MPD Fully Functioning During the Covid-19 Emergency

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Comtech Telecommunications Corp. Awarded a $1.5 Million Contract for New Ka-Band Gateway TWTAs

Comtech Telecommunications Corp. announced that during its fourth quarter of fiscal 2020, its Santa Clara, California-based subsidiary, Comtech Xicom Technology, Inc., which is part of Comtech’s Commercial Solutions segment, received a contract valued at more than $1.5 million for 500W Ka-Band traveling wave tube amplifiers (“TWTAs”) for a Tracking, Telemetry, and Command (“TT&C”) application. These […]

Rules of the Road for RF and Microwave Filters

by L-com Interference has been the bane of wireless communications since the earliest days of radio, and scientists and engineers of every era no doubt found their challenges to be the worst. Then, as now, RF and microwave filters are some of the foremost contributors to keeping interference in check, and most of the attention […]

Gas Tube RF SPDs

The new GTH-series is a high-performance inline gas discharge tube suppressor family featuring wideband operation up to 5.8 GHz. Configurations are available with a variety of connectors to meet the specific requirements of each application, including standard and reverse polarity SMA connectors, and bulkhead N-female or N-male on one end, with a solderless crimp-style interface […]


Model SDLVA-0120-70-0225 is a Successive Detection Log Video Amplifier (SDLVA) that operates over the 0.2 to 2.5 GHz frequency range. It has a dynamic range of 65 dB, a TSS of -65 dBm typical, and a nominal video bandwidth of 20 MHz. It was designed using cutting edge GaAs technology, which provides stunning performance and […]

Solid State Power Amp System

The AMP2070C solid state power amplifier system features Class A/AB design for all modulations and industry standards and covers the frequency range from 700 MHz to 6.0 GHz. It produces 100W minimum, 50W P1dB, with a minimum 50 dB gain. The unit is integrated in a compact 3U chassis weighing <25 Kg. EXODUS ADVANCED COMMUNICATIONS […]

SMT 2-Way Combiner

Model D9888 is a surface mount, 2-way, in-phase combiner/divider. This high power design covers the full 1000 to 3000 MHz band, and is rated at 500W CW. Operating with less than 0.35 dB insertion loss, the unit is compact, measuring 2.8 x 2.2 x 0.27”, and supplies full port-to-port isolation of 15 dB minimum. WERLATONE […]

High Power Coupler

The new RMCO30.5800Nfr, a high power coupler for use in ITS/WiFi applications, covers the 5.7 to 5.9 GHz band, offering typical electrical performance of 0.4 dB maximum insertion loss, VSWR of 1.30:1 maximum, and minimum directivity of 25 dB. RESPONSE MICROWAVE (19)

E-band Coaxial Connector

By adding the R&S NRP90T and R&S NRP90TN models to its portfolio of thermal power sensors, the company has released the very first T&M instruments in the market to support the novel, robust 1.35mm precision coaxial connector. The connector covers frequencies up to 90 GHz. ROHDE & SCHWARZ (11)

Power-Tap Die

Model HK-PT54-DG+ is a MMIC power-tap die for coupling small amounts of power from DC to 50 GHz for monitoring and test. The 50 ohm component maintains typical +/-1.4 dB coupling flatness across the full frequency range. Typical insertion loss is 0.8 dB from DC to 30 GHz and 1.1 dB from 30 to 50 […]

Antennas for Wireless Mobile/T&M

A new line of GPS timing antennas, vehicular antennas, and a 118 to 174 MHz tunable, telescopic antenna have been launched to address mobile wireless, portable instrumentation, and wireless monitoring applications. These new GPS/GLNSS antennas provide precise reception of satellite timing signals and reference frequencies for use in advanced mobile and base station network applications. […]