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ConductRF LSA61 High Frequency RF Jumper Cables

ConductRF LSA61 High Frequency RF Jumper Cables - RF CafeConductRF's latest innovation is High-Frequency RF Jumper Cables with 2.92 mm, 2.4 mm or 1.85 mm connectors as standard. This assemblies use our optimized direct solder attached connectors and our superior double shielded hi-frequency A61SW flexible cable with shielding effectiveness greater than -100 dB. These cables are design to support the latest requirements for 5G applications for cross connecting modules, but can equally be used in any field where hi-frequency jumper cables are required. Beyond our standard interconnect, we can also offer solutions with SMP, SMPM, SMA and many other common connector interfaces. Hi-Performance right angled options are available utilizing hard setting shrink tube to form the cable bend...

ConductRF Lab Small Flexible RF Cables

ConductRF Lab Small Flexible RF Cables - RF CafeComponent Engineering challenges often require finding a "commonly available solution," for a specific application that meet broad, often conflicting requirements, determined by colleagues in electronics. Assuming knowledge of standards like RG cables and widely available solutions, our expertise can be useful when those will not work. ConductRF can provide options for higher frequency, lower loss, greater mechanical integrity and more. When working in tight spaces, try these new RF cable options available exclusively from ConductRF. Costs & Lead Times Maintained Because these new cables are derived from older standards, ConductRF has been able to make minor changes to existing standard connectors. Changing crimp ferrules or re−purposing designs for other cables has allowed us to make many standard connectors available for producing assemblies...

MLinkPlanner 2.0 Wireless Planning Software - RF Cafe

MLinkPlanner 2.0 Wireless Planning Software - RF CafeCenter of Telecommunication Technologies is proud to announce immediate availability of their MLinkPlanner 2.0 wireless network software simulation tool for modeling microwave point-to-point (PtP) and point-to-multipoint (PtMP) links. The new version is free for current MLinkPlanner users. MLinkPlanner was created by engineers with many years of experience in designing microwave links, from single hop access links to high-power long-haul trunk lines. MLinkPlanner has demonstrated its effectiveness in designing many links that are operating successfully in various climate zones and topographical conditions from plains and marshlands to highlands. Special focus was placed on devising a convenient user interface, the incorporation of adaptable and easy to use link path profiles in the design process...

Triad Helps High Altitude Platform Leader Achieve Stratospheric Flight Test Success

Triad Helps High Altitude Platform Leader Achieve Stratospheric Flight Test Success - RF CafeWhen an industry-leading provider of stratospheric communications platforms first called on TRIAD RF Systems, they were initially looking to gain an incremental wireless communications range boost. What they achieved instead was a mission that went from an underwhelming link performance test to an incredible long-range success in under 5 minutes. The Challenge: Filling the capability gap between aircraft, drones and satellites, this industry-leading platform designer and manufacturer delivers solutions for communications, data relay, and intelligence, surveillance, and recognizance (ISR) applications to space agencies, the military, communications providers, and many other commercial applications. The customer simulated that the link distance without a TRIAD power amplifier would be approximately 100 miles. However, at a distance of 75 miles away from the base station, the link started to cut out, and all communication was lost...

Keysight Tools for Design, Simulation and Test at Millimeter Wave Innovations Event

Keysight Technologies to Showcase Tools for Design, Simulation and Test at Millimeter Wave Innovations Event - RF CafeKeysight Technologies will showcase its suite of software tools for design, simulation and test at the Millimeter Wave Innovations event on June 23rd, 24th, and 25th, beginning at 9:00 am PDT. What: Next-generation wireless systems are targeting a range of new capabilities including higher bandwidth, more connected devices, and low latency. Millimeter wave technology is a key enabler for this upcoming wireless revolution and Keysight solutions deliver accurate, repeatable results at ever-higher frequencies and wider bandwidths. Training courses and virtual demonstrations of advanced tools for design, simulation, and test...

Impedance Analysis Webinar: Measuring Low and Fast

Impedance Analysis Webinar: Measuring Low and Fast - RF CafeIEEE Spectrum / TechInsider is presenting a free webinar by Zurich Instruments entitled "Impedance Analysis: Measuring Low and Fast". It begins at 1:00 am Eastern Time on Thursday, June 11 (that's today). Drs. Tim Ashworth and Magdalena Marszalek are the presenters. "Precision, accuracy and measurement speed are three critical aspects to consider in any impedance measurement. This webinar addresses all three aspects with two distinct impedance measurement scenarios featuring the Zurich Instruments MFIA Impedance Analyzer. In the first example, you’ll learn how to use the LabOne User Compensation to measure equivalent series resistance (ESR) below 1 mΩ and equivalent series inductance (ESL) below 20 nH for a DC-Link capacitor. You’ll also find out how the LabOne Sweeper tool can display ESR and ESL as a function of frequency, allowing you to see how these values vary at frequencies other than the test frequency given by the manufacturer..."

