Microwaves & RF http://mwrf.com/rss.xml en SBIRS Ground Station Moves on to Testing Phase http://mwrf.com/systems/sbirs-ground-station-moves-testing-phase <div class="node-body article-body">A new ground system for the Air Force’s Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) will centralize operations to provide enhanced tactical intelligence. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://mwrf.com/systems/sbirs-ground-station-moves-testing-phase" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://mwrf.com/systems/sbirs-ground-station-moves-testing-phase#comments News Defense Systems Thu, 28 May 2015 20:33:00 +0000 34521 at http://mwrf.com <p>The SBIRS GEO-2 satellite undergoes baseline integration system testing. (Image courtesy of Lockheed Martin)</p> Legendary Bomber Receives Radar Upgrade http://mwrf.com/active-components/legendary-bomber-receives-radar-upgrade <div class="node-body article-body">Developed by Northrop Grumman, the Scalable Agile Beam Radar – Global Strike (SABR-GS) active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar offers a variety of enhanced operational capabilities.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://mwrf.com/active-components/legendary-bomber-receives-radar-upgrade" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://mwrf.com/active-components/legendary-bomber-receives-radar-upgrade#comments News Active components Defense Thu, 28 May 2015 20:26:00 +0000 34511 at http://mwrf.com <p>Unlike traditional mechanically scanned radars, SABR&rsquo;s electronic scanning eliminates the need for moving parts, pictured here on an F-16. (Image courtesy of Northrop Grumman)</p> Dual Directional Couplers Hit 2.5 GHz http://mwrf.com/passive-components/dual-directional-couplers-hit-25-ghz <div class="node-body article-body">This pair of dual directional couplers handles as much as 200 W CW power from 500 to 2500 MHz. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://mwrf.com/passive-components/dual-directional-couplers-hit-25-ghz" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://mwrf.com/passive-components/dual-directional-couplers-hit-25-ghz#comments Commercial Defense Industrial Passive components Thu, 28 May 2015 19:43:00 +0000 34501 at http://mwrf.com Crystal Oscillators Shrink in Size and Phase Noise http://mwrf.com/active-components/crystal-oscillators-shrink-size-and-phase-noise <div class="node-body article-body">A line of surface-mount OCXOs operating through 100 MHz offers low phase noise with low power consumption in small packages.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://mwrf.com/active-components/crystal-oscillators-shrink-size-and-phase-noise" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://mwrf.com/active-components/crystal-oscillators-shrink-size-and-phase-noise#comments Active components Commercial Defense Industrial Thu, 28 May 2015 18:42:00 +0000 34481 at http://mwrf.com High-Linearity Mixer Upconverts 3 to 8 GHz http://mwrf.com/active-components/high-linearity-mixer-upconverts-3-8-ghz <div class="node-body article-body">This active mixer produces low-noise output signals from 3 to 8 GHz. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://mwrf.com/active-components/high-linearity-mixer-upconverts-3-8-ghz" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://mwrf.com/active-components/high-linearity-mixer-upconverts-3-8-ghz#comments Active components Commercial Defense Industrial Thu, 28 May 2015 18:30:00 +0000 34491 at http://mwrf.com NIST to Develop Wireless Platform Manufacturing Guide http://mwrf.com/services/nist-develop-wireless-platform-manufacturing-guide <div class="node-body article-body">The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is working toward developing best practice guidelines for evaluating wireless-sensor-network performance and selecting the option that best meets a company’s requirements.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://mwrf.com/services/nist-develop-wireless-platform-manufacturing-guide" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://mwrf.com/services/nist-develop-wireless-platform-manufacturing-guide#comments News Industrial Services Systems Wed, 27 May 2015 21:03:00 +0000 34471 at http://mwrf.com <p>Project members also are in the early stages of commissioning a wireless network test bed that will replicate a smart manufacturing environment. (Image courtesy of Tesla)</p> Platform Enables Bluetooth to Wi-Fi Audio Re-Streaming http://mwrf.com/software/platform-enables-bluetooth-wi-fi-audio-re-streaming <div class="node-body article-body">Qualcomm’s AllPlay platform enables a variety of audio options including Bluetooth to Wi-Fi re-streaming of local and cloud-based music.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://mwrf.com/software/platform-enables-bluetooth-wi-fi-audio-re-streaming" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://mwrf.com/software/platform-enables-bluetooth-wi-fi-audio-re-streaming#comments News Software Wed, 27 May 2015 20:19:00 +0000 34451 at http://mwrf.com <p>Qualcomm&rsquo;s AllPlay platform enables a variety of audio options including Bluetooth to Wi-Fi re-streaming of local and cloud-based music. (Image courtesy of Qualcomm)</p> GPS III Satellite Components Successfully Integrated http://mwrf.com/systems/gps-iii-satellite-components-successfully-integrated <div class="node-body article-body">Built by Lockheed Martin, the first GPS III space vehicle is now ready for testing in simulated harsh space environments.