Digitally Controlled RF Amp Targets T&M

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Pasternack introduced a 19-inch (48.26cm) rackmount variable gain RF amplifier designed for lab use and various test and measurement applications in the 100MHz to 18GHz frequency range.

The PE15A7000 offers broadband frequency coverage with high gain levels of 50 dB minimum over a temperature range of -40°C to +85°C. Integrated digitally controlled attenuators boast dynamic range up to 60 dB with a 1 dB step size. Other typical features include 6.5 dB noise figure and +14 dBm output P1dB.

The 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 amplifier can be used on a test bench, but is also designed to fit into rack mount cabinet enclosures (size: 1U high and 10 inches deep). Offering control flexibility, the gain level with precise attenuation step size over a wide frequency band can be manually controlled, or utilize 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 R&D 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 at Pasternack.

The new rackmount variable gain RF amplifier is in-stock and ready to ship.

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