LTCC Filters Enhance Differential Circuit Designs

Today’s RF transceiver designs are using differential circuits for more of the signal chain before the ADC and after the DAC. See how Mini-Circuits’ LTCC dual/differential filters and integrated balun-filters provide an ideal solution for anti-aliasing while simplifying implementation and saving board space.

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High-Dynamic-Range MMIC Amplifier Supports CATV Upstream and Downstream Applications

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Modulators: Introduction & Measurement Schemes

Modulators: Introduction & Measurement Schemes

Mini-Circuits offers QPSK (quadrature phase-shift keying) and I&Q modulators from 10% bandwidth to as much as 5:1 octave span. So there's no longer any need to gather double-balanced mixers and 0° and 90° hybrids to assemble "in-house" QPSK or l&Q modulators.
Frequently Asked Questions About QPSK Modulators & I&Q Modulators and Demodulators

Frequently Asked Questions About QPSK Modulators & I&Q Modulators and Demodulators

read through frequently asked questions about QPSK and I&Q Modulators and Demodulators informing on general use and specific applications.
Advantages of Cascading Reflectionless Filters

Advantages of Cascading Reflectionless Filters

Cascading filters in series is commonly used to enhance stop-band rejection and steepness in the transition band. This can introduce problems in the pass-band such as ripple and phase instability, which distort the desired signal and degrade system performance.
Measurement Methods

Measurement Methods

The treatment given here is introductory, and will assist the reader who wishes to consult the standard texts for further detail on measurement techniques. For measurements on mixers and frequency doublers, please refer to the application notes on these subjects.
Coupler Theoretical Main-Line Loss Calculation (AN-30-004)

Coupler Theoretical Main-Line Loss Calculation (AN-30-004)

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Pairing Mixers with Reflectionless Filters to Improve System Performance

Pairing Mixers with Reflectionless Filters to Improve System Performance

Traditional filter designs employ circuits which reject undesired signals by reflecting them back to the source. There are many applications in which these reflections produce intermodulation products, gain ripples and other problems in system performance.
Handling of Mini-Circuits Open Case Models

Handling of Mini-Circuits Open Case Models

Open case models require certain additional handling precautions. Following these precautions will ensure handling does not have a negative impact on the performance of the devices.
Electronic Attenuators

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