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coaxial Limiter Model ZFLM-252-1WL+ is a broadband (100 to 2500 MHz) coaxial limiter ideal for applications that include stabilizing generator outputs, reducing amplitude variations, and protecting low noise ampliers and other devices from ESD or input power damage. It features very low insertion loss (0.7 dB typ.), very low output power (0 dBm typ. at 30 dBm input), and operating temperature range from -40 to +85C. The device is low cost and RoHS compliant. WWW.MPDIGEST.COM 1 MINI-CIRCUITS

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in my opinion: small is Bigger, Better and more innovative? by Bob pinato, iccs, LLc. Feature Articles contributed by Frost & sullivan Aeroflex mini-circuits skyworks solutions, inc. wireless telecom group Agilent technologies itt interconnect solutions AwR AVX corporation dB control 3 8 14 28 32 46 52 56 64 86 104

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PERSPECTIVES
FROM THE EDITOR

MAY 2012 PAGE 3

Its That Time of Year Again


and quiet vacations, free from phones, email, computers, and all the other things that we need to put together MPDs biggest issue of the year! The May issue is a double whammy: our annual Defense Electronics edition, as well as our IMS2012 show issue. And this year marks the second time that the MTT/IMS show has been held in a foreign countryof course, the fact that its Canada, our friendly neighbor to the north, makes it easier in terms of foreign travel, but when it comes to extra paperwork and everything else needed to put on a show outside the U.S., thats another thing entirely. But I digress At any rate, were certain youll enjoy this issue of MPD, and we look forward to seeing many of you at IMS2012 in Montreal. bientt!

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microwave product digest serves RF and microwave design engineers, research and development engineers, applications engineers and engineering managers. these professionals, working in facilities that serve both the commercial and government markets, are involved with the design, development, application, and use of systems and subsystems, devices, and techniques involving frequencies from RF to light.

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es, the time when our editorial and production staff dream of long, peaceful

Small is Bigger, Better and More Innovative?


ere we are four years into the worldwide economic crisis, which to date has yielded one of the worst financial downturns the western world has seen since the 1930s, and still there is debate whether or not we are facing a long anticipated election year upturn. Military budgets are being scrutinized carefully for the proper balance between the costs for national security, secure jobs in key congressional districts, pet pork programs and the cost of the war efforts. Worldwide, the cost of security in troubled economic times is being reviewed, with the investments of emerging economic powerhouses increasing and those of the great economies flattening and even decreasing in response to the economic pressures at home. Albeit, a small, short-lived upturn in the USA was welcomed by the current government. With stock markets reflecting record returns, and corporate coffers flowing with hordes of underinvested profits, proof in some eyes that the downturn and the uncertainty it brings are still not resolved. Even though the corporations are bringing in record profits, mostly due to the downsizing and razor sharp cuts made to overhead budgets, budget shortfalls in state and federal government bureaucracies are a keen reminder that while the corporations and stock markets appear to be stabilizing, the government is still in major disarray. Inefficiency has always been an earmark of our capitalistic democratic form of government; it was a kind of source of pride that the government could not make quick, major moves without the consensus of the people. However, the track record in times of crisis was just the opposite and the people and government would come together to effect change quickly, concisely and effectively when needed. All the while generating confidence in the system and stability for the vision and economy moving forward.

IN MY OPINION

Harvey Kaylie, mini-circuits Jerry d. Neal, RFmd Robert pinato, iccs

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This unfortunately has not been the case this time around. For some reason, a gridlock occurred at the highest levels, making efficient effective policies not only difficult to decide upon and Bob Pinato, initiate, but also creatOwner, ICCS, LLC. ing uncertainty in the capability of government at a time when the people needed the vision and stability the most. In our type of system, faith and stability for the vision of the future is the key central element driving our economy and our form of government. Setting the proper sustained tone so that everyone corporations, stock markets, educators, bankers, foreign investors, customers and our own populace of consumers can identify with and plan with the environment provided. Some countries have more organized 5 year or 10 year plans. In the USA we have vision led by the people and the markets, stabilized by government non-interference, but at the same time government leadership in the form of future regulatory and incentive environments set by spending and tax planning. The year of 2012 brings with it some very heavy baggage. Baggage in the form of not only how our economy is doing and providing for our own people, but also how our own people think about their roles in the formation of policy and direction for the future of our country. The baggage is also laden with the role of our country as an inspiration to the rest of the world. This inspiration has been and is one of the reasons why the rest of the world, in their own ways, has sought to emulate the patterns of the USA in many fields such as education, innovation, economIn My Opinion, Cont on pg 66

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bnc scientific

Lock-In Amplifier (LIA) The fastest commercial LIA ever commercially produced, the UHFLI (UltraHigh Frequency Lock-in Amplifier) from Zurich Instruments performs measurements as high as 600 MHz three times faster than any other current LIAs. 4

mini-circuits

Coaxial Power Splitter/Combiner The ZC9PD-172+ is a coaxial power splitter/combiner that is usable from 1100 to 1700 MHz. Features include low insertion loss (0.6 dB typ.), high isolation (18 dB typ.), and excellent output VSWR (1.2:1 typ.). Operating temperature range is -55 to +100C. 5

rlc electronics

WG-Series This waveguide filter was designed to cover a narrow frequency band in order to facilitate point-to-point routing of data over the network. Units maintain low loss and high rejection. This unit covers narrow frequency bands above both 18 and 26.5 GHz. 6

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Three-Section Narrowband Cavity Filter From the new CS series, this 3-section narrowband cavity filter has a center frequency of 1521.5 MHz with an equiripple bandwidth of 2.6 MHz minimum, yielding an insertion loss of 3.0 dB maximum. VSWR is less than 1.5:1 over the passband. 7

Multiple bands, multiple radios, one antenna:

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rfmd

ISM Band Transmit/Receive Module The RF6556 front end module is intended for use in 915 MHz AMR solutions. The unit addresses the need for aggressive size reduction for a typical 915 MHz AMR front end design and greatly reduces the number of components outside, minimizing cost and footprint. 10

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ISM Band Cavity Filter A 902 to 928 MHz cavity filter offering high performance for ISM base station applications has just been released. This filter provides low insertion loss of <1.5 dB and 45 dB rejection in the cellular band of 824 to 894 MHz and GSM band of 936 to 960 MHz. 11

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Coaxial Power Splitter/Combiner Model ZF3RSC-542+ is a coaxial power splitter/combiner that is very wideband (DC to 5400 MHz), featuring low flatness (0.38 dB typ.), an operating temperature range of -40 to +85C, and a rugged shielded case. Applications include laboratory and test set-ups. 12

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New Converters Immediate availability and full design support capabilities are offered for a pair of new converters from Analog Devices, Inc., the AD5760, a true 16-bit voltage output DAC, and the AD9642 (pictured), a 14-bit ADC with sampling speeds of 170, 210 or 250 MSPS. 13

agilent technologies

Wideband MIMO PXI Vector Signal Analyzer Specifically designed for flexibility and growth, the wideband MIMO PXI vector signal analyzer delivers the industrys highest-bandwidth signal analysis. It enables R&D and test engineers to validate their MIMO 802.11ac designs with accuracy, speed, bandwidth and scalability in a small form factor. 14

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Three-Section Narrowband Cavity Filter From the new CS series, this 3-section narrowband cavity filter has a center frequency of 1817.5 MHz with an equiripple bandwidth of 17.4 MHz minimum, yielding an insertion loss of 1.5 dB maximum. Group delay variation is <2ns maximum over 1812.5 to 1822.5 MHz. 15

Step Up Performance with Herley-CTI Synthesizers


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Herley-CTI BDS Broadband Syntheiszers offer broad frequency coverage, extremely small step size, low spurious and ultra low phase noiseUtilizing cutting edge technology the BDS design combines Direct Digital and Analog Indirect synthesis techniques to achieve excellent performance and exceptionally high reliability. The synthesizers lock to an external reference of 10 MHz and are simply programmed with several bits using a 3-wire enable/ clock/data protocol. The BDS features very low phase noise, typically -90 dBc/Hz at 10 kHz offset at 6 GHz. In addition, extremely small steps sizes of <1 Hz can be provided. The performance of the BDS sets a new standard for this class of synthesizers. The broad frequency coverage, low phase noise, small size and very fine frequency resolution makes the BDS the perfect synthesizer for cellular test instrumentation and automated test applications. In addition, Herley-CTI can customize the BDS to specific applications. So why not step up your performance and call Herley-CTI today.

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Overview of Defense Electronics Market Trends


by Jessy Cavazos, Industry Director, Frost & Sullivan

ith defense spending on the downward slope, the focus of those catering to the needs of the aerospace and defense (A&D) industry is shifting to areas less likely to be impacted by budget cuts, one of which is the unmanned vehicles, including unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), as they are seen as a way to deliver the same or better capability at a lower cost than previous platforms requiring manpower. The growth of the data requirements in that space augurs well for test and measurement companies who are currently leveraged heavily for radio frequency (RF) and microwave testing of systems. While there is a lot of focus on UAVs, they are certainly not the whole story in the defense market for test and measurement vendors. Electronic warfare (EW) is probably growth area Number 1, with research indicating investments in this area growing despite reduced defense budgets. There is continued work on EW to jam signals, specifically improvised electronic devices (IEDs), and be able to not only identify them but also disable them electronically. Having said this, the biggest area of spending for defense electronics still remains radar. The use of electronically steered array (ESA) technology in advanced radars is stirring up activity in this area. This article provides an overview of the trends in each of those markets. UAV Market Trends Frost & Sullivan research on the Department of Defense (DoD) unmanned aerial systems (UAS) market expects continuing combat operations and irregular warfare (IW) to drive UAS requirements despite troop withdrawal from Iraq. In fact, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance requirements could increase as security will no longer be provided on the

Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Market: Illustrations of Various UASs (United States), 2012

RQ-4 Global Hawk Source: Northrop Grumman

ER/MP MQ-1 Gray Eagle Source: General Atomics

RQ-7 Shadow Source: Military Factory

ScanEagle Source: Boeing

RQ-11 RAVEN Source: AeroVironment


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ground, says Michael Blades, Senior Industry Analyst for the Aerospace & Defense Business Unit at Frost & Sullivan. Moreover, U.S. forces will need to continue improving intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities via advanced technologies and sophisticated information operations for which UASs will be critical. While the data requirements between the UAVs and their operators have gone exponential compared to the past, this is likely to further increase in the future. Despite technical challenges and an increased focus on cost reduction, there is still a significant push for high performance that translates into a need for higher frequencies, wider bandwidth, signal simulation and analysis, and the ability to measure signals with very high precision and low noise floors. Another key factor expected to drive the growth of the UAS market is the increasing use of commercial off the shelf (COTS) technology to reduce costs. UAS manufacturers, espe-

cially those manufacturing tactical-size platforms and smaller, are advertising the capabilities of their platforms to incorporate COTS sensors and subsystems to reduce cost. The DoD is also looking to increase the use of PC technology in ground control stations for cost and configurability reasons. The push for COTS technology has also impacted the test and measurement market, with the DoD purchasing COTS test solutions. While it enabled them to reduce the upfront acquisition cost, it is costing them more in the long run in some cases. Going forward, the DoD is expected to revert back to its old ways, specifying what they want depending on what they are doing. There will be a mix of test solutions used in A&D moving forward, some COTS and some custom. The trend towards the use of COTS technology is not new and has been a continuing trend in the military, with the emphasis varying depending upon priorities. With the current budget environment increasing the focus on cost, the emphasis

on using COTS technology is expected to be strong over the next few years. With the most recent wartime activities on the ground and small, informally organized combatants, the focus of the industry has shifted towards unmanned vehicles as they are seen as a way to deliver the same or better capability at a lower cost than previous platforms requiring manpower. However, efforts are also being made towards the greater autonomy of those devices. This is expected to contribute to the growth of the UAS market in the future and concerns both high-altitude long-endurance (HALE) and medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) UAVs as well as tactical size and smaller ones. The operation and monitoring of large UASs still require significant manpower currently, while manufacturers of smaller UASs hope to reduce the need for highly experienced UAS operators. Boeings A160 Hummingbird is testament to this trend towards the greater autonomy of UAVs. Frost, Cont on pg 40