Getting Your Lab Equipment Back up and Running

Getting Your Lab Equipment Back up and Running - RF CafeAxiom Test Equipment, an electronic test equipment rental and sales company has published a new blog post entitled "Getting Your Lab Equipment Back up and Running" that offers steps or precautions that should be taken with instruments that have been idle for some time, which is not unusual during this time of the COVID-19 pandemic, to ensure that they can provide the most accurate measurements possible as you get back to work. Since many of us have been working only from home, projects requiring test equipment have been delayed and the instruments in your lab have been left idle for a couple of months. Can those instruments be expected to deliver the same levels of performance and accuracy as soon as they are turned on? Axiom Test Equipment's latest blog post delves into why it is best to take some quick and easy precautionary steps...

ConductRF D38999 RF & Mixed Signal Cables to 65 GHz

ConductRF D38999 RF & Mixed Signal Cables to 65 GHz - RF CafeAs a designated critical industry, ConductRF continues to operate at full capacity during the COVID-19 pandemic. ConductRF offers a full line of D38999, RF and mixed signal cable solutions with performance up to 65 GHz. D38999 cables are one of our flag ship product capabilities. Standard features include M85049 backshells, RF contacts for #8, #12 & #16 gauge, BMA & SMPM solutions, low loss cable types, phase matching available. Custom marking and serialization also available. Made in the USA. ConductRF coaxial cable assemblies are available for immediate purchase from Digi-Key.

Triad RF Systems Low-Cost Amplified S-Band Radio for Long-Range Links

Triad RF Systems Low-Cost Amplified S-Band Radio for Long-Range Links from a COTs Microhard pMDDL2450 PicoRadio - RF CafeTriad RF Systems, continues to add to its THPR series of ready-to-install amplified radios. Eliminating the need to integrate standalone components to create a long-range wireless and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) radio links working in S-band, Triad has combined high power RF subsystems with a Microhard pMDDL2450 core radio that operates from 2402 - 2482 MHz. Triad model THPR1006 is an efficiently packaged, highly reliable, dual-channel MIMO, turnkey radio system that includes bi-directional amplifiers (BDAs), RF filtering, and optional real-time power measurements, link diagnostics, and innovative SoC-based monitoring and controls. This integrated amplified radio system delivers maximum power output of 40 W at ~5 Mbps on its max power setting, and 10 W at ~20 Mbps on its max data rate setting. Unmanned system engineers can expect...

Withwave Precision Adapters for 2.92 and 3.5 mm

Withwave Precision Adapters for 2.92 and 3.5 mm - RF Cafe Withwave's Precision Test Adapters are designed based on precision microwave interconnection technologies. These new 2.92 mm to 3.5 mm types are manufactured to precise microwave specifications and constructed with male and female gender on both sides. The precision microwave connector interfaces ensure an excellent microwave performance of 1.25:1 (max) VSWR up to 34 GHz.

EMC Directory - Largest Online Directory of EMC Testing Labs 

EMC Directory - The Largest Online Directory of EMC Testing Labs - RF CafeEMC Directory, a new addition to the everythingRF network of engineering resources, is the largest directory of EMC / EMI Testing labs. The website makes it easy for users to find EMC labs based on their location and testing capabilities. Users can specify the application like Automotive, Radio Technology, Industrial, Medical etc. to find labs that can carry out the test in a specific region. They can also find labs based on the testing directive like CISPR 11, FCC Part 15 (Sub part b) or ISO 10605. EMC testing is performed to ensure that the electronic devices: Have sufficient immunity to electromagnetic interference. They do not create excessive electromagnetic radiation EMC Testing is a very important area for most engineers and companies. Regulatory bodies around the world like FCC, CE, have placed limits on the levels of emissions that electronic and electrical products can generate...

AWR Web-Based Training Presents mmWave MIMO Radar System Design

AWR Design Environment Web-Based Training Presents mmWave MIMO Radar System Design - RF CafeCadence| AWR will host a free webinar entitled "AWR Software Web-Training on mmWave MIMO Radar System Design," presented by RF filter expert Dr. Tero Kiuru. Overview: This web-based training session uses Cadence® AWR Design Environment® software to illustrate the design of a frequency modulated continuous wave (FMCW) multiple-in-multiple-out (MIMO) radar system for short range high resolution localization of nearby moving objects. Dr. Tero Kiuru, of the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd., is an expert in front-end component design. Four-channel transmitter and receiver chips will be designed using a 130 nm silicon germanium (SiGe) process. Measurements will be made with a 4 TX channel and 8 RX channel system and simulation versus measurement results...

