RF amplifier enables performances from 100MHz to 18GHz

20th January 2016
Jordan Mulcare

Pasternack introduces a brand new rackmount variable gain RF amplifier with performance from 100MHz to 18GHz. This 19" rack mounted RF amplifier is designed for lab use and various test and measurement applications. Normally this type of test equipment commands long lead-times for delivery often exceeding several months; however, Pasternack has made this product available from stock for immediate shipment.

Pasternack’s rack mount RF amplifier offers broadband frequency coverage from 100MHz to 18GHz with high gain levels of 50dB minimum over a temperature range of -40 to +85°C. Integrated digitally controlled attenuators boast dynamic range up to 60dB with a 1dB step size. Typical performance includes 6.5 dB noise figure and +14 dBm output P1dB. The package design supports a front panel LED display with manual control dial and SMA connectors and a 9 pin D-Sub Miniature connector on the rear panel. It is also environmentally sealed and designed to meet a series of MIL-STD-202F test conditions.

The PE15A7000 variable gain amplifier can be used on a test bench, but is also designed to fit into rack mount cabinet enclosures (size: 1U high and 10" deep). Offering control flexibility, the gain level with precise attenuation step size over a wide frequency band can be manually controlled, or utilise the included RS-232 serial cable and Ethernet connection to link with a PC computer to command control for Automated Testing (ATE) applications which could involve production testing over temperature or research and development projects.

“This rack mount variable gain amplifier offers Designers high levels of gain and attenuation across 100MHz to 18GHz that can be command controlled via a PC for highly accurate test and measurement applications,” explains Tim Galla, Active RF Components Product Manager, Pasternack.

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