MPD Fully Functioning During the Covid-19 Emergency

We just thought we’d let all of you know that it is business as usual at Octagon Communications and MPD. All necessary precautions have been taken, and, as several of our staffers already work remotely, the office is open for business until we are told otherwise.

The July issue of MPD will arrive on schedule, and of course our website and the digital edition will continue to be available.

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Mini-Circuits Expands Distribution Agreement with Mouser to 206 Countries

August 1, 2020 – Mini-Circuits has announced an expansion of its distribution partnership with Mouser Electronics, Inc., making Mouser an authorized distributor of Mini-Circuits’ product line in 206 countries (listed below). The two companies first announced their partnership in March with initial distribution in the U.S. and India. The expanded agreement will give more international […]

Keysight’s 5G Test Solutions Enable SK Telecom to Verify Performance of 5G Devices on Korean Mobile Operator’s Network

Keysight Technologies, Inc., a leading technology company that helps enterprises, service providers and governments accelerate innovation to connect and secure the world, announced that the company’s 5G test solutions have been selected by SK Telecom to validate that 5G devices used for enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB) applications perform as intended on the mobile operator’s network prior to commercial introduction. […]

Eutectic Die Attach Optimizes High Power GaN Devices

by Casey Krawiec, Vice President of Global Sales, StratEdge Corporation Gallium nitride (GaN) is widely used in applications for high-power devices operating at high frequencies. This is because of its ability to operate at high currents and high voltages. While much attention is given to GaN chips, what is often overlooked is the package in […]

Maximizing the Benefits from GaN Technology with Experienced Design Support

by Liam Devlin, CEO, PRFI GaN technology is the leading technology for the realization of microwave Solid State Power Amplifiers (SSPAs). It benefits from a high breakdown voltage leading to high power density. Smaller transistors can therefore be used for a given RF output power requirement, resulting in higher device impedances and lower matching network […]

Mixed-Signal Oscilloscopes

The 4-channel PicoScope 6000E Series 500 MHz oscilloscopes provide 8 to 12 bits of vertical resolution and up to 5GSa/s sampling rate with 4GSa memory, allowing these scopes to display single-shot pulses with 200ps time resolution. The three 4-channel models added to the existing 8-channel 6000 series are the 6403E (300 MHz bandwidth, 8-bit A/D […]

Unjacketed Flexible Stainless Steel Conduit

Type SSL is an unjacketed stainless steel, corrosion-resistant, flexible electrical conduit. This conduit type is extra flexible for tight bend applications, provides high mechanical strength, and is constructed of Type 304L stainless steel, making it an ideal solution for corrosive atmospheres. Six varieties of flexible conduits are available. ELECTRI-FLEX COMPANY (26)

E-PHEMT Transistor

TAV2-14LN-DC+ is a low-noise E-PHEMT transistor in die form for applications from 50 MHz to 12 GHz. It features low noise and high gain when externally impedance matched and extremely biased. The RoHS-compliant transistor draws typical drain-source current of 20mA from +2 Vdc and 40mA from a +4 Vdc. MINI-CIRCUITS (33)


Design and sales support is now available for what is said to be the world’s smallest ASIC-based Oven Controlled Crystal Oscillator (OCXO). The Rakon U8176LF 10 MHz OCXO meets the stringent requirements of 5G Remote Radio Head (RRH), small cell, optical network, and microwave transmission system applications. RFMW (29)

Midwest Microwave Series Expansion

Two new terminations, 2.4mm 50 GHz and 2.92mm 40 GHz, have been added to the Midwest Microwave Commercial Grade series. The terminations have a passivated stainless-steel construction and are RoHS compliant. These mmWave terminations are designed to provide quality and reliability for years of trouble-free service. CINCH CONNECTIVITY SOLUTIONS (25)

Antennas with Mimosa® B11 Kits

New 2-foot and 3-foot antennas with Mimosa B11 mounting kit options have been added to the series of ProLine 11 GHz parabolic antennas. These high-performance antennas are ideal for high-density, point-to-point backhaul applications or client premises, and operate in the 10.7 to 11.7 GHz frequency range. KP PERFORMANCE ANTENNAS (27)