USB controlled microwave and millimeter wave components

31 March 2015

Pasternack releases a new line of USB controlled microwave and millimeter wave components which includes amplifiers, attenuators and PIN diode switches.

The new components from Pasternack are controlled and powered by a convenient USB 2.0 port with driverless installation, meaning no external power supply is required. The attenuators and PIN diode switches require an easy-to-use downloadable software program which interfaces with any Windows computer. The company is releasing two models each of the amplifiers, switches and attenuators that cover extremely wide frequency bands up to 40GHz. The modules are 50Ohm hybrid MIC designs that do not require any external matching components.


Pasternack’s new USB controlled amplifiers offer typical performance of 12 dB gain, 10 dBm P1dB, a 4.5 dB noise figure and operate over a 50MHz to 18GHz band or 50MHz to 40GHz band. The attenuators offer typical performance of 30 dB attenuation, 5 to 8 dB of insertion loss, a 1dB step size and are available in two programmable models that cover 100MHz to 18GHz and 100MHz to 40GHz. Lastly, the SPDT switches offer typical performance 3 to 5 dB of insertion loss, 65 to 70 dB isolation, a 6 µsec switching speed and are available in two models that cover 500MHz to 18GHz and 500 MHz to 40GHz. All models operate over a broad temperature range of -40 to +85°C and depending on the frequency, are available with either female SMA or 2.92mm connectors.


Tim Galla, Active RF Components Product Manager at Pasternack said they now offer a complete selection of high performance broadband USB controlled amplifiers, attenuators and switches. The USB 2.0 connection is convenient and innovative, utilising a computer interface to power and control these devices for ease of use.
Pasternack’s new USB controlled components and downloadable software are in-stock and available now.


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