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eVNA-63+ Vector Network Analyzer: Overview

Mini-Circuits’ eVNA-63+ is a high performance, software-controlled 2-port vector network analyzer (VNA) operating from 300 kHz to 6 GHz. By moving the complex data processing and calculation required of vector network measurements out of the instrument and into an advanced software package, Mini-Circuits is able to offer a fully-featured but cost effective VNA for every…

Every Block Covered: Cascaded P1dB and IP3 in a 26 GHz 5G Front-End

The computations required to determine cascaded P1dB and IP3 when incorporating multiple nonlinear devices into the cascade become significantly more complicated but shed more light on the behavior of linearity parameters at the system level. This article provides a deeper understanding of the equations behind system linearity parameters including step-by-step calculations for cascaded IP1dB, OP1dB,…

Everything You Need to Know about Product Marking Methods

Device marking and identification is key to many aspects of customer use from quality assurance to assembly processes. Learn about the different product marking methods used for Mini-Circuits products, comparative advantages and disadvantages, and their impact on product change notifications.

MMIC Technologies: Integrated Passive Devices (IPD)

In this installation of our series on MMIC technologies, we explore the ins and outs of Integrated Passive Devices (IPDs). Learn the fundamentals of MMIC passives, some key differences with active MMICs, how they’re fabricated, and the many benefits they offer system designers.

Every Block Covered: Noise and Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR) in a Simple Microwave Front-End

We’re pleased to introduce a new series on our blog following a theme of every block covered. Each article will investigate different considerations for designers utilizing multiple Mini-Circuits parts in common architectures in RF transceiver chains. The inaugural post explores the basic calculations to determine system noise and signal to noise ratio in a simple…

Peak and Average Power Sensors

We’ve expanded our selection of peak and average power sensors again to give you more options for your test bench. Our new 8 GHz model offers the same capability for peak, average, crest factor and duty cycle measurements of CW, modulated and pulsed waveforms as the recently-released 40 GHz model, but with extended dynamic range…