Z-Comm Extremely Low Powered Clock VCO in a SUB-L Package

Z-Communications' Extremely Low Powered Clock VCO in a SUB-L Package - RF CafeZ−Communications, Inc., announces the RoHS compliant VCO (Voltage-Controlled Oscillator) model SMV4596L−LF for highly stable clock generators. The SMV4596L−LF covers 4595 to 4598 MHz within a tuning voltage range of 0 to 2.5 Vdc. This low cost VCO consumes typically less than 15mW of power while still delivering phase noise performance of -81 dBc/Hz @ 10 kHz offset. This unparalleled VCO operates off a 2.8 Vdc supply while drawing a mere 5mA of current. The SMV4596L-LF is designed to deliver −1±2 dBm of output power into a 50 ohm load while operating over the industrial temperature range of −40 to 85°C. This remarkable VCO is further enhanced by its better than 1.1:1...

ConductRF High Flex VNA Test Cables for 40, 50 & 70 GHz

ConductRF High Flex VNA Test Cables for 40, 50 & 70 GHz - RF CafeConductRF offers RF Engineers a large selection of Hi Flex cable for vector network analyzers (VNAs). We have standards for applications at 18-40 GHz, 50 GHz & 70 GHz. Our torque resistant connector heads and phase stable constructions ensure great performance for many tests to come. Other key features include: 2.92 mm, 2.4 mm & 1.85 mm connector options, low VSWR & insertion loss, low phase change with flexing, options available swept right angle connectors. ConductRF VNA series provides customers with reliable ruggedized solutions for Lab and Production Vector Network Analyzer testing. With options for 18 GHz, 26.5 GHz, 40 GHz, 50 GHz, & 70 GHz, these cables offer cost leading alternatives to original OEM VNA cable solutions...

Triad Turnkey Amplified S-Band Radio for Long-range Links

Triad RF Systems Develops Turnkey Amplified S-Band Radio for Long-range Links from a COTS Silvus StreamCaster - RF CafeTriad RF Systems continues to add to its THPR series of ready-to-install amplified radios. Eliminating the need to integrate standalone components to create a long-range wireless and intelligence, surveillance, and recognizance (ISR) radio links working in S-band, Triad has combined high power RF subsystems with a Silvus StreamCaster model SC4210E-235 core radio that operates from 2,200 to 2,500 MHz. Triad model THPR1012 is an efficiently packaged, highly reliable, dual-channel MIMO, turnkey radio system that includes bi-directional amplifiers (BDAs), RF filtering, real-time power measurements, link diagnostics, and innovative SoC-based monitoring and controls. This integrated amplified radio system delivers maximum power output of 40 W at 9 Mbps on its max power setting, and 10 W at ~60 Mbps on its max data rate setting. Unmanned system engineers can expect dependable RF link stability and up to 10X extra range...

Withwave Intros New Line of 1.85 & 2.92 mm Right Angle adapters

Withwave Intros New Line of 1.85 & 2.92 mm Right Angle Adaptors - RF CafeWithwave's new line of 1.85 and 2.92 mm Right Angle adapters are designed based on precision microwave interconnection technologies. These 1.85 mm & 2.92 mm / 2.92 mm to 2.92 mm types are manufactured to precise microwave specifications and constructed with male and female gender on both side. The precision microwave connector interfaces ensure an excellent microwave performance up to 40 GHz. Features include: Frequency range of DC to 40 GHz, VSWR of 1.20:1 (max) @40 GHz, and the body is made of passivated stainless steel...

TRIAD Amplified Radio Systems Extend Link Ranges up to 10X

New TRIAD Amplified Radio Systems Extend Link Ranges up to 10XTriad RF Systems, a leading designer and manufacturer of integrated radio systems and high performance RF/Microwave amplifiers, is pleased to announce the launch of a line of TRIAD Amplified Radios that extend the range of the most widely used mobile ad hoc network (MANET) and multiple input multiple output (MIMO) wireless mesh radios in the industry. The creation and launch of these turnkey high-power radios is in direct response to customer challenges experienced when Bi-directional amplifier (BDA) modules are "bolted-on" to a MIMO Radio system. These in-house integrations frequently fail to achieve the size, weight, performance, and cost objectives (SWaP-C) required of a long distance radio link. Unmanned aerial vehicles/systems (UAV/UAS) and ground/surface vehicles (UGV/USV) that frequently operate in harsh weather conditions...

ConductRF Performance TSA89 Flexible RF Test Cables to 40 GHz

ConductRF Performance TSA89 Flexible RF Test Cables to 40 GHz - RF CafeManufacturing of all our products continues to operate at full capacity as part of the "Essential Business" community. Professional high frequency TSA89 series of RF test cables with performance to 40 GHz. Precision connector choices include; SMA, Type-N, 3.5mm, 2.92mm, & 2.4mm. Key features: High-frequency point to point cable, light weight rugged double-shielded, flexible cable, low loss <0.68 dB/ft @ 40 GHz, low VSWR < 1.35:1 (Typical < 1.25:1), RF leakage >−100 dB to 18 GHz, temperature rated from -55ºC to 125ºC. 100% factory VSWR and insertion loss tested. Cables are in stock and available immediately from Digi−Key. Made in the USA.

