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Digital Radio Test System

Aeroflex (Minneapolis, MN) offers the 3550 digital radio test system featuring a color touchscreen. Designed for Professional Mobile Radio (PMR), public safety, and other land mobile radio applications, the system isolates problems and assesses performance in AM/FM radios, with options for P25, DMR, NXDN™, and dPMR radio systems. The system features 4.5 hours of continuous operation with its internal battery, and allows users to test all aspects of the radio system, including the transmitter, receiver, cables, and antennas. It meets MIL-PRF-28800A specifications for humidity, shock, and vibration, with an operating range of -0 ºC to +50 ºC. Features include phase noise of -95 dBc/Hz, RF signal generator level accuracy of ±1.5 dB, and -140 dBm spectrum analyzer.

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Sheet Antenna

Pulse Electronics Corp. (San Diego, CA) has introduced a near-field communications (NFC) antenna that enables mobile phones to read data from a distance of up to 40 mm. The ferrite sheet antenna sends and receives clear signals even when installed in a handset in close proximity to the battery or metal housing. It measures 35 x 50 mm with a minimum thickness of 0.30 mm, including the ferrite/adhesive/antenna flex layers. The magnetic field strength can be optimized by the type and thickness of the ferrite material and the design of the radiator pattern. The antenna meets EMVco specifications for global interoperability and compatibility of chip-based payment cards and acceptance devices. The antenna is RoHS-compliant and comes packaged in trays in a variety of sizes.

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Connectors

Times Microwave Systems (Wallingford, CT) has announced nonsolder, two-piece, EZ 7/8 EIA flange, 716DIN, and type N connectors for LMR-1200-DB and LMR-1200-FR flexible low-loss 7/8” 50-Ohm coaxial cables. The connectors utilize a non-solder spring finger center conductor contact and clamp-style outer contact attachments. Non-solder EZ style connectors are also available for most LMR® cable types and sizes.

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RF Switches

Peregrine Semiconductor Corp. (San Diego, CA) offers the HaRP™ SPDT PE42422 RF switch that provides linearity of 115 dBm IIP2, and 70 dBm IIP3, low insertion loss of 0.4 dB @ 3 GHz, and high isolation of 28 dB @ 3 GHz. The switch covers a frequency range of 100 MHz – 6 GHz and, using a nominal +3V power supply voltage, a typical input 0.1 dB compression point of +36 dBm can be achieved. The switch is available in a 2 x 2 mm QFN package, making it suitable for general-purpose RF switching applications such as filter-bank switching in test equipment and base stations.

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Transceiver

Lemos International (Barrington, RI) offers the SHX1 multi-channel VHF transceiver from Radiometrix with a usable range of over 5km, 500mW RF power and narrowband performance. It is available on 151-154 MHz MURS Band frequencies. The transceiver offers data rates up to 5 kbps for the standard module, provides a high-performance double superhet PLL synthesizer, and incorporates a 1200-baud modem. Operating frequency is any 3-MHz sub-band within 150-174 MHz. It features eight parallel or 255 serial channels, and is suited for remote control, wireless data, and telemetry.

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RF/IF Recorder

The Talon™ RTS 2709 ultrawideband RF/IF recorder from Pentek (Upper Saddle River, NJ) uses 12-bit, 3.6-GHz A/D converters and solid-state drive storage technology to achieve sustained recording rates up to 3.2 Gbytes per second. It can be configured as a one- or two-channel system, and can record sampled data packed as 8-bit or 16- bit wide consecutive samples. The recorder captures high-bandwidth RF/IF signals with frequencies up to 2.8 GHz. The built-in Windows® 7 Professional workstation with an Intel® Core™ i7 processor provides a platform that allows the user to install post-processing and analysis applications directly on the recorder. Signal viewing and analysis tools are provided as part of the SystemFlow recording software for monitoring signals prior to, during, and after a recording session.

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10Gb Ethernet Connectors

Mouser Electronics (Mansfield, TX) now stocks CeeLok Fas-T 10Gb Ethernet Connectors from TE Connectivity (Berwyn, PA). The IP67-rated connectors withstand harsh environments. Designed as a 100-Ohm impedance connector, CeeLok FAS-T is compatible with Cat5e, Cat6a, and various other protocols, including the 90 Ohm USB 2.0 and the 110 Ohm IEEE 1394 “FireWire.” The scoop-proof design features crimp-snap, 39029-style contacts in a small-shell, size-8 form factor. The patented T-shaped pin pattern provides noise cancellation and decoupling, and the connector’s integral backshell includes 360- degree shielding.

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ATCA Chassis

Pixus Technologies (Waterloo, Ontario, Canada) has introduced a new 6U AdvancedTCA (ATCA) SlotSaver Shelf that gains 2 slots of payload card usage, along with AC power. The 6U ATCA SlotSaver PXS0600 chassis features shelf managers that also employ dual redundant switch functionality.

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Chassis Mount

Calex Mfg. Co. (Concord, CA) has announced the 75 Watt QCM Chassis Mount DC/DC converters, now available with a DIN mount adapter. The QCM Series offers an input range of 18 to 36 VDC and 36 to 75 VDC, with output voltages from 3.3 to 24 Volts DC. The QCM is fully encapsulated with accessible, recessed barrier strips, and it is fully isolated input to output. The isolation voltage of the 2.65 x 4.20 x 1.00” device is 1544 VDC. The QVM operating temperature ranges from -40 to +100°C, and the storage temperature for all models is -40 to +120°C. All models feature remote On/Off as well as output voltage trim. The units are protected by reverse input voltage protection, pulse by pulse current limiting, dead short current limiting, and over-temperature protection. All models are designed to meet UL-60950 standards.

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FPGA

Microsemi Corp. (Aliso Viejo, CA) has introduced the SmartFusion®2 system- on-chip (SoC) field programmable gate array (FPGA). SmartFusion2 integrates flash-based FPGA fabric, a 166 megahertz (MHz) ARM® Cortex™-M3 processor, security processing accelerators, DSP blocks, SRAM, eNVM, and communication interfaces on one chip. SmartFusion2 provides a root-of-trust device with secure key storage capability using the physically unclonable function (PUF) key enrollment and regeneration. Users may also leverage built-in cryptographic processing accelerators including: advanced encryption standard (AES) AES-256, secure hash algorithm (SHA) SHA-256, 384 bit elliptical curve cryptographic (ECC) engine, and a non-deterministic random bit generator (NRBG).

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