RF, Microwave and Millimeter Wave Amplifier Accessories

Heat sinks and power/control cables are critical components when deploying RF and microwave power amplifiers. A functioning power amplifier will generate elevated levels of heat which requires proper dissipation via a heat sink to ensure the internal circuit assembly does not become damaged from extreme high temperature exposure. Additionally, high quality power and control cables are essential to the optimal operation of RF power amplifiers.

To help address these amplifier requirements, we have just released a series of heat sinks and power/control cables to address your RF power amplifier deployments.

Features include:
Heat Sinks With and Without Cooling Fans
Model-Specific and General Configurations
AC and DC Power Supply Options and Control Cable Interfaces
Amplifier Mating Control Connector Interfaces
Thermal Gaskets Included

Our new RF power amplifier accessories are in-stock and available to ship immediately. For additional information and specifications, please contact Vermont Rep.

New Straight Waveguide Sections to 110 GHz

Waveguides are often the components of choice for critical systems used in aerospace, defense, industrial, test and instrumentation, telecom and medical applications. This is because waveguides offer both high power handling capabilities as well as boast lower signal loss. To complement our extensive in-stock selection of waveguide components, we have just added a brand new series of straight waveguide sections in sizes from WR-10 to WR-137.

Features include:
• Section lengths from 3 to 12 inches
• Frequency range of 5.85 GHz to 110 GHz in thirteen waveguide bands
• VSWR as low as 1.03:1
• Oxygen Free Hard Copper (OFHC) or copper alloy construction
• UG, CPR and UBR Style flanges

Our new straight waveguide sections are in-stock and available to ship immediately. For additional information and specifications, please contact Vermont Rep.

Waveguide Electromechanical Relay Switches

Waveguide electromechanical relay switches are important devices widely used in applications such as electronic warfare, electronic countermeasures, microwave radio, VSAT, SATCOM, radar, research and development, space systems and test instrumentation.

To facilitate the demand for these components, we have recently released a series of 28 new waveguide electromechanical relay switches that offer full waveguide performance covering C, X, Ku, K and Ka frequency bands from 5.85 GHz to 40 GHz.

Features include:
• SPDT and Optional DPDT Configurations with Latching Self Cut-Off Actuators,
TTL Logic, and Position Indicators with Manual Override
• Patented Motor Drive with Arc Suppression
• Support WR-137, WR-112, WR-90, WR-75, WR-62, WR-42, and WR-28 Waveguide Sizes
with O Rings for Pressurized Operation
• Power Handling Capability up to 12 kW CW and 320 kW Peak
• Environmentally Sealed Quick Connect DC Control Connector & Mate Included
• Fully Weatherized Rugged Packages Designed for 100% Humidity Exposure and -40°C to +85°C Operating Temperature

Our new waveguide electromechanical relay switches are in-stock and available to ship immediately. For additional information and specifications, please contact Vermont Rep.

Specifying Blind Mate Connectors

A blind mate connector is used when access to the connection point is not possible, typically caused by physical space constraints. A common application for blind mate connectors is when two circuit boards need to be mated. In RF and microwave applications, blind mate connections can become very challenging and require specially designed blind mate connectors to ensure a constant and uniform signal between circuit boards or modules.

Due to their small-footprint design and ease of connection, blind mate connectors are often used in military applications where electronic hardware has to fit into tight spaces with limited access. These connectors can also withstand harsh vibration and temperature extremes making them ideal for rugged field applications. Similar requirements are also making blind mate connectors a popular choice in the consumer electronics market due to the growing complexity and density of board designs.

There are many types of blind mate connector styles available on the market today. The most common RF/microwave blind mate connectors include BMA, SMP and Mini-SMP series connectors, all stocked by Pasternack.

More information on how to specify blind-mate connectors can be found on the link below.