Basic DC Testing Keeps Drones Flying Longer

Basic DC Testing Keeps Drones Flying Longer - RF CafeAxiom Test Equipment, an electronic test equipment rental and sales company has published a new blog to discuss both what must be tested, and which are the correct instruments to perform DC electrical testing for the design and maintenance of UAVs. By performing regular measurements on a UAV, the efficiency of the UAV's powertrain can be better characterized and optimized. Especially in all-electric drones, scheduled measurements can help to maintain the efficiency of an electric UAV's propulsion system. Discover specific instruments used for maintaining UAV electrical system performance including battery analyzers and simulators, digital multimeters and voltmeters. Drones or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are quickly being adopted for commercial and industrial applications, almost as quickly as they have been accepted as part of the modern battlefield for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) missions...

Teledyne e2v HiRel 10 GHz Gain Blocks for X-Band

Teledyne e2v HiRel Releases New Line of 10 GHz Gain Blocks for X-Band - RF CafeTeledyne e2v HiRel, part of the Teledyne Defense Electronics Group, today announced a new family of 10 GHz RF Gain Blocks using space-qualified InGaP amplifier technology. Spearheaded by an 18.4 dB gain model, this new group of Gain Blocks, TDGB010, is based on an indium gallium phosphide (InGaP) technology suitable for both space and, optionally, defense applications. It achieves this through its ceramic packaging and space qualification. Teledyne e2v HiRel customers now have a standard amplifier solution that stretches from L-band through X-band. Since a standardized amplifier solution reduces the number of new qualified components that flight programs typically require, it greatly simplifies the procurement process for components. The X-band Gain Blocks are available in configurations of 13.6, 16.5 and 18.4 dB which enable RF design...

Cadence AWR Design Environment V15 Now Available

Cadence AWR Design Environment V15 Now Available - RF CafeCadence® AWR Design Environment® Version 15 (V15), which includes AWR® Microwave Office, AWR Visual System Simulator™ (VSS) and AXIEM® and Analyst™ electromagnetic (EM) simulators, has been released and is now available for download by current customers and evaluators. This latest release brings RF/microwave design solutions to the Cadence software portfolio for monolithic microwave integrated circuit (MMIC)/RFIC, package/module, and printed circuit board (PCB) designs. The release provides key new features, add-on modules and enhancements driven by 5G, automotive and aerospace and defense applications. V15 improves engineering productivity with new analyses, faster and higher capacity...

TotalTemp Technologies Now Offers Larger Thermal Platforms

TotalTemp Technologies Now Offers Larger Thermal Platforms - RF CafeTotalTemp Technologies has introduced a new, larger model of their industry-leading thermal testing platform line. The SD450-N Thermal Platform offers 450 square (18" x 25") inches of even, wide range, precise thermal testing from 200°C to -100°C. Extended range options, safety features and alternate cooling methods available. New design allows more accessibility, custom fixturing and clamping choices. Great for MPUs, amplifiers, radios, and other large devices with a flat thermally conductive surface. Advanced programmable Synergy Nano temperature controller can monitor and log one or many points on the device(s) allowing advanced temperature control optimization. We have many new custom covers and other options.

Z-Comm Low Noise DRO for Radar Systems

Z-Comm Low Noise DRO for Radar Systems - RF Cafe Z-Comm is proud to announce a new dielectric resonator oscillator model DRO12200A for radar system applications. The DRO12200A is designed to cover 12200 MHz while incorporating both electrical and mechanical elements for fine and coarse tuning. This high performance DRO is optimized to feature superior low phase noise of -105 dBc/Hz @ 10 kHz offset and operates off a 5 Vdc supply while typically drawing only 23 mA of current. The DRO12200A is designed to deliver a typical output power of 0 dBm into a 50 ohm load and is guaranteed to operate over the industrial temperature range of -40 to 85°C. This remarkable oscillator suppresses the second harmonic to better than -30 dBc and covers the optimized frequency with a tuning voltage range of 0 to 12 Vdc while featuring a tuning gain of 0.5 MHz/V...

Copper Mountain Technologies Delivers New RNVNA Multiport Testing Solution

Copper Mountain Technologies Delivers New RNVNA Multiport Testing Solution - RF CafeCopper Mountain Technologies' (CMT) RNVNA solution is a customizable multiport network analysis solution for MIMO antennas and other 5G applications. RNVNA builds on the capabilities of CMT 1-Port USB vector network analyzers. RNVNA links up to 16 analyzers together into a multiport network analysis system, allowing users to measure vector reflection and scalar transmission parameters. RNVNA is compatible with all Copper Mountain Technologies' 1-Port USB VNAs with frequency ranges up to 6 GHz (R60), 14 GHz (R140), and 18 GHz (R180). RNVNA software allows users to manage multiple 1-Port VNAs performing required measurements. A free demo version of the RNVNA software for systems using up to three 1-Port VNAs can be downloaded...