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New VCO The CVCO55CC-2800-3075 VCO operates from 2800 to 3075 MHz with a control voltage range of 1.0~15V. This VCO features a typical phase noise of -104 dBc/Hz @ 10 KHz offset and has excellent linearity. Output power is typically +2 dBm. 22

emc technology

Higher Frequency Coaxial Attenuator The 42W series of high performance, precision SMA coaxial fixed attenuators is offered in commercial or high rel versions. It is offered in values from 0 to 20 dB in half dB and 20 to 30 in one dB increments and up to a maximum frequency range of 18.0 GHz. 23

broadwave technologies

Three-Way Wilkinson Power Divider This Wilkinson style microstrip power divider is designed for high isolation. Typical isolation is 25 dB and insertion loss above theoretical split is 0.5 dB nominal. Low insertion loss power dividers designs enhance receive sensitivity and preserve transmitted power. 24

molex incorporated

MobliquA Antenna Technologies The MobliquA antenna technology incorporates proprietary bandwidth-enhancing technologies, which have been used successfully in the companys standard and custom antenna designs. It is designed to improve impedance bandwidth in any application with a wireless interface antenna. 25

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IF/RF Quadrature Demodulator IC The CMX970 is a low power, IF/RF quadrature demodulator IC with an operating range of 20 to 250 MHz. It was designed to meet the challenging requirements of wireless data and analog/ digital PMR/LMR radio systems. It can also be used in direct conversion applications in the VHF spectrum. 26

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Wireless Connectivity Solution A new wireless connectivity solution that links up to three handheld digital multimeters to smartphones, tablets and PCs has been introduced. By enabling remote viewing and control from distances of up to 10 meters, this solution enhances convenience and safety for engineers and technicians when troubleshooting live machinery or working in hazardous conditions. The core of the connectivity solution is the U1177A, a compact Bluetooth wireless adapter that plugs into any of the companys 11 handheld DMMs. 27

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Instrumentation / General Purpose TWT Medium Power Broadband Amplifiers

EW and Radar TWT

Teledyne Microwave Solutions new line of medium-power broadband amplifiers covers 20 MHz to 2600 MHZ and uses Gallium Nitride (GaN) technology. Amplifiers include an internal sequencer, assuring application of the proper gate voltage applied to the FET prior to voltage applied to the drain. Higher gain versions include pre-amps, providing excellent noise figure and IP performance. The small package footprint is designed for high performance applications and operates from -40 to +85C.

CW and Pulse TWTs for general laboratory amplifier use spanning the 1 to 40 GHz frequency range with average output power to 750 W.

Shadow gridded helix TWTs for broadband EW and radar applications from L through Ku Bands at peak power levels to 12 kW and average Power levels to >700 W.

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Teledynes A3CP6025 Broadband Amplifier 0.01 to 6.0 GHz. Gain is 24 dB typical, output power is +25 dBm, 3rd order intercept +34 dBm. Reverse isolation -50dB. Operates on 15 VDC, 300 mA.

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YIG oscillators from Teledyne Microwave Solutions use the principle of magnetic resonance, generating a clean low phase noise microwave signal of -128 dBc at 100 KHz offset. Our YIGs offer up to 16 GHz; 3 to 8 and 8 to 16 GHZ, low power consumption, permanent magnet, and use in commercial applications in surface mount or PCB.

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Laboratory Design Validation Testing (DVT) of Electronic Counter Measure (ECM) Systems Using Stimulus-Response Techniques
by Mike McKinley, PhD, Aeroflex he best way to understand any Electronic Counter Measure (ECM) systems behavior is to stimulate it with a known radar signal and to observe the systems response. The ability to stimulate an ECM system with a known signal and view, analyze, and compare the stimulus and response signals side-by-side gives designers the opportunity to visualize, understand, and verify how their device operates. The Aeroflex AWARES (Advanced Wideband Analyzer Recorder and Emitter System) system, using its stimulus/response operating mode, supports this direct testing approach, thereby providing a means to fully understand the behavior of an ECM system. As shown in Figure 1, the AWARES stimulus/response mode allows a stimulus radar signal to be played into an ECM system under test, while at the same time the ECM systems response signal is recorded. These stimulus and response signals are time synchronized. Analysis software on the AWARES system allows their side-by-side comparison, so that the detailed behavior of the ECM system can be clearly observed and quantified. This comparison can include pulse measurements (e.g., ToA [Time of Arrival], frequency, pulse width, PRI [Pulse Repetition Interval], etc.), or plots versus time of the signals instantaneous envelope, frequency, and phase. The AWARES System An Aeroflex AWARES system, shown in Figure 2, is composed of the following functional components: Signal recorder (frequency tuning up to 18 GHz, 400/70 MHz instantaneous BW) Signal playback (frequency tuning up to 18 GHz,

Figure 1: Aeroflex AWARES Signal Flow Diagram

come from a variety of sources. It can be recorded from an actual radar emitter; it can be generated from scratch using the VSS GUI application on the AWARES system; or it can be a combination of the two. The VSS software allows simple individual test signals to be generated (e.g., tones), as well as arbitrarily complex full signal environments to be generated by combining any of the following: recorded signals, user-generated signals (e.g., from Matlab), and signals taken from the VSS signal library. This library includes: General test signals Tone comb AWGN (Additive White Gaussian Noise) Communications signals PSK (Phase Shift Keyed) QAM (Quadrature Amplitude Modulation) Pulsed signals, with user controlled: Pulse rise/fall times Width PRI Center frequency Frequency hopping Chirp MoP (Modulation on Pulse) In addition, the VSS pulsed signal allows individual control over each pulse in a generated signal via a spreadsheetlike PDW (Pulse Descriptor Word) file. Alternatively, when the VSS software is used to generate the stimulus signal, an ideal version of the radar signal can be created, possibly including user-selected controlled impairments (e.g., a frequency error). This signal can optionally be included within a controlled signal environment. For example, the generated stimulus signal might include the ideal radar and also AWGN, interference, other ECM, etc., so that the behavior of the ECM system in Aeroflex, Cont on pg 88

Figure 2: Aeroflex AWARES system 400/70 MHz instantaneous BW) Signal storage (32 GB RAM per channel, additional 8 TB RAID) Server machine (CPU) Signal analysis software (Broadband Signal Analyzer [BSA] GUI application) Signal creation software (Vector Signal Simulator [VSS] GUI application) Physically, a rack-mounted AWARES system is composed of two 3U chassis (RF and analog/digital conversion), and one 2U server (controller). For portability, these three chassis, plus a 1U power conditioner and a 1U combined monitor/ keyboard, are combined into a single transit case, creating a self-contained platform. Stimulus Signal Options The stimulus signal provided by the AWARES system can

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GPS Modules Featuring SiRFstarIV A new family of GPS modules featuring SiRFstarIV GPS technology from Maestro-Wireless Solutions are offered in flash and ROM memory versions, as well as a highly-integrated GPS/Smart antenna version, to best meet varying application requirements. 48

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Optical Modulation Analyzer The industrys first portable, fully integrated optical modulation analyzer with a laptop-size screen, the N4392A optical modulator analyzer is more accessible to engineers who need to analyze complex modulated optical signals during development and manufacturing of 40/100G coherent transmitters and receivers. 49

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LTE Test Mobile The TM500 LTE Test Mobile is the first test mobile to emulate LTE Category 5 (Cat5) user equipment (UE), allowing operators to verify the operation of their networks and equipment vendors to prove the performance of their eNodeB (LTE base stations) at the higher data rates that are enabled by Cat5 handsets and terminals. 50

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Digitally Controlled Phase Shifter Model PS-2D2G-360-CD-1 is a 2170 to 2220 MHz, 9-bit digitally controlled phase shifter that offers up to 360 of phase shift range. This model has a LSB of 0.7 and a low insertion loss of 13 dB typically. The unit provides very fast switching speeds of 350nsec typical. 51

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Six-Way Power Divider Model DL62030 has been added to the companys family of broadband power dividers covering the 20 to 3000 MHz frequency range. This 6-way power divider is well suited for radar and satcom applications, and was designed to operate in temperatures from 0 to +40C. 52

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Digital Syringe Dispenser The SD-100 digital syringe dispenser accurately dispenses low- to highviscosity materials. Operators are able to quickly and easily set up the system for the deposit size needed by utilizing the digital timer control and adjustable pressure gauge. 53

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High Speed Absorptive Switch Model P7T-0R8G18G-60-T-SFF-SMC is a high speed, single pole, seven throw absorptive switch capable of switching within 75nsec. Frequency range is 0.8 to 18.0 GHz and it has over 60 dB of isolation with insertion loss of 4.3 dB maximum. 54

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Bandpass Filter Part number 2965-SMA is a 500 MHz bandpass filter with a typical 1 dB bandwidth of 8 MHz, insertion loss of 6.5 dB and typical 40 dB bandwidth of 52 MHz. It is supplied in a 0.6 x 0.6 x 2.25" SMA package and can be customized for other center frequencies and bandwidths. 55

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New Low-Profile Hermetic LTCC Mixer Series Raises the Bar for Reliability, Performance, and Price
by Mini-Circuits Abstract new family of ultra-reliable mixers, developed by Mini-Circuits, combines low-temperature cofired ceramic (LTCC) circuitry and specially selected semiconductor dice in a hermetically sealed case (Figure 1)at 1/10th the price of comparable products on the market. Fully automated, tightly controlled, and highly repeatable processes ensure excellent performance at temperatures up to 125C, with small quantity prices as low as $5.95 each. A well-established fact of life in the electronics industry is that manufacturers have no control over where, and how, customers choose to deploy their products. For example, take a high-performance instrument that works perfectly in an air-conditioned, highaltitude, Arizona testing lab, and ship it to an oil refinery on the U.S. Gulf Coast. On the one hand, a relative humidity of 90% means ESD is less of a worry. But on the other hand, the entire assembly is soaking

