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Solid State Power Amplifiers, Turnkey ISM RF & MW Energy Solutions

Introducing Mini-Circuits’ game-changing line of solid state power amplifiers for RF and microwave energy applications. These innovative products offer a simple, affordable, high-performance alternative to the magnetron with unprecedented frequency and power control, industry-leading ease-of-use, and the quality of one of the industry’s most trusted names.

WaveSpace Episode 10 – Mitigating Phase Noise Measurement Interference

In this episode of Mini-Circuits’ WaveSpace, Field Applications Engineer, Gary Cox provides an introduction to the many mysteries of phase noise measurement and shows Mini-Circuits’ approach to mitigating interference and achieving accurate results.

Using Coaxial Adapters to Protect Your ECal Connectors

Electronic calibration is the fastest and most reliable way to calibrate your network analyzer, but you need an ECal to do it. In episode 7 of Mini-Circuits’ WaveSpace series, we explain how you can use coaxial adapters to protect your ECal from wear and tear and how to extend the reference plane in your calibration from the ECal ports to the adapters.

Using RF Balun Transformers for Bias Injection, DC Isolation and Even Order Harmonic Suppression

RF balun transformers are one of the most widely used components in RF systems. In episode 6 of Mini-Circuits’ WaveSpace, we explore two of the most common uses for baluns: bias injection and DC isolation and suppressing unwanted even order harmonics in wideband systems.

Mini-Circuits 2020 IMS Virtual Walkthrough

Mini-Circuits has been growing faster than ever, expanding some of our product lines by as much as 50 % in 2020 alone! With our latest in-house designs, we’ve diversified our portfolio for the continued development of the mmWave bands for the next generation of wireless applications. Our virtual booth at IMS 2020 will showcase everything that’s new at Mini-Circuits in this exciting online format.

The IMAGEVK-74 Kit: A Revolution in RF Imaging

Mini-Circuits and Vayyar have teamed up to offer the revolutionary IMAGEVK-74 4D millimeter-wave imaging kit, allowing researchers to develop their own hardware. Users have the ability to transmit and receive signals from 62 to 69 GHz with a resolution of bandwidth from 10 to 800 MHz to create everything from near-field imaging to point clouds and more!

Improving Conversion Loss Efficiency in Multiplier Chains with Reflectionless Filters

In this episode of Mini-Circuits’ WaveSpace, applications engineer, Rohan Shrotriya explains the distinctions between reflective and reflectionless filters and how reflectionless filters can improve conversion loss efficiency in multiplier chains.

RF Balun Transformers Demystified

In Episode 5 of Mini-Circuits WaveSpace, applications engineer William Yu explains everything you need to know about RF balun transformers, how they're used, and which technologies are best suited for different applications.

DOCSIS 4.0 - The Move to 1800 MHz

The major challenge to delivering high speed data, new HD video channels or digital streaming services in a cable system is the limitation on available RF spectrum. The typical RF bandwidth in the majority of HFC networks today is still 750 MHz. DOCSIS 3.1 defined an upper bandwidth limit of 1.8 GHz but only provided specific requirements for operation up to 1.2 GHz. To fend off fiber and future wireless competitors, cable operators need a multi-gigabit-capable symmetrical network with up to 10 Gbps downstream capacity. The CableLabs DOCSIS 4.0 specification initiative will define the requirements needed for operation of the entire 1.8 GHz bandwidth allocation.

There are a number of advantages that 1.8 GHz DOCSIS 4.0 can provide for network operators once it is released early next year. Primary among these is the ability to maintain their existing Frequency Division Duplex (FDD) node plus amplifier cascade architecture as an alternative to the more costly 1.2 GHz Fiber Deep N+0 network design. But there are also significant challenges related to higher coax attenuation loss and other impacts that come with higher frequency operation.

This webinar discusses the benefits and tradeoffs associated with migrating to a 1.8 GHz network along with the new RF components now in development at Mini-Circuits that are needed to meet the exacting requirements for this expanded frequency bandwidth.

EDICON Online: IMAGEVK - 3D mmWave Imaging Kit

IMAGEVK-74 is a revolutionary radar chip, that allows the exploration of mmWave imaging and sensing, without building your own hardware system from scratch. This technology provides unprecedented flexibility for hardware developers. Damian Hoffman delves into the inner-workings of the chip.

EDICON Online: The Journey to LTCC Solutions for mmWave Applications

With the rise of 5G and high speed wifi, there is a new demand for cost effective, miniature technology to operate at mmWave frequencies. The question then becomes; Are LTCC's the right technology to access mmWave frequencies? Aaron Vaisman tackles the problem, and the limitations of LTCC components.

