Update from Mini-Circuits

Fast-Switching GaAs Switches Are a High-Performance, Low-Cost Alternative to SOI

A mistaken belief has arisen in recent years that SOI has somehow taken over as the prevailing technology for fast RF switch applications. However, Mini-Circuits has recently introduced the M3SWA2-63DRC+ and the M3SWA2-34DR+ultrafast, absorptive RF switches which has given cause for designers to reconsider their switch choices. Designers are discovering that it is no longer necessary to bear the expense of an SOI switch just to get the speed they need. 

In this application note, a comprehensive, side-by-side, parametric comparison of the Mini-Circuits’ wideband GaAs MMIC M3SWA2-34DR+ switch to two SOI competitive offerings is performed. This comparison leads to the conclusion that there is no reason to take the foot off the GaAs.

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New Product Releases

RF Energy

  • 1 kW Rack Mount Signal Source, 53 dB Gain, CW and Pulsed, 7/16” RF Out, 50Ω
    • 135F-135F+, 2.4 GHz to 2.5 GHz

Together with our suppliers we are constantly working to shorten the time between order and delivery however due to current material shortage lead times for some models are still longer than usual so please take this into account when placing your order.

Updates from Mini-Circuits

UHF to mmWave Cavity Filter Solutions

Cavity Filters 300 Mhz to 50 GHz

High Rejection & Selectivity

Cavity filters achieve much higher Q, steeper rejection skirts, and higher power handling than other filter technologies, such as ceramic resonator filters, and are utilized where low passband insertion loss and high rejection of neighboring channels/spurious emissions are critical. Applications include military and commercial fixed site and mobile networks, as well as satellite communications.

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Measurement of Amplifier Additive Phase Modulation Noise (APM)

Part 1: Background & Theory

Optimum APM Test Configuration

In the efforts to properly characterize the Additive Phase Modulation Noise (APM) and Additive Amplitude Modulation Noise (AAM) performance of MMIC amplifiers in the lab, it is important to consider the performance capabilities and limitations of phase noise analyzer and test setup (see Figure 4).  Both APM and AAM performance can be dependent upon the analyzer’s internal signal source carrier frequency, power level, and, importantly, the phase length from signal source output to RF input, so great care must be taken to optimize these parameters.

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New Product Releases

Adapters

  • Coaxial Adapter, 0.29 dB IL, 1.35mm F-F, 50Ω
    • 135F-135F+, DC to 90 GHz
  • Coaxial Adapter, 0.24 dB IL, 1.35mm F-M, 50Ω
    • 135F-135M+, DC to 90 GHz
  • Coaxial Adapter, 0.24 dB IL, 1.35mm M-M, 50Ω
    • 135M-135M+, DC to 90 GHz

Amplifiers

  • 1W VGA, 33 to 50 dB Gain, Analog & TTL Control with Heatsink, 50Ω
    • ZVA-0543VG+, 20 GHz to 54 GHz
  • 1W VGA, 33 to 50 dB Gain, Analog & TTL Control, without Heatsink, 50Ω
    • ZVA-20543VGX+, 20 GHz to 54 GHz
  • MMIC VGA, 2.6 dB NF, 30 dB Gain Control, 5x5mm QFN, 50Ω
    • PVGA-273+, 0.3 GHz to 26.5 GHz
  • MMIC VGA Die, 2.6 dB NF, 30 dB Gain Control, 50Ω
    • PVGA-273-DG+, 0.3 GHz to 26.5 GHz
  • MMIC LNA with Bypass, 1.5 dB NF, +33.6 dBm OIP3, 3x3mm QFN, 50Ω
    • TSY-83LN+, 400 MHz to 8 GHz
  • MMIC Amp., -165 dBc/Hz @ 10 kHz APN, +28.7 dBm OIP3, 4x4mm QFN, 50Ω
    • LVA-6183PN+, 6 GHz to 18 GHz

Filters

  • Coaxial Cavity Bandpass Filter, SMA, 5W, 50Ω
    • ZVBP-18R7G-S+, 18.2 GHz to 19.2 GHz

Splitters

  • SMT 2-Way Quadrature Hybrid, 200W, 50Ω
    • QCH-63+, 2 GHz to 6 GHz

Together with our suppliers we are constantly working to shorten the time between order and delivery however due to current material shortage lead times for some models are still longer than usual so please take this into account when placing your order.