Figure 1: Mini-Circuits MAC mixer package wet, relatively speaking. What to do? Plug it in and put it to work! Military suppliers have met these kinds of challenges for decades. Their RF and microwave systems may be stored for months or years, only to be shipped in an unpressurized cargo bay to a tropical staging area and on to a cold, highaltitude battlefield in a single day. Massive swings in temperature, pressure, or humidity, and very hard knocks, are to be expected, and nonperformance is not an option. Components that meet tough MIL specifications help make it all possible, but the high associated costsfor example, $80 or more for a hermetic frequency mixerhave kept them out of reach for more tightly budgeted applications. High reliability is increasingly essential for commercial applications as well. The long-term performance of aircraft, medical monitoring

Table 1: Package-level qualifications achieved by Mini-Circuits MAC mixers Gross Leak Fine Leak Thermal Shock Vibration Acceleration Mechanical Shock HTOL Multiple Reflow Bend Test Adhesion Strength MIL-STD-202 Method 112, Condition D (100% testing for all MAC mixers) MIL-STD-202 Method 112, Condition C, Procedure IIIa MIL-STD-202 Method 204, Condition D (-55/+150C, 1000 cycles, 15 minutes) MIL-STD-202 Method 204, Condition D (10-2000 Hz sine, 20g, 3 axis, 12 c.y.ea.) MIL-STD-883 Method 2001, Condition E MIL-STD-202 Method 213, Condition A MIL-STD-202 Method 108, Condition D (1000 hours, 125C, at rated LO level) JESD22-B102 JESD22-B113 Push test >10 lb.

equipment, and 24-hour automated business systems are all critical, to varying degrees, for end users, manufacturers, and investors alike. And at the same time, global competition maintains a downward pressure on price. Design engineers have no choice but to meet both of these demands. For over 40 years, MiniCircuits has been working to close the long-standing price gap between commercial budgets and the costs associated with hi-rel components. By taking advantage of the latest developments in LTCC ceramics, multilayer distributed circuitry, and automated processing, we have found a way to meet customer demand for long-term performance, while reducing costs by a factor of 10. Our new Ultra-Rel MAC mixers are the first of these products to come to market. EM simulations enable the rapid prototyping of highperformance, double-balanced mixer circuitry, precisely matched to tightly-specified Schottky diodes. The prescreened quads are attached to their purpose-built substrates with gold wire bonds. Highquality hermetic seals are then applied under a controlled, inert atmosphere, using goldplated covers and eutectic AuSn solder. Automated singulation and 100% testing ensure the integrity and performance of every mixer we stock. MAC mixers have already qualified for an extensive list of MIL-STD, JESD, and other specifications (Table 1). The results have been so consistently impressive, were backing them all with a 3-year warranty. These rugged, hermetically sealed ceramic models are ideal Mini-Circuits, Cont on pg 100

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GaAs pHEMT MMIC Upconverters and Downconverters for Point-to-Point Infrastructure Applications
The RFMD GaAs pHEMT MMIC upconverters (RFUV1002/ RFUV1003/RFUV1702/RFUV1703) and downconverters (RFRX1001/RFRX1002/RFRX1701/RFRX1702) combine high performance and low cost packaging, making them efficient solutions, ideally suited to both current and next generation point-to-point and VSAT applications. The MMIC upconverters operate in the 9 to 26.5GHz frequency range and incorporate integrated LO buffer amplifier, a balanced single-side band (image rejection) mixer followed by a variable gain amplifier and a DC-decoupling capacitor. The MMIC downconverters operate in the 9 to 26.5GHz frequency range and incorporate an integrated LNA, image rejection mixer, LO buffer amplifier, and DC-decoupling capacitors. All devices are packaged in a 5 x 5mm QFN to simplify both system-level board design and volume assembly.
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New 25W Power Termination The RMTE.4000NmT, a 25W termination for use in LTE test and production applications, covers the DC to 4 GHz band, offering typical electrical performance of 0.5 dB insertion loss and VSWR of 1.20:1. Power handling is 25W. 58

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Wideband Isolator The RADI-7.0-12.4-S3-1WR-b is a low cost wideband isolator to ensure high performance. Full band specifications include 20 dB isolation, 0.4 dB insertion loss, and VSWR 1.25:1 over the operating temperature of -55 to +85C. Size is 21.3 x 24.7 x 15.2mm. 59

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MMIC Band Pass Filter The HMC899 Tunable MMIC Band Pass Filter (BPF) features a user selectable pass band frequency range of 19 and 38 GHz. The 3 dB filter bandwidth is approximately 18%, while the 20 dB bandwidth is approximately 35%. It is ideal for hybrid and MIC applications. 60

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Amplifiers for CATV Systems Design and sales support is now available for two innovative new amplifiers from TriQuint Semiconductor that reduce component requirements in CATV systems. The TAT8858 cable infrastructure amplifier (shown) offers high gain and efficiency in either 12 or 24V systems. The TAT2814A is ideal for CMTS, Edge QAM and EOC design approaches. 61

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X3 Frequency Multiplier The RMK-3-92+ is an X3 frequency multiplier with an output of 450 to 900 MHz. Features include low conversion loss (14 dB typ.) and high rejection of adjacent harmonics (66 dBc typ.). Applications include synthesizers, local oscillators, and satellite up and down converters. 62

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High-Efficiency Ku-Band HPA Model XTD-750KHE high power amplifier (HPA) is an antenna mountable TWTA designed for high linear power and outstandingly high efficiency for Ku-band SATCOM uplinks. It doubles output power and boosts efficiency by offering 750W performance in a 400W size package. 63

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by Dave Cruickshank and Brian Hartnett, Skyworks Solutions, Inc. he insertion loss of the output circulator of a power amplifier is critical. It is estimated that every 0.1dB of insertion loss at the power amplifier output costs >3W of RF power further up the chain. Engineering teams from Skyworks Solutions, Inc. and Trans-Tech, Inc. (a subsidiary of Skyworks Solutions) have successfully developed new manufacturing processes for the ferrite disk, resulting in circulator designs with industry leading insertion loss performance. The new SKYFR000782 circulator, designed for the frequency range 2110MHz to 2170MHz, achieves a typical insertion loss of just 0.08dB. Over temperature, the insertion loss is guaranteed to meet 0.12dB maximum. The SKYFR-000782 is a single junction circulator in a 19 19 mm housing (see Figure 1), designed to operate in the standard band of 2110 MHz to 2170 MHz. This circulator can achieve insertion loss performance of better than 0.08dB at

Figure 1: SKYFR-000782 image room temperature. The return loss of the three circulator ports is typically 26dB and the isolation is 28dB. Figure 2 compares the insertion loss performance of the SKYFR-000782 to a competitive unit. The competitors unit is designed for minimum insertion loss performance using industry-standard magnetic material. The competitive unit achieves insertion loss performance of 0.15dB versus the Skyworks unit insertion loss of just 0.08dB. The key to achieving this very low insertion loss is the ferrite disk. The ferrite itself is selected with the lowest magnetic and dielectric loss garnets from Trans-Techs range of low linewidth magnetic materials and low loss D2000 series

dielectric. Secondly, those materials are combined into a co-fired garnet/dielectric ring assembly, a patented process in which both materials are processed simultaneously and the net result is a joint with no air gap and no lossy glue. These two factors, plus the excellent transmission and reflection s-parameters of the device, combine to give the very low insertion loss performance. Figures 3, 4, 5, and 6 show the s-parameters of the SKYFR000782 over temperature. In addition to industry leading insertion loss performance, the isolation of the SKYFR-000782 is greater than 28dB at 25C and 25dB over temperature. The return loss performance is greater than 25dB across the operating frequency band and temperature range. The significant improvement in insertion loss performance of the SKYFR-000782 is the result of improved manufacturing processes of the ferrite disk and careful magnetic and elecSkyworks, Cont on pg 62

Figure 2: SKYFR-000782 insertion loss data (black) vs. insertion loss of circulator using standard ferrite (red)

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DC to 6 GHz Gain Blocks A new family of broadband, cascadable Darlington-pair InGaP/GaAs HBT gain block RFICs operates from DC to 6 GHz with excellent efficiency. They deliver strong performance as generalpurpose gain blocks for IF and RF buffer gain stages in commercial and defense applications ranging from base station transceivers and repeaters to CATV and SATV systems, test equipment, and numerous other RF and microwave systems. The family includes the TQP369180 and TQP369181 that deliver 15 dB of ultra-flat gain and the TQP369182 and TQP369184 that deliver 20 dB of gain. Both 15 and 20 dB gain models are available in a choice of two inexpensive plastic packages. And the TQP369185 offers up to 20.5 dB of gain and up to 19.7 dBm of P1dB, also integrating an internal active bias. All are internally matched to 50 ohms, requiring only an external RF choke, dropping resistor, and blocking/bypass capacitors for operation. They also are very rugged, meeting Class 1C HBM (up to 2kV) electrostatic discharge (ESD) requirements. 70

Ceramic, Hermetically Sealed Frequency Mixer The MAC-113H+ is a wide band (3800 to 11000 MHz) Level 17 (LO Power + 17 dBm) ceramic, hermetically sealed frequency mixer featuring low conversion loss (6.5 dB typ.) and high L-R isolation (28 dB typ.). Operating temperature range is -55 to +100C. This aqueous washable, low cost, low profile frequency mixer is ideal for satellite up and down converters, line of sight links, defense radar, defense communications, and federal fixed service. 72

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DRO Replacement Oscillator The ESP-11000 Phase-Locked Oscillator operates at 11000 MHz and features exceptionally-low phase noise (<-112 dBc/ Hz @ 10 KHz). The unit is phase-locked to a 200 MHz external reference and offers +3 dBm output power, low spurs (<-80 dBc), low harmonics (<-40 dBc), while operating off +8VDC supply with low power consumption (<250mA). The ESP units are designed as DRO replacements for test and measurement or in HiRel, ruggedized ground and airborne applications, such as SATCOM, electronic warfare, radar and telemetry. Custom units are available in fixed frequencies from 50 MHz to 26 GHz, with optional internal references, in a connectorized DRO standard package of just 2.25 x 2.25 x 0.6". The package can be optionally hermetically-sealed. 74

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High Power X-Band SPDT Switch for Radar Applications The MASW-011021 is a Surmount (Surface Mountable) X-band monolithic SPDT switch designed for high power and high performance applications. The surface mount chipscale configuration is designed with minimal parasitic inductances and capacitances that are usually associated with hybrid MIC designs. It is fabricated using the companys patented HMIC PIN diode based process. Packaged as a surface mountable die, the MASW-011021 boasts low insertion loss of 0.65 dB and a high input to output isolation at 36 dB. Selective backside metallization is applied to the switch, producing a surface mount device. The topside is fully encapsulated with silicon nitride and has an additional polymer layer for scratch and impact protection. These protective coatings prevent damage during handling and assembly. 76

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Rugged Programmable Noise Generator The NW-ATE series, an economical and rugged programmable noise generator covering from 10 MHz up to 40 GHz, is ideal for military and SATCOM applications, including Ka-band tests such as BER vs. Eb/No, interference, and jamming. The instrument is fully programmable from the front panel and remotely via GPIB and Ethernet. Output level is controlled by an internal broadband variable attenuator in 1 dB steps. Many other options are available, including finer attenuation resolution, an internal signal combiner, and custom frequency ranges. meller optics 71

