The European Microwave Week 2022 (EuMW 2022) was held at the Milano Convention Center, Milan, Italy, from 25-30 September 2022. This six-day event included three cutting-edge conferences, three forums, and one exciting trade and technology exhibition that featured the leading players from across the globe. EuMW 2022 encompassed a wide range of subject areas including microwave, millimeter wave, and sub-millimeter wave systems, antennas, wave propagation, wireless technologies, ICs, semiconductor materials, and its packaging, sensors, and test and measurement. The event also featured courses and seminars that were specifically tailored for industrialists, academics, and researchers and a leading international trade show.
In this article, we have compiled a list of interesting RF & Microwave Products that were showcased at the European Microwave Week 2022. For more information on the European Microwave Week 2022, visit the EuMW 2022 page on everything RF.
700 W GaN HEMT from 0.9 to 1.4 GHz for Avionics Application
The CLL3H0914L-700 from Ampleon is a GaN RF Power Transistor that operates from 0.9 to 1.4 GHz. It delivers an output power of 700 W with a power gain of 17 dB and has a drain efficiency of more than 58%. The transistor is based on GaN-SiC HEMT technology and offers excellent efficiency, thermal resistance, and ruggedness suitable for short and long-pulse applications. It requires a DC supply of 50 V. This transistor is available in a pre-matched ceramic flange package that measures 1.335 x 0.785 x 0.067 inches and is suitable for use in avionics applications. Read more.
Transportable Antenna Test Chamber for 77/79 GHz Automotive Radars
The R&S®ATS1500C from Rohde & Schwarz is a Compact Antenna Test Chamber for the development, validation, and calibration of automotive radars. It supports in-band OTA measurements of 77/79 GHz radar sensors with apertures up to 30 cm. The chamber consists of a gold-plated parabolic reflector and a two-axis high-accuracy positioner for 3D movements of the DUT. It has been carefully designed to eliminate ghost targets within the chamber during target simulation tests. This test chamber has a 1.3 m2 footprint and employs best-in-class pyramidal absorbers to provide shielding effectiveness of more than 90 dB. It allows measurements in far-field conditions even for premium MIMO sensors. Read more.
Benchtop Vector Network Analyzer from 900 Hz to 67 GHz
The N5247B from Keysight Technologies is a Benchtop Vector Network Analyzer with 2 or 4 ports. It operates from 900 Hz/10 MHz to 67 GHz with a frequency resolution of 1 Hz. This VNA can simplify test stations by replacing racks and stacks of equipment. It can be used to carry out linear and nonlinear device characterization using advanced error correction. The VNA is available as a rack-mount/Benchtop unit with 1.85 mm connectors. Read more.
1/2/4-Channel Vector Signal Generators from 9 kHz to 54 GHz
The M9484C Series from Keysight Technologies are 1/2/4-Channel VXG Vector Signal Generators that operates from 9 kHz to 54 GHz. They offer 2.5 GHz of modulation bandwidth per channel and have low phase noise with minimal measurement uncertainty. These generators can be used for multi-antenna test applications such as MIMO and beamforming with precise phase coherence and timing synchronization. They can generate complex wideband signals needed for carrier aggregation and digital pre-distortion (DPD) applications. These signal generators streamline complex receiver test scenarios with 8-virtual-signal emulation per RF channel, up to 32 signals in one instrument. They also include pre-defined compliance test setups, auto-configuring signal analysis, and a graphic user interface to simply test workflow. Read more.
2-Port Vector Network Analyzer from 70 kHz to 220 GHz
The ME7838G from Anritsu is a 2-Port Vector Network Analyzer System that operates from 70 kHz to 220 GHz in a single sweep. The VNA provides high performance in a compact mm-Wave module utilizing Anritsu’s Nonlinear Transmission Line (NLTL) technology. It has an innovative design that allows the 220 GHz probe to connect directly to the mm-Wave module for accurate, stable on-wafer measurements, thereby avoiding the limits of coaxial connectors at sub-terahertz frequencies. Read more.
100 MHz, SC Mini-USO Space Qualified Crystal Oscillator
The 501-27990 from Quantic Wenzel (Wenzel Associates, Inc.) is a OCXO with Frequency 100 MHz, Supply Voltage 15 V, Output Power 12 dBm, Phase Noise -142 to -116 dBc/Hz, Phase Noise 1 kHz -141 dBc/Hz. Read more.
Very Low Loss FR-4 Process Compatible Laminate for mm-Wave Frequencies
The Astra MT77 laminate materials from Isola have been designed for commercial RF/microwave printed circuit designs. They feature a dielectric constant (Dk) that is stable between -40°C and +140°C at up to W-band frequencies. Test data in the datasheet has been provided up to 20 GHz. Astra MT77 offers an ultra-low dissipation factor (Df) of 0.0017, making it a cost-effective alternative to PTFE and other commercial microwave laminate materials.
