Eastern OptX has increased its radar target scenario systems with a dynamic radar target scenario generator. Scenario generation includes speed of the target and opening or closing Doppler frequency addition. Dynamic Doppler radar addition is imposed directly onto the radar system’s transmit signal. Scenario creation is done from the front panel touch screen or via Ethernet remote programming. Programmable radar target creation is possible from close in (five feet) to over 200 miles, in steps as small as five feet; and optional software allows entry of scenarios by segment via either latitude/longitude or Google Maps enabling complex flight simulations.
When used as a radar altimeter test set, these programmable features allow for flight path simulations, such as takeoff and landing patterns.
The Series 10000 includes all of the valuable features of other Eastern OptX products, including programmable delay lines to 40 GHz, range formula target amplitudes, Doppler radar generation, dynamic multipath, and sophisticated software.
VectorStar VNA models from Anritsu are available in frequency ranges from 70 kHz to 20, 40, 50 and 70 GHz, and as broadband systems from 70 kHz to 110, 125, and 145 GHz with the addition of their shockline technology MA25300A mmW modules. VectorStar can also provide frequency coverage up to 1.1 THz, with mm-wave modules, depending on the specific frequency range required. They offer dynamic range up to 142 dB and high available power up to +14 dBm. VectorStar also has quality test port characteristic performance - up to 50 dB in directivity, source match and load match.
Anritsu released its new product packages of non-linear transmission line based technologies, specifically its VNAs. Designed to be flexible and cost-efficiently address engineering applications, the ShockLine MS46524A series is available in two models – one which covers the 10 MHz to 4.5 GHz frequency range and a second instrument that extends frequency coverage to 7 GHz.
Featuring wide dynamic range (>110 dB), fast sweep speed (77 us/point) and low trace noise (<6 mdB), the ShockLine MS46524A VNA optimizes measurement setups to shorten test times and increase throughput in RF device production applications. The 4-port VNA also has corrected directivity of >42 dB for reduced measurement uncertainty and smaller guard bands. The VNA can be controlled remotely via a LAN connection for automated or monitoring applications.
NXP Semiconductors has announced the launch of its ninth generation (Gen9) LDMOS RF power transistors for wireless/cellular base stations. These devices represent a further step-up in performance for their LDMOS transistor offerings, having shown up to 5% more efficiency in Doherty applications. The first Gen9 transistors are designed for Doherty power amplifiers – symmetric and asymmetric – and offer benchmark power densities in existing high-volume packages. The Gen9 technology is also optimized for operation at 3.4-3.8 GHz in anticipation of these frequency bands being released on a global scale next year for use by mobile telecoms providers.
Avago Technologies announced four new RF power amplifiers (PAs) for Small Cell base transceiver station (BTS) applications and a full spectrum of LTE/WiFi coexistence FBAR filters for mobile and wireless infrastructure applications. Expanding upon Avago’s proven MGA-43xxx PA family, Avago introduces the new MGA-43003, MGA-43013, MGA-43024 and MGA-43040 featuring high linearity, gain, and power-added efficiency (PAE) with integrated power detector function. The MGA-43024 is a 2.4GHz WiFi PA with power output up to 27.8 dBm at 2.5% EVM, a gain of 40.5 dB, and a PAE of 14.8%.
Copper Mountain Technologies has a new release of its Planar 804/1, Planar 808/1 and S5048 VNA software, now version 3.39. This latest release includes Point Trigger support. Point Trigger enables tight time synchronization of the analyzer sweep with external events and devices. The VNA can easily be integrated with a DMM to measure an analog Auxiliary voltage as the sweep executes.
The LB5940A from LadyBug Technologies is a high accuracy, platform independent RF & Microwave Power Sensor for general purpose average power or True RMS and scalar measurements. It can converge from 1 MHz to 40 GHz in one sensor and displays accurate power measurements with modulated signal. Good frequency flatness can be achieved with the LB5940A with a NoZero NoCal setup before use, and the device has a variety of options such as triggering, security & analog outputs. Compatibilities for the power sensor include U2000, SPI, and I2C interfacing and a USBTMC, USBHID, and SCPI command set.
The ProtoLaser U3 from LPKF is a PCB delaminating rapid prototyping machine that can cut and structure both rigid and flexible PCB materials, ceramics, and TCO/ITO components. With it, for example, high-precision 25/50 µm (spacing/line width) structures can be produced on Al2O3 with a gold finish – with excellent matching of the geometries to the planned layouts. On laminated materials such as FR-4, spacings and line widths of 30 µm and 70 µm, respectively, are still possible without any damage to the delicate substrate. The ProtoLaser U3 comes with a special hood for the laser head for fine structuring of laminated substrates.
The ZNBT 8 from Rohde & Schwarz is a four-port VNA base unit that is upgradeable to 8, 12, 16, 20 or 24 ports, and has a Frequency range from 9 kHz to 8.5 GHz with a sweep time of 6ms for 201 points. The dynamic range of the VNA reaches to 140 dB with an IF bandwidth range of 1 Hz to 10 MHz. Being highly temperature stable with a stability as low as 0.01 dB/°K, the VNA has a power sweep range of 100 dB. There are manual and automatic calibration methods optimized for multiport applications and the ZNBT 8 is compatible with all vector network analyzers of the R&S®ZVx and R&S®ZNx product families.
The BB60C from Signal Hound is a real-time spectrum analyzer capable of streaming 140 MB/sec of digitized RF to a PC using USB 3.0. With an ethernet connected remote PC, the BB60C can be controlled and transfer data through a network at low-cost. The spectrum analyzer has an instantaneous bandwidth of 27 MHz at sweep speeds of 24 GHz/s. The spectrum analyzer’s spurious-free dynamic range is improved over older models by 20 dB, flattened the noise floor and band transitions by more than 8 dB, and extended operating temperatures from -40ºC to +65ºC. The BB60C also adds new functionality in the form of configurable I/Q streaming bandwidths which will be retroactively available on the BB60A.
RFHIC has introduced its RRM9395200-56, a pulse amplifier module designed for radar system applications from 9.3 GHz to 9.5 GHz. The pulse amplifier is made from GaN HEMT technology, which enables 56dB of power gain up to 200 W output pulse power at 20% efficiency in a small footprint. With a 50 V power supply a +/- 0.5 dB flatness is achieved with a duty cycle of 10%, a switching time of 250 ns to 300 ns and a rise time of 50 ns. The input and output impedance of the pulse amp are a standard 50 Ωs with a VSWR of 2:1 and SMA female interconnect.
This year’s IMS showcased everything from radar generators to power sensors and everything in between. Click through the gallery to see the latest devices and products on display for use across microwave and RF markets.
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