ConductRF LSA Series of Flexible RF Cable Assemblies to 18 GHz

ConductRF LSA Series of Flexible RF Cable Assemblies - RF CafeConductRF LSA series of Low Loss, Performance flexible RF Cable Assemblies, provide microwave system designers with a versatile solution for most applications. Offered is a solution for 0.086" diameter cable that facilitates greater flexibility and handling or, 0.141" diameter that exploits the same great performance but with almost half the loss. Connector options include SMA, Type-N, TNC & SMP that provide excellent VSWR between DC and 18GHz, also solutions for MCX & SMB are available in a wide array of configurations. These assemblies are built using our own double shielded, FEP jacketed cable, that was developed specifically for performance solutions. With shielding effectiveness exceeding 90 dB through 18 GHz...

Exodus 1.0-2.5 GHz, 2200 W SSPA "Beast"

Exodus Advanced Communications 1.0-2.5 GHz, 2200 W SSPA - RF CafeExodus Advanced Communications' model Exodus AMP2041-1 "Beast" is 1.0-2.5 GHz class A/AB solid state power amplifier (SSPA), rack-mounted system with a rated output power of, 2200 watt minimum (2.5 kW CW typical). It features a 1600 watt P1dB GCP with a minimum 63 dB of gain. Built-in protection circuits, and forward & reflected RF sample ports provided. Type N Female RF Input/Sample port connectors and a 1 5/8" RF output connector are standard. Rack mountable drawers are housed in a 32U tall cabinet including a power supply, cooling fans, and a controller for ease of use. Suitable for applications requiring high power and broadband coverage for EW/ECM, as well as general EMC testing in labs, chambers or application requiring high RF field levels.

IEEE MTT-S IMS2020 to Go Virtual Due to COVID−19

IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Symposium (IMS2020) to Go Virtual Due to COVID-19 - RF CafeThe IMS2020 and Microwave Week, scheduled for 21-26 June 2020 in Los Angeles, CA, USA, is transitioning to a virtual event. The 2020 organizers have made this difficult decision after careful consultation and review with government authorities, partners, and venues. The timeframe for the virtual event will be August 2020. IMS2020 is the flagship conference of Microwave Week, the world's largest event for RF and Microwave technology which brings 10,000 attendees from 48 countries and over 600 exhibiting companies. The virtual event will continue with the theme of "Connectivity Matters," built on five pillars that link the world: 5G & 6G networks, aerospace and defense programs, autonomous vehicles, the digital economy, and ensuring the connection of under-represented communities. "The RF and Microwave industry is critical in a time when we are striving to connect in a socially distanced world," said Timothy Lee, IMS2020 General Chair...

Fairview Microwave Debuts Waveguide Shorts and Shims

Fairview Microwave Debuts Series of Waveguide Shorts and Shims - RF CafeFairview Microwave, an Infinite Electronics brand and a leading provider of on-demand RF, microwave and millimeter wave components, has launched a new series of waveguide shorts and shims that are ideal for use in test and instrumentation, wireless communication, satellite communication and radar applications. Fairview's new line of waveguide shorts and shims includes 36 models offered in waveguide sizes ranging from WR-430 to WR-10. This new line is ideal for use in RF test and measurement applications and provides superior RF performance. Waveguide shims and shorts, or shorting plates, are commonly included in calibration kits and they are used in calibration applications. Waveguide shims can also be used to bridge gaps between waveguide components. These waveguide shims and shorts are compatible with square and round UG cover and CPR-style flanges...

Webinar: AWR Design Environment Web-Based Filter Design Features 

AWR Design Environment Web-Based Training Provides Jump Start on Enhanced Filter Design Features - RF CafeCadence| AWR will host a free webinar entitled "AWR Software Web-Training on Filter Design," presented by RF filter expert Dr. John Dunn. Overview: This web-based training session gives RF/microwave software designers a jump start on using the enhanced filter design features in Cadence® AWR Design Environment®. The presenter will demonstrate how AWR® Microwave Office® circuit design software can be used for RF, microwave, and millimeter-wave (mmWave) filter design. An example of a distributed filter in board technology will be offered that illustrates tools for filter synthesis, optimization, and yield analysis for manufacturability. Electromagnetic (EM) simulation...

Basic Radar Analysis, 2nd Edition

Basic Radar Analysis, 2nd Edition - RF CafeArtech House today announced the publication of Basic Radar Analysis, Second Edition by Mervin Budge and Shawn German. This 2nd edition covers several key radar analysis areas, including the radar range equation, detection theory, ambiguity functions, waveforms, antennas, active arrays, receivers, signal processors, CFAR and chaff analysis. Analog signal processors and digital signal processors of the types used in modern phased array radars are discussed. Fundamentals of radar analysis including the range equation, detection theory, ambiguity functions, antennas, receivers, and signal processors for modern radars are also covered. This book addresses details of the radar range and detection probability equations and the tools radar engineers commonly use to perform signal processor and clutter analyses. Packed with details on how to perform radar range equation and detection analyses, RCS modeling...