The laminates can be used for a wide range of applications including long antennas and radar applications for automobiles, such as adaptive cruise control, pre-crash, blind spot detection, lane departure warning and stop and go systems. Read more.
Space-Grade 12-Bit Dual-Channel DAC with 25 GHz Output Bandwidth
The EV12DD700 from Teledyne e2v Semiconductors is a 12-Bit Dual-Channel Digital to Analog Converter (DAC) with an output bandwidth of 25 GHz. It has a conversion rate of up to 12 GSps and embeds digital features like interpolation, Digital Up Conversion (DUC), and Direct Digital Synthesis (DDS) to reduce the input data rate. This Ka-Band DAC has programmable output modes – Non-Return to Zero (NRZ), Radio Frequency (RF), Twice RF (2RF), and a programmable SINC compensation function. It has an adjustable gain and supports multi-device synchronization. The DAC also includes a digital up-converter (with four interpolation stages, plus sinc compensation).
The EV12DD700 requires a DC supply from 1.175-3.3 V and consumes less than 8.9 W of power. It is available in a rad-tolerant (qualification pending) Hi-TCE package that measures 20 x 20 mm and is ideal for use in radars & jammers, instrumentation, terrestrial & space telecommunications, beamforming, software-defined radio, and direct conversion applications up to Ka-band. Read more.
LXI-Certified Automated Impedance Tuner from DC to 65 GHz
The NT-18G-50G-1C-C from Maury Microwave is an Automated Impedance Tuner optimized for load-pull measurements from DC to 65 GHz. It supports 5G FR2 frequencies and provides a typical matching range with a VSWR up to 40:1 @ 28, 39 GHz. The tuner can handle up to 10 W of CW input power and has an insertion loss of 0.5 dB. It has a direct probe connection that allows operation with no vibration and reduces the phase skew resulting in low signal distortion and more accurate vector measurements when using wideband modulated signals. The tuner can also be mounted directly to the probe tip for on-wafer measurements, thereby ensuring the highest tuning range (VSWR, lowest impedance) at the DUT reference plane. Read more.
50 GHz mmWave Coaxial Cable Assemblies for VNA Connections
The 8 Series from Junkosha are mmWave Coaxial Cable Assemblies that operate up to 50 GHz. These VNA test assemblies exhibit phase stability of ± 4.5° and amplitude stability of ± 0.08 dB at 50 GHz in flexure alongside strong phase stability with temperature variations. They have an insertion loss of less than 6.2 dB and a VSWR of 1.43:1. These metrology-grade cable assemblies have a shielding effectiveness of more than 90 dB and a nominal propagation velocity of 79%. They can be bent 180° and have a 2.25-inch radius mandrel with no spring back. These cable assemblies also deliver impressive performance durability, surpassing 50,000 tick-tock cycles during testing. They are available with a ruggedized port-side NMD connectors to ensure reliable connections to a VNA. These cable assemblies are ideal for VNA, calibration, and accuracy measurement applications. Read more.
GaN Tx/Rx MMIC from 26 to 34 GHz for Radar and Space Applications
The CGY2750UH/C1 from OMMIC is a GaN Tx/Rx MMIC that operates from 26 to 34 GHz. The device consists of a high-performance power amplifier, low noise amplifier, and Tx/Rx switch. It delivers an output power of 35 dBm with a PAE of over 15% and on the Rx side it provides a gain of 20 dB with a noise figure of 3 dB. This Ka-band Tx/Rx MMIC is available as a die that measures 3.65 x 3 mm and is ideal for radar, telecommunication, and space applications. Read more.
Ultra-Low Phase Noise OCXO from 80 to 120 MHz
The AXIOM238 from AXTAL is a OCXO with Frequency 80 to 120 MHz, Supply Voltage 11.4 to 12.6 V, Current 100 mA (Steady), 300 mA (Warm Up), Standby Current 100 mA, Output Power 7 to 13 dBm. Read more.
6-18 GHz 40 dBm GaN Power Amplifier
The CGY2631UH from OMMIC is a high-performance GaN/Si Power Amplifier MMIC designed to operate in the Ku-Band. The die is manufactured using OMMIC’s high performance 100 nm gate length GaN on Si HEMT power technology (D01GH). This technology is being evaluated for space applications. The MMIC uses gold bonding pads and backside metallization and is fully protected with Silicon Nitride passivation to obtain the highest level of reliability. The device is a must have for your defense project. Dedicated to radar and military applications, it can also be used for telecommunication. Moreover, this technology is being evaluated for space applications. Read more.
