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Linearity – Cascaded P1dB and IP3 for a Simple Microwave Front-End
This installment of our Every Block Covered series reviews basic cascade analysis for linearity parameters P1dB and IP3 (input and output) in a simple microwave front end chain. Step-by-step calculations will be shown using Mini-Circuits components for illustration.
Mini-Circuits is expanding our lineup of frequency mixers to give you more options and more capabilities for frequency conversion in the mmWave range. Our latest release, ZMDB-653-E+ covers an LO/RF frequency range from 20 to 65 GHz
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 RF front end, as well as cascade analysis for noise figure and gain.
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 and a lower price point for applications through C-Band.
Using LTCC Thru-Lines as Filter Placeholders
Mini-Circuits TPCN-series of LTCC thru-lines are can be used as placeholders for drop-in compatible filters that may be added to the signal chain late in the design process. Learn how savvy designers utilize these handy building blocks in a variety of systems for added flexibility in the filter evaluation process.
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LTCC Filter Innovations
Mini-Circuits TPCN-series of LTCC thru-lines can be used as placeholders for drop-in compatible filters that may be added to the
Applying Proper Torque to Microwave Connectors
Failure to follow the proper torque specifications for a given connector type can damage expensive equipment and degrade measurement integrity. Review our recommended torque for tightening connectors on Mini-Circuits products and explore our lineup of calibrated break-over torque wrenches for your toolkit.
Success Story: LTCC Balun-Filters in 5G m-MIMO Base Station Designs
Mini-Circuits' LTCC balun-filters have proven valuable in saving space and simplifying board layouts in a variety of customer designs. See how one customer replaced discrete filters and baluns with a single Mini-Circuits device in this success story.
A Short Primer on RF / Microwave Power Sensors
Our latest power sensor models are capable of peak and average measurement up to 40 GHz adding more functionality and more value to our lineup. This short primer reviews the different types of RF power sensors, how they work and how to choose the best device for your application.
Understanding Ceramic Coaxial Resonator Filters
Ceramic resonator filters boast impressive Q-factor and relative permittivity, allowing a unique combination of low passband insertion loss with minimal ripple, very steep roll-off and deep rejection floor on the order of 80 to 100 dB, all in a small, surface-mountable device. They're ideal solutions for many sensitive applications in crowded spectral environments where size is a critical requirement. Read on to learn more about the characteristics and advantages of these useful filters as well as Mini-Circuits' industry-leading design and manufacturing capabilities.