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RF switch connectors tailored for UWB apps

Posted: 08 May 2009 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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SWG series RF switch connectors

Murata Manufacturing Co. Ltd has enhanced the operating frequency range and reduced the footprint of its tiny RF switch connectors to create the new SWG series suitable for UWB applications.

The SWG series of connectors, are claimed to be smallest RF switch connectors at just 2mm x 2mm x 0.9mm, are designed to enable reliable testing of RF circuits throughout a product's development stage up to final production and save PCB space in portable/handheld consumer electronics applications. The series' small footprint makes it suitable for mobile phones, PDAs, #LINKKEYWORD2# systems and measurement equipment and is compatible with WiFi, WiMAX, 4G, Bluetooth, Zigbee and UWB wireless standards.

The connectors are now suitable for inspection of RF signals up to 11GHz, enabling designers to use wider frequency bands including UWB. This series features excellent high frequency characteristics with low insertion loss (0.1dB max between DC and 3GHz, 0.2dB max between 3GHz and 6GHz, 0.5dB max between 6GHz and 11GHz). VSWR (voltage standing wave ratio) is 1.5 maximum. Murata's proprietary beam spring and double contact mechanism inside the connector ensure a reliable contact and the connectors are designed to reduce flux penetration.

The SWG series is high durability, with a lifetime of more than 100 mating cycles. Murata also offers test probes, manual probes for test and evaluation and production probes for use in automated production lines.

- Henri Arnold
EE Times Europe

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