Sapphire Domes Protect Electro-Optics in Weapons Custom fabricated Sapphire Domes feature Moh 9 hardness, second only to diamond, and provide 160 maximum included angles to extend the viewing angles and protect electro-optics in the front of guided weapons. Providing up to 85% transmission uncoated in the UV to IR, with up to 99% when A/R coated on two sides, they can withstand very harsh environments. Unaffected by moving sand, dirt, water, chemicals, and temperatures up to 1000C, Sapphire Domes can be manufactured in sizes up to 4" O.D. They can incorporate edge steps and profiles for mounting purposes and can be supplied with surface finishes to 20-10 scratch-dig per MIL-PRF-13830. Spinel domes (Moh 8 hardness) in sizes up to 6" O.D. are also available. 73

Second Generation MLSP-Series Frequency Synthesizers A new series of low noise frequency synthesizers covering 2 to 18 GHz and 2 to 20 GHz has been released. Step sizes are programmable from 1 kHz and up using 5 wire SPI or standard USB control. Units are available with internal crystal reference, external crystal reference, or both. Power leveling over a -20 dB delta level is available as an option, as well as a fixed power level option of 0 dBm +/-1 dB. Standard models are specified to operate over the 0 to +60C temperature range, but extended versions covering -20 to +75C are available on special order. These frequency synthesizers are available in a 3 x 5 x 1" tall package designed to fit into a 2-slot PXI or compact PCI chassis. RF connectors are provided in two options, either on the end of the package or on the side of the package, depending on customer needs. 75

Z Termination Thin Film Chip Resistors The Z termination line of miniature, high reliability chip resistors features thin film single surface and wrap around designs. They range in size from 0402 to 2512, with tolerances from 0.1%, power ratings from 50 to 1500mW, temperature coefficients of resistance as low as 25ppm, and voltage ratings from 30 to 200V. The operating range for these resistors is from -55 to +125C. The Z termination is a gold over nickel finish that can be attached with solder, conductive epoxy, or gold wire bonds. The Z termination resistors are a RoHS compliant product. Reliability is assured by extensive in-house testing, which include standard product, MIL-PRF-55342 established reliability (R or S level), or space level to MIL-PRF-55342 T product level. 77

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Frost, Cont from pg 40 that data across dedicated frequency spectrums to minimize cross-channel interference. This, as well as SWaP requirements, affects range and bandwidth capabilities. Moreover, the amount of information across communication channels and data links is bound to increase. However, technologies that encrypt large amounts of data for rapid transmission are still being developed. UAS platforms will also need to be protected from DoD offensive weapons designed to affect enemy communications. Spectrum management is required to reduce data loss and mitigate signal interference. Lacking the ability to respond effectively to human-voice controllers, UASs must be granted certificates by the FAA in order to fly. Also, there are regulations on the exportation of UASs and related equipment. This restricts competition in the marketplace currently, however initiatives are in place, such as removing items from ITAR to put them onto CCL, which could alleviate such challenges in the future and lead to greater competition and hence greater growth in the UAV market. Another restraining factor for the UAS market is that technologies for efficient data exploitation and sense-andavoid that will allow UAVs to operate in the same air space are still being developed. While the UAS market is not expected to be affected by program cuts, and will perhaps benefit from cuts made elsewhere, there will certainly be an increased focus on spending. Price sensitivity will be more of a factor in all market segments including UASs as a result of the greater emphasis of the DoD on cost control. EW Market Trends As mentioned earlier, EW as a whole is probably the highest growth area for test and measurement manufacturers. They have witnessed increased investments in this area despite reduced defense budgets due to increased activity to jam signals, especially IEDs, and be able to identify and electronically disable them. Frost & Sullivan research on the U.S. airborne and naval surface EW market, which excludes ground EW including IED EW and signal intelligence (SIGINT), highlights foreign adversary EW developments from China, North Korea, and Iran as a key driving factor for the growth of this market in the foreseeable future. The expansion of Chinas military budget is fueling the need to modernize EW programs and capabilities in the U.S., says John Hernandez, Senior Industry Analyst for Aerospace & Defense at Frost & Sullivan. North Korea has been reported as developing an electromagnetic pulse bomb and having conducted jamming of global positioning devices in the South,

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by Bob Muro, Application Group Manager/Product Marketing, Wireless Telecom Group Introduction ue to increased domestic air travel and threats to national security, it is important that our aviation RADAR systems function properly. The current airwaves are filled with many natural and artificial sources of interference. The natural background noise in RADAR bands is fairly constant, but there has been an increase in wireless communications traffic causing unintentional interference that may overflow into these bands, besides the risk from intentional interference. These factors make it important to characterize your RADAR system and clearly understand all of the limitations. This article will demonstrate a simple test strategy to characterize aviation RADAR system performance.

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Radar Signal Discussion The primary surveillance RADAR used for aviation is a pulse-modulated sinusoidal carrier signal. The output of this type of RADAR has short pulse bursts with fast rise time power envelopes to resolve distant targets with adequate resolution (see Figure 1). The short duration pulses allow detailed target resolution, while long pauses between each pulse provide enough time for distant signals to return without interfering with the next pulse. These high power pulsed signals may have rise times under 10 ns with pulse widths in the microsecond and sub-microsecond ranges. These low duty cycle signals, often << 1%, create a large peak-to-average ratio, or crest factor. This makes accurate power measurements with traditional, thermal detectors difficult, and requires a wide dynamic range peak power sensor to measure the power of the transmitted pulse (see Figure 2). These types of RADAR sig-

Figure 2

nal from a pulsed radar system that includes the target signature, random noise, and deterministic false alarms. A specific threshold must be determined to discriminate between the real target and the noise. The minimum power value that can be sensed or Smin is equivalent to the minimum detectable signal, or MDS of the RADAR receiver. The MDS must be calculated in order to determine the maximum detection range, or MDR of the system. Point 1 is a false positive, where the noise is above the test threshold and point 2 is an undetected target return below the threshold. Some of the issues below can be resolved with the latest DSP circuitry by averaging out the common mode noise and correlating deterministic events that rise above the MDS. This capability must be tested to prove the system is functioning properly. SNR Calculation MDS, MDR, and the receiver noise floor are all dependent upon one another. When calculating the received power, Pr, the maximum transmit power, Pt, antenna gains, minimum radar cross section, and effective aperture of the antenna must be known in order to solve the equation. Each parameter value will be a function of available investment capital, current technology, and FAA regulatory guidelines for each RADAR system project. The received power (Pr) calculation is illustrated in Figure 5, but an accurate transmit power must be known to solve for the variable. The value for Pt can be calculated by subtracting the antenna return loss from the transmitter output power in dB. The return loss can be measured using a peak power meter, shown in the test diagram in Figure 6, and explained in the test proWTG, Cont on pg 90

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nals require a large system signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) to locate and define the target properly. For this reason, the receiver portion of a RADAR system must be resistant to natural background RF radiation, un-intentional wireless communication signal interference and intentional signal interference, or jamming signals.

This article will illustrate the value of using an advanced peak power meter in conjunction with a computer controlled noise generator to test RADAR receiver and transmitter system performance by varying SNR. The Importance of Calculating SNR Figure 3 is a typical return sig-

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by David Ballo, Agilent Technologies

pconverters and downconverters play fundamental roles in the transmit and receive chains of all defense systems, ranging from EW, ECM, ESM, ELINT, and SIGINT receivers, to satellite terminals and transponders, and radar systems. Two of the key measurements required to characterize converters are port match and transmission response characteristics. For more than a decade, Agilents PNA and PNA-X vector network analyzers have relied on two very capable techniques for this purpose: scalar mixer/ converter (SMC) and vector mixer/converter (VMC). However, Agilent has created a new measurement technique called SMC+Phase that combines the simplicity of SMC with the phase and delay measurement capability of VMC, and eliminates the need for reference and calibration mixers for phase or group delay testing. SMC+Phase can also be used to measure converters with embedded LOs that are difficult or impossible to access. The new technique significantly simplifies and reduces the cost of the measurement test setup. Comparing SMC and VMC The SMC technique is the most accurate way to measure conversion loss and gain. It corrects for mismatch errors during calibration and measurements by combining oneport and power-meter calibrations. The technique is simple to set up and calibrate, and requires a power meter during calibration along with the usual open, short, load and thru standards. SMC corrects for DUT mismatch during transmission measurements by taking advantage of the VNAs ability to measure its source and load match during calibration as well as the DUTs input

Figure 1: The SMC and VMC techniques each have unique benefits lute group delay, mixers that match the frequency range of the DUT are harder to obtain above 26.5 GHz as are filters with acceptable performance. In addition, many mixers may be required to evaluate DUTs with diverse frequency plans, so several calibrations must often be performed to cover all bands. SMC+Phase Explained The SMC+Phase technique (Figure 3) uses simple setup and calibration, requires no external signal source or reference and calibration mixers, provides the most accurate conversion-loss/gain and phase/delay measurements, and removes mismatch errors during calibration and measurement. Not surprisingly, it will likely replace VMC for most frequency converter measurement applications. In contrast to VMC that uses ratios of test and reference signals at the same frequency (thus the required reference mixer), the SMC+Phase technique ratios single-receiver phase measurements performed at the DUTs input and output. It also replaces the calibration mixer with a comb generator as a phase standard, and magnitude measurements are performed the same way as SMC, using a power sensor as a calibration standard. Mismatch correction at the Agilent, Cont on pg 76

Figure 2: Disadvantages of the VMC technique include limited choice of mixers operating above 26.5 GHz that match the frequency plans of many devices. This applies also to reciprocal calibration mixers and filters for the calibration mixer. and output match. Benefits of the two techniques are shown in Figure 1. The VMC technique delivers the most accurate phase and absolute group delay measurements and calibrates the test systems transmission phase response as well as providing mismatch correction at the input and output of the DUT. However, the technique has several inherent drawbacks (Figure 2). It is more complicated and requires more external components than SMC as two additional mixers are needed for reference and calibration. VMC uses a characterized mixer as a calibration thru standard along with the usual open, short, and load standards, and removes magnitude and phase errors for transmission and reflection measurements. An external reference mixer is used as a phase reference, but is not needed for phaselocking the source and receivers with a frequency offset, as offset sweeps are achieved with the instruments internal sources. As both calibration techniques perform corrections for mismatches, external attenuators are rarely needed. While VMC provides the ability to evaluate deviation from linear phase and abso-

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PAGE 54 MAY 2012 Frost, Cont from pg 44 this is an important trend in the defense industry because it has historically been concerned with absolute performance and reliability for small quantities only, while the sheer number of T/R modules is staggering, translating into test throughput concerns in addition to performance and reliability objectives. Frost & Sullivan research published in the early part of 2011 predicted stable funding for radar, with the procurement of Army programs as the priority. Additional overseas contingency operations (OCO) spending requests centered on radar upgrades for fixed wing aircraft and unmanned aerial systems were expected, says

