Wideband RF Transceiver

Analog Devices, Inc. (Norwood, MA) has introduced a new wideband transceiver within its RadioVerse™ design and technology ecosystem. The ADRV9026 is designed to support base station applications including single and multi-standard 3G/4G/5G macrocell base stations, massive MIMO (M-MIMO) and small cell systems. The new software defined transceiver supports both Frequency Division Duplex (FDD) and Time Division Duplex (TDD) standards.

The ADRV9026 is available in a 14 × 14 mm BGA package. Key features include: Qual-channel transmitters and receivers with dual-channel observation receivers; LO frequency: 650 MHz to 6000 MHz; 200 MHz maximum receiver/transmitter bandwidth; 450 MHz maximum observation receiver/transmitter synthesis bandwidth; multichip phase synchronization for all local oscillators and baseband clocks.

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RF Surge Protectors

Fairview Microwave Inc. (Irvine, CA) has unveiled a new line of coaxial surge protectors created to guard valuable communications equipment from power surges and indirect lightning strikes. Fairview’s new RF surge protectors are offered with either male-to-female or male-to-male 4.3-10 connectors. This product line features low insertion loss, maximum input power as high as 500W and multi-strike capability. It also boasts VSWR as low as 1.12:1, a surge current rating of 20kA and the lowest let-through energy in the industry. The models in this line also have a waterproof IP67 rating and are CE & RoHS compliant.

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High-Speed Comparators

Mouser Electronics (Mansfield, TX) is now stocking MAX4002x comparators from Maxim Integrated. Among the fastest low-voltage differential signaling (LVDS) comparators on the market, the MAX40025 and MAX40026 single-supply, high-speed comparators deliver fast propagation delay for distance sensing, time-of-flight (ToF), and high-speed test and measurement instruments.

The Maxim MAX4002x devices are single-supply, highspeed comparators with a typical propagation delay of 280 ps and an extremely low overdrive dispersion of 25 ps (typical). The devices are compatible with the outputs of several widely used high-speed transimpedance amplifiers, such as the MAX40658, due to their input common-mode range of 1.5 V to VDD+0.1 V. Both the MAX40025 and MAX40026 run from a supply voltage of 2.7 V to 3.6 V. Maxim’s MAX4002x comparators are available in a space-saving, compact, 1.218 mm × 0.818 mm WLP package (MAX40025) or an AEC-Q100 automotive qualified 2 mm × 2 mm TDFN package (MAX40026).

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OpenVPX Switch

Annapolis Micro Systems (Annapolis, MD) has developed a next-generation WILDSTAR 100GbE 6E10 6U OpenVPX Switch. It is SOSA-aligned and VITA 65-compliant. The 6E10 Switch provides up to 6.4 Tb/s of switching between backplane slots of multiple channels of 100Gb Ethernet. It also has front panel I/O to connect to external data sources.

The 6E10 is a turnkey solution with dense, flexible I/O. Customers have the option for seven 40/100GbE optical interfaces to VITA 66, or four 40/100GbE optical interfaces to the front panel. The rugged high-performance switch is readily integrated into any SOSA-aligned 6U VPX system, or deployed within Annapolis' proven WILD100™ EcoSystem. Annapolis has also developed a 3U VPX switch that is SOSA-aligned, the WILDSTAR 3E10 3U OpenVPX Switch.

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Airborne Missile Protection System

BIRD Aerosystems (Herzliya, Israel) recently introduced the AeroShield(M): a compact version of its combat proven all-in-one AeroShield pod Airborne Missile Protection Systems (AMPS), designed for narrow and wide-body aircraft. The AeroShield pod offers comprehensive anti-missile protection by using both BIRD’s SPREOS DIRCM and Flares, enabling customers to fly fully protected in the most challenging theaters.

AeroShield(M) is tailored to support the installation of BIRD’s AMPS on medium size VIP jets such as the Falcon and Gulfstream. Easily installed, the compact AeroShield(M) POD integrates Missile Launch Detection Sensors (MILDS) and Flare Dispensers and can incorporate either the MACS sensor or SPREOS DIRCM – according to the specific needs of each customer.

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Miniature Dual-Loop Coupler

The new AM90CD-LP miniature narrowband dual-loop coupler from microwave component manufacturer Link Microtek (Hampshire, UK) enables designers to incorporate forward and reverse power monitoring in military or commercial microwave systems that are subject to tight space constraints. With flange dimensions of 41.5 × 41.5 mm and a waveguide length of just 33.6mm, the device is fabricated from lightweight aluminum and can be pressurized up to 30 psig making it suitable for airborne applications.

Capable of handling 15kW peak power and 400W average power, the AM90CD-LP delivers a nominal coupling factor of 40dB. As a dual-loop device, it monitors both forward and reverse power at the same time, utilizing the two SMA ports on each side, one of which is fitted with a termination. The device is finished with chromium-free passivation, for enhanced corrosion resistance, and satin black epoxy paint.

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