Weinschel Programmable Attenuators (Complete

Programmable Attenuators &
Attenuator/Switch Controllers
o Widest Selection of Attenuation Ranges
& Steps Sizes
o Express shipment available on select
models.
o Built-In TTL\CMOS Interface Driver Circuitry
available.
o High Quality Construction & Connectors
o Special Configurations Available Upon
Request
- Custom Cell/Step Size Configurations
- Higher Frequencies
General Information
In this section of the catalog, each Programmable Attenuator is outlined utilizing individual data sheets containing product features, specifications, and outline drawings. These data sheets are preceded by a quick
reference guide to help you select the Programmable Attenuator(s) that fits your needs. The page number for each
Programmable Attenuator data sheet is given in the quick reference guide.
This section includes all available accessories for the Aeroflex / Weinschel programmable attenuators such as our
Model 8210A Attenuator / Switch Controller, product specific driver boards, and our programmable attenuators with
our built-in microprocessor-based drivers. Also Included in this section are Aeroflex / Weinschel's wide variety of
programmable attenuator units which includes the 8310, 8311 and 8312 series. Other subsystem solutions can be
located in the Subsystem and Accessories section (pg 129).
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6 GHz
Designs
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Programmable Attenuators
Relay Switched Programmable Attenuators, Basic Models . . . DC-6 GHz
Frequency
Range
(GHz)
Attenuation
Range
(dB)
Step
Size
(dB)
Insertion
Loss, Max.
(dB)
Maximum
SWR
1 3200-1
1 3200-2
1 3201-1
1 3201-2
3205-1
3205-2
3205-3
1 3206-1
3209-1
1 3200-1E
1 3200-2E
3201-1E
3205-3E
3206-1E
3209-1E
dc-2.0
0-127
0-63.75
0-31
0-120
0-70
0-55
0-1.5
0-63
0-64.5
0-127
0-63.75
0-31
0-1.5
0-63
0-64.5
1
0.25
1
10
10
5
0.1
1
0.1
1
0.25
1
0.1
1
0.1
4.75
4.75
3.75
3.75
3.30
3.30
3.30
4.00
6.70
4.90
4.90
3.40
3.40
3.70
5.50
1.25-1.35*
1.25-1.35*
1.25
1.25
1.25
1.25
1.25
1.25
1.35
1.25-1.40*
1.25-1.40*
1.25-1.40*
1.25-1.40*
1.25-1.35*
1.35-1.45*
SMA
1
50
87
SMA
1
50
87
3250-63
(75 Ω)
dc-1.0
0-63
1
4.75
1.20-1.30*
BNC
1
50
96
3406-55
3408-55.75
3408-103
(New)
dc-6.0
0-55
0-55.75
0-103
1
0.25
1
3.80
5.00
130
SMA
1
50
100
Model
Number
dc-3.0
Connector Average
Type
Power
(Watts)
Peak
Power Page
(Watts) No.
Relay Switched Programmable Attenuators, with built-in Microprocessor-Base Driver . . .
DC-3 GHz (For use with Aeroflex / Weinschel 8210A Controller)
Frequency Attenuation
Range
Range
(GHz)
(dB)
Model
Number
Step
Size
(dB)
Insertion
Loss, Max.
(dB)
Maximum
SWR
Connector Average
Type
Power
(Watts)
Peak
Power Page
(Watts) No.
0-127
0-63.75
0-31
0-120
0-1.2
0-70
0-55
0-1.5
0-63
0-64.5
0-127
0-63.75
0-31
0-1.5
0-63
0-64.5
1
0.25
1
10
0.1
10
5
0.1
1
0.1
1
0.25
1
0.1
1
0.1
4.75
4.75
3.75
3.75
3.30
3.30
3.30
3.30
4.00
6.70
4.90
4.90
3.40
3.40
3.70
5.50
1.25-1.35*
1.25-1.35*
1.25
1.25
1.25
1.25
1.25
1.25
1.25
1.35
1.20-1.40*
1.20-1.40*
1.20-1.40*
1.20-1.40*
1.25-1.35*
1.35-1.45*
SMA
1
50
93
SMA
1
50
93
96
1 3200T-1
3200T-2
3201T-1
3201T-2
3201T-4
3205T-1
3205T-2
3205T-3
1 3206T-1
3209T-1
3200T-1E
3200T-2E
3201T-1E
3205T-3E
3206T-1E
3209T-1E
dc-2.0
1 3250T-63
(75 Ω)
dc-1.0
0-63
1
4.75
1.20-1.30*
BNC
1
50
dc-6.0
0-55
0-55.75
0-103
1
0.25
1
3.80
5.00
130
SMA
1
50
dc-3.0
3406T-55
3408T-55.75
3408T-103
(New)
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Programmable Attenuators
Relay Switched Programmable Attenuators, with built-in Microprocessor-Based Driver . . .
dc - 26.5 GHz (For use with Aeroflex / Weinschel 8210A Controller)
Frequency
Range
(GHz)
Attenuation
Range
(dB)
Step
Size
(dB)
Insertion
Loss, Max.
(dB)
Maximum
SWR
150T-11
150T-15
150T-31
150T-62
150T-70
150T-75
150T-110
dc-18.0
0-11
0-15
0-31
0-62
0-70
0-75
0-110
1
1
1
2
10
5
10
2.2
2.2
2.6
2.6
2.6
2.2
2.2
1.50-1.90*
1.50-1.90*
1.50-1.90*
1.50-1.90*
1.35-1.70*
1.50-1.90*
1.50-1.90*
3.5mm
1
100
102
151T-11
151T-15
151T-31
151T-62
151T-70
151T-75
151T-110
dc-4.0
0-11
0-15
0-31
0-62
0-70
0-75
0-110
1
1
1
2
10
5
10
0.9
0.9
0.9
1.1
0.7
0.9
0.9
1.50
1.50
1.50
1.50
1.35
1.50
1.50
3.5mm
1
100
102
152T-55
152T-70
152AT-70
152T-90
dc-26.5
0-55
0-70
0-70
0-90
5
10
10
10
2.98
2.98
2.98
2.98
1.40-1.80*
1.40-1.80*
1.40-1.80*
1.40-1.80*
3.5mm
1
100
102
Model
Number
Connector Average
Type
Power
(Watts)
Peak
Power Page
(Watts) No.
Relay Switched Programmable Attenuators, Basic Models . . . dc - 26.5 GHz
Frequency
Range
(GHz)
Attenuation
Range
(dB)
Step
Size
(dB)
Insertion
Loss, Max.
(dB)
Maximum
SWR
Connector
Type
Average
Power
(Watts)
150-11
150-15
150-31
150-70
150-75
150-110
dc-18.0
0-11
0-15
0-31
0-70
0-75
0-110
1
1
1
10
5
10
2.2
2.2
2.6
2.6
2.2
2.2
1.50-1.90*
1.50-1.90*
1.50-1.90*
1.35-1.70*
1.50-1.90*
1.50-1.90*
3.5mm
1
100
106
151-11
dc-4.0
0-11
1
0.9
1.50
3.5mm
1
100
106
152-90
dc-26.5
0-90
10
2.98
1.40-1.80*
3.5mm
1
100
106
Model
Number
Peak
Power Page
(Watts) No.
* VARIES WITH FREQUENCY.
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Programmable Attenuators
SOLID-STATE PROGRAMMABLES . . . to 3 GHz
Frequency
Range
(GHz)
Attenuation
Range
(dB)
Step
Size
(dB)
Insertion
Loss, Max.
(dB)
Maximum
SWR
Average
Power
4216-63
4218-63.75
4218-127
0.8-2.3
0-63
0-63.75
0-127
1
0.25
1
3.40
4.90
4.90
150
150
150
4226-63
4228-63.75
4228-103
(New)
0.8-3.0
0.8-2.5
0.8-3.0
0-63
0-63.75
0-103
1
0.25
1
3.75
4.50
5.50
0-63.75
103
0.25
1
0-63
0-63.75
103/1
1
0.25
Model
Number
4238-63.75
4238-103
(New)
4246-63
4248-63.75
4248-103
(New)
10 MHz-2.5
Connector
Type
Page
No.
+28 dBm
SMA
111
1.50
1.50
1.50
+28 dBm
SMA
113
9.00
9.00
1.60
+30 dBm
SMA
115
10.00
13.00
13.00
2.00
+36 dBm
SMA
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Programmable Attenuators
ATTENUATOR UNITS & CONTROLLERS. . . dc to 26.5 GHz, 100 Watts
Programmable Attenuator Units for Rack
or Bench Use:
(Pages 119-122)
Aeroflex / Weinschel's 8310 &
8311 Series Programmable
Attenuator Units represent
Aeroflex / Weinschel's newest
concept in programmable
attenuation for bench test and
subsystem applications.
Programmable/Switch Controllers:
(pg 126-128)
The Model 8210A Attenuator / Switch Controller provides a
flexible, low cost solution for the control and operation of
electromechanical switches and programmable step attenuators using standard communication interfaces. The 8210A
represents a new concept in device control applications for
bench test and subsystem designs.
o Designed to interface with Aeroflex / Weinschel’s line
of programmable attenuators (3200T & 150T) and
other electromechanical devices.
o Simplifies your bench test setups
and subsystem design.
o Available in two standard
communication interfaces:
- Model 8210A-1:GPIB/IEEE-488 (HS-488 ready)
- Model 8210A-2:RS-232, RS-422, RS-485
Each model contains similar capabilities and provides
switch-selectable parameters to tailor the interface’s
operation.
Standard 8310 Series designs house and control various
Aeroflex / Weinschel Programmable Attenuator Models
(3200T, 150T, and 4200 Series via front panel controls or
standard communications interfaces including GPIB (IEEE488) and RS-232/RS-422/RS485. The standard units
combine the features of the Aeroflex / Weinschel 8210A
Device Controller with a front panel user interface to form a
flexible, easy to use solution.
Most 8310 Series are single channel configurations where
RF signal is routed through either the front or rear mounted
Ports A & B but can be configured for up to four channels of
attenuation, RF switching, or other functions and other features such as:
o Multi-Channel attenuation paths (up to 4 input/
outputs).
o Relative vs. Nominal attenuation step function.
o Wide choice of Frequency & Attenuation Ranges.
-
dc to 1, 2, 3, 18 & 26.5 GHz
up to 127 dB
Solid-State (GaAs FET & PIN)
Relay Switched
50 & 75 Ω Configurations
o High Accuracy & Repeatability.
o Easily mounted into racks or cabinets designed per
EIA RS-310 or MIL-STD-189.