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://mwrf.com/systems/gps-iii-satellite-components-successfully-integrated" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://mwrf.com/systems/gps-iii-satellite-components-successfully-integrated#comments News Systems Wed, 27 May 2015 19:53:00 +0000 34441 at http://mwrf.com <p>Built by Lockheed Martin, the first GPS III space vehicle is now ready for testing in simulated harsh space environments. (Image courtesy of Lockheed Martin)</p> Picking PCB Materials for Microwave Amps http://mwrf.com/technologies/picking-pcb-materials-microwave-amps <div class="field-deck"> Requirements are somewhat different for circuit materials supporting RF/microwave power amplifiers compared to materials for low-noise amplifiers. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Circuit materials should offer different characteristics for use in power amplifiers and low-noise amplifiers. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://mwrf.com/technologies/picking-pcb-materials-microwave-amps" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://mwrf.com/technologies/picking-pcb-materials-microwave-amps#comments Materials Commercial Defense Industrial Technologies Wed, 27 May 2015 19:27:00 +0000 34421 at http://mwrf.com Picking PCB Materials for Microwave Amps (.PDF Download) http://mwrf.com/datasheet/picking-pcb-materials-microwave-amps-pdf-download <div class="node-body datasheet-body"><p>Microwave amplifiers come in many shapes and sizes, with low-noise amplifiers (LNAs) and power amplifiers (PAs) perhaps two of the most commonly used high-frequency varieties. One of the most essential components in implementing both types of amplifiers...</p> <p><strong>Register or sign in below to download the full article in .PDF format, including high resolution graphics and schematics when applicable.</strong></p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> Gold Wed, 27 May 2015 19:22:00 +0000 34431 at http://mwrf.com GaN Devices Provide Broadband Power http://mwrf.com/analog-semiconductors/gan-devices-provide-broadband-power <div class="field-deck"> Available in chip and packaged formats, these high-power GaN amplifiers are suitable for CW and pulsed applications through 14.5 GHz. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">These GaN devices and amplifiers support higher-signal-power applications through 14.50 GHz with high gain and high PAE. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://mwrf.com/analog-semiconductors/gan-devices-provide-broadband-power" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://mwrf.com/analog-semiconductors/gan-devices-provide-broadband-power#comments Cree Analog semiconductors Commercial Defense Industrial Wed, 27 May 2015 16:26:00 +0000 34401 at http://mwrf.com GaN Devices Provide Broadband Power (.PDF Download) http://mwrf.com/datasheet/gan-devices-provide-broadband-power-pdf-download <div class="node-body datasheet-body"><p>Gallium-nitride (GaN) solid-state devices continue to gain in power at increasing frequencies, supporting a growing number of applications for radar, test, and communications systems for both continuous-wave (CW) and pulsed signals. The latest line of GaN devices from Cree...</p> <p><strong>Register or sign in below to download the full article in .PDF format, including high resolution graphics and schematics when applicable.</strong></p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> Gold Wed, 27 May 2015 16:11:00 +0000 34411 at http://mwrf.com CMOS Transceiver Tackles 210 GHz with OOK Modulation http://mwrf.com/semiconductors/cmos-transceiver-tackles-210-ghz-ook-modulation <div class="node-body article-body">Affordable radio communications devices for millimeter-wave frequencies will free the way for low-cost communications across short distances in relatively unused frequency bands.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://mwrf.com/semiconductors/cmos-transceiver-tackles-210-ghz-ook-modulation" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://mwrf.com/semiconductors/cmos-transceiver-tackles-210-ghz-ook-modulation#comments Commercial Semiconductors Wed, 27 May 2015 15:24:00 +0000 34391 at http://mwrf.com Optically Tunable Metamaterials Fit Flexible Substrates http://mwrf.com/software/optically-tunable-metamaterials-fit-flexible-substrates <div class="node-body article-body">Metamaterials have been gaining attention recently for their capabilities in tuning high-frequency circuits.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://mwrf.com/software/optically-tunable-metamaterials-fit-flexible-substrates" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://mwrf.com/software/optically-tunable-metamaterials-fit-flexible-substrates#comments Materials Commercial Defense Software Wed, 27 May 2015 15:00:00 +0000 34381 at http://mwrf.com Wrapping Up IMS 2015 http://mwrf.com/blog/wrapping-ims-2015 <div class="node-body blog-body">This was my sixth IMS and I was happy to attend as it is by far the best RF/wireless conferences available. