New USB controlled microwave and millimetre wave components

31-03-2015 | Pasternack | Subs & Systems

Pasternack has released new lines of USB controlled microwave and millimetre
wave components which includes amplifiers, attenuators and PIN diode
switches.

The new components are controlled and powered by a convenient USB 2.0 port
with driverless installation, meaning no external power supply is required.
The attenuators and PIN diode switches require an easy-to-use downloadable
software program which interfaces with any Windows computer. The company is
releasing two models each of the amplifiers, switches and attenuators that
cover extremely wide frequency bands up to 40GHz. The modules are 50ohm
hybrid MIC designs that do not require any external matching components.

The USB controlled amplifiers offer typical performance of 12dB gain, 10dBm
P1dB, a 4.5dB noise figure and operate over a 50MHz to 18GHz band or 50MHz
to 40GHz band. The attenuators offer typical performance of 30dB
attenuation, 5dB to 8dB of insertion loss, a 1dB step size and are available
in two programmable models that cover 100MHz to 18GHz and 100MHz to 40GHz.
Finally, the SPDT switches offer typical performance 3dB to 5dB of insertion
loss, 65dB to 70dB isolation, a 6µsec switching speed and are available in
two models that cover 500MHz to 18GHz and 500MHz to 40GHz. All models
operate over a broad temperature range of -40°C to +85°C and depending on
the frequency, are available with either female SMA or 2.92mm connectors,
says the company.

“Pasternack now offers a complete selection of high performance broadband
USB controlled amplifiers, attenuators and switches. The USB 2.0 connection
is convenient and innovative, utilizing a computer interface to power and
control these devices for ease of use,” said Tim Galla, Active RF components
product manager, Pasternack.

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