Weekly update from Mini-Circuits

Frequency Modulation Fundamentals.

Originally a Solution for Eliminating Static.

Beginning in 1923, in Columbia University’s Marcellus Hartley Research Laboratory, in the basement of Philosophy Hall, a driven genius in electronic circuitry named Edwin Howard Armstrong set out to reduce static through the use of FM. After approximately 8 years of toil, Armstrong had a brainstorm and decided to challenge the assumption that the FM transmission bandwidth had to be narrow to keep noise low.

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New Product Releases

Bias Tees

  • Coaxial Bias-Tee, 0.1 dB, 250W, N/SMA, with Heat-Sink, 50Ω
    • ZABT-250W-63+, 420 MHz to 6 GHz
  • Coaxial Bias-Tee, 0.1 dB, 250W, N/SMA, without Heat-Sink, 50Ω
    • ZABT-250W-63X+, 420 MHz to 6 GHz

Filters

  • LTCC Coaxial Diplexer, 5.5W, SMA, 50Ω
    • ZDPL-6G-S+, F Low DC to 1.6 GHz – F High 2.4 GHz to 6 GHz
  • LTCC High Pass Filter, 1812, 7W, 50Ω
    • HFCU-223+, 22.8GHz to 39 GHz
  • LTCC High Pass Filter, 1812, 7W, 50Ω
    • HFCU-243+, 5 GHz to 40 GHz

Test Solutions

  • USB & Ethernet Programmable Attenuator, 31.5 dB, 2.92 mm, 50Ω
    • RCDAT-44G-30, 100 MHz to 44 GHz

Together with our suppliers we are constantly working to shorten the time between order and delivery however due to current material shortage lead times for some models are still longer than usual so please take this into account when placing your order.

Updates from Mini-Circuits

Frequency Modulation Fundamentals

Originally a Solution for Eliminating Static.

In the 1920s, many brilliant scientists applied themselves to the study of frequency modulation (FM). One of these scientists was a communications systems theorist who worked for AT&T named John Renshaw Carson. Carson performed a comprehensive analysis of FM in his 1922 paper which yielded the Carson bandwidth rule.1 Carson was so convinced that FM was not a suitable solution to the static found in AM transmission systems that he once remarked, “Static, like the poor, will always be with us.”2

Beginning in 1923, in Columbia University’s Marcellus Hartley Research Laboratory, in the basement of Philosophy Hall, a driven genius in electronic circuitry named Edwin Howard Armstrong set out to reduce static through the use of FM. After approximately 8 years of toil, Armstrong had a brainstorm and decided to challenge the assumption that the FM transmission bandwidth had to be narrow to keep noise low.

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New Product Releases

Couplers

– SMT Bi-Directional Coupler, 25 dB, 0.2 dB Insertion Loss, 150W, 50Ω

o BDCH-25-272+, 700 MHz to 2.7 GHz

Filters

– LTCC Low Pass Filter, 1210, 1W, 50Ω

o LFCV-3002+, DC to 30 GHz

Together with our suppliers we are constantly working to shorten the time between order and delivery however due to current material shortage lead times for some models are still longer than usual so please take this into account when placing your order.

Updates from Mini-Circuits

New Product Releases

Filters

  • SIW Bandpass Filter, 1.7 dB Insertion Loss, n258, 1W, 50Ω
    • WSBP-26G+, 25 GHz to 27 GHz
  • LTCC Bandpass Filter, 3.3 dB Insertion Loss, 1W, 50Ω
    • BFHKI-2492+, 22 GHz to 28 GHz
  • LTCC Bandpass Filter, 2.8 dB Insertion Loss, 1W, 50Ω
    • BFHKI-3142+, 28 GHz to 36 GHz
  • LTCC Thru-Line, 0.3 – 1.3 dB Insertion Loss, 1W, 50Ω
    • TPHKI-3002+, DC to 30 GHz

Test Solutions

  • Connector Adapter Patch Panel, 24 x N-Type (f-f), 2U
    • ZT-226, DC to 11 GHz
  • Connector Adapter Patch Panel, 16 x SMA (f-f), 1U
    • ZT-396, DC to 18 GHz
  • Splitter / Combiner Panel, 4 x 4-Way, 1U, SMA
    • ZT-392, 0.6 GHz to 6 GHz
  • Splitter / Combiner Panel, 2 x 8-Way, 1U, SMA
    • ZT-393, 0.6 GHz to 6 GHz

Together with our suppliers we are constantly working to shorten the time between order and delivery however due to current material shortage lead times for some models are still longer than usual so please take this into account when placing your order.