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/line-sight">Line of Sight</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://mwrf.com/blog/wrapping-ims-2015" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://mwrf.com/blog/wrapping-ims-2015#comments Test & Measurement Line of Sight Wed, 27 May 2015 14:15:00 +0000 34371 at http://mwrf.com Silicon CMOS Synthesizes Signals at 60 GHz http://mwrf.com/systems/silicon-cmos-synthesizes-signals-60-ghz <div class="node-body article-body">Demand for millimeter-wave technology for short-range communications links and automotive safety systems is growing.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://mwrf.com/systems/silicon-cmos-synthesizes-signals-60-ghz" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://mwrf.com/systems/silicon-cmos-synthesizes-signals-60-ghz#comments Automotive Commercial Defense Systems Wed, 27 May 2015 13:45:00 +0000 34361 at http://mwrf.com Test & Measurement http://mwrf.com/microwaves-and-rf/2015-05-27 <div class="node-body magazine_issue-body"></div> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-mag-teasers"> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-publication-info"><legend>Publication Info</legend> </fieldset> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> Wed, 27 May 2015 04:00:00 +0000 34461 at http://mwrf.com IMD Measurements with IMDView™ - MS4640B Series Vector Network Analyzer http://mwrf.com/test-measurement-analyzers/imd-measurements-imdview-ms4640b-series-vector-network-analyzer <div class="field-deck"> Sponsored by: Anritsu </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Intermodulation distortion (IMD) is an important consideration in microwave and RF component design. This application note discusses the meaning of the IMD measurement and measurement considerations.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://mwrf.com/test-measurement-analyzers/imd-measurements-imdview-ms4640b-series-vector-network-analyzer" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://mwrf.com/test-measurement-analyzers/imd-measurements-imdview-ms4640b-series-vector-network-analyzer#comments Active components Analog semiconductors Digital semiconductors Mixed-signal semiconductors Passive components Test & Measurement - analyzers Test & Measurement - generators White Paper Tue, 26 May 2015 13:30:00 +0000 34341 at http://mwrf.com Vector Signal Generators Hit 6 GHz http://mwrf.com/test-measurement-generators/vector-signal-generators-hit-6-ghz <div class="field-deck"> This cost-effective line of vector signal generators provides bandwidths as wide as DC to 6 GHz with generous modulation capabilities, including analog and digital modulation formats. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">This trio of vector signal generators provides analog and digital modulation for carrier frequencies from DC to 6 GHz. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://mwrf.com/test-measurement-generators/vector-signal-generators-hit-6-ghz" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://mwrf.com/test-measurement-generators/vector-signal-generators-hit-6-ghz#comments Commercial Defense Industrial Test & Measurement - generators Thu, 21 May 2015 21:07:00 +0000 34281 at http://mwrf.com <p>Model TSG4106A is the highest-frequency model of the new vector signal generator trio from Tektronix, with a total frequency range of DC to 6 GHz at two connectors.</p> Vector Signal Generators Hit 6 GHz (.PDF Download) http://mwrf.com/datasheet/vector-signal-generators-hit-6-ghz-pdf-download <div class="node-body datasheet-body"><p>Vector signal generators are test signal sources essential for evaluating modern communications systems and their components, with their many forms of modulation. The new TSG4100A series of vector signal generators from Tektronix...</p> <p><strong>Register or sign in below to download the full article in .PDF format, including high resolution graphics and schematics when applicable.</strong></p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> Gold Thu, 21 May 2015 20:14:00 +0000 34301 at http://mwrf.com PIN Switch Runs 30 MHz to 3 GHz http://mwrf.com/active-components/pin-switch-runs-30-mhz-3-ghz <div class="node-body article-body">A SPDT PIN diode switch handles CW power levels to 100 W from 30 MHz to 3 GHz. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://mwrf.com/active-components/pin-switch-runs-30-mhz-3-ghz" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://mwrf.com/active-components/pin-switch-runs-30-mhz-3-ghz#comments Active components Commercial Defense Industrial Thu, 21 May 2015 13:37:00 +0000 34101 at http://mwrf.com Pairing the Right Oscillator with the Right Application http://mwrf.com/active-components/pairing-right-oscillator-right-application <div class="node-body article-body">This guide helps match oscillator performance to the requirements of different applications. