RF Output
By Dave Pfaff, Senior Engineer, dB Control

Electronic Test Equipment Market in Aerospace & Defense: Keeping Pace with the Demands?
By Frost & Sullivan

Ultra-Linear, Low Noise, Broadband pHEMT Amplifiers: Redefining Broadband Gain Block Capability
By Frank Nicosia and Alan Ake, Guerrilla RF

Creating Multi-Emitter Scenarios with a Highly Integrated Agile Signal Generator
By Walter Schulte, Keysight Technologies, Inc.

Using Power Sensors in Test Sets
By Orwill Hawkins, LadyBug Technologies

Addressing the 4G and 5G Backhaul Capacity Challenge with Air Division Duplexing
By Buks Fouche, MIMOtech

• It’s Time for IMS2015!
By Karen Hoppe, Editor, Microwave Product Digest


  Featured in May On The Market.
xxx Low Powered VCO
The V480MEM2-LF RoHS compliant VCO operates at 445 to 480 MHz with a tuning voltage range of 0.5 to 2.5 Vdc. It features a spectrally clean signal of -113 dBc/Hz @ 100 kHz offset and a typical tuning sensitivity of 25 MHz/V. It typically draws just 12mA of current.
xxx Ultra Low Noise MMIC Amplifier
The CMD163 is a 17 to 27 GHz low noise amplifier (LNA) in die form. It has a gain of +24 dB, a noise figure of less than 1.3 dB, and an output 1 dB compression point of +19 dBm across the bandwidth. The CMD163 utilizes an all-positive bias scheme, eliminating the need for negative voltages and expensive sequencing circuitry. Bias conditions are Vdd–4V @ 120, MA and Vgg = 3.0 V.
Custom MMIC
xxx Conduction Cooled Termination
Model series 552-308-050 is a 50W of RF power (average) rated conduction cooled termination that has been deployed in military applications. This 50 ohm device has an operating frequency range of DC to 4 GHz and features maximum VSWR of 1.35:1. The RF connector is N male. Additional heat sinking is required for safe operation of this device at 50W (case temperature must be maintained at +100ºC or less). The nickel plated copper enclosure provides excellent thermal conductivity at an affordable price. Conduction cooled terminations are appropriate where space is limited and heat dissipating metal is available.
Broadwave Technologies
xxx SPST PIN Switch Element
MPS4101-012S and MPS4102-013S are singlechip silicon monolithic seriesshunt elements that are designed with minimal parasitic inductance to provide optimum insertion loss and isolation characteristics over the 50 MHz to 40 GHz frequency range. They are ideal replacements for the conventional shunt mounted chip and series mounted beam lead PIN diode normally used in the manufacture of broadband microwave switches.
xxx BAW Filter
Model 885053 is a general purpose uplink filter for Band 2. This filter was specifically designed in a 3x3mm hermetic package for base station and repeater applications. Features include low insertion loss, coupled with high attenuation and excellent power handling, and usable bandwidth at 60 MHz.
   Industry News
NRAO and Mini-Circuits Forge New Partnership to Enable Commercial Development of Cascadable Absorptive RF Filters
RFMW Announces Two Appointments
The Next Generation Space Interconnect Standard (NGSIS)
DHS and NASA Show Off Radar FINDER System
Microwave Radiation Tasty Solution for Killing Pesty Snails?
Navy Launches UAV “Swarms”
FCC May Open Up Radar Bands for Cellular on Shared Basis
France Military Says Wind Turbines Are Threat to Security
Samsung, Apple Lead Smartphone Sales in First Quarter
U.S. Navy Leads All Governments for Patent Filings for Sixth Straight Year
FCC Offers %1.65 to Wireless Carriers for Rural Broadband Deployment
Sprint Inks Deal with Boingo for Wi-Fi Offload at Airports
Author's Note Regarding "Nonlinear Circuit Analysis in Time and Frequency Domain -- Example: The Forced Van-der-Pol Oscillator," MPD, April 2015
   White Papers

The Design of Ultra Narrowband Amplifiers Using Small-Signal Varactor Upconverters
This paper presents a method of realizing tunable microwave amplifiers with ultra narrow bandwidths that can be less than 0.5% by the use of a varactor up-converter (UC).
Planar Monolithics

Directivity and VSWR Measurements
Return loss and VSWR measurements are complicated by the finite performance of the directional device used to measure the reflected power. The only accurate and convenient way to make return loss measurements is with a well matched high directivity directional coupler or bridge.
Marki Microwave

Switch Solutions for Systems with Low PIM Requirements
Dow-Key Microwave has invested in R&D for new RF switch products designed specifically to reduce intermodulation (IM) in coaxial switches.
Dow-Key Microwave

How to Specify RF and Microwave Filters
Covers cavity, ceramic, LC, crystal and helical filters.
Anatech Electronics

Mounting Considerations for Medium Power Surface-Mount RF Devices
Covers all factors that must be considered when mounting SMT devices.
TriQuint Semiconductor

Biasing MMIC Amplifiers
How to bias MMICs along with theory and techniques.


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Uncertain Times for DefenseWill OpenRFM Shake Up the Microwave Industry?
By Barry Manz

Throughout the history of the RF and microwave industry there has never been a form factor standardizing the electromechanical, software, control plane, and thermal interfaces used by integrated microwave assemblies (IMAs) employed in defense systems. Rather, every system has been built to meet the requirements of a specific system, which may be but probably isn’t compatible with any other system. It’s simply the way the industry has always responded to requests from subcontractors that in turn must meet the physical, electrical, and RF requirements of prime contractors. Read More...

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