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Brad Curran, Senior Industry Analyst with Frost & Sullivans Aerospace & Defense Business Unit. The DoD was also expected to seek continued improvements in radar SWaP, bandwidth efficiency, detection, cross cueing to other types of sensors, and data collaboration. Driving factors for the market included the near end of service of the current fleet of manned airborne surveillance and reconnaissance platforms requiring reinvestments and radar systems led by the Navys P8. R&D activity in sensor fusion, open architectures, W band millimeter wave, non-jammable, high angular resolution moving target indication, ground penetrating and next generation over the horizon (OTH) radars was expected to drive this market growth over the next few years. Cognitive radar based on knowledge aided computer processing was expected to enhance detection and target ID in the crowded frequency spectrum and complex interference and clutter environment. At the same time, research into power amplifier circuits and waveform optimization was expected to allow a wider use of the frequency spectrum and new designs. The key restraint to the market was GPS and electrooptical/infrared technologies taking over air traffic control and surveillance and reconnaissance functions that once relied on radars and the continued radar cross-cueing of other sensors. In addition, the postponing of radar upgrades, such as for F-15E, and of radar maintenance for some naval aircraft and ships was expected to restrain the market over the forecast period (2011-2016). On the technological side, the SWaP trend strikes again, limiting the use of radars on smaller platforms. In addition, the crowded RF spectrum was expected to limit operational flexibility and new architecture designs. Finally, there would be fewer platforms of all types. Future buys were expected to move away from high-end platforms towards proven and reliable designs that afford maximum jointness, mission flexibility, and the capability to be quickly and easily upgraded and integrated as COTS technology matures, in line with the overall themes discussed thus far in this article, including flexibility, cost reduction, and ability to evolve over time. Test & Measurement Corner The defense electronics market is a key market for many of the top test and measurement companies, including Agilent Technologies, Tektronix, Aeroflex, Anritsu, National Instruments, and LeCroy, etc. These companies have broad portfolios of solutions for

www.mpdigest.com defense electronics customers. An example of a recent product introduction for this market that can help address the challenges faced by defense customers highlighted earlier in this article is Agilents M1890A arbitrary waveform generator, offering a sample rate of 12 Gigasamples per second (GSa/s). It allows customers to simulate very wide band signals that may be used by UAVs or radars as well as simulate spectrum. This product is able to simulate any kind of electromagnetic environment that might be encountered in the field, says Hansen. For example, while testing an IED defeat system, the user can simulate the background spectrum consisting of FM radio stations, cellular phones, cordless phones, etc. that may be polluting the spectrum behind the signal the user is looking for. Anritsu also continues to focus on developing high performance leading-edge test equipment that enables defense industry customers to assure the performance of their mission-critical components and systems. Anritsu's Marketing Manager for General Purpose products, Bob Buxton, emphasized that the defense industry has always needed high performance test and measurement solutions this continues to be true today, whether it be to solve the challenges of locating small slow-moving targets or Mach 2 airplanes. Anritsu's flagship Vector Network Analyzer, the ME7838A, illustrates the company's commitment to performance covering frequencies from 40 kHz to 125 GHz and offering calibration and measurement stability of 0.1 dB over 24 hours in a compact and lightweight format. Another test and measurement company who has listened to customers in the defense market is Aeroflex, with the development of the Aeroflex Common Platform on which the 7200, 7300, 7100, GPSG-1000, ALT8000 and S-Series products are based. The company leverages a synthetic software-defined test platform to generate the soluFrost, Cont on pg 58

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Connectors Offer Durability, Superior Functionality and Practical Application for the Modern Military
by David Impett, Product Manager at ITT Interconnect Solutions ilitary and defense applications require component solutions that are highly reliable, as the consequences for infield failure can be catastrophic. Material selection is critical for applications that experience shock, vibration, high pressure and/or extreme temperatures. Harsh environment and mission-critical systems require connector solutions with superior performance, reliability and durability. Technological trends in military applications also call for highly dependable materials, reduced size and weight and greater functionality. Deployed in a variety of modern military and future soldier applications, such as sophisticated command, control, communication, computer, and intelligence (C41) systems, spring/probe connectors offer these design considerations. Rugged spring/probe interconnects offer a high-density signal packaging approach within a confined space, enabling soldiers to become more mobile and their advanced equipment to become more portable. Most interconnect devices currently available do not offer design engineers a solution that increases signal functionality while meeting confined size constraints, high-temperature requirements and sealing ratings necessary for todays military applications. The Nemesis Space Saver Series features two unique design elements the breakaway Pogo Pin/Pad contact that delivers enhanced contact durability; and the canted spring/probe technology, which provides not only snap-on and rip-away coupling action to prevent a soldiers life from being endangered if a cable is snagged, but also 360 EMI shielding. Combined, these designs deliver a miniature connector solution with superior performance, reliability and durability. The Nemesis Water

The spring/probe contact spacing is reduced down to 0.635mm, thus providing highsignal density in the minimum of space. The lightweight, small form-factor design offers significant space savings for electronic equipment, and can reduce the size of a device by 60%. While many connectors are inherently small, especially given the amount of power they are capable of delivering, system designers continually seek smaller designs. Durability and Rugged Performance Most plastic connectors, even ones with metalized plating, are unable to meet the military reliability and performance standards. Connector shells made of stainless steel material meet stringent requirements for corrosion resistance under MIL-Spec P grade standards, while at the same time meeting JEDEC standards for RoHS compliance. Other connector designs are constructed with high temperature LCP dielectric materials, allowing them to be employed in applications with temperatures as high as 200C, such as military vehicles as well as space and avionics use. The rugged stainless steel construction provides durability, while an enhanced strain relief design eliminates cable overstressing. Anti-reflective salt spray-resistant plating on the connector shells protect the vital cable interface and assist soldier camouflage in marine environment maneuvers, while the seamless ribbed overmolding provides a non-slip grip in damp conditions. Receptacles that utilize spring probe contact system and touch pads allow for ease of cleaning in the field where dirt, moisture, mud, sand and other contaminants may be present. The individual touch pad contacts incorporate no crevices for conITT, Cont on pg 114

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Frost, Cont from pg 54 tions customers are looking for, such as a radio test set or an avionic test set or a combination of both. The flexibility and integration of different subsystems into one test platform has been the key aspect of the solution attracting customers, says Marv Rozner, Vice President of Market and Business Development for Aeroflex. For example, we just shipped 350 radio test sets to the U.S. Marine Corps for the Ground Radio Maintenance Automatic Test System (GRMATS) program with a solution based on our

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embracing modular instrument standards, like PXI and AXIe, that deliver exactly that. The latest product announcements from Aeroflex, Agilent, and National Instruments show that these platforms deliver more than me-too capability. It's a win-win for the industry. Conclusion Despite lower defense spending for the next few years, the defense industry simply cant afford to scale back on performance and reliability. Such times call for true innovation. Test and measurement companies have realized that and are ready to help the defense industry meet its number one challenge of continuing to improve performance, pushing technological barriers further, while reducing costs. References
U.S. DoD Unmanned Aerial Systems (NA4A-16), February 2012. U.S. Airborne and Naval Surface Electronic Warfare Market (N9C3-16), December 2011. U.S. DoD Radar Markets (N84A-16), April 2011. High-growth Test and Measurement Market Opportunity: Modular Instruments (N946-30), September 2011. Analysis of the Signal Generator and Arbitrary Waveform Generator Market (N903-30), December 2011.

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hen AWR introduced Microwave Office high-frequency design software in 1998, it changed the paradigm of RF and microwave EDA tools, combining sophisticated simulation techniques with a Microsoft Office-type user interface nearly everyone was familiar with. In the ensuing years, Microwave Office software has expanded in the breadth of its capabilities and the speed with which it executes them. AWR 2011 (Figure 1), the latest version of the AWR Design Environment, inclusive of Microwave Office, Visual System Simulator, AXIEM and Analog Office software, fully exploits todays 64-bit high-speed multicore processors and memory, while improving its group design capabilities, enhancing its EM simulation tools, and adding tools for thermal management, circuit envelope simulation, radar system design, and many others. The result is arguably the most comprehensive, accurate, and advanced set of EDA tools available for high-frequency designers. These enhancements have been implemented without sacrificing AWRs original mission to make the designers job easier and faster, while delivering highly-accurate solutions to complex problems that are designed for the production environment. Seamless Design Flow RF and microwave design has traditionally involved a variety of manually-implemented tasks. For example, a typical amplifier design requires independent MMIC circuits that ultimately coalesce into a single project. Die-level analysis must be conducted, physical layers managed, and EM simulation performed for each. If a specification or performance conflict emerges during any of these steps, adjustments must also be made to all sub-circuits within the MMIC design. AWR 2011 significantly reduc-

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or sub-design progresses. Although individual MMICs are still designed discretely, AWR 2011s group design capability allows them to merge into module projects as the design progresses so that conflicts can be resolved on the spot. This in turn reduces the time required for integration of the physical project and saves days or more per chip design. Simulation of the initial imported design can begin immediately with asynchronous EM simulation solvers running in the background as new details emerge. For example, an initial run simulates a modules metal as shorts or microstrip lines and then advances to more detailed EM simulations that incorporate coupling. Completed analyses are immediately available for circuit and system simulation. This ensures that subcomponents of the module are imported correctly and that budget verification and other system-level simulations can begin sooner. That is, design of the module can continue even before the first module-level EM simulation is complete. Asynchronous EM Simulation AWR 2011s new asynchronous EM simulation support allows designers to keep working (Figure 2) as EM analyses run transparently behind the scenes on multiple CPUs on the same computer or as distributed jobs on networks or clusters of computers. Job queuing allows what if scenarios to be scheduled and run in parallel and scheduled jobs are managed by a visual batch manager. Results are automatically updated as they are completed and the results from the most recent simulation or additional simulations can be launched. Asynchronous simulation also allows parallel execution of swept parameter simulations (i.e. materials and geometries) of fully-parameterized EM models. These models can include AWR, Cont on pg 74

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www.mpdigest.com USA invest yearly in R&D and innovations. How much does the next closest country to the USA spend on military budgets? Could you even venture a guess in these non-Cold War times of rural terrorism and regional mini-conflicts? Remember the days when the Soviet Union was the number two economy in the world? When its military budget was within earshot of our very own and it was building more tanks, missiles, submarines and aircraft than the USA and all of NATO? Its expenditures on big systems to protect it and provide jobs drove it to the point that it went bankrupt! As you can see from the chart, the gross expenditures of the defense budget in the USA are still about equal to what the rest of the world spends combined. This is about 8X what our nearest competitor spends in a given year, when looking at budgets in real dollar terms, not accounting for all the expenditures over the past decades which have yielded some of the best hardware money and technology can afford. The USA leads the world in many areas of hardware deployment, such as ships, submarines, aircraft, missiles and vehicles. Never mind the boggling number of troops deployed, providing a presence in far-flung noncombat and stabilizing regions of the world. The bang for the buck factor is something that needs to be given more thought, but in essence it is the amount spent versus the PPP (purchase power parity) of the countrys currency. While not an exact science, as some costs are affected by external drivers such as oil, it can provide a more accurate representation of the amount of budget impacts on the annual hardware purchases. From all appearances, using the best estimates of the effects of real money internally in each country and the PPP approach, the world is catching up. As an unanticipated aftereffect, it now seems that the rest of the world, especially those in In My Opinion, Cont on pg 68