Withwave Precision Right Angle Adapters for 2.92 & 2.4 mm

Withwave Precision Right Angle Adapters for 2.92 mm & 2.4 mm - RF CafeWithwave's Precision Test Adapters with Right Angle types are designed based on precision microwave interconnection technologies. These adapters are manufactured to precise microwave specifications and constructed with male and female gender on both side. The precision microwave connector interfaces ensure an excellent microwave performance up to 40 GHz. Features include a frequency range of DC to 40 GHz, VSWR of 1.20:1 (max) @40 GHz, and body made of passivated stainless steel...

Skyworks SKY5®−5242−11 Dual 2.4 GHz FEM

Skyworks SKY5®−5242−11 Dual 2.4 GHz FEM - RF CafeSkyworks is pleased to introduce the SKY5®−5242−11 a dual 2.4 GHz, 802.11ax high-linearity, high-efficiency front-end module (FEM) designed for Wi-Fi 6 enabled devices including handsets, tablets and mobile devices supporting WLAN and Bluetooth® protocols. This highly integrated FEM includes two transmit and receive chains, an extremely low EVM floor power amplifier, low noise amplifier with bypass, and a SP3T antenna switch. The three transmit modes for high linearity, high efficiency and low gain provide optimal performance. The SKY55242−11 builds on Skyworks’ portfolio of revolutionary products for 5G applications...

ConductRF D38999 RF & Mixed Signal Cables to 65 GHz

ConductRF D38999 RF & Mixed Signal Cables to 65 GHz - RF CafeAs a designated critical industry, ConductRF continues to operates at full capacity during the COVID-19 pandemic. ConductRF offers a full line of D38999, RF and mixed signal cable solutions with performance up to 65 GHz. D38999 cables are one of our flag ship product capabilities. Standard features include M85049 backshells, RF contacts for #8, #12 & #16 gauge, BMA & SMPM solutions, low loss cable types, phase matching available. Custom marking and serialization also available. Made in the USA. ConductRF coaxial cable assemblies are available for immediate purchase from Digi-Key.

Copper Mountain Technologies RF Basics Webinar

Copper Mountain Technologies RF Basics Webinar - RF CafeCopper Mountain Technologies (CMT) will be presenting a free "RF Basics Webinar." This webinar will touch on the basic concepts which underlay the operation of a Vector Network Analyzer. What does it really measure? What are the key components? What are its limitations? How does one compare one analyzer to another? What are the key specifications? We’ll take a brief look at the evolution of VNA design over the years to understand how a state-of-the-art VNA is USB based without an embedded operating system. The viewer should come away with an intuitive understanding of VNA operation and how best to use this important measurement tool. It will be taking place on Wednesday, April 29, 2020, at 10 AM EST.

Anatech Electronics April 2020 Newsletter

Anatech Electronics April 2020 Newsletter - RF CafeSam Benzacar of Anatech Electronics, an RF and microwave filter company, has published his April newsletter that features his short op−ed entitled "5G SARS-CoV-2 Conspiracy Theories Abound," which would be funny if it wasn't so serious. In the past couple weeks I have posted news items about crazies in Europe who have been setting 5G cell towers - or sometimes any cell tower - on fire after an article from Belgian newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws published an article (which has been taken down) by Dr. Kris Van Kerckhoven entitled, "5G is life-threatening and no one knows it." An Internet search turns up scores of stories: BBC, Forbes, The Verge, Business Insider, Twitter thread. Also included in the newsletter are a few headlines including stories about the big money shelled out by carriers for millimeter-wave spectrum, autonomous vehicles, 5G and Iot, and TracFone being investigated for fraud...

Southwest Antennas Omni-Directional 4x4 MIMO Antennas for Aircraft

Southwest Antennas Omni-Directional 4x4 MIMO Antennas for Aircraft, Helicopters, and Large UAV Systems - RF CafeSouthwest Antennas, a leader in rugged RF and Microwave antenna products and accessories for tactical radio systems, is pleased to announce the release of two new antennas to meet the demand for multi-port MIMO antenna solutions for medium range aircraft performing ISR missions. These antennas are built off of Southwest Antennas’ existing, field-proven MIMO antenna technology with design improvements specifically for these new mission requirements. Our engineering team has added a new flange mount base for secure mounting, in addition to reinforcing the antennas for the higher altitude and airspeed achieved by medium range military turboprop aircraft that are commonly used for surveillance, patrol, search and rescue, and transport operations. With a conservative airspeed rating of up to 374 MPH these MIMO antennas...