100 W Hot-Switchable High Power
Attenuator Unit:
(pages 123-125)
o
o
o
o
o
Available in 0-15 dB or
0-31 dB Configurations
DC to 13 GHz
Operation
Power Handling up to 100 Watts average
High Accuracy & repeatability
IEEE-488 & Standard Serial Interfaces
o Relative vs. Nominal attenuation step function.
o
Bus Controlled Programmable Attenuator Units
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Programmable Attenuators
Frequently Asked Questions about Programmable Attenuators....
What are the applications of Aeroflex / Weinschel
programmable attenuators?
Aeroflex / Weinschel's programmable attenuators are used
to control the power of radio frequency and microwave signals. Applications include control of input power to signal
measuring systems, control of output power from signal
generating systems, adjustment power for BIT error rate
testing, controlling losses in a signal path and simulating the
signal fading of a microwave communication system....to
name just a few.
How do they work?
Aeroflex / Weinschel's programmable attenuators consist of
a series of attenuation pads (cells) that are selectively
inserted into the signal path via a control signal. An example is a series of cells such as 1, 2, 4, 8 and 16 dB arranged
in a binary sequence. Such an attenuator is called a binary
attenuator. Combinations of cells are switched "on" to provide attenuation steps from 0 dB to 31 dB. Another example
is a unit having cell values of 10, 20 and 40 dB which will
provide 10 dB steps between 0 dB and 70 dB.
How are the attenuators switched?
The basic structure of a programmable attenuator is shown
below. There are several ways the attenuator pads are
switched in and out of the RF path. Aeroflex / Weinschel's
3200 series uses TO-5 can relay switches. These are useful up to 2.0 GHz and higher. Aeroflex / Weinschel's 150
series operate up to 26.5 GHz and utilize reed switches
housed within a precision machined cavity.
How fast do the attenuators switch?
Switching speed of mechanically switched attenuators is
typically between 6 and 35 msec. This is the maximum time
between the application of the switching command to the
cell and the cessation of contact bounce. This time is a function of switch structure and size.
What is a latching and
non-latching attenuator?
Non-latching is also called
momentary or fail-safe. For
the non-latching type, the
attenuator is switched to the
attenuation "on" position only
so long as control power is applied
to the switch. As soon as power is
removed the switch reverts to it passive
state or fail-safe state...usually the zero dB state. In latching
attenuators each cell stays in the last setting even if power
is removed. Latching attenuators have two control lines.
One control line causes the attenuator to switch to the
"attenuation on" setting while the other control line causes
the attenuator to switch to the zero dB setting. There is normally a permanent magnet that holds the switch stable in
either position.
Each version has its advantages and disadvantages. The
non-latching switch requires constant power to the solenoid
when in the "on" position. On the other hand the latching
version requires greater switch current to overcome it's permanent magnet.
How are the attenuators controlled?
The Model 3200 & 3400 Series non-latching attenuators
require only one 12 volt control line per cell. The direction of
control current is not important.
The Model 150 Series is a latching version using one positive 5 volt or 24 volt common return line and two grounding
control lines.
In order for switching to be guaranteed the voltage between
common and control must be held within specified limits.
Power supply regulation must be kept within range even
while heavy switching current is being drawn. Any cable
voltage drops must be added to the minimum control voltage to obtain the required power supply voltage at the
attenuator.
Aeroflex / Weinschel also manufactures programmable
attenuators using solid state switching that offers faster
switching speeds but their frequency range is more limited
than mechanical step attenuators. Whereas mechanically
switched attenuators operate from DC to their maximum frequency, solid state attenuators have a lower frequency limit.
Solid state attenuators also have lower isolation between
control and through path.
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Aeroflex / Weinschel's programmable attenuators, such as
the Model 3200T, 3400T and 150T Series feature on-board
TTL drivers. TTL driver boards are also available for the
Model 150 Series attenuators.
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Programmable Attenuators
What is the switch life of these programmable
attenuators?
Specified life for mechanical switches is normally in the
range of 1 to 10 million switching. This specification is per
switch, independent of the other switches in the attenuator.
For the Model 150 series attenuators the specification is 5
million cycles, i.e. one cycle is the switch moving in both
directions. These specifications are based on the mechanical life of the switch, however, other factors have an impact
on attenuator life. High power operation can have an
adverse effect on the switch contact surfaces. This can
reduce the overall life of the switch by causing the attenuator performance to go outside it's specification.
number of devices to a single host control interface, suitable
for use in larger system and sub-system applications. The
built-in driver™ contains non-volatile configuration memory
that is used to hold a wide variety of attenuator and driverdependent parameters, including serial number, attenuator
cell dB values, relay configurations, and switching requirements, which are all accessible via the digital interface. This
frees the system designer from such low-level details, allowing faster integration. In either operational mode, the
microcontroller enters an idle condition during periods of
inactivity, turning off all on-board clocks, reducing EMI concerns, and lowering power consumption. On-board
regulation for the digital circuitry allows the programmable
attenuator to operate from a single input supply voltage.
What is monotonicity?
A programmable step attenuator is considered monotonic if
it's attenuation always increases when it is commanded to
increase. This applies on a per frequency basis. For
instance the 20 dB setting at 1 GHz will always be less than
the 21 dB setting at 1 GHz. This does not necessarily mean
that the 20 dB setting at 1 GHz will always be less than the
21 dB setting 18 GHz. Monotonicity is influenced by the
SWR of the individual attenuator cells as the cells are combined to form an attenuation value. It is also influenced by
the summation of individual cell attenuation tolerances as
the cells are combined.
Non-Volatile
Configuration
Memory
TTL/CMOS
Compatible
Digital Interface
Single-Chip
Microcontroller
What is the difference between insertion loss and
incremental attenuation?
Programmable attenuators have insertion loss and also
incremental attenuation. Insertion loss is the loss through
the attenuator when all cells are switched to zero dB. It is
the residual loss of the device itself. Insertion loss usually
increases with frequency reaching several dB at the higher
frequencies and generally has very flat frequency response.
Incremental attenuation is the attenuation values of the
attenuators cells relative to the insertion loss. Since insertion loss is always present, the performance of a
programmable attenuator is always given as incremental
attenuation relative to insertion loss. Insertion loss is considered part of the fixed performance of the system path in
which the programmable attenuator is located.
What is the advantages of Attenuators with built-in
driver circuitry?
These attenuators feature an internal microcontroller-based
driver that provides a TTL-level digital interface for control
of the attenuator relays (Figure 1). This card simplifies
operation and interfacing requirements, while at the same
time providing for greatly enhanced flexibility over past
designs. User-selectable modes of operation include both
parallel and serial bus. The parallel mode provides a simple, one-bit per relay on/off control with internal pullups for
use primarily in single attenuator applications. This mode
allows the attenuator to be controlled via a variety of
methods, such as a TTL-level digital output port, or
mechanical toggle switches. The serial mode provides a
two-wire serial bus structure and protocol for connecting a
Relay
Drivers
+5 V
Regulator
+12 to
+15 V
Input
To
Attenuator
Relays
EMI
Filters
Figure 1. Digital Driver Circuitry
How can I control the Attenuators with built-in drivers?
The communications interface (Model 8210A) provides a
flexible, low cost solution for the operation of programmable step attenuators and other electromechanical devices
under computer control. Designed to interface to Aeroflex /
Weinschel’s line of programmable attenuators built-in intelligent drivers, the Model 8210A represents a new concept in
device control applications for bench test and subsystem
designs. The 8210A communications interface provides a
high-level interface from various industry standard communications interfaces, including IEEE-488 and RS232
/RS422/RS485, to the programmable attenuators serial
Driver Interface Bus.
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Programmable Attenuators
Intermodulation Distortion in Programmable Attenuators....
einschel
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has been a major supplier of
programmable attenuators to the RF industry for over
25 years. Historically the most demanding specifications for these components have been low insertion loss and SWR,
combined with a reasonable life expectancy of several million
switching cycles. This was usually adequate for RF instruments
like spectrum analyzers and signal generators, wherein the
attenuator bandwidth rather than the switching speed was of prime
concern. To achieve wide bandwidths the programmable attenuators were mostly of electromechanical design and the linearity of
these passive components was not only assumed but never
questioned by any customer. Intermodulation distortion discussions and problems were usually limited to components such as
amplifiers, mixers and filters.
In recent years, however, wireless communication systems
employing complex digital modulation schemes, increased channel capacity, high transmit power and extremely low receiver
sensitivity have put into question the linearity of passive components. Even very low level multi-tone intermodulation products
generated by attenuators can seriously degrade the efficiency of
a system/ instrument if these products fall within the user passband. For two closely spaced tones at frequencies f1 and f2, the
third order IM products at 2f1 - f2 and 2f2 - f1 , are the most
harmful distortion products. They are harmful because they are
located close to f1 and f2 and virtually impossible to filter out. In
today's base stations the multicarrier power amplifier (MCPA) is
replacing banks of single-channel amplifiers and their corresponding power combining network. MCPAs have the capability
of carrying a number of modulation schemes simultaneously and
can also employ schemes such as dynamic-channel-allocation
(DCA) to use the allocated frequency spectrum more efficiently.
The in-band intermodulation distortion (IMD) performance of
these amplifiers is extremely critical and needs to be measured
using low distortion programmable multi-tone generators whose
IMD performance must be quite superior. This is discussed in the
two case studies cited here.
Electromechanical programmable attenuators obviously
provide a far superior IMD performance than
their corresponding solid state
counterparts employing semiconductor switching elements.
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However, their slow switch speed, in the order of milliseconds, and short switch life in the order of 5-10 million cycles
make them unattractive in some applications like cell phone testing and other ATE systems. Solid State programmable attenuators
do overcome these two problems and are therefore included here
for IMD performance comparison. It is not the intent of this brief
article to go into the theory of intermodulation distortion. The goal
here is to provide some good basic IMD test data for a
variety of commercial programmable attenuators and let the end
user select the most appropriate type for his application.
Measurement System and Parameters...