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PAGE 68 MAY 2012 In My Opinion, Cont from pg 66 growing economies, has benefitted from this commercial mentality for military equipment and systems. Our troops are even facing some of these very same obstacles when fighting for our security out in the field. Fortunately there are ways that our many firms in the defense infrastructure have developed methods to fight back and succeed while doing so. Yes, innovation is our key driver in the USA and it is our broad innovative nature with a capitalistic fervor, driven by revenue generation and a large investment community, which enables our long-term successes. All driven primarily with deep pools of venture capital that are managed by smart money entrepreneurs and driven deep thinking and quick acting inventors who recognize a need for a solution far in advance of a centralized planning structure common in many systems houses and government think tanks. It has been brought up in written media that the USA needs to reevaluate its form of contracting, systems development and expenditures. Look at ways to drive down costs for programs and figure out

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Figure 4: Yield analysis is faster and more comprehensive in AWR 2011. AWR, Cont from pg 64 parameterized materials and geometries obtained using techniques such as AWRs unique extraction approach or AWR 2011s new graphical geometry parameterization. Each instance of a swept EM simulation can run in parallel, which greatly reduces simulation time. Tasks such as yield analysis can run Monte Carlo simulations of EM structures in parallel as well. For example, AWR 2011 will perform parallel yield analysis on a power amplifier module using graphical modifiers that automatically simulate the impact on manufacturing of mask registration errors, etching tolerances, die placements, and substrate variations. This lets the designer simultaneously offload EM analysis to compute nodes, set EM to different levels of accuracy and simulation speed, and add what-if scenarios. Simulation State Management (SSM) SSM, another new feature within AWR 2011 (Figure 3), presents a new approach to managing simulation results within the design environment, including both synchronous and asynchronous simulation data. It efficiently manages the large collection of simulation

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crete phase jumps, phase is mathematically stitched together to maintain phase coherency across the sweep. Sweep-to-sweep startingphase variation is removed by normalizing one point in the phase sweep to zero, which allows sweep averaging to be employed as an effective noise-reduction technique. Normalizing one point of the phase sweep does not affect measurements of deviation from linear phase or group delay calculated from the change in phase from point to point. For calibration of test system transmission phase response and delay, SMC+Phase offers three approaches, one of which is new. The first is to use a mixer with known delay that uses a fixed value of delay (the average of mixer delay versus frequency) with delay determined from simulation or measurement. The second choice is use of Figure 3: Advantages of the SMC+Phase technique include a characterized mixer and simplified setup and elimination of an external signal uses actual delay data versource and reference and calibration mixers sus frequency and relies on the same characterization method as VMC, based on reflection measurements. It requires a reciprocal mixer and filter for selecting the desired conversion product. The new third choice is the How It Works use of a comb generator as a The phase-measurement phase standard with a twotechnique employed by step approach in which the SMC+Phase relies on the first step is power and phase phase coherency of the sigcalibration and the second nal sources in the instrurequires only S-parameter ments fractional-N-based calibration (Figure 5). synthesis architecture to In the first step of this new eliminate the reference mixer method, the VNA receivers (Figure 4). This is an advanare calibrated for absolute tage of the PNA and PNA-X power and phase relative over other VNAs that do to the test ports without not have such phase cohertest cables or other sysency over their frequency tem interconnects attached. range for single-receiver Figure 4: The high-modulus, fractional-N synthesizer and The second step is a simple measurements. In the PNA integrated phase accumulator in the PNA and PNA-X S-parameter calibration that and PNA-X, relative phase allows single-receiver phase coherent (un-ratioed) measureremoves the effects of test coherency is maintained ments to be made over frequency (top left) which cannot be cables, adapters, attenuaacross a frequency sweep by achieved with most other VNAs (lower right) tors, and wafer probes. The digitally incrementing the comb generator creates a digital signal processing. phase accumulators embedAt band-crossings where changing repetitive, negative-going impulse in the ded in the fractional-N hardware and by employing synchronous IF detection and synthesizer-divide numbers causes disAgilent, Cont on pg 78 input and output frequencies is still performed. By eliminating the reference and calibration mixers, SMC+Phase simplifies and reduces the cost of the converter measurement system. For example, to test singlestage converters that require an external LO, only three cables are required, one each for input, output, and LO signals. For dual-stage converters, the second LO signal can be supplied by an external signal generator routed from the rear panel to test port three or four of the PNA or PNA-X. For converters with embedded LOs, only input and output cables are needed. Calibration is simple, as three broadband coaxial standards are used to calibrate the entire frequency range of the instrument: a power meter for a magnitude standard, a comb generator for a phase standard, and an S-parameter calibration kit. The latter can be a mechanical-standards-based kit or an electronic Agilent ECal module. The technique makes it possible to test any frequency converter within the frequency range of the instrument.

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Figure 5: The comb generator provides a broadband, phase-calibrated comb of signals that is used to calibrate the phase of the VNAs receivers. The phase calibration method is derived from electro-optical sampling and is traceable to NIST. Agilent, Cont from pg 76 time domain, which provides a broadband phase-calibrated frequency spectrum (i.e., a comb of signals) that is used to calibrate the phase of the VNA receivers. The calibration performed during the first step calibrates the VNA receivers for absolute power using a power sensor and phase using a comb generator. It is typically performed directly at the reference plane of the instruments test ports or with adapters connected to them. This eliminates the effect of test cables, making the calibration more accurate and repeatable. Calibration is typically performed over the full frequency range of the instrument and can be performed infrequently because of the instruments stability. The S-parameter calibration performed in the second step includes the system interconnect hardware that was not

Figure 6: Embedded LOs, a fact of life in satellite transponders, make it impossible to provide coherent frequency synchronization of the VNA and the transponder, which has until now eliminated the VNA as a measurement tool for this application. This problem has been solved with the PNA Series by using sophisticated tuning algorithms to compensate for the frequency offset of the embedded LO. included in the first step and is performed at the end of the test cables, adapters, or wafer probes that connect to the DUT. For coaxial calibrations in which the ECal module connectors match those of the DUT, this calibration can be done as a single step. Tackling Embedded LOs Embedded LOs are common in converters used in satellite transponders because of the spacecrafts size and weight limitations and to eliminate or greatly reduce spurious signals. As a result, it is impossible to access the DUTs LO or its time base and thus also impossible to make the necessary connections to provide coherent frequency synchronization of the VNA and the transponder (Figure 6). This is why VNAs have traditionally not been used for these measurements, which has hindered efforts to reduce the time required for transponder characterization. Agilent has created a way to circumvent this problem that makes it possible to make very accurate VNA-based converter measurements in these situations. There are four basic obstacles that must be surmounted in order to make possible VNA-based measurements of embedded LOs. The first is frequency stability, which is not an issue for most transponders, as their LOs are locked to highly-stable crystal oscillators and have low phase noise. The second issue is establishAgilent, Cont on pg 80

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Agilent, Cont from pg 78 ing frequency coherency because the narrowband VNA receivers must be tuned to frequencies that exactly match the output frequencies of the DUT. The VNAs LO must also be stable enough relative to the DUTs LO to ensure that errors caused by non-ratioed phase are not excessive. The next issue is phase stability that arises because even when the frequencies are the same there will be sweepto-sweep variations in absolute phase response caused by the architecture of the instrument. Fortunately, phase can be normalized at each sweep to an arbitrary phase reference so that averaging can be used just as effectively as with a common time-base. Finally, as the phase noise of the LOs in the VNA and DUT cannot be ratioed out, averaging and smoothing can be used to lower the noise of the group delay measurements. In order to establish the appropriate pseudo-coherent phase relationship between the DUT and the test instrument, the PNA or PNA-X breaks down the measurement of the converters effective LO into coarse and fine measurements. This two-step approach quickly achieves the needed frequency accuracy. Coarse tuning is achieved by first setting the RF stimulus to an appropriate CW frequency within the defined input frequency band, and the instrument calculates the output frequency corresponding to the input frequency and the nominal value of the DUTs LO. The instruments internal receivers are swept around the expected center frequency of the DUTs output. The difference between the peak of the actual signal and the expected signal (based on the nominal value of the DUTs LO) gives a frequency-offset value for adjusting the nominal LO value of the mixing plan. The VNA is then tuned very close to the DUTs actual output frequency. The frequency span of the course receiver sweep can be set by the user up to 10 MHz. The coarse-tune process gets the instrument close to the desired output frequency but not close enough to stop phase slippage between the VNA and the DUT. The necessary frequency accuracy can be obtained by taking a different measurement approach for the fine sweep. Once the coarse offset is applied, the PNA performs a ratioed phase-versustime sweep between the DUT and test

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Figure 4: Aeroflex AWARESBSA modulation domain analysis function results Figure 3: Aeroflex AWARES spectrum and spectrogram display

Figure 5: Aeroflex AWARESBSA modulation domain analysis function results of a single pulse Aeroflex, Cont from pg 14 the presence of these real-world effects can be investigated. Yet another alternative is the combination case, where the signal from an actual radar is recorded, and used as the basis for a signal environment. The total signal environment, as described, can be gener-

Figure 6: Aeroflex AWARESBSA pulse analysis function results of a stimulus/response pulse pair

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Figure 4 WTG, Cont from pg 46 cedure section. We need to find a reasonable value for the noise density, No, in order to calculate the system SNR. The total system noise will be a combination of natural background RF and electronic system noise. The formula to calculate thermal noise power is (Np = kTB), where the noise power Np is equal to (Boltzmanns constant, k) x (temperature in Kelvin) x (bandwidth B). The standard temperature for an external antenna is 62 F, or 290K. The noise power in a 1Hz BW is equal to 4.004e -21 W/Hz. This value normalized to 1mW in a 50 system displayed in a logarithmic scale is

Figure 5: This example Pr calculation is for a Quasimonostatic system, but our monostatic example has the same transmit and receive antenna gain value. the familiar -174 dBm/Hz. In the case of RADAR, the noise density is commonly normalized to Bn, or 1/ (envelope pulse width). This noise density value, No, must be added to the electronic noise of the RADAR test system and includes the receiver Noise Figure and all RF path components in terms of temperature K. The calculation for amplifier noise figure can be found in most microwave text books, but is omitted for this article. The formula below to calculate system SNR uses the values of received power (Pr) and noise density (No) previously calculated.