Updates from Mini-Circuits

Recent News:

50W SSPA with Built-In Signal Generator & Controller

The RFS-2G42G5050X+ takes Mini-Circuits’ robust line of solid state, connectorized, high-power amplifiers for RF energy to a new level by integrating the versatility of a signal generator with a 50W amplifier. The ruggedness of the RFS-2G42G5050X+ is enhanced by the built-in monitor and control circuitry which protects the module from excess temperature, current, supply voltage, forward and reverse power. It’s a self-contained, turnkey solution for applications including industrial induction heating, materials processing, medical diathermy and more.

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The Basics of Orthogonal Frequency-Division Multiplexing (OFDM)

While traditional Frequency Division Multiplexing has been around for over 100 years, Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (OFDM) was first introduced by Robert W. Chang of Bell Laboratories in 1966.1,2,3,4 In OFDM, the stream of information is split between many closely-spaced, narrowband subcarriers instead of being relegated to a single wideband channel frequency.5 Single-channel modulation schemes tend to be sequential whereas, in OFDM, many bits can be sent in parallel, simultaneously, in the many subcarriers.5 So many bits can be packed onto the subcarriers simultaneously that the data rate of each subcarrier’s modulation can be much lower than that of a single-carrier architecture.

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New Product Releases

Filters

  • SIW Bandpass Filter, 1.7 dB Insertion Loss, n258, 1W, 50Ω
    • WSBP-26G+, 25 GHz to 27 GHz
  • LTCC Bandpass Filter, 3.3 dB Insertion Loss, 1W, 50Ω
    • BFHKI-2492+, 22 GHz to 28 GHz
  • LTCC Bandpass Filter, 2.8 dB Insertion Loss, 1W, 50Ω
    • BFHKI-3142+, 28 GHz to 36 GHz
  • LTCC Thru-Line, 0.3 – 1.3 dB Insertion Loss, 1W, 50Ω
    • TPHKI-3002+, DC to 30 GHz

Test Solutions

  • Connector Adapter Patch Panel, 24 x N-Type (f-f), 2U
    • ZT-226, DC to 11 GHz
  • Connector Adapter Patch Panel, 16 x SMA (f-f), 1U
    • ZT-396, DC to 18 GHz
  • Splitter / Combiner Panel, 4 x 4-Way, 1U, SMA
    • ZT-392, 0.6 GHz to 6 GHz
  • Splitter / Combiner Panel, 2 x 8-Way, 1U, SMA
    • ZT-393, 0.6 GHz to 6 GHz

Together with our suppliers we are constantly working to shorten the time between order and delivery however due to current material shortage lead times for some models are still longer than usual so please take this into account when placing your order. 

Weekly Updates from our suppliers

Recent News:

3 To N PORTS

Mesh Network Simulators

WiFi, IoT, Defense Radio Comms & More

Mini-Circuits has expanded the range of test systems for characterizing wireless mesh network devices, now with standard configurations up to 16-ports built to order with fast turnaround. All external ports of the mesh are interconnected to simulate an over-the-air wireless mesh configuration. Programmable attenuators on each internal path allow the path loss to be varied independently between any pair of devices, without affecting communication between any other pair.