EDICONOnline Keynote: The Democratization of Radar

Ovi Jacob, from Mini-Circuits' partner Vayyar, describes the development of radar usage from the 1920s, to modern day. Beginning as something explicit to lab testing and military use, radar evolved into an accessible resource for the common person; a process described as the "Democritization of Radar."

EDICONOnline: mmWave LTCC Products Today

Aaron Vaisman prescribes faster, and cost effective solutions to meet custom design requirements in LTCC mmWave Applications with new material systems. These material system updates reduce insertion loss on narrow bandwidth pass filters, and unit variations.

Advances in LTCC Component Design

See how Mini-Circuits is innovating LTCC products and design methods in our latest episode of WaveSpace with Applications Engineer Stephen Leone.

DIY Vector Network Analyzer Kit

Applications Engineer, Atharva Powale explains how the UVNA-63 DIY vector network analyzer kit helps bridge the gap between the engineering classroom and test and measurement in the real world.

Compensating for Negative Gain Slope with Fixed MMIC Equalizers

Mini-Circuits RF Applications Engineer, Rohan Shrotriya explains how fixed MMIC equalizers address some common challenges in wideband system design.

Controlling RCDAT-Series Programmable Attenuators via Ethernet using HTTP and Telnet

This short tutorial provides instruction on how to control Mini-Circuits’ RCDAT-series programmable attenuators via Ethernet using HTTP and Telnet communication protocols.

VCO Fundamentals

Presenter: John McNeill, Director of the New England Center for Analog and Mixed Signal Integrated Circuit Design (NECAMSID), Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • Functional Block Concept
  • Input-Output Relationships
  • Basic Performance Metrics
    • Center Frequency
    • Tuning 'Constant'
  • Types of VCOs
    • Resonant (LC, SAW based, crystal)
    • Multivibrator
    • Ring Oscillator
  • Methods of Tuning
    • Varactor (voltage controlled capacitance)
    • Drive strength (e.g. charging current in multivibrator)
    • Phase adjust (interpolating)
  • Second Order Performance Metrics
    • V-f Linearity
    • Supply/Load Sensitivity
    • Phase Noise
  • Comparison of VCOs
  • Summary

Accelerating Custom Test Solutions

Presenter: Jeff DiGaudio, Project Leader, Rack Test Equipment, and Chi Man Shum, Worldwide Portable Test Equipment Applications Manager

Abstract: Mini-Circuits has developed an innovative line of test equipment that can improve test efficiency and provide reliable test results without a big investment in complex laboratory equipment. These products range from small Portable Test Equipment (PTE) including signal generators, switch matrices, programmable attenuators, and smart power sensors to custom integrated rack-mount test solutions. Most recently, Mini-Circuits has accelerated custom test solutions with modular test rack designs resulting in turnaround times as fast as 1 week and greatly simplifying system maintenance. All modules include user-friendly GUI software and DLLs for almost any programming environment that supports ActiveX or .Net frameworks, allowing the user to develop customized control applications.


VCO Fundamentals

Presenter: John McNeill, Director of the New England Center for Analog and Mixed Signal Integrated Circuit Design (NECAMSID), Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Abstract:This webinar will cover the fundamentals of voltage controlled oscillators from functional block concept to input-output relationships, basic performance metrics, types of VCOs, methods of tuning, second order performance metrics, and comparison of VCOs.


MMIC Amplifier Design Approaches

Presenter: Ted Heil, Vice President, Mini-Circuits

Abstract: This webinar offers an insight into MMIC amplifier design approaches, from semiconductor technology selection, circuit architectures, characterization and testing to final market released MMIC amplifiers. Along the way, some key differences in the approach between Mini-Circuits and typical market products will be highlighted.


Smart Portable Test Equipment for ATE Applications

Presenter: Chi Man Shum, Worldwide Portable Test Equipment Applications Manager, Mini-Circuits

Abstract:Mini-Circuits has developed a family of low-cost, smart portable test equipment (PTE) that can provide quick and accurate test results without a big investment in laboratory equipment. New 2nd generation products include super-wideband signal generators, high-performance true RMS power sensor, ultra-low loss and high isolation electro-mechanical switches, and rack mount test solutions for ATE applications. Our PTE products, when combined with application-specific software, can significantly reduce test time and increase production throughput. All products include built-in user-friendly GUI for users without prior programming experience