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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A 10 MHz to 6 GHz Power Meter

A 10 MHz to 6 GHz Power Meter

With tiny surface mount components diverting attention from the circuit, glancing at a meter on another device may result with the measuring probe slipping away with disastrous effects. There needs to be a handheld device with local readout. This is particularly important in today's crammed circuits where it is difficult to look away from the point of measurement, lest the probe start to slip.
Optimizing VCO PLL Evaluations & PLL Synthesizer Designs

Optimizing VCO PLL Evaluations & PLL Synthesizer Designs

Today's mobile communications systems demand higher communication quality, higher data rates, higher frequency operation, and more channels per unit bandwidth. Typical synthesized oscillators combine a voltage controlled oscillator (VCO) with a phase-locked loop IC (PLL), frequency reference (e.g. crystal / TCXO) and a loop filter.
LTCC Mixer or Instrumentation & Military Applications

LTCC Mixer or Instrumentation & Military Applications

This high-performance mixer leverages LTCC, semiconductor technology, and patented circuit techniques to achieve high frequency low loss up-conversion for instrumentation and military applications.
WiMAX Mixer Provides High IP3

WiMAX Mixer Provides High IP3

This high-performance mixer leverages LTCC, semiconductor technology, and patented circuit techniques to achieve low-loss upconversion for WiMAX systems.
Low Cost, Triple Balanced, LTCC Mixer

Low Cost, Triple Balanced, LTCC Mixer

Double balanced mixers are used widely in frequency translation applications. Some of the advantages of the double balanced mixer are good L-R and L-I isolation and moderate R-I isolation.
Using the RSW-2-25PA+ Switch

Using the RSW-2-25PA+ Switch

Model RSW-2-25PA+ is a single-pole 2-throw (SPDT) RF switch. The switched (output) ports are reflective with high impedance in the OFF state.
Understanding VCO Concepts

Understanding VCO Concepts

This article presents all you need to know about voltage controlled oscillators including fundamentals and design examples.
Mixers: Measuring Performance

Mixers: Measuring Performance

Mini-Circuits policy for product measurement and preparation of specifications is straightforward: present the facts so the design engineer can evaluate product data for his or her circuit and system requirements and arrive at a proper design decision. For mixers, which involve control of three signals at different frequencies, particular care is necessary.
An Introduction to Phase Detectors

An Introduction to Phase Detectors

Mini-Circuits high efficiency phase detectors are the only units in the world offering a figure-of-merit greater than 125.
Semiconductor Die Ordering and Packaging Information

Semiconductor Die Ordering and Packaging Information

This article includes packaging information on a number of semiconductor die packaging options that we offer at Mini-Circuits.
An Introduction to Fixed Attenuators/Terminations

An Introduction to Fixed Attenuators/Terminations

Fixed attenuators are found in a wide variety of electronic equipment for extending the dynamic range of measuring equipment, for preventing signal overload in transmitters and receivers.
ESD Sensitivity Testing of Mini-Circuits ERA-5XSM

ESD Sensitivity Testing of Mini-Circuits ERA-5XSM

To determine the electrostatic discharge sensitivity of Mini-Circuits amplifier ERA-5XSM in accordance with human body model (HBM) and machine model (MM) ESD sensitivity standards. The failure criterion is: 1 dB change in gain and/or 10% change in device voltage.