All test data presented here was generated using a
commercially available Passive IM Analyzer, Summitek Model
SI-800A which provides a fully integrated system for characterizing distortion produced by cables, attenuators and other passive
devices. Although the system is capable of measuring both,
through and reflected IM3, IM5, IM7 and IM9, the focus here is
only on through IM for the most troublesome third order product,
IM3. To carry out a meaningful comparison between different
attenuators all measurements were carried out using two equal
amplitude input tones at 869 MHz (f1) and 891 MHz(f2) , the IM3
frequency being 847 MHz (2f1-f2). Input carrier power was
stepped in increments of 1 dB from -7dBm to +27dBm. All external adapters and cables were carefully selected to maintain the
system's residual IM level of around -120 dBm. Although the system permitted receiver measurements between -70 to -120 dBm
we restricted all measurements between -85 to -110 dBm by
using a calibrated low IM coupler and attenuators at the output
port of the DUT. One must be aware that the accuracy of such
small signal measurements can easily be off by 2 to 3 dB so
restricting the measurement dynamic range helps reduce the
receiver non-linearity error. Measurements were done over several days to ensure stability and repeatability.
Distortion Comparison for Basic Types of
Programmable Attenuators...
The programmable attenuators discussed here are the
switched type with a discrete number of `cells'. Switching
between the zero and attenuate state on each cell is achieved by
a DPDT switch configuration. The cell values are usually in a
binary sequence. For example a 6 cell/6 bit unit could have 1, 2,
4, 8, 16 and 32 dB sections providing a 63 dB dynamic range in
1dB increments. Four basic families of programmable attenuators are compared, each family being identified by the switch
element used to achieve the transfer from zero to attenuate state.
For the purposes of distortion comparison it was deemed
necessary to select units with similar electrical length and/or
programmability. Both the electromechanical units, TO5 relay
and edge-line type, had an electrical length of about 20 cms. The
two solid state units had 6 cell programmability yielding 63 dB in
1 dB step size. All IM3 vs Pin measurements were done with the
attenuators programmed to be in their characteristic zero insertion
loss state.
The zero state was selected because it
generated the highest IM3 levels. The graph below shows the
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obvious compromise in IMD performance for the two solid state
types. It is worth noting that the IM3 vs Pin slope is not exactly
3:1 as would be the case in a perfect third order device. The theoretical two tone third order intercept point, IP3, commonly used
as a figure of merit for comparing linearity is shown in the following table at two different input power levels. The input IP3 is
derived from the following relation:
Input IP3 = 3(Pin-α)-IM3 + α
2
where α = zero insertion loss of each unit @ 847 MHz, the IM3 frequency. IM3 and Pin are selected from Table 1.
TABLE 1. SPECIFICATION COMPARISONS:
Attenuator Type
Parameter
PIN
FET
Relay
Edge-Line
IP3 @
10 dBm
42.0 dBm
48.0 dBm
72 dBm
98 dBm*
IP3 @
24dBm
39.0 dBm
53.5 dBm
75 dBm
98 dBm
I. Loss
2.0 dB
5.0 dB
1.5 dB
0 dB
Switching
Time
2 µsec
2 µsec
5 msec
20 msec
Switch Life
∞
∞
10 million
5 million
Frequency
(GHz)
0.8-2.3
0.01-2.5
dc-3
dc-26.5
* NOTE: Although the actual IM3 was not measurable the curve for the edge-line
unit is linear and predictable unlike the two curves for the solid state attenuators. If
we were to extrapolate this curve we would get the same IP3 figure of +98dBm as
expected.
IM3 Performance of Electromechanical & Solid State
Programmable Attenuators
0
-10
-20
-30
Passive IM3 Measurement
Weinschel Series 4206, 4216, 3200 & 150
Low Carrier Frequency:
869.0 MHz
High Carrier Frequency:
891.0 MHz
IM3 Frequency:
847.0 MHz
Through IM3 (dBm)
-40
-50
-60
-70
PIN switched - 4216 series
FET switched - 4206 series
TO5 rela y switched - 3200 series
Edge-line reed switched 150 series
-80
-90
-100
-110
-120
-130
-140
-150
-7 -6 -5 -4 -3 -2 -1 0
1
2 3
4
5 6
7
8 9 10 1 1 12 1 3 1 4 15 1 6 1 7 18 1 9 2 0 2 1 22 2 3 2 4 25 2 6 2 7
Input Power, Pin (dBm) each tone
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Company A offers its IMD series Phase Aligned 8 tone generators to test intermodulation distortion in multi-carrier power
amplifiers. The output level of these generators is accurately controlled using a Weinschel TO5 relay based programmable
attenuator offering over 60 dB dynamic range. Eight +13 dBm
carriers are input to the attenuator. In MCPAs with feedforward
correction, in-band IMD levels could be as low as -75 dBc so
Company A wanted at least -85 dBc at the output of their generator. The first problem was that Weinschel could not simulate the
exact test conditions. This was readily resolved by establishing a
good co-relation between our two tone IM3 measurement and
Company A's 8 tone test. Having employed the best plating techniques and using good low IM connector design the attenuator
was still short of the required IMD spec. The final improvement
was achieved by extensive testing on relays from three different
manufacturers. Figure 2 shows IM3 plots of the two best performers. Manufacturer B consistently provided a 4 to 5 dB
improvement at the two tone level at Pin of +22 dBm and higher.
This corresponded to an acceptable output distortion level for the
Company A generator.
to the customer and suspected to be the prime cause of high IMD
levels. Since the unit was going to be mounted in a benign environment, elimination of the nickel underplate was not thought to
be a problem. Figure 3 demonstrates the tremendous reduction in
IM3 levels upon elimination of the nickel underplate-a significant
40 dB! A further 10-15 dB improvement was achieved by
redesigning the connectors to reduce their passive IMD. The IM
improvement in these connectors would have served no purpose
prior to the elimination of nickel. This is because the main source
of distortion lay behind the connector back plane, along the edge
transmission line, which had a far greater electrical length than
the two connectors.
Input Power vs. Through IM3 Level
Case Study 2
-60
-70
-80
IM3 (dBm)
Case Study 1
-90
-100
-110
Input Power vs. Through IM3 Level
Case Study 1
Passive IM3 Measurement
Weinschel 150 Series High Frequency Edge-Line Programmable Attenuator
Low Carrier Frequency:
869.0 MHz
High Carrier Frequency:
891.0 MHz
IM3 Frequency:
847.0 MHz
Gold plated edge-line with Ni underplate
Gold plated edge-line without Ni underplate
Final design with low IM connectors
-120
-65
IM3 (dBm)
-75
Passive IM3 Measurement
Weinschel 3200-1 with TO5 relays from two different manufacturers
Low Carrier Frequency:
869.0 MHz
High Carrier Frequency:
891.0 MHz
IM3 Frequency:
847.0 MHz
-130
-140
-7 -6 -5 -4 -3 -2 -1
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27
InputPower, P in(dBm) each Tone
-85
Conclusion
-95
-105
Manufacturer A
Manufacturer B
-115
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
Input Power, Pin (dBm) each tone
Case Study 2
Company B manufactures ultra low distortion multi-tone signal generators. Their units offer up to 160 channels from 5 MHz
through 1 GHz. Each carrier can be leveled as high as +10 dBm.
One of their most stringent requirements is a cross modulation
test. The Company B generator specification is -100 dB below the
sideband of a 100% amplitude modulated carrier, which is -110
dBc. The actual components used in the critical path had to
measure -120 dBc or better. Their generator needed an ultra linear attenuator to provide a programmed output level in 0.5 dB
increments. Relay based units were tested and found to be unacceptable. The high performance edge-line attenuators were
expected to solve the problem but at first they too fell short, but
mainly in their zero attenuation state, which generates maximum
distortion. Prior to supplying these units to Company B no customer had asked for a distortion specification on these supposedly
passive attenuators. Environmental performance had warranted
the use of nickel underplate on the edge lines. This was disclosed
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Abundant intermodulation test data for four families of programmable attenuators has been presented in an easy format,
together with their other key performance features. This should
enable instrument and system designers to select the most suitable
type for their application.
The two case studies have also demonstrated that an OEM
component supplier cannot possibly simulate the different distortion test scenarios of every customer. Such tests would be
extremely varied, complex and cost prohibitive. The IM analyzer
used at Weinschel was indeed a narrow band instrument and one
might be concerned about the unit's performance at other frequencies. This is a legitimate concern for the solid state types, in
which the distortion mechanism is a strong function of the operating frequency. For the broadband electromechanical types this is
not a major issue. However, with a meaningful two tone intermodulation measurement it is quite possible to get an excellent
correlation with the customer's test conditions and thereby come
up with a corresponding specification under the two tone test. It
is helpful though, to be able to replicate the total power level that
the unit would be subjected to in the field.
Author: Jimmy Dholoo, VP Engineering @ Aeroflex / Weinschel
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Model 3200 Series
Model 3200 (E Series)
Programmable Attenuators
dc to 2.0 GHz
dc t0 3.0 GHz
1 Watt
with optional TTL Interface
E
X P R E S S
www.sicklesonline.com
800-542-4457
Features
o Widest Selection of Attenuation Ranges & Step
Sizes
o Available Express Models:
3200-1, 3200-1E-2
3200-2, 3200-2E-2
3201-1, 3201-2
3206-1
Other models may be available for Express delivery.
o High Quality Construction & Connectors
o Special Configurations Available Upon Request
- Custom Cell/Step Size Configurations
- 3.0 GHz and Higher Frequencies
Description
CELL CONFIGURATIONS:
Model
Number
NO.
Cells
Attenuation
Range/Steps
(dB)
Cell
Increments
(dB)
3200-1
3200-1E
8
127/1
1, 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, 64*
3200-2
3200-2E
8
63.75/0.25
3201-1
3201-1E
5
31/1
3201-2
5
120/10
10, 20, 30, 60**
3205-1
4
70/10
10, 20, 20, 20
3205-2
4
55/5
5, 10, 20, 20
3205-3
3205-3E
4
1.5/0.1
0.1, 0.2, 0.4, 0.8
3206-1
3206-1E
6
63/1
1, 2, 4, 8, 16, 32
3209-1
3209-1E
10
64.5/0.1
0.25, 0.5, 1, 2, 4, 8,
16, 32
1, 2, 4, 8, 16
0.1, 0.2, 0.4, 0.8, 1,
2, 4, 8, 16, 32
*64 dB cell comprised of two 32 dB cells
*60 dB cell comprised of two 30 dB cells
MAXIMUM SWR:
The 3200 Series Programmable Step Attenuators are
designed for use in automatic test equipment and OEM
systems operating in the dc to 3 GHz frequency range. This
series is available in many standard attenuation ranges and
cell configurations. Custom designed configurations are
available upon request. Each cell contains a double-pole,
double-throw relay that provides a zero path or attenuated path for the RF signal.
Freq
Range
(GHz)
Microstrip circuitry and special compensation techniques
produce flat attenuation versus frequency characteristics.