Steering UAVs Clear with Digital Circuit Testing

Steering UAVs Clear with Digital Circuit Testing - RF CafeAxiom Test Equipment, an electronic test equipment rentals and sales company headquartered in San Diego, has published a blog post entitled "Steering UAVs Clear with Digital Circuit Testing." This blog is the second in a series of three planned articles that will take a closer look at the global fascination with UAVs and how they are used, whether for farming or for warfare, and some of the best test tools that can be applied to ensuring the best UAV performance possible. The OQ-2A, one of the first remote-controlled target drones produced in the U.S., was made by the Radioplane Company owned Hollywood actor Reginald Denny. Norma Jeane Mortenson, aka Marilyn Monroe, was discovered there. "Drones and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are being used in a growing number of commercial, civil, industrial, and military applications. They are currently used for many security and surveillance task...

Odyssey Technical Solutions Needs an RF Repair Technician

Odyssey Technical Solutions Needs an RF Repair Technician I - RF CafeOdyssey Technical Solutions, with more than 60 employees in our new 32,000 ft2 facility in Round Rock, Texas, and having done 50,000 repairs, is showing no signs of slowing down. In fact, we currently have openings for qualified RF Repair Technicians. Procedures and processes developed over many years are designed for repeatable success in our repairs and to give our customers a high level of confidence that we will do it right the first time. Our employees bring a variety of experiences to our company, which has helped us grow by incorporating their experiences into what we do. Meeting and exceeding customer expectations is the top priority for Odyssey, our goal is to provide the highest quality repair each and every time. With legendary customer service helping to drive customer satisfaction on a daily basis...

Berkeley Nucleonics Academy Continuing Education Program

Berkeley Nucleonics Academy Continuing Education ProgramBerkeley Nucleonics Corporation (BNC - like the connector) offers several short courses on RF, Test & Measurement, and Nuclear technology to allow students and technical staff entering the field to quickly develop a basic understanding of the principles involved. BNC Academy's online learning is a popular way to maintain currency in your field while not requiring time away from critical project activities. Courses may be completed online and are supplemented with downloadable materials. Titles such as "RF Boot Camp," "Demystifying Phase Noise Measurements," and "Nuclear Radiation 101" are among the offerings. Completion certificates are issued and onsite training is also available. It is possible to look at previews of upcoming courses on BNC Academy right now.

Empower RF Systems Intros Compact SS GaN-on-SiC Pulse Amplifier

Empower RF Systems Intros Compact SS GaN-on-SiC Pulse Amplifier - RF Cafe

Empower RF Systems Model 2213 is a compact solid state GaN-on-SiC amplifier delivering 10 kW of peak pulsed power. This air cooled 10 kW, 6% duty cycle pulse amplifier system brings sophisticated monitoring, protection, and control functions to mission critical applications. It's an intelligent amplifier system with a flexible software and embedded firmware design that can be customized to add mission support capabilities specific to the users integrated system. Remote control and monitoring is included. The 2213 is based on Empower's established and field proven Next Generation architecture that is tactically deployed and operating on multiple levels in support of a variety of critical DOD missions...

Skyworks 5 GHz FEM Supports Simultaneous Wi−Fi Connectivity and LAA

Skyworks 5 GHz Front-End Module Supports Simultaneous Wi-Fi Connectivity and LAA - RF CafeSkyworks Solutions is pleased to introduce the SKY5®-5501-11, a 5 GHz front-end module (FEM) designed for Wi-Fi enabled devices including handsets and tablets. This advanced FEM supports simultaneous Wi-Fi and licensed assisted access (LAA) protocols for high speed data throughput in the 5 GHz WLAN and LAA spectrum. The SKY55501-11 is highly integrated and includes a low-noise amplifier, low-loss bypass path, power splitter, and single-pole, double-throw transmit and receive switch. The SKY55501-11 builds on Skyworks' portfolio of revolutionary products for 5G applications. The SKY55501-11 is a highly integrated, 5 GHz front-end module (FEM) that supports simultaneous 5G WLAN and licensed assisted access (LAA) systems. The SKY55501-11 incorporates a 5 GHz low-noise amplifier (LNA) with bypass supporting 5G WLAN and LAA...

ConductRF High Flex VNA Test Cables for 40, 50 & 70 GHz

ConductRF High Flex VNA Test Cables for 40, 50 & 70 GHz - RF CafeConductRF offers RF Engineers a large selection of Hi Flex cable for vector network analyzers (VNAs). We have standards for applications at 18-40 GHz, 50 GHz & 70 GHz. Our torque resistant connector heads and phase stable constructions ensure great performance for many tests to come. Other key features include: 2.92 mm, 2.4 mm & 1.85 mm connector options, low VSWR & insertion loss, low phase change with flexing, options available swept right angle connectors. ConductRF VNA series provides customers with reliable ruggedized solutions for Lab and Production Vector Network Analyzer testing. With options for 18 GHz, 26.5 GHz, 40 GHz, 50 GHz, & 70 GHz, these cables offer cost leading alternatives to original OEM VNA cable solutions...

