EDITOR’S PICKS

Australia Unveils Antenna Supporting Mission To Mars
Australia Unveils Antenna Supporting Mission To Mars

The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia's national science agency managing radio astronomy facilities, unveiled recently a satellite antenna that will support interplanetary missions – including upcoming missions to Mars spearheaded by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

  • Cosmic Whistle Packs A Surprisingly Energetic Punch
    Cosmic Whistle Packs A Surprisingly Energetic Punch

    Penn State astronomers have discovered that the mysterious "cosmic whistles" known as fast radio bursts can pack a serious punch, in some cases releasing a billion times more energy in gamma-rays than they do in radio waves and rivaling the stellar cataclysms known as supernovae in their explosive power.

  • China Unveils First Satellite Smartphone For "Space-Based Silk Road"
    China Unveils First Satellite Smartphone For "Space-Based Silk Road"

    China has unveiled the first satellite smartphone that works with the country's pioneering satellite for mobile communications, Tiantong-1 (TT-1).

  • Metamaterial-Based Radar Lets Drones Fly Beyond Visual Line Of Sight
    Metamaterial-Based Radar Lets Drones Fly Beyond Visual Line Of Sight

    Echodyne Corporation, a developer of metamaterials-based radar systems, says it has completed testing on its airborne Metamaterial Electronically Scanning Array (MESA)-Detect and Avoid (DAA) radar on a small Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (sUAV). The landmark tests bring the company one step closer to launching the radar commercially.

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MUST SEE PRODUCTS FROM IMS 2016

Solid State Single Band 0.7 to 6 GHz Amplifiers Solid State Single Band 0.7 to 6 GHz Amplifiers

These single band solid state RF amplifiers are an ideal solution in both military and commercial marketplaces and have been designed for applications where instantaneous bandwidth, high gain and linearity are required. They’re available in 15, 25, 50, 100, 200, and 300 watt power versions and they cover the 0.7 to 6 GHz frequency range. Each model features an excellent noise figure and also provides excellent flatness across their specified frequency range.

1200W GaN L-Band Avionics Transistor: Highest Power In The Industry 1200W GaN L-Band Avionics Transistor: Highest Power In The Industry

Integra Technologies introduces IGN1011L1200 on GaN/SiC, exhibiting 17dB gain and 75% efficiency at 1030-1090 MHz, 50V, for IFF at ELM Mode S pulse conditions. Devices are 100% tested.

ShockLine™ 4-port Performance VNA: MS46524B ShockLine™ 4-port Performance VNA: MS46524B

The MS46524B series of 4-port Performance ShockLine Vector Network Analyzers are designed to deliver an unprecedented level of value and performance. With features such as a best-in-class dynamic range, this Performance series lowers cost-of-test and speeds time to market in numerous testing applications up to 92 GHz. Typical applications include designing and manufacturing multi-port mobile network equipment, mobile devices, automotive cables, high-speed data interconnects, and system integration components.

Boost Received Signals And Maintain Noise Figure: 700 MHz to 2700 MHz LNA Boost Received Signals And Maintain Noise Figure: 700 MHz to 2700 MHz LNA

This low noise amplifier provides multiple broadband channels of high signal gain and linearity with low added noise levels, boosting received signals and maintaining system noise figure. The package itself contains three separate LNAs, and any of the three amplifiers can be independently bypassed via signal control.

DC – 4 GHz GaN RF Transistors: QPD1009 And QPD1010 DC – 4 GHz GaN RF Transistors: QPD1009 And QPD1010

The QPD1009 and QPD1010 are discrete GaN on SiC HEMTs operating from the DC to 4 GHz frequency range. The QPD1009 is a 15W, 50V device with an output power level of 17W at 2 GHz, and a linear gain of 24 dB at 2 GHz. The 10W, 50V QPD1010 features an output power of 11W at 2 GHz and a linear gain of 24.7 dB at 2 GHz. These two devices are housed in low thermal resistance 3 x 3 mm packages, and are ideal for wideband or narrowband amplifiers, jammers, and for military radar, civilian radar, land mobile, military radio, and test instrumentation applications.

Low Loss RF Cable Assemblies: GrooveTube<sup>®</sup> Series Low Loss RF Cable Assemblies: GrooveTube® Series

MegaPhase offers a series of low loss cable systems made with the industry-leading GrooveTube® design and rugged construction to resist torque, pull, and crush forces. This wide range of connector types may be used in many different markets including phased array radar, electronic warfare, military, and communication systems.