The microstrip construction, using thick-film circuit elements, ensures product uniformity. To minimize RF
leakage, the 3200 Series Attenuators are provided with
gold-plated contact areas and feedthrough filters at each
control terminal.
INCREMENTAL ATTENUATION ACCURACY:
Frequency
Accuracy
Range (GHz)
Specifications
NOMINAL IMPEDANCE: 50 Ω
FREQUENCY RANGE:
dc to 2.0 GHz: 3200-1, 3200-2, 3201-1, 3201-2, 3205-1,
3205-2, 3205-3, 3206-1, 3209-1
dc to 3.0 GHz: 3200-1E, 3200-2E, 3201-1E, 3205-3E,
3206-1E, 3209-1E
dc - 0.2
0.2 - 1
1-2
2-3
dc - 0.5
0.5 - 1
1 -3
3200-1 3200-1E 3201-X 3206-1E 3209-1 3209-1E
3200-2 3200-2E 3205-X
3201-1E 3206-X
3205-3E
1.30
1.25
1.35
---
1.25
1.25
1.25
1.40
1.30
1.25
1.35
---
1.25
1.25
1.25
1.35
1.35
1.35
1.35
---
1.35
1.35
1.35
1.45
+ 0.2 dB or 0.5%
+ 0.2 dB or 1.0%
+ 0.3 dB or 2.0%
MONOTONICITY: dc to 3.0 GHz
INCREMENTAL TEMPERATURE COEFFICIENT:
30 and 32 dB Cells:
All other cells:
0.00005 dB/dB/°C
0.00002 dB/dB/°C
POWER RATING: 1 watt average to 25°C ambient
temperature, derated linearly to 0.25 watt @ 71°C. 50 watts
peak (5 µsec pulse width; 1% duty cycle)
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Specifications - Con’t
MAXIMUM INSERTION LOSS (dB):
Frequency
Range (GHz)
dc - 0.5
0.5 - 1.0
1.0 - 1.5
1.5 - 2.0
2.0-3.0
3200-1
3200-2
3200-1E
3200-2E
3201-1
3201-2
3205-X
3201-1E
3205-3E
3206-1
3206-1E
3209-1
3209-1E
2.80
3.50
4.25
4.75
---
2.20
3.00
3.20
3.70
4.90
1.80
2.40
3.00
3.75
---
1.80
2.30
2.80
3.30
---
1.50
1.80
2.25
2.50
3.40
1.25
1.75
2.25
2.50
3.40
2.00
2.70
3.30
4.00
---
1.50
2.00
2.50
2.80
3.70
3.50
4.50
5.60
6.70
---
3.00
3.50
4.00
4.50
5.50
POWER COEFFICIENT: <0.005 dB/dB/watt
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RATED SWITCH LIFE: 5 million cycles operations per cell
@ 0 dBm
SWITCHING TIME: 6 msec. maximum at nominal rated
voltage
RELEASE TIME: 3 msec maximum
CYCLING RATE: 5 Hz maximum per relay
OPERATING VOLTAGE: +12V (+ 16V maximum; +10V
minimum)
OPERATING CURRENT:
2 GHz Models: 14 mA typical per cell @ +12V
3 GHz Models: 30 mA typical per cell @ +12V
TEMPERATURE RANGE (Operating): -55°C to +71°C
TEST DATA: Test data is available at additional cost.
CONNECTORS: SMA female connectors per MIL-STD-348
interface dimensions - mate nondestructively with
MIL-C-39012 connectors.
CONTROL TERMINALS: 0.040 inch. (1 mm) diameter
solderable leads. May be used with PC board sockets/
receptacles.
CONSTRUCTION:
Housing:
Aluminum
Connectors:
Stainless steel body and beryllium
copper contacts.
Control terminals: Brass/Copper, Silver plated
WEIGHT (Typical):
3200-1, 3200-2, 3200-1E & 3200-2E: 117 g (4.1 oz)
3201-1 & 3201-1E:
89 g (3.1 oz)
3201-2:
96 g (3.4 oz)
3205-1, 3205-2, 3205-3, 3205-3E:
77 g (2.7 oz)
3206-1, 3206-1E:
99 g (3.5 oz)
3209-1, 3209-1E:
159 g (5.6 oz)
MODEL NUMBER DESCRIPTION:
Example, DC-2 GHz models:
320X-Y
For a basic 2 GHz model*
320X-Y-1
Add -1 for TTL driver board with a 10 pin
ribbon cable connector.
320X-Y-2
Add -2 for TTL driver board with a 15 pin D
type connector.
Example, DC-3 GHz models:
Add E as in:
320X-YE
For a basic 3 GHz model*
320X-YE-1 Add -1 for a TTL driver board with a 10 pin
ribbon cable connector
320X-YE-2 Add -2 for a TTL driver board with a 15 pin
D connector
* Use the Cell Configuration table to determine X and Y
for available attenuation ranges.
CONTROL CONFIGURATION:
Standard Unit: One terminal is connected to case ground
and the remaining terminals are provided for activation of
individual cells. Attenuation is fail-safe to "0" setting in the
absence of a control voltage. Application of a voltage (+) to
a particular cell causes it to switch to the attenuate position.
Units with TTL Option: Units with this option are supplied
with a very low profile connectorized TTL interface board
mounted directly to the control terminals. This TTL interface
option is available with either a 10 pin ribbon cable connector or a 15 pin "D" connector (limited models), refer to list
below. Each type is supplied with a mating connector. Refer
to Physical Dimensions for mating connector pin/wiring
details. Two wires are specified for supply voltage and
ground. The remaining wires will accept TTL control signals
to activate or de-activate a particular attenuation cell. A TTL
high will energize a cell to the high attenuation state,
whereas a TTL low will maintain a cell in its zero attenuation
state.
To order 3200 Series Attenuators with this option add -1 to
basic model number for ribbon cable connector and -2 for
the "D" connector. Example: Model 3201-1 with a TTL interface board would be 3201-1-1. Mating connector is
provided. To order a TTL Driver board separately for an
existing 3200 Series Attenuator, use the following:
Basic
Model No.
3200-1,
3200-2,
3201-1,
3201-2
3205-1
3205-2
3205-3,
3206-1,
3209-1,
3200-1E
3200-2E
3201-2E
3205-3E
3206-3E
3209-1E
TTL BD Kit Part No. TTL BD Part No.
10 Pin Ribbon
15 Pin "D" CONN
101-1781
101-1781
101-1780
101-1780
101-1780
101-1780
101-1780
101-1780
101-1804-000*
101-1798-000**
101-1798-000**
101-1798-001**
101-1798-001**
101-1798-001**
101-1798-001**
101-1798-001**
N/A
N/A
* 14 pin ribbon connector.
** 3 FT TTL Interface Cable Part No. 101-1805 supplied with unit.
Note: Control is non-latching and requires a continuous
control signal for the period of time in which attenuation is
required.
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TTL DRIVER SPECIFICATIONS:
INTERFACE CONNECTOR: Option -1(Models 3200, 3201,
3205 and 3206): 10 pin .025 square post header on .1
center, mates with Amp connector 746285-1 or equivalent.
Option -1 (3209): 14 pin .025 square post header on .1
center, mates with Amp connector 746285-2 or equivalent.
Option -2: 15 pin D Socket Connector, mates with Cannon
connector DA-15S or equivalent.
INPUT VOLTAGE:
VIN High= +2.0V minimum
+5.0V typical
Vcc maximum
VIN Low = 0 minimum
0.8 maximum
INPUT CURRENT:
IIN (VIN=2.4 V) = 55 µA
IIN (VIN=3.85 V) = 280 µA
SUPPLY CURRENT (Digital Section):
maximum
ICC=25.0 mA
SUPPLY CURRENT (per cell continuos): ICC=25.0 mA
maximum for 2 GHz models and 30 mA per cell for 3 GHz
models.
SUPPLY VOLTAGE:
VCC=+12.0 to +15V
TEMPERATURE RANGE (Operating): -40°C to +70°C
MODELS WITH BUILT-IN DRIVERS: Most 3200s are available with an intelligent interface\driver cards. These are
designed to interface with our 8210A Series Controllers
which greatly simplifies computer control applications. Refer
to Model 3200T and 3201T data sheet for more information.
PHYSICAL DIMENSIONS:
Aeroflex / Wein
Model No.
3200-X
No. Cells
8
A
101.6 (4.0
B
7 EQ SPCS @ 10.16 (.40) = 71.1 (2.80)
C
88.9 (3.50)
D
95.2 (3.75)
3201-X
5/4
76.2 (3.00)
4 EQ SPCS @ 10.16 (.40) = 40.64 (1.60)
63.5 (2.50)
69.8 (2.75)
3205-X
4
58.9 (2.32)
3 EQ SPCS @ 10.16 (.40) = 30.5 (1.20)
46.2 (1.82)
52.6 (2.07)
3206-X
6
81. 3+0.5
(3.20+0.02
5 EQ SPCS @ 10.16 (.40) = 50.8 (2.00)
68.6 (2.70)
75.18 (2.96)
NOTE:
All dimensions are given in mm (inches) and are maximum, unless otherwise specified.
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PHYSICAL DIMENSIONS:
TTL OPTION -1 (3200, 3201, 3206):
Model No.
E
3200-X-1
37.8 (1.49)
3201-X-1
18.8 (0.74)
3206-X-1
18.8 (0.74)
TTL OPTION -1 (3205):
Aeroflex / Weinschel
Control Connector J3 Pin Locations:
TTL Conn
PIN No. (J3)
3200-1-1
dB (Cell)
3200-2-1
dB (Cell)
3201-1-1
dB (Cell )
3201-2-1
dB (Cell)
3205-1-1
dB (Cell)
3205-2-1
dB (Cell)
3205-3-1
dB (Cell )
3206-1-1
dB (Cell)
1
32
0.25
NC
NC
NC
NC
NC
NC
2
1
0.5
NC
NC
NC
NC
NC
NC
3
2
1
1
30
NC
NC
NC
1
4
32*
2
2
10
10
5
0.1
2
5
4
4
4
30**
20
10
0.2
4
6
8
8
8
20
20
20
0.4
8
7
16
16
16
30**
20
20
0.8
16
8
32*
32
NC
NC
NC
NC
NC
32
9
COM
COM
COM
COM
COM
COM
COM
COM
10
+Vcc
+Vcc
+Vcc
+Vcc
+ Vcc
+ Vcc
+Vcc
+ Vcc
*64 dB cell comprised of two 32 dB cells
**60 dB cell comprised of two 30 dB cells
NC = Not Connected
NOTE:
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PHYSICAL DIMENSIONS:
TTL Driver Option -2 (3200, 3201, 3205):
Model No.