Factors have been added for processing gain, Gp, and loss, L. Most radars are designed so that Bn 1/ (envelope pulse width). No = Ts= thermal noise + electronic noise density normalized to Bn. Test Procedure Initial testing with simulation software or a prototype will determine the type of DUTs used for testing. Figure 6 is a simplified block diagram of a typical RADAR system including transmitter, receiver, and antenna structures. This example is a full scale system using real aircraft. The monostatic system used for this example is only one of many possible RADAR systems. In a monostatic system, the transmit and receive antennas are co-located (ie. the same antenna is used for both transmit and receive), but either bistatic or quasimonostatic sytems can be tested in a similar manner. Example System Block Diagram The Radar output signal (blue) is transmitted towards WTG, Cont on pg 92

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Figure 6: Example System Block Diagram WTG, Cont from pg 90 the target aircraft, and the return signal (green) is switched

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Figure 7: Aeroflex AWARESBSA pulse analysis function per-pulse measurements Aeroflex, Cont from pg 88 Analysis of a Stimulus/ Response Measurement In an AWARES system, the Broadband Signal Analzyer (BSA) GUI application is used to control the recording hardware as well as analyze live or archived signals. The BSA software is composed of a number of analysis functions (e.g., spectrum, modulation domain, pulse analysis, PSK/QAM demodulation, etc.), and ties together their operation and the display of their results. The input to a stimulus/ response analysis is two timesynchronized signalsthe stimulus and the response. The goal is to be able to view and summarize these two together, so as to better understand how the ECM system responded to the stimulus. There are three levels to this analysis: spectrum, modulation domain, and full pulse analysis. The first two levels are primarily singlechannel (i.e., either the stimulus or the response). The last level, full pulse analysis, shows sideby-side analysis of the stimulus and response signals, including delta measurements between the two signals. The BSA spectrum display (bottom) and spectrogram display (top) of a generic frequency-hopping radar are shown in Figure 3. In the spectrogram, the horizontal axis is frequency, the vertical axis is time, and the signal power at each timefrequency point is encoded in the color of the plotted point. This spectrogram shows the time-versus-frequency behavior of the signal. At the bottom of this figure, the spectrum display, with the max-hold enabled, shows the hop frequencies. These measurements only require knowledge of the frequency band of the signal, and provide a high-level view of the signal, as well as the specific hop frequencies. Now that the frequency content of the signal is known, the next level of analysis uses the modulation domain. The BSA modulation domain analysis function shows detailed time-domain behavior of a signal in a specified band. This band could either be the band containing all of the hop frequencies, or, for very detailed measurements, might be only the band around a single hop frequency. Figure 4 shows the

Figure 8: Aeroflex AWARESstrip chart for log of perpulse measurements instantaneous envelope, frequency, and phase (all versus time) for a pulsed signal containing a linear frequencychirp. The center plot in the figure (instantaneous frequency versus time) shows the frequency-chirp. This modulation domain level in the analysis provides a view of the signal in three domains simultaneously, and can be used to make coarse estimates of the pulse parameters, as well as to see effects like pulse envelope over/undershoot, frequency-to-amplitude leakage, etc. By zooming in on a single pulse, the frequency-chirp is seen to be linear and extends over 3 MHz (see Figure 5). The final and most comprehensive level of analysis uses the BSA pulse analysis function. The use of this analysis function requires some knowledge of the signals pulse characteristics (e.g., pulse width, PRI, etc.). Figure 6 shows plots of the instantaneous envelope, frequency, and phase versus time for the paired stimulus and response pulses. For this example, both the stimulus and response pulses contain a phaseencoded 13-bit Barker code. The top two plots in this Figure show the stimulus and response pulse envelopes versus time, the middle two show plots of their frequency versus time, and the last two, which are the most interesting here, show their phase versus time. The last two plots in this Figure show the phase-encoded Barker code in stimulus and response pulses. This display can be used to view the detailed characteristics of both signals, and their relation in time. Figure 7 shows the per-pulse measurements and delta measurements made for the paired stimulus and response pulses. The sequence of these paired, per-pulse measurements can be logged to a spreadsheet-like file, or plotted on a strip chart as shown in Figure 8. Logging these measurements to a spreadsheet compatible file produces a permanent record of a test, and also provides the raw data for further test summarization and analysis. Figure 8 shows plots of four measurements from the paired pulses on channels 1 and 2 (stimulus and response). Any of the measurements shown in Figure Aeroflex, Cont on pg 96

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PAGE 96 MAY 2012 Aeroflex, Cont from pg 94 7 can be used in a plot like this, but these four are relevant for this example. For this example, the response pulse train contains both velocity-gate and rangegate pull-offs. The first two plots in this Figure show the Doppler frequency offsets for the stimulus and response pulses (frequency hopping has been removed). The first plot shows that the stimulus pulse train has no Doppler offset. The second plot shows the velocity-gate pull-off in the response. The third plot in this figure shows the frequency difference (deltafrequency) between the stimulus and response pulses, and also shows the velocity-gate pulloff. In the last plot, the timedifference between the stimulus and response pulse start times (delta-ToA) is shown. This plot shows the range-gate pull-off. The vertical red lines in these plots indicate times when pulses were missing from either the stimulus or response. These are times at which the ECM system either did not generate a pulse corresponding to a stimulus pulse, or generated an extra pulse not corresponding to a stimulus pulse.

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Figure 6: Example of the military version of the EIA535BAAC tantalum capacitor, ideal for space-level applications of stripes connected to alternating pairs of plates in the multilayer stack. This means that inductive cancellation can take place, and by having a via-inpad (VIP) design, the loop to the ASIC I/O can be minimized. This type of design can result in <200pH ESL for an 0612 4.7uF/6V device. In order to minimize current loop, a new series of land grid array (LGA) components has been developed with extremely tightly controlled termination dimensions. Using a vertical internal electrode system means that the average current loop between ports is extremely small and has the added advantage of minimizing ground plane coupling. These parts can achieve <30pH for a 0.1uF/4v for a small 0306 4.7uF/6v device. Once the optimum component for the electrical application has been defined, the appropriate reliability and mechanical specifications need to be considered. While the commercial versions of these products are RoHS compliant and have matte tin terminations, many missioncritical applications still prefer to have some lead content (typically 3% Pb minimum), so AVX offers tin-lead solder terminations for all of the above devices. Additional testing can also be requested, from COTSplus to space/ flight level, depending on the end application requirements. For power conditioning applications, as switch modes also progress to higher speed switching, the principle of AVX, Cont on pg 106

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Figure 2: Typical Conversion Loss for the MAC-42+ (at IF = 30 MHz)

Figure 3: Typical L-R Isolation for the MAC-42+

Figure 4: Typical Conversion Loss at Temperature for the MAC-42+ Mini-Circuits, Cont from pg 28 whenever long-term exposure to humidity, dust, airborne contaminants, or changing environments are a concern. Add the vibration, mechanical shock, acceleration, or high temperatures associated with busy production lines, high-speed distribution centers, server farms, automotive and aerospace systems, heavy industry, or hostile battlefields, and our ultra-reliable mixers offer even more value. But theres a lot more to MAC mixers than just a rugged case: new technology enables new designs, and improved performance. For starters, the extremely small package size of these mixers (0.3 x 0.25 x 0.06") reduces parasitics and improves the frequency response, for low, Mini-Circuits, Cont on pg 102

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purer capacitance with low ESR & ESL equally applies. In this case, the total reactance of a device directly relates to noise in a filtered line. Stacked ceramic capacitors have long been the component of choice for critical DC-DC input and output applications due to their intrinsic low ESR, but a new version of these has been designed the ST Series (TurboCap), which features stacking in a vertical Figure 7: Tantalum modules feature high packaging rather than horizontal configudensity to deliver high capacitance, high voltage, ration. This has the advantage and ultra-low ESR of reducing coupling between the ground plane of the PCB and the capacitor electrodes, reducing the under 100mOhms. Beyond the MIL ratings, overall effective inductance and ensuring tantalum chips are also available in a new DSCC drawing (DSCC 07016). This drawcleaner power filtering. As we come out from the core, the DC ing is a new standard defining high reliability power that holds up the system also requires versions of the latest low ESR EIA size high bulk capacitance with low ESR to mini- tantalum chip. All the above tantalum chips are charactermize noise and ripple, with the ideal SMT passive technology for maximum volumetric ized by a fully molded body with compliant (wraparound) termination, decoupling them efficiency being the tantalum chip. Tantalum technology enables high CV mechanically from the PCB, so that they are (capacitance x voltage) to be achieved with ideally suited to withstand high shock and high volumetric efficiency (e.g. CV ratings vibration over a wide range of substrate matefrom 330uF/6v to 4.7uF/50V in a 77mm3 rials with differing coefficients of thermal package). Apart from filtering and decoupling expansion (CTE). To match their mechaniapplications, their high CV range also suits cal performance with electrical robustness for mission critical applications, all CWR them to pulse applications. The main advantage with tantalum has series capacitors require full lot assessment been the high CV (capacitance voltage prod- which includes voltage conditioning (defined uct) achieved with low voltage ratings ideal as Weibull reliability grading which is also for digital line power. But there are many bus a requirement for DSCC 07016 ratings). As applications on 28v lines that also benefit tantalum dielectric cannot be subjected to a from 50v tantalum ratings. As many design- high level of overvoltage to accelerate life coners will use a tantalum chip at 50% voltage ditions, the Wiebull system uses a combinaderating (tantalum reliability is a logarithmic tion of voltage and temperature acceleration function of voltage derating), the latest devel- factors while the lot is statistically monitored opment in the conventional tantalum chip has throughout the 42.5hr min. test. This gradbeen the introduction of a 63V rating specifi- ing allows parts to be released to failure rates below (0.1 to 0.001)%/1000hrs at 90% concally for this application. Meanwhile, for professional/ industrial fidence limit. Having optimized the characteristics for applications, a new generation of polymer electrode tantalum chip has been developed. discrete capacitors, for power applications The polymer counter-electrode system pro- its often necessary to use a bank of capacivides lower ESR than conventional tantalum, tors in parallel, or for higher voltage bus lines and the latest releases of 63V, 75V and 100V (e.g. 28V) in applications where the derating rated chip tantalum polymers will enable rules are conservative, a parallel/series conimproved filtering capability for both 28V figuration of capacitors to achieve the needed total application capacitance, ESR target and and 48+V systems. For high reliability, low ESR applications, required voltage derating. A new series of parts that allows this is a new series recently incorporated into MILPRF-55365 is the CWR29 family. These the TCP Series stacked tantalum module. include a very wide range of CV options up These can be configured in standard two, to 50V rated, with Weibull reliability grading four, or six unit stacks with other custom and optional surge current test. The typical configurations available. The advantage of ESR performance of these parts is well within using such stacks is that they can be assemspecification; for example, the 330uF/6v rat- bled with parts having inset ESR limits and, ing noted above will have a maximum limit by matching the ESR in a stack, ensure that of 180 mOhms, but typical performance well AVX, Cont on pg 110

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Figure 6: EM schematics include parameterized cells (pCells) or static shapes that can be manipulated to define an EM parameterized model. AWR, Cont from pg 74 or Bit Error Rate (BER) are available. Circuit Envelope Simulation Circuit envelope simulation (Figure 5) is a major benefit to designers of amplifiers used in wireless systems that use higher-order modulation techniques and Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (OFDM). When it is enabled with both Microwave Office and Visual System Simulator (VSS) software, designers can create amplifiers that deliver high linearity and efficiency over broad bandwidths that, since they are conflicting parameters, would otherwise be extremely difficult to simultaneously achieve. AWRs circuit envelope simulation technology effectively processes modulation data in the time domain and carrier signals in the frequency domain. The result is a time-varying spectrum that lets designers assess modulation information (i.e. amplitude and phase) for every harmonic of the signal, which makes it possible to analyze key performance metrics such as EVM and ACPR with greater accuracy earlier in the design flow. Other Key Features In addition to AWR 2011s designer-centric productivity enhancements, there are many