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New Product Releases

Filters

  • LTCC Coaxial High Pass Filter, 2.92mm, 3W, 50Ω
    • ZHFG-K3250+, 3.65 GHz to 16.5 GHz
  • LTCC Coaxial High Pass Filter, 2.92mm, 3W, 50Ω
    • ZHFG-K4000+, 4.5 GHz to 18 GHz
  • LTCC Coaxial High Pass Filter, 2.92mm, 2.5W, 50Ω
    • ZHFW-K1042+, 11.5 GHz to 20 GHz
  • LTCC Coaxial High Pass Filter, 2.92mm, 2.5W, 50Ω
    • ZHFW-K133+, 14.2 GHz to 20.5 GHz
  • LTCC Coaxial High Pass Filter, 2.92mm, 1.75W, 50Ω
    • ZHFW-K5000+, 5.5 GHz to 20 GHz
  • LTCC Coaxial High Pass Filter, 2.92mm, 1.75W, 50Ω
    • ZHFW-K5500+, 6.1 GHz to 20 GHz
  • LTCC Coaxial High Pass Filter, 2.92mm, 2.5W, 50Ω
    • ZHFW-K6600+, 7.2 GHz to 20 GHz
  • LTCC Coaxial High Pass Filter, 2.92mm, 2.5W, 50Ω
    • ZHFW-K7000+, 7.6 GHz to 20 GHz
  • LTCC Coaxial High Pass Filter, 2.92mm, 2.5W, 50Ω
    • ZHFW-K8400+, 9.2 GHz to 18 GHz
  • LTCC Coaxial Low Pass Filter, 2.92mm, 6.5W, 50Ω
    • ZLFV-K1552+, DC to 15.5 GHz
  • LTCC Coaxial Low Pass Filter, 2.92mm, 2.5W, 50Ω
    • ZLFW-K1292+, DC to 12.9 GHz
  • Cavity Coaxial Bandpass Filter, SMA, 100W, 50Ω
    • ZVBP-778-S+, 773 MHz 783 MHz
  • LTCC High Pass Filter, 1206, 1W, 50Ω
    • HFCN-3052+, 30.5 GHz to 56.2 GHz
  • LTCC Coaxial High Pass Filter, SMA, 2.5W, 50Ω
    • VHFG-1230+, 1.4 GHz to 8 GHz
  • LTCC Coaxial Low Pass Filter, SMA, 4.5W, 50Ω
    • VLFG-2275+, DC to 2.275 GHz

Together with our suppliers we are constantly working to shorten the time between order and delivery however due to current material shortage lead times for some models are still longer than usual so please take this into account when placing your order. 

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Recent News:

High Pass Filters – Compact, Cost-Effective and Extending to 60 GHz

When designing mmWave frequency systems that span Q-band and half of V-band, engineers are often faced with difficult tradeoffs when it comes to filter selection. Mini-Circuits has broken through with the HFCQ (1008), HFCN (1206) and HFCV (1210) series high pass filters. These latest LTCC filters from Mini-Circuits exhibit passbands that cover Q-band and the lower half of V-band while offering a combination of insertion loss, return loss, rejection, size, cost, repeatability, ruggedness and reliability that has only now become available.

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New Product Releases

Filters

  • LTCC SMT Diplexer, 0.4 dB Insertion Loss, 4W, 50Ω
    • LDPQ-550-252+, F-low – DC to 0.5 GHz. F-High – 1.3 to 2.5 GHz

Test Solutions

  • USB & Ethernet Signal Generator, -40 to +17 dBm, 2.92mm, CW & Pulsed, 50Ω
    • SSG-44G-RC, 0.1 GHz to 44 GHz

Together with our suppliers we are constantly working to shorten the time between order and delivery however due to current material shortage lead times for some models are still longer than usual so please take this into account when placing your order. 

Updates from Mini-Circuits

New Product Releases

Filters

  • Thin-Film SMT Bandpass Filter, 12 x 12 x 2.54mm, 50Ω
    • ABF-3R3G+, 3.1 GHz to 3.5 GHz

Splitters

  • Stripline SMT Quadrature Hybrid, 250W, 50Ω
    • QCH-451+, 225 MHz to 450 MHz

Together with our suppliers we are constantly working to shorten the time between order and delivery however due to current material shortage lead times for some models are still longer than usual so please take this into account when placing your order.

Update from Mini-Circuits

Recent News:

TTL-Controlled Solid State Switches

Solid State Switches

Fast Switching for Automated Test Systems

Mini-Circuits has expanded its lineup of switching solutions for test applications with new 4-way and 8-way TTL-controlled solid-state switches. These models feature a unique architecture that ensures high isolation across a wide bandwidth from 0.1 to 18 GHz. TTL logic-level control without the latency associated with USB or Ethernet enables 100 ns switching time with no delay contribution from the control.