A
3200-X-2
101.6 (4.00)
3201-X-2
76.2 (3.00)
3205-X-2
76.2 (3.00)
Control Connector J3 Pin Locations:
"D" Conn
PIN No. (J3)
3200-1-2
dB (Cell)
3200-2-2 3201-1-2
dB (Cell) dB (Cell )
3201-2-2
dB (Cell)
3205-1-2
dB (Cell)
3205-2-2
dB (Cell)
3205-3-2
dB (Cell)
Cable (P/N 101-1805)
Color Code
1
32
32
2
16
16
NC
NC
NC
NC
NC
BRN
NC
NC
NC
NC
NC
3
8
YEL
8
NC
NC
NC
NC
NC
GRN
LT BLU
4
4
4
16
30**
20
20
0.8
5
32
0.25
1
30**
NC
NC
NC
VIO
6
1
0.5
2
10
10
5
0.1
GRY
7
2
1
4
30
20
10
0.2
WHT
8
32*
2
8
20
20
20
0.4
WHT/BLK
9
NC
NC
NC
NC
NC
NC
NC
RED
10
GND
GND
GND
GND
GND
GND
GND
BLK
11
NC
NC
NC
NC
NC
NC
NC
---
12
NC
NC
NC
NC
NC
NC
NC
---
13
NC
NC
NC
NC
NC
NC
NC
---
14
NC
NC
NC
NC
NC
NC
NC
---
15
+Vcc
+Vcc
+Vcc
+Vcc
+Vcc
+Vcc
+Vcc
ORN
*64 dB cell comprised of two 32 dB cells
**60 dB cell comprised of two 30 dB cells
NC = Not Connected
NOTE:
All dimensions are given in mm (inches) and are maximum, unless otherwise specified.
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PHYSICAL DIMENSIONS:
Model 3209-1:
Model 3209-1-1 (TTL Option -1):
NOTE:
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Programmable Attenuators
Model 3200T
Model 3200T (E Series)
Programmable Attenuators
dc to 2.0 GHz
dc to 3.0 GHz
1 Watt
with built-in Microprocessor-Based Driver
For Use with Weinschel 8210A Controller
CELL CONFIGURATIONS:
E
X P R E S S
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Features
o Widest Selection of Attenuation Ranges
& Steps Sizes
o Available Express Models:
3200T-1
3206T-1
Other models may be available for Express delivery.
o Built-In TTL\CMOS Interface Driver Circuitry
o High Quality Construction and Connectors
o Special Configurations Available Upon Request
- Custom Cell/Step Size Configurations
- 3.0 GHz and Higher Frequencies
Description
This line of intelligent programmable step attenuators with a
built-in digital interface are designed to simplify the control
and integration of these devices into subsystem and bench
applications. This series of Programmable Step Attenuators
is designed for use in automatic test equipment and OEM
systems operating in the dc to 3 GHz frequency range.
These models are available in many standard attenuation
ranges and cell configurations. Each cell contains a doublepole, double-throw relay that provides a minimum loss or
attenuated path for the RF signal.
Microstrip circuitry and special compensation techniques
produce flat attenuation versus frequency characteristics.
The microstrip construction, using thick-film circuit
elements, ensures product uniformity. To minimize RF leakage, the 3200T Series Attenuators are provided with
gold-plated contact areas and feedthrough filters at each
control terminal.
Specifications
NOMINAL IMPEDANCE: 50 Ω
FREQUENCY RANGE:
dc to 2.0 GHz: 3200T-1, 3200T-2, 3201T-1, 3201T-2,
3205T-1, 3205T-2, 3205T-3, 3206T-1,
3209T-1
dc to 3.0 GHz: 3200T-1E, 3200T-2E, 3201T-1E,
3205T-3E, 3206T-1E, 3209T-1E
Model
Number
NO.
Cells
Attenuation
Range/Steps
(dB)
Cell
Increments
(dB)
3200T-1
3200T-1E
8
127/1
1, 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, 64*
3200T-2
3200T-2E
8
63.75/0.25
3201T-1
3201T-1E
5
31/1
3201T-2
5
120/10
10, 20, 30, 60**
3205T-1
4
70/10
10, 20, 20, 20
3205T-2
4
55/5
5, 10, 20, 20
3205T-3
3205T-3E
4
1.5/0.1
0.1, 0.2, 0.4, 0.8
3206T-1
3206T-1E
6
63/1
1, 2, 4, 8, 16, 32
3209T-1
3209T-1E
10
64.5/0.1
0.25, 0.5, 1, 2, 4, 8,
16, 32
1, 2, 4, 8, 16
0.1, 0.2, 0.4, 0.8, 1,
2, 4, 8, 16, 32
*64 dB cell comprised of two 32 dB cells
**60 dB cell comprised of two 30 dB cells
MAXIMUM SWR:
Freq
Range
(GHz)
dc - 0.2
0.2 - 1
1-2
2-3
3200T-1 3200T-1E 3201T-X
3200T-2 3200T-2E 3205T-X
3206T-X
1.30
1.25
1.35
---
1.25
1.25
1.25
1.40
1.30
1.25
1.35
---
3201T-1E 3209T-1 3209T-1E
3205T-3E
3206T-1E
1.25
1.25
1.25
1.35
1.35
1.35
1.35
---
1.35
1.35
1.35
1.45
INCREMENTAL ATTENUATION ACCURACY:
Frequency
Accuracy
Range (GHz)
dc - 0.5
0.5 - 1
1 -3
+ 0.2 dB or 0.5%
+ 0.2 dB or 1.0%
+ 0.3 dB or 2.0%
MONOTONICITY: dc to 3.0 GHz
INCREMENTAL TEMPERATURE COEFFICIENT:
30 and 32 dB Cells:
All other cells:
0.00005 dB/dB/°C
0.00002 dB/dB/°C
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Specifications - Con’t
MAXIMUM INSERTION LOSS (dB):
Frequency
Range (GHz)
3200T-1
3200T-2
3200T-1E
3200T-2E
3201-1
3201-2
3205T-X
3201T-1E
3205T-3E
3206T-1
3206T-1E
3209T-1
3209T-1E
2.80
3.50
4.25
4.75
---
2.00
2.70
3.00
3.50
4.30
1.80
2.40
3.00
3.75
---
1.80
2.30
2.80
3.30
---
1.25
1.75
2.25
2.50
3.40
2.00
2.70
3.30
4.00
---
1.50
2.00
2.50
2.80
3.70
3.50
4.50
5.60
6.70
---
3.00
3.50
4.00
4.50
5.50
dc - 0.5
0.5 - 1.0
1.0 - 1.5
1.5 - 2.0
2.0-3.0
POWER RATING: 1 watt average to 25°C ambient temperature, derated linearly to 0.25 watt @ 71°C. 50 watts
peak (5 µsec pulse width; 1% duty cycle)
POWER COEFFICIENT: < 0.005 dB/dB/watt
RATED SWITCH LIFE: 5 million cycles operations per cell
@ 0 dBm
CYCLING RATE: 5 Hz maximum per relay
DRIVER INTERFACE:
Input Supply Voltage:
Control Signals:
Interface Modes:
DC Characteristics (at 25 °C):
Parameter
VIL
Low-level input V:
VIH
IPU
VIN
IIN
ICELL
High-level input V:
+12.0 to +15. V
TTL/CMOS compatible
parallel / serial
Specification
-0.5V min, 0.8V max
2.0V min, 5.25V max
Pullup current
Supply Voltage:
50 µA min, 400 µA max
+12.0 to +15.0V
Supply current:
25 mA
(digital section)
Supply current:
15 mA (2 GHz Units)
(per cell) continuous
30 mA (3 GHz Units)
TEMPERATURE RANGE (Operating): -20°C to +70°C
TEST DATA: Test data is available at additional cost.
CONNECTORS: SMA female connectors per MIL-STD-348
interface dimensions - mate nondestructively with
MIL-C-39012 connectors.
INTERFACE CONNECTOR: 14 pin .025 square post
header on .1 center. Mates with Amp connector 746285-2 or
equivalent.
CONSTRUCTION:
Housing:
Connectors:
WEIGHT:
94
Aluminum
Stainless steel body and beryllium
copper contacts.
3200T-X
3201T-X
3205T-X
3206T-X
3209T-X
165
132
132
132
218
g
g
g
g
g
(8.4
(7.3
(7.3
(7.3
(9.7
oz)
oz)
oz)
oz)
oz)
ACCESSORIES
Programmable Attenuator/Switch Controller: The Model
8210A Programmable Attenuator/Switch Controller provides
a flexible, low cost solution for the operation of programmable step attenuators and other electromechanical devices
under computer control. Designed to interface to Aeroflex /
Weinschel's intelligent programmable attenuators, the
8210A represents a new concept in device control applications for bench test and subsystem designs. The 8210A
provides a high-level interface from various industry standard communications interfaces, including IEEE-488 and
RS232/RS422/RS485, to the programmable attenuator’s
serial Driver Interface Bus.
CONTROL CONFIGURATION
These programmable attenuators feature an internal microcontroller-based driver that provides a TTL-level digital
interface for control of the attenuator relays. This card simplifies operation and interfacing requirements, while at the
same time providing for greatly enhanced flexibility over
past designs. User-selectable modes of operation include
both parallel and serial bus. The parallel mode provides a
simple, one-bit per relay on/off control with internal pullups
for use primarily in single attenuator applications. This mode
allows the attenuator to be controlled via a variety of methods, such as a TTL-level digital output port, or mechanical
toggle switches. The device bus provides a two-wire serial
bus structure and protocol for connecting a number of
devices to a single host control interface, suitable for use in
larger system and sub-system applications. The digital
interface contains non-volatile configuration memory that is
used to hold a wide variety of attenuator and driver-dependent parameters, including serial number, attenuator cell dB
values, relay configurations, and switching requirements,
which are all accessible via the digital interface.
In either operational mode, the microcontroller enters an
idle condition during periods of inactivity, turning off all
on-board clocks, reducing EMI concerns, and lowering
power consumption. On-board regulation for the digital
circuitry allows the attenuator to operate from a single input
supply voltage.
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PHYSICAL DIMENSIONS:
Model 3200T, 3201T, 3205T, & 3206T:
"D"
Model No.
