Skyworks’ SKY16603-632LF is a fully integrated dual PIN diode high-linearity limiter module in a surface-mount package. It is designed for use as a passive receiver protector in wireless or other RF systems for frequencies up to 6 GHz. It features a low limiting threshold, low-insertion loss, excellent IIP3, and low IM distortion in a Dual Flat No Lead (DFN) package.

NuWaves offers the VEGAS-S data diode created to allow the isolation of the main MIL-STD-1553 avionics bus from bus monitors or systems under test for enhanced safety of flight. The control of the data flow over the MIL-STD-1553 bus provides true risk reduction to the aircraft’s avionics bus for early software upgrades to existing bus monitoring systems, along with reducing the risk to the aircraft’s avionics bus for early bus monitor integration.

The SMS7630 Series comprises low-cost, surface mountable, plastic packaged silicon mixer Schottky diodes designed for RF and microwave mixers and detectors. They include low barrier diodes and zero-bias detectors that combine Skyworks advanced semiconductor technology with low-cost packaging techniques. All diodes are 100 percent DC tested and deliver tight parameter distribution, which minimizes performance variability.



Diodes are very useful items. A diode is a tiny piece of electronic equipment usually found on circuit boards and transistors that do a simple job. Diodes are to make current flow in only one direction. It’s a very simple thing that most people take for granted. It allows current to flow one way – which is called zero resistance, but it becomes infinitely resistive in the other way there by not allowing any current to flow in the other way. Imagine attaching a diode to an alternating current source. In alternating current, electricity flows in one way then in the other. If a diode were to be placed in the circuit, the alternating current would then be converted to direct current. This would happen because when the circuit is directing traffic in one way the diode will allow the current to pass. However when it oscillates to the other way, the diode will block it. As such, the circuit will only see current flowing in one way downstream from the diode.

Diodes are built in a vacuum chamber where there is an electrode and an anode plate inside. It is pretty much the same structure as a capacitor except where the capacitor is meant to accumulate a charge, a diode is meant to direct it in only one way. It is possible to place a diode and a capacitor in a series to get a situation where a charge is built up in the capacitor with e direct current then discharge at a certain threshold downstream. The combinations and the resulting outcomes with various diodes can be made to do almost any command and control function of a circuit board.