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Choosing the Right RF Cable Assembly

Cable Assembly LMR Coaxial cable assemblies are almost everywhere electronic systems can be found. And they have a simple job: to serve as a signal path to transfer signals from one location to another. But they must do that job without fail and with little or no change to the signals, whether they are high-frequency analog signals or high-speed digital signals. Because coaxial cable assemblies are so vital to such a wide range of systems, from rugged ground-based electronic systems to orbiting satellites in space, the selection process for those cables should not be treated lightly. Choosing the right coaxial cable assembly is not a trivial task, but it is one that can be made somewhat easier by better knowing what to look for in a high-frequency or high-speed coaxial cable assembly Click to read more

Optimize Your RF/MW Coaxial Connections

UHF Male and Female RF/microwave connectors are small and often overlooked, but they serve as gateways for many electronic devices and systems, linking components and systems together to enable proper operation. Coaxial connectors are often taken for granted—until they fail. They are instrumental to the operation of many electronic devices and systems, from cellular telephones and wireless data networks to the most advanced radar and electronic-warfare (EW) systems. Whether designing or simply maintaining electronic devices and systems, understanding the role of the RF/microwave connector can help to boost both performance and reliability. Click to read more

Intermodulation Distortion in RF Connectors

Towers Intermodulation distortion occurs when two or more signals occupy the same transmission paths as in full duplex systems. When the signals mix, a non-linear response manifests itself as bi-products of the fundamental frequency called intermodulation distortion or IMD. These unwanted signals typically show up in the receive band and can block a channel. The base station can interpret the carrier as being present when in fact it is not. IMD was typically not a concern at low power levels because the filtering components in the system would minimize the effects. IMD signals primarily show up on the transmit side usually between the diplexer and the antenna. With no filtering on these transmission paths, the distorted signals made their way to the receive end. With improved materials, technology and test equipment, solutions for reducing the effects are now possible. Click to read more

Why use White Bronze Plating?

White Bronze White Bronze plating for RF connectors offers many advantages over Nickel or Silver plated connectors. Improved electrical and intermodulation performance, better wear characteristics in harsh conditions and low insertion loss compared to Nickel are just a few. Although Silver has been the preferred finish with outstanding electrical characteristics, it pales in comparison to white bronze mostly due to the corrosive and the tarnish effects of Silver oxide. Click to read more

Improving Measurement Accuracy for High Frequency RF Connectors

18Ghz Test Cables Improving the accuracy of your microwave test and measurement equipment becomes increasingly important when high frequency devices are used in the transmission paths of radio, cellular, satellite and digital communications. This discussion helps to solve problems with measurement errors during and after calibration of your microwave test instrument. Click to read more

Insertion Phase Errors in Long Lengths of Coaxial Cable Assemblies

Cable If you have ever tried to measure a long length of cable, you may have noticed the insertion loss (S21,S12) display showing an abrupt change at some frequency in the negative direction or scale. I call this change in transmission loss “cliffing” as if you were looking down a cliff. If not corrected during the calibration stage, this additional loss would add to the total system loss which is erroneous to the actual insertion loss of the cable assembly.Click to read more

WiFi Interface Identifier

Miniatures What are the input and output connectors used with WiFi certified products which include: access points, gateways, residential gateways, PC cards, PCI cards, PCMCIA cards, UB devices, wireless print servers, WLAN enabled computers, PC peripherals, antennas, LANs and Internet access devices? Many of these connectors are not easily recognizable. We will try to give you a little background on the common WiFi connectors and some tips to help you identify them. Click to read more