Mini-Circuits and Modelithics Provide 14 New Amplifier Models

Modelithics and Mini-Circuits Partner to Provide 14 New Amplifier Models - RF CafeModelithics, Inc. and Mini-Circuits have expanded their partnership by developing new high-accuracy simulation models for several packaged Mini-Circuits amplifiers. In total, 14 new substrate-selectable amplifier models have been developed. These data-based models were extracted by performing broadband S-parameter and noise-parameter measurements with a Keysight PNA-X vector network analyzer (VNA), as part of a Maury Microwave ultra-fast noise parameter measurement setup. Modelithics now offers over 68 models, representing over 130 individual Mini-Circuits components, that include amplifiers, filters and splitters, among others. All the new amplifier models are currently available for FREE for use within Keysight Technologies' PathWave Advanced Design System (ADS)...

Webinar: Facts and Fallacies in RFPA Waveform Engineering

Cadence | AWR Webinar: Facts and Fallacies in RFPA Waveform Engineering - RF CafeCadence| AWR will host a free webinar on April 28 at 12:00 pm EDT  entitled "Facts and Fallacies in RFPA Waveform Engineering," presented by RF power amplifier (RFPA) expert Dr. Steve Cripps. What: Waveform engineering has been an important concept in RF power amplifier (RFPA) design, resulting in the definition of important new PA modes. The concept can, however, be taken too far. Sponsored by Cadence, this "Facts and Fallacies in RFPA Waveform Engineering" free webinar is presented by PA expert Dr. Steve Cripps of Cardiff University, who will illustrate some common misconceptions surrounding waveform realization using various design examples, including both switched and analog cases...

Z-Comm SMV0912B-LF 865 to 960 MHz VCO

Z-Comm SMV0912B-LF Features Low Phase Noise with Extremely Low Power Consumption - RF CafeZ-Communications, Inc., announces a new RoHS compliant VCO (Voltage-Controlled Oscillator) model SMV0912B-LF. The SMV0912B-LF operates from 865 to 960 MHz within a tuning voltage range of 0 to 2.5 Vdc. This low cost VCO features very clean spectral purity performance of -100 dBc/Hz @10 kHz offset and covers the frequency range with an average sensitivity of 80 MHz/V. The SMV0912B-LF is designed to deliver 3±3 dBm of output power into a 50 ohms load while operating over the industrial temperature range of -40 to 85°C. This high performance VCO is further enhanced by saving precious energy. It consumes a mere 6 mA of current while operating off a 3.0 Vdc supply. The SMV0912B-LF features a typical 2nd harmonic suppression of -10 dBc...

Skyworks Ultra-Low Power FEM Features 4X Range Extension

Skyworks Ultra-Low Power Front-End Module Features 4X Range Extension - RF CafeSkyworks Solutions is empowering the wireless networking revolution. Skyworks is pleased to launch the SKY66404-11, a 2.4 GHz front-end module (FEM) designed for Zigbee®, Thread, and Bluetooth® (including Low Energy) ultra-low power IoT applications spanning sensors, beacons, smart meters and thermostats, wireless cameras, smoke and CO detectors, and wearables including medical devices. Featuring high-performance in a compact form factor, SKY66404-11 provides increased efficiency, and more than 4X range extension over previous models. The integrated module includes a power amplifier, low-noise amplifier, low-loss bypass path, transmit and receive switches, and digital controls compatible with 1.7 to 3.6 V CMOS levels...

Withwave HFSS 3D Electromagnetic Connector Simulation Models

Withwave HFSS 3D Electromagnetic Connector Simulation Models - RF CafeWithwave offers ANSYS HFSS 3D EM(Electromagnetic) Simulation Model of board connectors and panel type connectors for customer design. These 3D models allows RF designers and engineers to simulate the RF performance of these connectors which is launched on various types of high frequency PCB. They can reduce time to assemble the connectors and verify the performance prior to placing an order. we hope to make a commitment to give customers better testing & Simulation environment. Design Assistance for ANSYS HFSS Models (version 17.0 or newer) for 3D EM Simulation and 3D Model for Mechanical Layout (STEP file)...

ConductRF Performance TSA89 Flexible RF Test Cables to 40 GHz

ConductRF Performance TSA89 Flexible RF Test Cables to 40 GHz - RF CafeManufacturing of all our products continues to operate at full capacity as part of the "Essential Business" community. Professional high frequency TSA89 series of RF test cables with performance to 40 GHz. Connector choices include; SMA, Type-N, 3.5mm, 2.92mm, & 2.4mm. Key features: High-frequency point to point cable, light weight rugged flexible cable, low loss <0.68 dB/ft @ 40 GHz, low VSWR < 1.35:1 (Typical < 1.25:1), RF leakage >-100 dB to 18 GHz, temperature rated from -55ºC to 125ºC. Cables are in stock and available immediately from Digi−Key. Here is an interview with ConductRF founder Dean Gammell.

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