Figure 7: An electrical-thermal co-simulation design lets MMIC designers MMICs further delve into the intricacies of their circuits. other features that quicken pace at which designers achieve firsttime design success. User-Defined Parameterized Models: User-defined parameterized models with EM schematics, parameterized cells (pCells), or static shapes can be accessed and manipulated to define an EM parameterized model (Figure 6). Shape manipulation capabilities include Booleans, resizes, and other operations that go well beyond simply making a shape bigger or changing an aspect ratio of a polygon. The designer can define the parameterized model and simulate it on demand to create a model that can be interpolated for use in tune-mode or for fast circuitbased optimization. Sub-circuit Parameterization: This capability allows nonlinear circuits in Microwave Office software to share the same hierarchical parameter-passing as blocks within VSS software, revealing how metrics such as resistance value or inductor Q impact the overall system-level design. AWR Connected for Antenna Magus: This tool makes evaluation of multiple antenna design options easier and faster while providing greater insight into the design as well. The expansive database within Antenna Magus streamlines the design process from initial stages (synthesis) to the final customization phase (circuit/EM simulation). AWR Connected for CapeSym SYMMIC: Removing thermal hotspots in GaN, GaAs, and silicon RF power transistors and MMICs is essential to achieve performance, yield, and device longevity. With this tool designers can capture and view the interdependencies between thermal and electrical properties (Figure 7) and address them throughout the design process. RF Aware Short/Open Checker: This tool allows wiring and layout errors to be eliminated earlier in the design flow when it is more cost-effective to do so. VSS Radar Library: Provides detailed behavioral modeling of radar system signal processing as well as 3D antenna patterns derived from synthesis or measurement. The software is integrated with LabVIEW and MATLAB so custom signal processing algorithms can be employed. Summary As commercial and military RF and microwave components and subsystems have become more complex, tools within the AWR Design Environment have risen to the challenge. The enhancements within AWR 2011 further the capabilities of this multidimensional, highlysophisticated design suite while remaining true to AWRs core goal of making RF and microwave design easier, faster, and better attuned to right-the-firsttime design philosophy. To learn more about using AWR 2011 visit www.awr-2011.com/.

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Figure 8: 1.0uF multilayer ceramic chip capacitors for military / space applications AVX, Cont from pg 106 current sharing is better equalized. From the design perspective, this advantage provides a large reduction in real-estate with better system volumetric efficiency on the PCB. For additional safety, there is also a series available (TBW Series, available to DSCC drawing 04053) that includes a Weibull-grade reliability capacitor matched to an internal fastacting (thin film) fuse. This offers the best of both options established reliability performance and failsafe operation, with the minimum of added ESR. It is designed as both a discrete capacitor and in module format (and all with standard dimensions). In the module version, each element is independently fused, so in the event of one element failure, there is still redundancy in the system. For broadband filtering on power lines, MLCCs with resonances in the 1MHz to 100MHz range are often used in parallel with the tantalum chips. The CDR series, available to MIL-PRF-55681, is ideal in this respect, and can also be augmented by DSCC drawing for smaller size, COTSplus 0805 and 0603 packages. AVX has recently expanded MIL-123 ratings to 1.0uF in both chip and leaded series. While current capacitor technologies are able to maximize the performance of high-speed digital applications, the devices themselves are more at risk due to increased EMI and ESD susceptibility, so onboard circuit protection is in turn an area of major focus. While the newer generations of low-voltage/high-speed ASICs are increasingly susceptible, they are also being used in more ESD/EMI hostile environments. From an ESD point of view, the increasing number of handheld secure comms devices, with multiple USB I/Os and increasing data stream sensitivity, will require protection against multiple ESD events throughout their operational lifetimes. As EMI detection devices become more sensitive, they must also have emissions minimized for stealth operations. At the same time, they require protection from any local EMI generator they may encounter in the field. For ESD protection, the Transguard Series is a multilayer varistor (MLV) which has become the mainstay of the electronics industry, due to its small size, standard chip outline (0402 1210 size) and robust characteristics (-65C to +150C operation). The benefits of this technology are that due to its unique material characteristics, it will clamp ESD spikes faster than a silicon transient voltage suppressor (TVS) type, as well as survive thousands of events with zero degradation. These events are based on 8kV contact, or 14kV air human body model discharges. Because the parts are supplied in standard SMT chip format, it means that arrays can also be provided typical solutions can have 2 to 4 channels in 0508 or 0612 size for protecting multiple data lines with a single placement. Another benefit of the construction is that capacitance can be controlled; in some applications,

Figure 9: Multilayer varistor (MLV) clamps ESD spikes faster than a silicon transient voltage suppressor

Figure 10: Comparative S21 characterisics for Transguard and Transfeed configured MLVs the capacitance can be maximized (10pF 100pF range) so the parts act as ESD protection with a small built-in EMI capacitor. In other applications (data port or antenna protection), capacitance can be minimized. Typically, USB ports any antennae will benefit from low capacitance (3pF 10pF range), but new applications for HDMI data protection require sub pF capacitance even lower than the typical parasitic capacitance of a silicon TVS device. The latest series of sub pF (SPV) varistors is now available for harshenvironment applications. For EMI control, AVX manufactures feedthru capacitors, also in standard SMT chip sizes, that maxmize the intrinsic inductance from the geometry of the internal feedthru channel and capacitor plates (standard Class I or Class II materials) to provide an LC filter with precise inductance value and essentially no insertion loss in the circuit. Again, these are readily available as feedthru arrays to provide multi-line filtering. One application that benefits is filtering RGB signal lines for LCD screen or CCD camera applications (especially if connected with flex cables which can have high EMI cross-sections). With S21 of -20dB over the 500MHz to 2GHz range, the 0612 4-channel feedthru array is an ideal solution for onboard filtering at the individual device level. For combined ESR/EMI there is another alternative a standard chip with feed-thru geometry, but manufactured from Transguard (MLV) materials. This is the Transfeed series, has the fastest turn-on time of any ESD protection device sub picosecond and can achieve rejection to -60dB. This is an ideal device for filtering and protecting low noise amplifier circuits, where signal differentiation in the uV to mV range needs to be maintained.

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Figure 2: The 10.7- by 8.9-inch dB-4410 TWTA (300 W CW from 7.5 to 18 GHZ) has the interfaces and standard features that make it well suited for applications such as EW threat simulators, airborne data links and ECM transmitters. dB Control, Cont from pg 104 sures 10.7 inches long by 8.9 inches wide by 18.3 inches deep and weighs 70 pounds. Small MPMs Well Suited for Airborne Apps There have been continuous advancements in MPMs since these devices were first introduced, thanks to development of the mini-TWT. dB Control has been at the forefront of MPM technology since the beginning, and in fact helped develop the earliest working specimens. The companys new dB-3814 MPM (Figure 3) for pulsed (i.e., radar) applications is about the size of a hardcover novel (12 inches by 10 inches by 3 inches). It weighs only 14 pounds, and operates from 28 VDC, yet delivers 1 kW of peak power (7 percent duty cycle, 40 kHz pulse repetition frequency, and 0.2 to 50 microsecond pulse width) from 15 to 18 GHz. The MPMs phase and amplitude stability and other features make it well suited for airborne synthetic aperture radars (SARs) and multi-mode radars. as well as EW threat simulators and ECM transmitters on either manned or unmanned airborne platforms. It has gain of 60 dB, uses a GaAs MMIC amplifier to drive the TWT, and provides harmonic suppression of -12 dBc, spurious rejection of -60 dBc, and phase noise of 110

Figure 3: For pulsed-signal applications such as radar systems, the dB-3814 MPM provides 1 kW of peak power from 15 to 18 GHz, high amplitude and phase stability, low phase noise and high spurious and harmonic rejection. The module operates from 23 VDC, measures only 12- by 10- by 3 inches and weighs just 14 pounds. dBc/Hz at a 1 kHz carrier offset. The dB-3814 has the same protection circuits as its TWTA counterparts, as well as circuits for excessive pulse repetition frequency, pulse width and duty cycle. Control is provided by RS-422, and a variety of options are available to configure the MPM for specific applications. Detailed specifications for all three products are shown in Table 1. These two new TWTAs and the MPM join dB Controls other amplifiers for defense applications that cover 500 MHz to 40 GHz with RF output power from 10 W to 1 kW CW and up to 20 kW pulse. As power supplies and power control subsystems are essential to ensure the performance and longevity of TWTs, dB Control has invested considerable resources to advance the performance of these devices. The result is a family of amplifiers that deliver reliable long-term performance and compact packaging. Information about the dB-4409, dB-4410, and dB-3814 is available at www.dBControl.com, by calling (510) 656-2325, or by sending an e-mail to marketing@dBControl.com.

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or those not familiar with TWTs, TWTAs, and MPMs, heres a refresher. A TWT is a high-gain, low-noise amplifier that uses a slow-wave structure (either a helix or coupled-cavity circuit) to create an interaction between a high-energy electron beam and an RF wave in a vacuum envelope. A heated cathode generates electrons in an electron gun assembly and launches them into the interaction region. An electrode turns the beam on and off by switching the bias of the control electrode to either positive or negative with respect to the cathode. The modulator in the transmitter switches the bias voltages that produce a transition from conduction to cut-off states. The electron beam is focused by magnets that are placed along the axis of the TWT and is accelerated by a high potential between the cathode and the anode (collector). The result is that the RF wave propagates from the input to the output of the device through the slow-wave structure, with the electron beam transferring energy to the RF wave as it travels along the tubes axis. This, in turn, results in an impressive level of RF amplification at the TWTs output. The mini-TWT was developed with the help of government funding. This shorter, lighter, lower-power version of the standard TWT is about 7 inches long. While it does not deliver

the same high RF output power as a conventional TWT, it also does not require as high an input voltage. For example, an 8-kW, X-band helix TWT typically employs an input voltage of about 14 kV, and a 100-kW coupled-cavity TWT requires about 45 kV. In comparison, a mini-TWT requires only 3.7 to 7 kV. The mini-TWT made possible the development of the Microwave Power Module (MPM). An MPM combines a solid state RF power amplifier to drive a mini-TWT, and the two amplifiers are integrated with a power supply and control circuits in a very compact enclosure. The first iteration of the MPM delivered a stunning 5:1 reduction in size and weight, 100:1 reduction in noise, and 50 percent improvement in efficiency over traditional approaches. Exploiting the integral advantages of solid-state and TWT technologies, microwave power modules breathe new life into this well-entrenched technology. allowing both TWTAs and MPMs remain key components used on platforms such as UAVs. There are, according to various estimates, between 300,000 and 400,000 vacuum electron devices in service in U.S. defense systems throughout the world, and many have been in operation for decades. Reliability is also demonstrated by the fact that there are comparatively few solid state power amplifiers in the transponders of satellite communications systems, where failure would be financially catastrophic.

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