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://mwrf.com/active-components/pairing-right-oscillator-right-application" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://mwrf.com/active-components/pairing-right-oscillator-right-application#comments Active components Commercial Defense Industrial Wed, 20 May 2015 21:12:00 +0000 34241 at http://mwrf.com Investigating ICs for Tomorrow’s Radios http://mwrf.com/active-components/investigating-ics-tomorrow-s-radios <div class="node-body article-body">This application note provides guidance on optimizing the performance of transmit and receive integrated circuits (ICs). </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://mwrf.com/active-components/investigating-ics-tomorrow-s-radios" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://mwrf.com/active-components/investigating-ics-tomorrow-s-radios#comments Active components Commercial Defense Industrial Wed, 20 May 2015 21:00:00 +0000 34251 at http://mwrf.com AWR Connected Wizard on Display in Phoenix http://mwrf.com/software/awr-connected-wizard-display-phoenix <div class="field-byline"> From Staff </div> <div class="node-body article-body">National Instruments is demoing its AWR Connected for AMCAD this week at IMS 2015 in Phoenix, Ariz. (Booth No. 2431).</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://mwrf.com/software/awr-connected-wizard-display-phoenix" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://mwrf.com/software/awr-connected-wizard-display-phoenix#comments Commercial Software Wed, 20 May 2015 20:33:00 +0000 34271 at http://mwrf.com Signal Hound Unveils Digital Modulation Analysis Tools at IMS http://mwrf.com/test-measurement/signal-hound-unveils-digital-modulation-analysis-tools-ims <div class="field-byline"> From Staff </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Coinciding with IMS 2015 in Phoenix, Ariz., Signal Hound has rolled out an update to its free Spike Spectrum Analysis software. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://mwrf.com/test-measurement/signal-hound-unveils-digital-modulation-analysis-tools-ims" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://mwrf.com/test-measurement/signal-hound-unveils-digital-modulation-analysis-tools-ims#comments Commercial Test & Measurement Wed, 20 May 2015 19:59:00 +0000 34261 at http://mwrf.com Synthesizer Modules Extend to 82 GHz http://mwrf.com/test-measurement-generators/synthesizer-modules-extend-82-ghz <div class="field-deck"> These compact frequency synthesizer modules now cover higher millimeter-wave frequency bands of 27 to 40 GHz, 50 to 67 GHz, and 76 to 82 GHz. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">A trio of low-noise frequency synthesizer modules provides test signals covering bands of 27 to 40 GHz, 50 to 67 GHz, and 76 to 82 GHz. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://mwrf.com/test-measurement-generators/synthesizer-modules-extend-82-ghz" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://mwrf.com/test-measurement-generators/synthesizer-modules-extend-82-ghz#comments National Instruments Commercial Defense Industrial Test & Measurement - generators Wed, 20 May 2015 18:16:00 +0000 34221 at http://mwrf.com Synthesizer Modules Extend to 82 GHz (.PDF Download) http://mwrf.com/datasheet/synthesizer-modules-extend-82-ghz-pdf-download <div class="node-body datasheet-body"><p>Millimeter-wave applications are poised to grow, with radar systems in cars and high data rates now being achieved over short-range communications links. Nevertheless, affordable test capabilities...</p> <p><strong>Register or sign in below to download the full article in .PDF format, including high resolution graphics and schematics when applicable.</strong></p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> Gold Wed, 20 May 2015 18:13:00 +0000 34231 at http://mwrf.com New Coilcraft Conical Inductors Come in Two Flavors http://mwrf.com/passive-components/new-coilcraft-conical-inductors-come-two-flavors <div class="node-body article-body">Coilcraft’s BCR and BCL series of conical inductors operate as a series of narrowband inductors across a frequency range of 10 MHz to 40 GHz.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://mwrf.com/passive-components/new-coilcraft-conical-inductors-come-two-flavors" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://mwrf.com/passive-components/new-coilcraft-conical-inductors-come-two-flavors#comments Passive components Wed, 20 May 2015 15:44:00 +0000 34211 at http://mwrf.com Potent Saturated Output Positions Gain Blocks for Wireless Apps http://mwrf.com/passive-components/potent-saturated-output-positions-gain-blocks-wireless-apps <div class="node-body article-body">Guerilla RF's high-linearity, low-noise gain blocks, internally matched to 50 Ω, offer the saturated output power needed in wireless infrastructure applications </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://mwrf.com/passive-components/potent-saturated-output-positions-gain-blocks-wireless-apps" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://mwrf.com/passive-components/potent-saturated-output-positions-gain-blocks-wireless-apps#comments Mobile Passive components Wed, 20 May 2015 15:19:00 +0000 34201 at http://mwrf.com Gore Demonstrates Cable Installation Simulator at IMS 2015 http://mwrf.com/components/gore-demonstrates-cable-installation-simulator-ims-2015 <div class="field-byline"> From Staff </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Visitors to the IMS 2015 show floor will have the opportunity to see W.L. Gore & Associate’s new Cable Installation Simulator in action. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://mwrf.com/components/gore-demonstrates-cable-installation-simulator-ims-2015" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://mwrf.com/components/gore-demonstrates-cable-installation-simulator-ims-2015#comments Commercial Components Defense Tue, 19 May 2015 20:28:00 +0000 34191 at http://mwrf.com