1.0mm (W) Female Connectors up to 110 GHz
The 24359-001J from Southwest Microwave are 1.0 mm (W) female connectors that operate mode-free up to 110 GHz. They are available as field-replaceable two-hole flange (.390 L) mount connectors. These connectors have a low VSWR of 1.25:1, a low insertion loss of under 0.6 dB, and low RF leakage of less than -100 dB. They operate over a temperature range of -55 to 165-degree Celcius. Read more.
3.5 mm Female to Female Precision Adapter from DC to 33 GHz
The BN 535119 from Spinner Group is a In Series RF Adapter with Frequency DC to 33 GHz, Connector Inner Diameter 21.85 mm, Connector Length 28 mm, Return Loss 18 to 28 Degree C, Temperature -40 to 70 Degree C. The SPINNER RUG-3.5 mm female to 3.5 mm female DC-33 GHz precision adaptor is characterized by its excellent low IM values and its longevity for test and measurement laboratories. A SPINNER precision adapter increases the lifetime of the connector of the analyzer considerably and thus saves money in the long term. A RUG-3.5 mm female to 3.5 mm female DC-33 GHz precision adapter enables you to reliably transmit radio-frequency signals in the frequency range from DC to 33 GHz. Read more.
E-band Transceiver Module from 71 to 86 GHz
The Morpheus II from Filtronic is an E-band RF Transceiver that provides a turn-key solution for carrier-grade mobile XHaul applications. This transceiver has integrated Tx/Rx modules that operate from 71-76 / 81-86 GHz and features a diplexer that can be interfaced with an antenna. It contains all transmit and receive functions necessary for the RF section of an E-band link and provides a simple connection to a high data rate full-duplex modem. This transceiver provides a saturated output power of 27 dBm and has a low phase noise of -112 dBc/Hz at 1 MHz. It can support a data rate of up to 10 Gbps and spectrally efficient 256QAM modulation. This transceiver requires a DC supply of 5V and consumes up to 3000 mA of current.
This millimeter-wave transceiver supports ECC/ITU channel arrangements and a low-phase noise VCO can be connected to it via an SPI interface. It is available in a module with standard WR12 waveguide interfaces at the input and output. Read more.
400 W, GaN on SiC HEMT from DC to 2.9 GHz
The GD400 from Gallium Semiconductor is a RF Transistor with Frequency DC to 2.9 GHz, Saturated Power 400 W, Gain 17.8 dB, Supply Voltage 50 V, Breakdown Voltage - Drain-Source 150 V. Read more.
E-Band Low Noise Amplifier Die from 71 to 86 GHz
The ARF1206 from Altum RF is a Low Noise Amplifier that operates in the E-band from 71 to 86 GHz. It provides a gain of 22.8 dB with a noise figure of 3.2 dB and has a P1dB of 14 dBm. This LNA is pre-matched to 50 ? and has in-built ESD protection to simplify handling and assembly. It requires a DC supply of 3.5 V and consumes 55 mA of current. The amplifier is available as a bare die and is suitable for use in telecommunication, automotive, ISM, and test & measurement applications. Read more.
4 W RF Power Amplifier from 3.3 to 3.6 GHz
The ARQSP3336-4 from iCANA is an RF Power Amplifier that operates from 3.3 to 3.6 GHz. It delivers a saturated output power of up to 35.4 dBm (~3.46 W) with a power gain of more than 35 dB and a PAE of 25%. The amplifier requires a DC supply of 5 V and is available in a Surface Mount LGA 16-pin package that measures 5 x 5 x 1.1 mm. It is ideal for 3GPP 4G 5G bands, FDD & TDD systems, repeater/DAS, wireless communication infrastructure and general-purpose wireless applications. Read more.
8-Port Vector Network Analyzer from 300 kHz to 9 GHz
The SN5090-8 from Copper Mountain Technologies is an 8-Port Vector Network Analyzer that operates from 300 kHz to 9 GHz. This VNA is an organic extension of the Compact VNA solutions offered by CMT. It enables the full complexity of VNA measurements, a streamlined calibration process, and reduced test times. The SN5090-8 is a versatile solution that provides dependable and accurate testing of various DUTs which include multiport antennas, integrated circuits, switches, interconnects, cable assemblies, diplexers, etc. It is suitable for use in applications such as telecommunications, automotive, satellite, aerospace, defense, and many other industries that require multiple input/output components. Read more.
dB-9001 Instantaneous Frequency Measurement Unit
The dB-9001 from db Control is a custom-mounted Instantaneous Frequency Measurement (IFM) unit operating in the C, X and Ku-band frequency range providing highly accurate measurements at 100 nanoseconds (ns) to CW pulse width measurements. The IFM units measure frequency, as well as power level and pulse duration. The IFM units are packaged in a custom configuration with integral forced-air and conduction cooling. Read more.
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