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

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. 

Updates from our suppliers

From Mini-Circuits:

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 our suppliers

From Mini-Circuits:

2W MMIC Power Amplifier

Power for Test Instrumentation, Radar, EW & More

Mini-Circuits is pleased to introduce the PMA5-83-2W+ GaAs MMIC power amplifier capable of delivering 2W PSAT with an operating bandwidth from 0.01 to 10 GHz. Combined with a gain of 12 dB, this amplifier exhibits a low NF of 3.5 dB and high linearity (P1dB = +31 dBm and IP3 = +43.5 dBm). Inherently stable by virtue of having high input and output return loss…

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New Product Release:

Amplifiers:

  • 2W MMIC Power Amplifier, 12 dB Gain, 3.5 dB NF, OIP3, Typ. +43.5 dBm, 50Ω
    • PMA5-83-2W+, 0.01 to 10 GHz

Mixers

  • MMIC IQ Mixer, DC to 7 GHz IF, +18 dBm LO Power, 50Ω
    • SMIQ-1844H+, 18 GHz to 40 GHz
  • MMIC IQ Mixer Die, DC to 7 GHz IF, +18 dBm LO Power, 50Ω
    • SMIQ-1844H-DG+, 18 GHz to 43.5 GHz

Switches

  • GaAs MMIC SPDT Switch, Rise/Fall Time, 6.9 ns/7.1 ns, 50Ω
    • M3SWA2-34DR+, DC to 30 GHz
  • GaAs MMIC SPDT Switch Die, Rise/Fall Time, 6.9 ns/7.1 ns, 50Ω
    • M3SWA2-34DR-DG+, DC to 30 GHz
  • TTL SP8T Solid State Switch, SMA, 70 dB Typ. Isolation, 100 ns Switching Time, 50Ω
    • TTL-1SP8T-183, 0.1 GHz to 18 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. 

New updates from our suppliers

Happy New Year 2024!

Best wishes for a prosperous New Year ahead.

From Mini-Circuits:

Mini-Circuits CEO Jin Bains in an interview with Microwave Journal

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MIMO Systems

A Brief Primer on Beams and Streams

In modern radio communications (particularly commercial cellular and Wi-Fi), Multiple-Input, Multiple-Output (MIMO) is a common method of utilizing multiple transmitting and receiving antennas to increase the capacity of the radio link, reduce errors, and maximize speed. 

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WR10 LNA for W-Band Applications

High Gain & Low NF for W-Band Test Solutions

Rise above the noise floor challenges of W-Band with the Mini-Circuits’ WVA-751103LNX WR10 waveguide LNA. Whether the application is an imaging or cruise control radar, or even satellite communications, the 21 ±3 dB of gain at a typical NF of 3.5 dB eases the burden of characterizing the system. 

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New Product Release:

Amplifiers:

  • 1W VGA, 30 to 47 dB Gain, Analog & TTL Control, with Heatsink, 50Ω
    • ZVA-18443VG+, 18 GHz to 43.5 GHz
  • 1W VGA, 30 to 47 dB Gain, Analog & TTL Control, without Heatsink, 50Ω
    • ZVA-8433VGX+, 18 GHz to 43.5 GHz
  • SMT LNA, 15 dB Gain, 2.4 dB NF, SOT-363, 50Ω
    • PSA2-6+, DC to 7 GHz
  • 50W SSPA for RF Energy, Integrated Signal Source & Control, 50Ω
    • RFS-2G425050X+, 2.4 GHz to 2.5 GHz
  • Coaxial LNA, 2.5 dB NF, 12 dB Gain, SMA, 50Ω
    • ZX60-04183LN+, 4 GHz to 18 GHz
  • 2W Power Amplifier Die, 13 dB Gain, 3.5 dB NF, 43.5 dBm OIP3, 50Ω
    • PMA5-83-2W-DG+, 10 MHz to 10 GHz

Filters

  • LTCC High Pass Filter, 0805, 2W, 50Ω
    • HFCG-650+, 730 MHz to 6.5 GHZ
  • LTCC High Pass Filter, 0805, 2W, 50Ω
    • HFCG-740+, 880 MHz to 7 GHz
  • LTCC High Pass Filter, 0805, 3W, 50Ω
    • HFCG-880+, 990 MHz to 8 GHz
  • LTCC High Pass Filter, 1kV in/out Breakdown Voltage, 1206, 7W, 50Ω
    • HFCN-1000+, 1080 MHz to 4 GHz
  • LTCC High Pass Filter, 1812, 7W, 50Ω
    • HFCU-1782+, 18.3 GHz to 34 GHz
  • LTCC High Pass Filter, 1812, 7W, 50Ω
    • HFCU-1882+, 19.5 GHz to 35 GHz
  • LTCC Thru-Line, 0.8 dB Insertion Loss, 1206, 9.75W, 50Ω
    • TPCN-143+, DC to 14 GHz
  • LTCC Thru-Line, 0.4 dB Insertion Loss, 1210, 6W, 50Ω
    • TPCV-333+, DC to 33 GHz
  • MMIC Reflectionless Low Pass Filter, 4×4 mm QFN, 50Ω
    • XLF-222H+, DC to 2.2 GHz
  • MMIC Reflectionless Low Pass Filter, 3×3 mm QFN, 50Ω
    • XLF-272M+, DC to 2.7 GHz
  • LTCC Bandpass Filter & Balun, 1:2, 0805, 2W, 50Ω
    • BBFCG2-252+, 2.3 GHz to 2.69 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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From Mini-Circuits:

A Brief Overview of Phase Array Systems

The concept of the phased array antenna system was first put into practice by German Physicist Ferdinand Braun and his assistants in the spring of 1905. In short, he and his assistants carefully controlled the excitation phase of each antenna in an array and determined that the combined effect exhibited significant directivity. In the nearly 12 decades since Braun first described the phased array antenna system, this technology has become commonplace in 4G/5G communications, electronic warfare, radar, nonlethal weaponry, and advanced imaging applications.1

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Power Sensors for Any Requirement

Power sensors are an essential tool for any RF/microwave test engineer. Mini-Circuits developed its extensive PWR series of smart power sensors to provide an option for any test requirement, budget and experience level. The PWR series includes a range of high-performance sensors up to 40 GHz supporting measurements of any signal type, from CW / single tone applications to pulsed signals and most modern digital modulations.

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Core and Wire Components

Core and wire components are essential building blocks in RF systems. Few technologies achieve comparable wideband performance, size and cost for VHF/UHF communications, CATV and broadband networks, satellite IF circuitry and many more operating bands.

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New Product Release:

Amplifiers:

  • WR10 Waveguide LNA, 3.5 dB NF, 21 dB Gain, 50Ω
    • WVA-751103LNX+, 75 GHz to 110 GHz

Switches:

  • TTL-Controlled SP4T Solid State Switch, SMA, 50Ω
    • TTL-1SP4T-183, 100 MHz to 18 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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From Mini-Circuits:

Channelization for High-Power Couplers

Directional couplers are ubiquitous in RF/microwave system architectures. An ideal directional coupler has 0 dB of insertion loss, a constant coupling value vs. frequency, and infinite isolation and directivity. However, the physical, internal construction of directional couplers introduces frequency-dependent losses and finite isolation and directivity. Compounding these internal effects, PCB-mounted couplers face additional challenges.

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New Product Release:

Amplifiers:

  • Coaxial Wideband Gain Block, Positive Gain Slope, SMA, 50Ω
    • ZX60-R5183P+, 500 MHz to 18 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.