3200T-X
No. Cells
8
A
101.6 (4.0)
B
34.8 (1.37)
C
88.9 (3.50)
D
95.2 (3.75)
3201T-X
5/4
76.2 (3.00)
22.1 (0.87)
63.5 (2.50)
69.8 (2.75)
3205T-X
4
72.4 (2.85)
20.3 (0.80)
46.2 (1.82)
52.6 (2.07)
3206T-X
6
81. 3+0.5
(3.20+0.02
24.0 (0.98)
68.6 (2.70)
75.18 (2.96)
Model 3209T:
NOTE:
All dimensions are given in mm (inches) and are maximum, unless otherwise specified.
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Programmable Attenuators
Model 3250 & 3250T
Programmable Attenuators
dc to 1.0 GHz
1 Watt
75 Ω
with optional TTL Interface
T Series for use with Weinschel 8210A Controller
E
MAXIMUM CHARACTERISTIC ZERO LOSS (dB):
X P R E S S
Frequency Range (GHz)
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dc - 0.5
0.5 - 1.0
Features
o Cost Effective design for Wireless/Cellular
Applications
o Available Express Models:
3250T-63
Other models may be available for Express delivery.
o Optional Built-in Interface
o Custom Configurations including bus controlled
attenuator subsystems
Specifications
NOMINAL IMPEDANCE: 75 Ω
FREQUENCY RANGE: dc to 1.0 GHz:
MAXIMUM SWR:
Frequency Range (GHz)
SWR
dc - 0.5
0.5 - 1.0
1.60
1.40
CELL CONFIGURATIONS:
Model
NO.
Attenuation
Number
Cells Range/Steps
(dB)
3250-63
6
63/1
Cell
Increments
(dB)
1, 2, 4, 8, 16, 32
INCREMENTAL ATTENUATION ACCURACY:
Frequency
Range (GHz)
dc - 0.5
0.5 - 1.0
96
Accuracy
Loss (dB)
2.25
5.00
RATED SWITCH LIFE: 5 million operations per cell (typ)
SWITCHING TIME: 8 msec. maximum @ nominal rated
voltage.
CYCLING RATE: 5 Hz maximum
OPERATING VOLTAGE: +11V to +16V
+12V to +17V (TTL opt -1)
OPERATING CURRENT: 16 mA maximum per cell
TEMPERATURE RANGE (Operating): -40 to +70°C
POWER RATING: 1 watt average, 50 watts peak (5 µsec
pulse width; 1% duty cycle)
CONNECTORS: BNC female connectors per MIL-STD348 interface dimensions - mate nondestructively with
MIL-C-39012 connectors.
CONTROL TERMINALS: 0.040 inch. (1 mm) diameter
solderable leads
CONSTRUCTION:
Housing:
Aluminum
Connectors:
Nickel plated brass body and
beryllium copper contacts.
WEIGHT:
3250
140 g (4.5 oz)
3250T
189 g (4.9 oz)
ACCESSORIES
Programmable Attenuator/Switch Controller: The Model
8210A Programmable Attenuator/Switch Controller provides
a flexible, low cost solution for the operation of programmable step attenuators and other electromechanical devices
under computer control. Designed to interface to Aeroflex /
Weinschel's intelligent programmable attenuators, the
8210A represents a new concept in device control applications for bench test and subsystem designs. The 8210A
provides a high-level interface from various industry standard communications interfaces, including IEEE-488 and
RS232/RS422/RS485, to the programmable attenuator's
serial Driver Interface Bus.
+ 0.3 dB or 2.0%
+ 0.4 dB or 2.0%
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CONTROL CONFIGURATION:
Standard Unit: One terminal is connected to case ground
and the remaining terminals are provided for activation of
individual cells. Attenuation is fail-safe to "0" setting in the
absence of a control voltage. Application of a voltage (+) to
a particular cell causes it to switch to the attenuate position.
Units with TTL Option: Units with this options are supplied
with a very low profile connectorized TTL interface board
mounted directly to the control terminals. This TTL interface
option is available with a 10 pin ribbon cable connector and
is supplied with a mating connector. Refer to Physical
Dimensions for mating connector pin/wiring details. Two
wires are specified for supply voltage and ground. The
remaining wires will accept TTL control signals to activate or
de-activate a particular attenuation cell. A TTL high will
energize a cell to the high attenuation state, whereas a TTL
low will maintain a cell in its zero attenuation state.
To order 3250 Series Attenuators with this option add -1 to
basic model number for ribbon cable connector. Example:
Model 3250-63 with a TTL interface would be 3250-63-1.
Non-Volatile
Configuration
Memory
TTL/CMOS
Compatible
Digital Interface
Single-Chip
Microcontroller
Relay
Drivers
+5 V
Regulator
+12 to
+15 V
Input
To
Attenuator
Relays
EMI
Filters
Figure 1. Built-In Driver Circuitry
Note: Control is non-latching and requires a continuous
control signal for the period of time in which attenuation is
required.
meters, including serial number, attenuator cell dB values,
relay configurations, and switching requirements, which are
all accessible via the digital interface.
TTL DRIVER SPECIFICATIONS:
Digital Driver Interface Specifications:
INTERFACE CONNECTOR: Option -1: 10 pin .025 square
post header on .1 center, mates with Amp connector
746285-1 or equivalent
INPUT VOLTAGE:
VIN High=
VIN Low =
Input Supply Voltage:
+12.0 to +15.0V
Control Signals:
TTL/CMOS compatible
+2.0V minimum
Interface Modes:
parallel/ I2C serial
+5.0V typical
Vcc maximum
0 minimum
DC Characteristics (at 25°C):
INPUT CURRENT:
0.8 maximum
IIN (VIN=2.4 V) = 55 µA
IIN (VIN=3.85 V) = 280 µA
SUPPLY CURRENT:
ICC=25 mA maximum per cell
SUPPLY VOLTAGE:
VCC=+12.0 to +15 V
TEMPERATURE RANGE (Operating): -40 to +70 °C
Units with driver Circuitry (Figure 1): Model 3250T-63
features an internal microcontroller-based driver that provides a TTL-level digital interface for control of the
attenuator relays. This card simplifies operation and interfacing requirements, while at the same time providing for
greatly enhanced flexibility over past designs. User-selectable modes of operation include both parallel and serial
bus. The parallel mode provides a simple, one-bit per relay
on/off control with internal pullups for use primarily in single
attenuator applications. This mode allows the attenuator to
be controlled via a variety of methods, such as a TTL-level
digital output port, or mechanical toggle switches. The builtin driver bus provides a two-wire serial bus structure and
protocol for connecting a number of devices to a single host
control interface, suitable for use in larger system and subsystem applications. This programmable attenuator
contains non-volatile configuration memory that is used to
hold a wide variety of attenuator and driver-dependent para-
Digital Interface:
Parameter
VIL
Low Level input:
Specification
-0.5 min, 0.8V max
VIH
High Level input:
IIN
Supply current:
2.0 min, 5.25V max
IPU
Pullup Current
Power Supply:
VIN
Supply Voltage:
50 µA min, 400 µA max
ICELL Supply Current:
150 mA (per cell, switching)
TEMPERATURE:
+12.0 to +15.0V
25 mA
-20° to +70°C operating
-55° to +85°C nonoperating
INTERFACE CONNECTOR: 14 pin .025 square post
header on .1 center. Mates with Amp connector 746285-2 or
equivalent (one mating connector included with each unit).
MODEL NUMBER DESCRIPTION:
Example:
3250* - XX - X
Basic
Model
Number
Attenuation
Value (dB)
TTL Option
(Add -1)
Example: 3250-63-1
*Add T to Basic Model Number when ordering Digital Control
Circuitry.
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PHYSICAL DIMENSIONS:
Model 3250:
Aeroflex / Weinschel
BNC CONNECTORS
BOTH ENDS
Model 3250 w/TTL Option -1:
Control Connector J3 Pin Locations:
TTL Conn
PIN No. (J3)
3250-63-1
dB (Cell)
1
NC
2
NC
3
32
4
1
5
2
6
4
7
8
8
16
9
COM
10
+Vcc
NC = Not Connected
NOTE:
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PHYSICAL DIMENSIONS:
Model 3250T:
BNC CONNECTORS
BOTH ENDS
Aeroflex / Weinschel
NOTE:
All dimensions are given in mm (inches) and are maximum, unless otherwise specified.
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Programmable Attenuators
Models 3406 & 3408
Programmable Attenuators
dc to 6.0 GHz
1 Watt
Ideal for Wireless/Test Applications
CELL CONFIGURATIONS:
Model
Number
Features
o Higher Frequency range to 6 GHz.
o Wide Selection of Attenuation Ranges & Step
Sizes
- 0 to 55 dB in 1 dB steps
- 0 to 103 dB in 1 dB steps
- 0 to 55.75 in 0.25 dB steps
o High Quality Construction & Connectors
o Special Configurations Available Upon Request
3406-55
6
55/1
3408-55.75
8
55.75/0.25
3408-103
8
103/1
Cell
Increments
(dB)
1, 2, 4, 8, 16, 24
0.25, 0.5, 1, 2, 4, 8,
16, 24
1, 2, 4, 8, 16, 24, 48*
*48 dB cell comprised of two 24 dB cells
INCREMENTAL ATTENUATION ACCURACY:
Frequency
Range (GHz)
dc - 3
3-6
Accuracy
+0.3 dB or 2% whichever is greater
+0.4 dB or 3% whichever is greater
Description
MAXIMUM INSERTION LOSS (dB):
The 3400 Series Programmable Step Attenuators are
designed for use in automatic test equipment and OEM
systems operating in the dc to 6 GHz frequency range. This
series is available in many standard attenuation ranges and
cell configurations. Custom designed configurations are
available upon request. Each cell contains a double-pole,
double-throw relay that provides a zero path or attenuated path for the RF signal.
Frequency
Range (GHz)
Microstrip circuitry and special compensation techniques
produce flat attenuation versus frequency characteristics.
The microstrip construction, using thin-film circuit elements, ensures product uniformity. To minimize RF
leakage, the 3400 Series Attenuators are provided with
gold-plated contact areas and feedthrough filters at each
control terminal.
