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M/A COM new devices target avionics, military apps

Posted: 13 Dec 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:m/a com? x-band tripler? ka-band tripler? x-band? ka-band amplifier?

The new components from M/A COM serve 8GHz to 12GHz and 24GHz to 36GHz applications with space saving, lightweight, high-rel designs sure to catch the eye of savvy high-frequency designers.

Long known as a supplier of a wide range of standard RF, microwave and millimeter wave components, the company also sports a custom products division. And, when the two sides of the house get together, the result is a blend of specialized standard components that could be very attractive to demanding avionics and military designers.

What makes this build-to-order new line of X- to Ka-Band triplers and X-Band and Ka-Band amplifiers unique is its aluminum silicon alloy housing. When manufacturing traditional RF components, the aluminum circuits are mounted on a carrier, which is mounted in a housing. By using aluminum silicon housings, which have the same temperature coefficient as aluminum, M/A COM is bonding the circuit directly into the housing. By eliminating the carrier, they have made the component mechanically smaller and simpler, resulting in weight and space savings as well as a boost to reliability.

"In addition, the new housing design improves heat conduction and improves performance because there are no moving parts," said Peter Brown, M/A COM Components Applications Engineer for Europe. "Before making these parts, we examined the needs of the market and the available alternatives in housings, and we decided that the aluminum silicon alloy housings were the best way to go."

The line consists of the maamml0017 Ka-Band connectorized amplifier (30-36GHz); the MAAMML0018 variable gain control, X-Band connectorized amplifier (8-12GHz); the MAAMML0016 Ka-Band connectorized amplifier (24-30GHz); the MAAMML0021 X- to Ka-Band connectorized tripler (10-12GHz/30-36GHz); the MAAMML0019 X to Ka-Band connectorized tripler (8-10GHz/24-30GHz); and the MAAMML0020 X to Ka-Band connectorized tripler (9-11GHz/27-33GHz).

- Janine Love

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