The Growing Impact of Compliance in the RF/Microwave Supply Base

The Growing Impact of Compliance in the RF/Microwave Supply Base Arthur Ackerman, Vice President of Quality, Mini-Circuits Growing global concerns about environmental, social and ethical issues are changing the regulatory climate in electronics industries, and the impact of these issues on corporate policy and strategic decision making has grown in kind.  In the RF/microwave industry, […]

Line Stretchers Ease VCO Load-Pull Testing

Line Stretchers Ease VCO Load-Pull Testing Electronic line stretchers offer controlled phase shifts over wide frequency ranges to simplify once tedious VCO measurements. Aharon Sagiv/Mini-Circuits Applications Voltage Controlled Oscillators (VCOs) are normally designed for operation in an ideal 50 ohm environment. However, the actual load that these oscillators must drive are considerably different. It is […]

AS9100 מעבר דוחף מצוינות טכנית

מעבר AS9100 דוחף מצוינות טכנית Arthur Ackerman/Mini-Circuits המצוינות הטכנית בחברת Mini–Circuits עומדת להגיע למוקד חד יותר ככל שאנו מתקרבים לעשור החמישי של החברה, מאז נוסדה על ידי מר הארווי קיילי [Harvey Kaylie], בשנת 1969. מוקד זה בא לידי ביטוי מודגש עם היוזמה הנוכחית לחידוש האישור של מערכת ניהול האיכות (QMS) שלנו לגרסה החדשה AS9100. כפי […]

התאמה של חלקים להתקנה משטחית שאינם אטומים לתהליכי הרכבה באמינות גבוהה של הלקוחות

התאמה של חלקים להתקנה משטחית שאינם אטומים לתהליכי הרכבה באמינות גבוהה של הלקוחות Jonid Xhakollari, Mini-Circuits השילוב המושלם של מוצר בתוך תהליך ההרכבה של הלקוח יכול להיות קריטי להצלחה של אותו מוצר כמו הביצועים החשמליים. חברת Mini-Circuits ויצרנים רבים של רכיבי ת”ר (RF) וגלי מיקרו בונים רכיבים להתקנה משטחית, שאמורים להיות מולחמים על המעגלים המודפסים […]

Adapting Non-Sealed Surface Mount Parts for Hi-Rel Customer Assembly Processes

Adapting Non-Sealed Surface Mount Parts for Hi-Rel Customer Assembly Processes By Jonid Xhakollari, Manufacturing Process Engineer – Mini-Circuits The perfect integration of a product within the customer’s assembly process can be just as critical to the success of that product as the electrical performance. Mini-Circuits and many RF/microwave component manufacturers build surface-mount components that are […]

Computing Thermal Resistance of PCB-Mounted MMIC Devices

Computing Thermal Resistance of PCB-Mounted MMIC Devices Radha Setty, Mini-Circuits Temperature has a direct impact on the operating performance and reliability of semiconductor devices. Devices that operate at high junction temperatures for long periods of time can sustain permanent damage, compromising reliability and shortening operating lifetimes.  The life of a MMIC component is directly related […]

AS9100 Transition Drives Technical Excellence

AS9100 Transition Drives Technical Excellence Arthur Ackerman, Mini-Circuits Technical excellence at Mini-Circuits is coming into sharper focus as we approach the fifth decade since our founding by Harvey Kaylie in 1969.  This focus has been emphasized in our current initiative to recertify our quality management system (QMS) to the new revision of AS9100.  As you […]

Flattening Negative Gain Slope with MMIC Fixed Equalizers

Flattening Negative Gain Slope with MMIC Fixed Equalizers Rohan Shrotriya, Applications Engineer, Mini-Circuits 1.0 Introduction Equalizers are devices used to compensate for the negative gain slope of amplifiers. Unlike a standard attenuator with a flat frequency response, an equalizer is a unique kind of attenuator which exhibits lower insertion loss as frequency increases with some […]

A Perspective on the Definition of Value in the RF Supply Chain

Whether you have been in the RF and microwave world for five years or 50 years, we have seen the industry change at a continuously accelerating pace. We have watched consolidation on a historic scale, where brand names in the 70s, 80s and even 90s, like Watkins Johnson, Avantek, Anzac, RHG disappeared, leaving fewer suppliers in the RF space than we have seen in a long time. As this evolution takes place, there is an undercurrent in our industry—and a fear for some—that we are moving to a commoditized market; that soon, one product will be interchangeable with the next and that the applications engineer will be replaced by an online widget. Designing in a part may eventually be as simple as picking a part number out of a catalog, plugging it in and bingo! It works. In this future, you do not have to think anymore.

Accelerating RF Component Selection with Yoni2® Advanced Search Engine for RF Components

Accelerating RF component selection with YONI2® advanced search engine for RF components By Brandon Kaplan, Mini-Circuits Selecting RF components for a system design can be one of the more time-consuming tasks in the development cycle. To begin with, a designer may have to sift through hundreds of possible options for a suitable model. Each model […]