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New Product Releases

Couplers

  • Bi-Directional Coupler, 10 dB, 180W, SMT, 50Ω
    • BDCH-10-63+, 2 GHz to 6 GHz
  • Bi-Directional Coupler, 20 dB, 180W, SMT, 50Ω
    • BDCH-20-63+, 2 GHz to 6 GHz
  • Bi-Directional Coupler, 20 dB, 150W, SMT, 50Ω
    • BDCH-20-272+, 700 MHz to 2.5 GHz
  • Bi-Directional Coupler, 35 dB, 150W, SMT, 50Ω
    • BDCH-35-272+, 700 MHz to 2.5 GHz

Filters

  • Thin-Film Bandpass Filter, 1.4 dB Insertion Loss, 6W, 50Ω
    • ABF-7R625G+, 7.45 GHz to 7.8 GHz
  • Thin-Film Bandpass Filter, 1.3 dB Insertion Loss, 1W, 50Ω
    • ABF-8R75G+, 8.6 GHz to 8.9 GHz
  • Thin-Film Bandpass Filter, 1.2 dB Insertion Loss, 1W, 50Ω
    • ABF-9R3G+, 9.2 GHz to 9.4 GHz
  • Thin-Film Low Pass Filter, 1 dB Insertion Loss, 8W, 50Ω
    • ALF-5000+, DC to 5 GHz
  • Thin-Film Low Pass Filter, 0.7 dB Insertion Loss, 15W, 50Ω
    • ALF-6000+, DC to 6 GHz
  • Thin-Film Low Pass Filter, 1 dB Insertion Loss, 9W, 50Ω
    • ALF-9000+, DC to 9 GHz
  • SMT Bandpass Filter, 1.6 dB Insertion Loss, 0.25W, 50Ω
    • SXBP-75+, 62 MHz to 88 MHz
  • Cavity Bandpass Filter, 0.4 dB Insertion Loss, 2.5W, 50Ω
    • ZVBP-K27G+, 24 GHz to 30 GHz
  • Cavity Bandpass Filter, 0.7 dB Insertion Loss, 2.5W, 50Ω
    • ZVBP-V40R5G+, 37 GHz to 44 GHz
  • Cavity Bandpass Filter, 0.8 dB Insertion Loss, 2.5W, 50Ω
    • ZVBP-V48R5G+, 47 GHz to 50 GHz
  • Cavity Bandpass Filter, 1 dB Insertion Loss, 30W, 50Ω
    • ZVBP-1537-S+, 1533.4 MHz to 1541.1 MHz
  • Cavity Bandpass Filter, 3 dB Insertion Loss, 2.5W, 50Ω
    • ZVBP-27925-K1+, 27.5 GHz to 28.38 Hz
  • Cavity Bandpass Filter, 0.7 dB Insertion Loss, 2.5W, 50Ω
    • ZVBP-28000-K1+, 26.5 GHz to 29.5 GHz
  • Cavity Bandpass Filter, 0.2 dB Insertion Loss, 50W, 50Ω
    • ZVBP-323-S+, 300 MHz to 346 MHz
  • Cavity Bandpass Filter, 3 dB Insertion Loss, 2.5W, 50Ω
    • ZVBP-38500-K1+, 37 GHz to 40 GHz
  • Cavity Bandpass Filter, 1.8 dB Insertion Loss, 2.5W, 50Ω
    • ZVBP-40600-K1+, 37.7 GHz to 43.5 GHz
  • Cavity Bandpass Filter, 0.9 dB Insertion Loss, 50W, 50Ω
    • ZVBP-435-S+, 425 MHz to 445 MHz
  • Cavity Bandpass Filter, 0.5 dB Insertion Loss, 10W, 50Ω
    • ZVBP-7916R25-S+, 7.68 GHz to 8.15 GHz

Together with our suppliers we are constantly working to shorten the time between order and delivery however due to current material shortage lead times for some models are still longer than usual so please take this into account when placing your order.