RF Switch Matrix: RFMS-4X256-B RF Switch Matrix: RFMS-4X256-B

Corry Micronics’ RFMS-4X256-B is a 4 to 256 blocking RF switch matrix covering the 900-2500 MHz frequency range. It has a -8dB insertion loss, 50 ohms impedance, 10 dB return loss, +30 dBm P1dB, -80 dB isolation, and a 5µs switching speed (50% trigger to 10% RF power).

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RECENT ARTICLES

  • Testing High Power Amplifiers For Radar Signals Using Peak Power Meters

    As new power amplifier (PA) technologies are released, the latest being GaN technology, an amplifier’s behavior must be thoroughly tested and evaluated to ensure the highest performance under the stress of high power pulsing signals. Since a pulsed RF signal has a time domain nature, the best way to observe the performance of an amplifier is through time domain signal analysis. This article explains how to characterize the behaviors of pulsed RF power amplifiers in radar systems with a peak power meter.

How To Generate And Measure Noise Power Ratio (NPR) Signals

In order to generate noise power ratio stimulus signals and to measure the resulting noise power ratio of a device under test (DUT), Rohde & Schwarz offers the Noise Power Ratio (NPR) is an add-on tool for WinIQSIM / WinIQSIM2™ software. This NPR measurement technique drastically reduces measurement time compared to classic gain wobbling, and is able to characterize the linearity of a wideband amplifier over a custom frequency range. This application note provides an overview of the software, its features, hardware and software requirements, installation, parameters, and more.

How To Select The Correct Power Sensor

The power sensor is one of the most essential RF measurement tools, and as such, it is critical to choose the best power sensor for your application. This can be difficult, however, when many choices are available with bold claims of quicker speeds and more readings per second. Sifting through datasheets can quickly become overwhelming in order to decide which sensor meets the needs of any particular measurement. This white paper provides an overview of the fundamentals of RF power sensors, and presents considerations for selecting the best fit.

An Introduction To EMC Amplifiers

In most EMC radiated immunity testing applications, broadband amplifiers are required for generating the necessary field strengths. This white paper provides a brief overview of the role of amplifiers in EMC testing as well as a discussion of the parameters and characteristics which have the greatest influence on amplifier performance.

Gallium Nitride – A Critical Technology For 5G

While today’s carrier networks are better than previous generations, providers have a lot of ground to cover to reach the goals promised with 5G technology. In addition to being “greener” for the environment, 5G has goals of 1 ms latency, 100 x network energy efficiency, 20 Gbps peak data rates, and 10 Mps/m2 area traffic capabilities. So, how do we achieve the RF chain 5G objectives and meet ‘green’ network goals? This article discusses how RF Gallium Nitride (GaN) technology can be used for emerging 5G technologies.

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PRODUCT SHOWCASE

GaN on SiC Power Transistors
GaN on SiC Power Transistors

Qorvo offers a large range of GaN on SiC power transistors as premiere solutions for GaN needs. These discrete power amplifiers are available in models that cover frequency ranges from DC-18 GHz. With a range of linear gain between 16.6 – 21 dB, and a saturated output power range between 37 and 54.2 dBm, these devices are ideal for a wide variety of broadband wireless, space, and military applications.

  • Reject Adjacent Interfering Signals In Agile Signal Environments
    Reject Adjacent Interfering Signals In Agile Signal Environments

    Teledyne Microwave Solutions offers a series of tunable bandpass, and fast-tuned notch filters ideal for tactical communications and other defense applications. These filters are specifically designed to accurately tune a bandpass filter over up to an octave bandwidth, and to protect ESM receivers from high duty cycle frequency agile interference from on board or cohort combat radar systems.

  • Multi-Standard Wireless Test Plan Application: CombiTest
    Multi-Standard Wireless Test Plan Application: CombiTest

    CombiTest is designed to support the full test and measurement capabilities of the MT8860B and MT8860C WLAN Test Set. Consequently, test plans can be created for use in both “Network” and “Direct” modes of operation.