Specifications
NOMINAL IMPEDANCE: 50 Ω
FREQUENCY RANGE: dc to 6.0 GHz
MAXIMUM SWR:
Frequency Range (GHz)
dc - 3
3-6
100
NO. Attenuation
Cells Range/Steps
(dB)
SWR
1.30
1.45
dc - 3
3-6
3206-55
3408-55.75
3408-103
2.60
3.80
3.40
5.00
MONOTONICITY: dc to 6.0 GHz
POWER RATING: 1 watt average to 25°C ambient temperature, derated linearly to 0.25 watt @ 70°C. 50 watts
peak (5 μsec pulse width; 1% duty cycle)
POWER COEFFICIENT: <0.005 dB/dB/watt
RATED SWITCH LIFE: 5 million cycles operations per cell
@ 0 dBm
SWITCHING TIME: 6 msec. maximum at nominal rated
voltage
RELEASE TIME: 5 msec maximum
CYCLING RATE: 5 Hz maximum per relay
OPERATING VOLTAGE: +12V (+13V maximum; +9V minimum)
OPERATING CURRENT: 17 mA typical per cell @ +12V
TEMPERATURE RANGE (Operating): -30°C to +70°C
TEST DATA: Test data is available at additional cost.
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Programmable Attenuators
Specifications - Con’t
CONNECTORS: SMA female connectors per MIL-STD-348
interface dimensions - mate nondestructively with
MIL-C-39012 connectors.
CONTROL TERMINALS: 0.040 inch. (1 mm) diameter
solderable leads. May be used with PC board sockets/
receptacles.
CONSTRUCTION:
Housing:
Aluminum
Connectors:
Stainless steel body and beryllium
copper contacts.
Control terminals: Brass/Copper, Silver plated
WEIGHT (Typical): 3406-X:
99 g (3.5 oz)
3408-X:
135 g (4.8 oz)
CONTROL CONFIGURATION:
One terminal is connected to case ground and the remaining terminals are provided for activation of individual cells.
Attenuation is fail-safe to "0" setting in the absence of a control voltage. Application of a voltage (+) to a particular cell
causes it to switch to the attenuate position.
Note: Control is non-latching and requires a continuous
control signal for the period of time in which attenuation is
required.
PHYSICAL DIMENSIONS:
A
B
Aeroflex / Weinschel
C
D
Model No.
3408-X
3406-X
NOTE:
No. Cells
8
A
136.1 (5.36)
B
123.4 (4.86)
C
7 EQ SPCS @ 15.20 (.60) = 106.7 (4.20)
D
128.5 (5.06)
6
105.7 (3.66)
93.0 (3.66)
5 EQ SPCS @ 15.20 (.60) =76.0 (3.00)
98.0 (3.86)
All dimensions are given in mm (inches) and are nominal, unless otherwise specified.
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Programmable Attenuators
Models 3406T & 3408T
Programmable Attenuators
dc to 6.0 GHz
1 Watt
with built-in Microprocessor-Based Driver
For Use with Weinschel 8210A Controller
CELL CONFIGURATIONS:
Model
Number
Features
o Higher Frequency range to 6 GHz.
o Wide Selection of Attenuation Ranges & Step
Sizes
- 0 to 55 dB in 1 dB steps
- 0 to 103 dB in 1 dB steps
- 0 to 55.75 in 0.25 dB steps
o High Quality Construction & Connectors
o Built-In TTL\CMOS Interface Driver Circuitry
o Special Configurations Available Upon Request
Description
This line of intelligent programmable step attenuators with a
built-in digital interface are designed to simplify the control
and integration of these devices into subsystem and bench
applications. This series of Programmable Step Attenuators
is designed for use in automatic test equipment and OEM
systems operating in the dc to 6 GHz frequency range.
These models are available in many standard attenuation
ranges and cell configurations. Each cell contains a doublepole, double-throw relay that provides a minimum loss or
attenuated path for the RF signal.
Microstrip circuitry and special compensation techniques
produce flat attenuation versus frequency characteristics.
The microstrip construction, using thick-film circuit
elements, ensures product uniformity. To minimize RF leakage, the 3400T Series Attenuators are provided with
gold-plated contact areas and feedthrough filters at each
control terminal.
Specifications
NOMINAL IMPEDANCE: 50 Ω
FREQUENCY RANGE: dc to 6.0 GHz
MAXIMUM SWR:
Frequency Range (GHz)
dc - 3
3-6
1
SWR
NO. Attenuation
Cells Range/Steps
(dB)
3406T-55
6
55/1
3408T-55.75
8
55.75/0.25
3408T-103
8
103/1
Cell
Increments
(dB)
1, 2, 4, 8, 16, 24
0.25, 0.5, 1, 2, 4, 8,
16, 24
1, 2, 4, 8, 16, 24, 48*
*48 dB cell comprised of two 24 dB cells
INCREMENTAL ATTENUATION ACCURACY:
Frequency
Range (GHz)
dc - 3
3-6
Accuracy
+0.3 dB or 2% whichever is greater
+0.4 dB or 3% whichever is greater
MAXIMUM INSERTION LOSS (dB):
Frequency
Range (GHz)
dc - 3
3-6
3206-55
3408-55.75
3408-103
2.60
3.80
3.40
5.00
MONOTONICITY: dc to 6.0 GHz
POWER RATING: 1 watt average to 25°C ambient temperature, derated linearly to 0.25 watt @ 70°C. 50 watts
peak (5 μsec pulse width; 1% duty cycle)
POWER COEFFICIENT: <0.005 dB/dB/watt
RATED SWITCH LIFE: 5 million cycles operations per cell
@ 0 dBm
SWITCHING TIME: 6 msec. maximum at nominal rated
voltage
RELEASE TIME: 5 msec maximum
SWITCHING SPEED: 5 Hz maximum per relay
OPERATING VOLTAGE: +12V (+13V maximum; +9V minimum)
OPERATING CURRENT: 17 mA typical per cell @ +12V
TEMPERATURE RANGE (Operating): -30°C to +70°C
TEST DATA: Test data is available at additional cost.
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Programmable Attenuators
Specifications - Con’t
DRIVER INTERFACE:
Parameter
VIL
Low-level input V:
Specification
-0.5V min, 0.8V max
VIH
High-level input V:
2.0V min, 5.25V max
IPU
VIN
IIN
Pullup current:
50 μA min, 400 μA max
Supply Voltage:
+12.0 to +15.0V
Supply current:
25 mA
(digital section)
Supply current:
16.6 mA @ 12V
ICELL
CONNECTORS: SMA female connectors per MIL-STD-348
interface dimensions - mate nondestructively with
MIL-C-39012 connectors.
INTERFACE CONNECTOR: 14 pin .025 square post
header on .1 center. Mates with Amp connector 746285-2 or
equivalent.
CONSTRUCTION:
Housing:
Connectors:
Aluminum
Stainless steel body and beryllium
copper contacts.
Control terminals: Brass/Copper, Silver plated
WEIGHT (Typical): 3406T-X:
99 g (3.5 oz)
3408T-X:
135 g (4.8 oz)
PHYSICAL DIMENSIONS:
“A”
“B”
“C”
“D”
Model No.
3408T-X
3406T-X
NOTE:
No. Cells
8
A
136.1 (5.36)
B
123.4 (4.86)
C
7 EQ SPCS @ 15.20 (.60) = 106.7 (4.20)
D
128.5 (5.06)
6
105.7 (3.66)
93.0 (3.66)
5 EQ SPCS @ 15.20 (.60) =76.0 (3.00)
98.0 (3.86)
All dimensions are given in mm (inches) and are nominal, unless otherwise specified.
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Programmable Attenuators
Model 150T
dc to 18.0 GHz
Model 151T
dc to 4.0 GHz
Model 152T
dc to 26.5 GHz
Relay Switched Programmable Attenuators,
with built-in Microprocessor-Based Driver
For Use with Weinschel 8210A Controller
E
The attenuator elements located in the attenuator cell are
created by a thin-film process which provides exceptional
long-term stability, low power and temperature coefficients.
This series of step attenuators uses a reed switching structure that provides rapid switching together with low insertion
loss.
X P R E S S
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Description
Aeroflex / Weinschel’s line of intelligent programmable step
attenuators with a built-in TTL interface (Figure 1). These
models are designed to simplify the control and integration
of these devices into subsystem and bench applications.
These intelligent attenuators offer the same long reliable
operation with exceptional accuracy and repeatability as
with our other 150 Series Programmable Attenuators. They
provide programmable adjustments of RF signal levels in
precise steps of 1 dB, 5 dB, 10 dB, or with custom steps
available. Each attenuator consists of a cascaded assembly
of switched attenuator cells and a internal TTL interface.
Non-Volatile
Configuration
Memory
TTL/CMOS
Compatible
Digital Interface
Single-Chip
Microcontroller
BUILT-IN DRIVER CIRCUITRY:
These programmable
attenuators feature an internal microcontroller-based driver
that provides a TTL-level digital interface for control of the
attenuator relays. This card simplifies operation and interfacing requirements, while at the same time providing for
greatly enhanced flexibility over past designs. User-selectable modes of operation include both parallel and serial
bus. The parallel mode provides a simple, one-bit per relay
on/off control with internal pullups for use primarily in single
attenuator applications. This mode allows the attenuator to
be controlled via a variety of methods, such as a TTL-level
digital output port, or mechanical toggle switches. The
device bus provides a two-wire serial bus structure and protocol for connecting a number of devices to a single host
control interface, suitable for use in larger system and subsystem applications. The driver interface contains
non-volatile configuration memory that is used to hold a
wide variety of attenuator and driver-dependent parameters, including serial number, attenuator cell dB values,
relay configurations, and switching requirements, which are
all accessible via the digital interface. This frees the system
designer from such low-level details, allowing faster integration. In either operational mode, the microcontroller
enters an idle condition during periods of inactivity, turning
off all on-board clocks, reducing EMI concerns, and lowering power consumption. On-board regulation for the digital
circuitry allows the programmable attenuator to operate
from a single input supply voltage.
