Featured in this issue:      A Simple Approach to Signal Via Stubs  |  Low Threshold PIN Diode Limiter 0.2 to 4.0 GHz  |  Femto-sized Xinger-III Hybrid and Directional Couplers  |  F1102 Dual 400-1000 MHz RF to IF Mixer  |  New Directional Coupler with 6 dB Coupling  |  High Performance 0402 Wirewound Chip Inductors  |  3.3 and 8.5 GHz Handheld Spectrum Analyzers — Unmatched Portability  |  Voltage Controlled Oscillators
 
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Electric Field Probe Enables Dramatic Improvements in Measurements
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Electric Field Probe Enables Dramatic Improvements in Measurements
 
Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the University of Michigan have dramatically improved the measurement of electric fields. This novel electric-field measurement technique uses quantum properties of atoms to achieve several orders of magnitude of improvement in measurement. Directly linking measurements of electric field strength to the International System of Units (SI), the new electric-field probe can measure fields up to 100 times weaker than conventional methods.
 
 
 
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Low Threshold PIN Diode Limiter 0.2 to 4.0 GHz
 
Low Threshold PIN Diode Limiter
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Skyworks introduces a low threshold PIN diode limiter module that addresses the growing need for receiver low noise amplifier protection in microwave applications. The SKY16602-632LF is a fully integrated module comprised of a PIN limiter diode, a Schottky diode, and two DC blocking caps designed for use as a passive receiver protector in wireless or other RF systems up to 4 GHz.
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OpenRFM Defines New RF and Microwave Integration Standard
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OpenRFM Defines New RF and Microwave Integration Standard
 
To simplify the integration of RF and digital subsystems in advanced sensor data processing applications, Mercury Systems Inc. has launched a new OpenRFM standards initiative. Besides creating more affordable, flexible, and open standards-based solutions, the OpenRFM initiative will also directly address DoD's procurement mandates including open systems architecture, interoperability, technology re-use, and affordability, reports Microwave Journal. Briefings on OpenRFM based solutions are underway to select customers, says Mercury Systems.
 
 
 
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F1102 Dual 400-1000 MHz RF to IF Mixer
 
F1102 Dual 400-1000 MHz
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IDT's F1102 dual channel device operates with a single 5V supply. It's optimized for operation in a Multicarrier Base Station Receiver for RF bands from 698 to 915 MHz with high or low side injection. IF frequencies 50-300 MHz supported, and 400 MHz RF bands with some simple external matching modifications.
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New Directional Coupler with 6 dB Coupling
 
New Directional Coupler
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Krytar, Inc.
 
Krytar has announced a new Directional Coupler operating in the frequency range of 12.4 to 18.0 GHz. Offering Nominal Coupling of 6 dB in a extremely compact package, this Directional Coupler is uniquely designed for systems applications where external leveling, precise monitoring, signal mixing, or swept transmission and reflection measurements are required.
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Do You Know How RF Engineers Are Doing?
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Do You Know How RF Engineers Are Doing?
 
While you hear a lot about advancements in microwave and RF technologies, there is very little written about how RF and microwave engineers are compensated and how secure their jobs are. How is the industry doing overall? To offer a glimpse of the salaries of RF and microwave engineers and a peek into the community, Microwaves & RF posted its salary and opinion survey online.
 
 
 
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3.3 and 8.5 GHz Handheld Spectrum Analyzers; Unmatched Portability
 
3.3 and 8.5 GHz Handheld Spectrum Analyzers — Unmatched Portability
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B&K Precision's 2650A Series Handheld Spectrum Analyzers are extremely compact and lightweight spectrum analyzers for conducting precise field measurements in the 50 kHz to 8.5 GHz frequency range. All analyzers offer an extended battery life of 4 hours and model 2652A comes with a 3.3 GHz tracking generator.
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Voltage Controlled Oscillators
 
Voltage Controlled
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Emhiser Research, Inc.
 
Emhiser Micro-Tech, a division of Emhiser Research, Inc., designs and manufacturers a complete line of Voltage Controlled Oscillators (VCO) for the wireless, medical, space, and instrument markets covering the frequency range of 5 Mhz to 12 Ghz. Standard RoHS compatible industry packages are available in surface mount, connectorized, and TO-8 hermetically sealed military packages.
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Infineon Unveils Gigabit Backhaul System for 4G
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Infineon Unveils Gigabit Backhaul System for 4G
 
An integrated gigabit backhaul system for 3G/4G LTE, developed jointly by Infineon Technologies, GreenWaves, Escape Communications, and Altera, was unveiled at the recent European Microwave Week in Rome, Italy. A field upgradable solution, the millimeter-wave backhaul system is designed to give network operators maximum flexibility and competitiveness. According to the developers, the evaluation platforms are available to qualified customers.
 
 
 
Envelope Tracking Adoption Rises in Smartphones
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Envelope Tracking Adoption Rises in Smartphones
 
The virtues of envelope tracking (ET) in RF power amplifiers has been demonstrated by developers. As a result, ET chips are now finding use in smartphones and other mobile communication devices. According to wireless chips supplier Nujira, this year over 100 million units of smartphones and other wireless communication devices will adopt ET chips. And this number will surge to over 4 billion units by 2018.
 
 
 
Alliance to Drive Use of RF Energy
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Alliance to Drive Use of RF Energy
 
The use of solidstate RF energy for power sources and heating is limited today. Hence, for broader adoption of this technology, a consortium of industry leaders, like Huber+Suhner, ITW, NXP Semiconductors, Rogers Corp., and Whirlpool R&D, have come together to form the RF Energy Alliance. Launched at the European Microwave Week in Rome, it will develop standards for solid-state RF energy.
 
 
 
Cree RF GaN Foundry Meets DoD's Readiness Level
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Cree RF GaN Foundry Meets DoD's Readiness Level
 
Cree has earned the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) manufacturing readiness level 8 (MRL8) designation for its foundry producing GaN-based RF devices. It verifies Cree's ability to guarantee the delivery of affordable and commercially viable production capabilities and capacities for items essential to national defense. In fact, the MRL8 designation was granted after the successful completion of the DoD's Defense Production Act Title III GaN-on-SiC production capacity program.
 
 
 
Wireless Data Transmission Sets a New Record
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Wireless Data Transmission Sets a New Record
 
Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden have developed a millimeter-wave transmitter that is 40x faster than the rated transmission rate for Long Term Evolution (LTE) Advanced. According to EETimes, this new world record was demonstrated at the Compound Semiconductor Integrated Circuits Symposium in San Diego, CA. Although it is intended for backhaul between cell towers, many other applications are possible, co-inventor Herbert Zirath told EETimes.

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