The Basics of Specifying RF and Microwave Connectors

In all manufacturing, the accurate specifi-cation of each compo-nent is the best assur-ance that the finished product will work as designed. Nowhere is this more true than RF and microwave connectors. Connectors are often the “weakest link” in a system, subject to repeated attachment and disconnection, exposed to the surrounding environment, and a place of discontinuity in an otherwise uniform coaxial cable. This arti-cle offers notes on the fundamental specifica-tions that all engineers should understand to get the right connector for a project.