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  • Connectivity Solutions For Medical And Healthcare Applications
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    Fischer Connectors offers a variety of electrical and optical connectivity solutions for medical and healthcare applications. This video provides an overview of the four product lines available, guidance on the best connectivity solutions for application-specific requirements, and relevant technical specifications for each group.

  • IDS Aeronautical Division
    IDS Aeronautical Division

    IDS’ Aeronautical Division offers engineering expertise in solving complex situations and providing design solutions that support every stage of an aeronautical project. Providing professional commercial solutions, consultancy, and engineering services to the aeronautical industry worldwide for more than 30 years, the Aeronautical Division aims at maximizing aircraft crew safety and mission performance.

  • Massive MIMO Beamforming In Motion

    These animations show the beam formed from a massive MIMO base station (green dot) to a mobile device moving along a route (large red dot), in the presence of 15 other stationary devices (red circles). 

  • AR 350S1G6 Amplifier Video Demonstration
    AR 350S1G6 Amplifier Video Demonstration

    In this video, AR’s Anthony Peroni introduces and demonstrates the AR 350S1G6 high-power, solid state amplifier.

  • AR Corporate Video
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    Video overview of the products and services of the AR family of companies.

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FROM THE EDITOR

  • Radar Getting Better With Age
    Radar Getting Better With Age

    If the seemingly endless supply of innovative technologies coming out of the U.S. Department of Defense’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is any indication, old dogs can learn new tricks. 

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Electronic Military & Defense was developed as a resource for engineers, program managers, project managers, and other professionals involved in the design and development of electronic and electro-optic systems for a wide range of defense and aerospace applications. Check out the digital edition of our latest issue for exclusive editorial on optimizing defense technology in harsh environments, a 3D X-ray diagnostic tool for use in combat, the first international standard for tactical fiber optic cables, early warning systems for chemical warfare agents, and more.

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CURRENT HEADLINES

  • Radio Wave Gun Disables Drones From A Mile Away

    A rifle-like signal jammer that can disable an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) from 1.2 miles (2 kilometers) away is the latest technology developed to neutralize threats posed by drones deployed for nefarious purposes.

  • MaxLinear MxL277 Full-Spectrum Capture DOCSIS 3.1 Cable Receiver & Amplifier Chipset Powers Hitron’s DOCSIS 3.1 CPE Family

    MaxLinear, Inc., a leading provider of radio frequency (RF) and mixed-signal integrated circuits for broadband communications, the connected home, data center, metro, long-haul fiber networks, and wireless infrastructure, recently announced that Hitron Technologies Inc., a leading global telecommunications networking company, has successfully achieved Cable Labs certification of its CODA-45 DOCSIS 3.1 cable modem using the MxL277 Full-Spectrum Capture (FSC) digital cable front-end receiver, the MxL236 upstream programmable gain amplifier, and he Intel Puma 7 DOCSIS 3.1 SoC.

  • Intelliconnect Introduce Field Replaceable SMA Connectors

    Intelliconnect (Europe) Ltd, the UK based specialist manufacturer of RF connectors and cable assemblies announces the introduction of a range of cost effective, field replaceable SMA and 2.9mm connectors providing solderless attachment to 0.141″ (RG402) semi rigid cables and 2.9mm connectors for 0.085″(RG405) and 0.141″ cables. Customers will find the main advantages of these connectors are assembly time saving, repeatability and performance.

  • AtlanTecRF Launches A New Range Of Bench Instrument Satcom Line Amplifiers

    AtlanTecRF recently launched a new range of bench instrument Satcom Line Amplifiers. The range of amplifiers covers frequencies from 10MHz to 31GHz and incorporate all satcom bands including L, S, C, X, Ku and Ka.

  • GaN Power Amplifiers Deliver 2.5 W Of Power At E-band And W-Band At 20% PAE

    Millitech recently announced the release of a new Gallium Nitride (GaN) based power amplifiers with exceptional output power and power-added efficiency (PAE) at E-Band and W-Band.

  • New Network Time Server With Optical And Wireline Time Reference Interfaces

    TRAK Microwave recently announced the addition of the Stratum 1 Network Time Server to its wide range of product offerings. The 8461 NTP Server from TRAK Microwave helps provide a critical time synchronization bridge to Isolated Network Domains via an optical IRIG-B DC-level shift or Wireline Modulated IRIG-B link with an on-board OCXO holdover oscillator, for ultra-reliable timing.

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