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Choosing an LNA for your Receiver Front End

Choosing an LNA for your Receiver Front End

Gain an understanding of why the low noise amplifier (LNA) is so important to the performance of your receiver chain, review the common tradeoffs designers make in choosing the right LNA for a given system, and explore some of Mini-Circuits' popular LNA designs.
A Quick Guide to RF & Microwave Filter Topologies

A Quick Guide to RF & Microwave Filter Topologies

A brief guide on the basic performance characteristics of the common topologies used to design RF filters, as well as the general application requirements each topology can (and can’t) support.
Just In Time for the Holidays

Just In Time for the Holidays

Mini-Circuits' Test Solutions team is in the business of performing miracles for customers, but this success story from holiday seasons past really demonstrates the speed, flexibility and quality that's earned the trust of some of the telecom industry's biggest names.
Understanding Heterojunction Bipolar Transistors (HBTs)

Understanding Heterojunction Bipolar Transistors (HBTs)

Radha Setty, Technical Advisor, Mini-Circuits Introduction Prior to the invention of the transistor, telephone exchanges were built using bulky vacuum tubes and mechanical relays. Bell Labs engineers were tasked with developing the ...
Wideband Connectorized Amplifiers Support Over-The-Air (OTA) Transmitter & Receiver Testing for 5G FR2 Bands

Wideband Connectorized Amplifiers Support Over-The-Air (OTA) Transmitter & Receiver Testing for 5G FR2 Bands

Over-the-air (OTA) testing allows engineers to simulate real-world device performance under different conditions in the lab environment. See how Mini-Circuits high-frequency amplifiers support OTA test setups for transmit and receive paths in mmWave applications.
Novel MMIC Splitter/Combiner Designs Achieve High Isolation Down to DC

Novel MMIC Splitter/Combiner Designs Achieve High Isolation Down to DC

Designers typically face a tradeoff in selecting splitter/combiners between the low frequency coverage, bandwidth and low unbalance of resistive designs, and the better insertion loss and isolation of Wilkinson designs at higher frequencies. Learn about how Mini-Circuits' novel, patent-pending, resistive / reactive MMIC splitter/combiners achieve the best of both worlds.
Distributed RF Amplifier Designs for Ultra-Wideband Applications

Distributed RF Amplifier Designs for Ultra-Wideband Applications

Distributed amplifier architectures can achieve multi-decade frequency range with outstanding all-around performance for wideband applications like fiberoptic networks and EW systems. Explore the differences between traditional, reactively-matched and distributed amplifier designs, and see some examples of Mini-Circuits' distributed MMIC amplifier designs up to 50 GHz.
MMIC Amplifiers with Shutdown and Bypass Features De-Mystified

MMIC Amplifiers with Shutdown and Bypass Features De-Mystified

RF amplifiers with integrated shutdown and bypass functionality are useful building blocks for a wide range of RF/microwave systems. These functions often lead to questions about the differences between the two functions, which models have which, and the benefits of each. Read on and learn everything you need to know.
MMIC Technologies: Pseudomorphic High Electron Mobility Transistor (pHEMT)

MMIC Technologies: Pseudomorphic High Electron Mobility Transistor (pHEMT)

Learn the fundamentals of Pseudomorphic High-Electron-Mobility Transistor (pHEMT) technology, one of the key semiconductor processes Mini-CIrcuits uses to design and fabricate our MMIC amplifiers.
Positive Gain Slope Amplifiers Compensate for Gain Roll-Off in Wideband Systems

Positive Gain Slope Amplifiers Compensate for Gain Roll-Off in Wideband Systems

Meeting gain flatness requirements is a common challenge in a variety of systems from wideband receivers to long cable runs. See how Mini-Circuits' wideband positive-gain-slope MMIC amplifiers compensate for frequency-dependent gain roll-off without sacrificing overall gain or RF link budget.
Mesh Network Simulators for Wireless Device Testing

Mesh Network Simulators for Wireless Device Testing

Mesh networks are used in a growing number of wireless architectures from military communications to smart home and more. Learn how mesh networks function, explore real-world examples, and see how Mini-Circuits' mesh network simulators allow designers to emulate real-world mesh conditions in the lab environment.
LTCC Meets 5G: Advanced Filter Designs Achieve True mmWave Performance

LTCC Meets 5G: Advanced Filter Designs Achieve True mmWave Performance

Take an in-depth look at Mini-Circuits' new mmWave LTCC filters and their advantages for a variety of systems including phased array radar, backhaul and 5G small cell architectures.