Other features include:
Relay
Drivers
+5 V
Regulator
+12 to
+15 V
Input
EMI
Filters
DC-DC
Converter
To
Attenuator
Relays
o
o
o
o
o
o
Wide Variety of Frequency & Attenuation Ranges
Broadband Frequency Coverage
High Accuracy and Repeatability
Long Life, 5 Million Cycles Per Cell
Common 14 pin Interface Connector
Custom Attenuation Ranges
Figure 1. Built-In Driver Circuitry
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Programmable Attenuators
Specifications
NOMINAL IMPEDANCE: 50 Ω
FREQUENCY RANGE: Model 151T: dc to 4 GHz
Model 150T: dc to 18 GHz
Model 152T: dc to 26.5 GHz
CELL CONFIGURATIONS:
MAXIMUM SWR (50 Ω Characteristic Impedance):
APPLICABLE MODELS
Frequency (GHz)
dc-4
4-18 18-26.5
151T-11, 151T-15, 151T-31,
151-62T, 151T-75, 151T-110
1.50
---
---
Cell
11
15 31 55
62
70
70
75
90
110
1
1
1
1
5
2
10
10
5
10
10
150T-11, 150T-15, 150T-31
150T-62, 150T-75, 150T-110
1.50
1.90
---
2
4
8
16 10
32
20
40
40
30
40
151T-70 (3 cell)
1.35
---
---
3
2
2
2
20
16
20
20
20
20
20
4
4
4
8
20
4
20
--
10
30
40
150T-70 (3 cell)
1.35
1.70
---
5
--
--
4
--
8
--
--
--
--
--
152AT-70 (3 cell)
1.40
1.70
1.80
152T-55, 152T-70, 152T-90
1.40
1.60
1.90
DRIVER INTERFACE:
Input Supply Voltage:
+12.0 to +15.0V
Control Signals:
TTL/CMOS compatible
Interface Modes:
parallel / serial
MAXIMUM INSERTION LOSS (dB):
APPLICABLE MODELS
Frequency (GHz)
dc-4
4-18 18-26.5
DC Characteristics (at 25 °C):
151T-11, 151T-15, 151T-75,
151T-110
0.90
---
---
Digital Interface:
Parameter
VIL
Low Level input:
150T-11, 150T-15, 150T-75,
150T-110
0.90
2.20
--
151T-31, 151T-62 (5 cell)
1.10
----
----
150T-31, 150T-62 (5 cell)
1.10
2.60*
----
151T-70 (3 cell)
0.70
---
---
150T-70 (3 cell)
0.70
1.60
---
152AT-70 (3 cell)
0.90
2.00
2.98
152T-55, 152T-70, 152T-90
0.90
2.00
2.98
VIH
High Level input:
Specification
-0.5 min, 0.8V max
2.0 min, 5.25V max
IPU
Pullup Current
Power Supply:
VIN
Supply Voltage:
50 μA min, 400 μA max
ICELL Supply Current:
150 mA (per cell, switching)
IIN
Supply current:
+12.0 to +15.0V
25 mA
1 watt average, 100 watts peak
(5 μsec pulse width; 0.5% duty cycle)
TEMPERATURE:
-20° to +70°C operating
-55° to +85°C nonoperating
TEMPERATURE COEFFICIENT: <0.0001 dB/dB/C
POWER SENSITIVITY: <0.001 dB/dB/ Watt
RATED SWITCH LIFE: 5 million cycles per cell
RF INPUT CONNECTORS: Rugged female 3.5 mm which
mate nondestructively with SMA male connectors per MILSTD-39012.
INTERFACE CONNECTOR: 14 pin .025 square post
header on .1 center. Mates with Amp connector 746285-2 or
equivalent (one mating connector included with each unit).
SWITCHING TIME: 20 msec (includes settling time)
CYCLING RATE: 4 Hz max per relay
CONTROL PULSE WIDTH: 20 msec (minimum)
REPEATABILITY:
+0.01 typical to 18 GHz
+0.05 dB typical to 26.5 GHz
VIBRATION*:
MIL-STD-202F, Method 204D Cond B
ALTITUDE*:
MIL-STD-202F, Method 105C Cond B,
50,000 Ft.
SHOCK*:
MIL-STD -202F, Method 213B Cond B,
except 10G, 6 msec
HUMIDITY*:
MIL-STD-202F, Method 103B,
Cond. B (96 Hrs. @ 95%, RH).
POWER RATING:
*4-12.4 is 1.80, 12.4-18 is 2.60
WEIGHT:
5 Cell 350 g (12 oz)
4 Cell 290 g (9.0 oz)
3 Cell 230 g (8.0 oz)
ACCESSORIES
Programmable Attenuator/Switch Controller: The Model
8210A Programmable Attenuator/Switch Controller provides
a flexible, low cost solution for the operation of programmable step attenuators and other electromechanical devices
under computer control. Designed to interface to Aeroflex /
Weinschel's intelligent programmable attenuators, the
8210A represents a new concept in device control applications for bench test and subsystem designs. The 8210A
provides a high-level interface from various industry standard communications interfaces, including IEEE-488 and
RS232/RS422/RS485, to the programmable attenuator's
serial Driver Interface Bus.
OPTIONAL TEST Data: Test Data is available at an additional cost for all programmable step attenuator models.
Standard test Data can be provided in 250 MHz steps for all
dc-4 GHz models and in 500 MHz steps for dc-18 and dc26.5 GHz models.
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Programmable Attenuators
ATTENUATION ACCURACY (+dB with respect to 0 dB reference):
Model 150T/151T/152T-11 & 150T/151T/152T-15:
Frequency
Range (GHz)
dc-4
4-12.4
12.4-18
18-26.5
2
0.2
0.3
0.6
0.6
3
0.3
0.4
0.6
0.7
4
0.3
0.4
0.6
0.8
Attenuation Setting (dB)
5
6
7
8
9
0.3 0.3 0.4 0.4 0.4
0.5 0.5 0.6 0.6 0.6
0.6 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.7
0.9 0.9 0.9 1.0 1.1
10
0.4
0.6
0.8
1.1
13
0.5
0.7
0.8
1.1
14
0.5
0.7
0.8
1.1
15
0.5
0.7
0.8
1.1
Model 150T/151T-75:
Frequency
Range (GHz) 5 10
dc-4
0.2 0.2
4-12.4
0.3 0.3
12.4-18
0.4 0.4
15
0.4
0.6
0.8
20
0.4
0.6
0.8
Attenuation Setting (dB)
25 30 35 40 45
0.5 0.5 0.7 0.7 0.9
0.9 0.9 1.2 1.2 1.5
1.2 1.2 1.6 1.6 2.0
50 55 60 65
0.9 1.1 1.1 1.2
1.5 1.8 1.8 2.1
2.0 2.4 2.4 2.8
70
1.2
2.1
2.8
75
1.4
2.1
2.8
1
0.2
0.3
0.5
0.5
11
0.5
0.7
0.8
1.1
12
0.5
0.7
0.8
1.1
Model 150T/151T-31:
Frequency
Range (GHz)
dc-4
4-12.4
12.4-18
1
2
3
0.2 0.2 0.3
0.3 0.3 0.4
0.5 0.5 0.6
Attenuation Setting (dB)
4
5
6
7
8
9 10
0.3 0.3 0.3 0.4 0.4 0.5 0.4
0.4 0.5 0.5 0.6 0.6 0.7 0.6
0.6 0.6 0.6 0.7 0.7 0.8 0.8
11 12 13
0.5 0.5 0.5
0.7 0.7 0.7
0.8 0.8 0.8
14
0.5
0.7
0.8
15
0.5
0.7
0.8
8
Frequency
Range (GHz)
dc-4
4-12.4
12.4-18
17
0.5
0.8
0.9
19
0.6
0.9
1.0
20
0.6
0.9
1.0
21
0.6
0.9
1.0
Attenuation Setting (dB)
22 23 24 25 26
0.6 0.6 0.6 0.7 0.7
0.9 0.9 0.9 1.1 1.0
1.0 1.1 1.1 1.2 1.2
27 28 29
0.7 0.7 0.7
1.0 1.0 1.0
1.2 1.2 1.2
30
0.8
1.1
1.3
31
0.8
1.1
1.3
Frequency
Range (GHz)
dc-4
4-12.4
12.4-18
2
4
6
0.3 0.3 0.3
0.4 0.4 0.4
0.5 0.5 0.5
8
0.4
0.5
0.6
10
0.4
0.5
0.6
Attenuation Setting (dB)
12 14 16 18 20
0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5
0.6 0.6 0.6 0.7 0.7
0.6 0.8 0.8 0.8 0.8
22 24 26
0.5 0.5 0.5
0.7 0.8 0.8
0.8 1.0 1.0
28
0.5
0.8
1.0
30
0.6
0.8
1.2
Frequency
Range (GHz)
dc-4
4-12.4
12.4-18
34
0.6
1.0
1.4
40
0.7
1.1
1.6
42
0.7
1.3
1.8
Attenuation Setting (dB)
44 46 48 50 52
0.8 0.8 0.8 0.9 0.9
1.4 1.4 1.4 1.5 1.6
1.8 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.2
54 56 58
0.9 1.0 1.0
1.6 1.6 1.8
2.2 2.2 2.4
60
1.0
1.8
2.4
62
1.2
1.8
2.4
18
0.6
0.8
0.9
16
0.5
0.7
0.8
Model 150T/151T-62:
36
0.6
1.0
1.4
38
0.7
1.1
1.6
32
0.6
0.8
1.2
Model 150T/151T-70, 150T/151T-110, 152AT-70:
Frequency
Range (GHz)
dc-4
4-12.4
12.4-18
18-26.5
10
0.2
0.4
0.4
0.6
20
0.3
0.7
0.8
0.7
30
0.5
0.9
1.2
0.9
40
0.7
1.2
1.6
1.5
Attenuation Setting (dB)
50 60 70 80 90
0.9 1.0 1.2 1.4 1.6
1.5 1.8 2.1 2.4 2.7
2.0 2.4 2.8 3.2 3.6
1.6 2.2 2.9 --- ---
100
1.7
3.0
4.0
---
110
1.9
3.0
4.0
---
10
0.3
0.4
0.4
0.5
15
0.4
0.5
0.5
0.6
20
0.4
0.5
0.5
0.6
Attenuation Setting (dB)
25 30 35 40 45
0.4 0.6 0.6 0.7 0.7
0.5 0.7 0.8 0.9 0.9
0.5 0.8 1.0 1.1 1.1
0.6 0.9 1.2 1.4 1.4
50
0.8
1.0
1.2
1.5
55
1.0
1.3
1.6
2.0
Model 152T-55:
Frequency
Range (GHz)
dc-4
4-12.4
12.4-18
18-26.5
5
0.2
0.3
0.4
0.5
Model 152T-70, 152T- 90:
Frequency
Range (GHz)
dc-4
4-12.4
12.4-18
18-26.5
104
10
0.3
0.4
0.5
0.5
20
0.5
0.5
0.6
0.6
Attenuation Setting (dB)
30 40 50 60 70
0.6 0.7 0.8 1.0 1.1
0.7 0.9 1.0 1.3 1.5
0.8 1.1 1.2 1.4 1.7
0.9 1.4 1.5 1.8 2.3
80
1.1
1.6
1.8
2.4
90
1.2
1.7
2.1
2.8
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Programmable Attenuators
PHYSICAL DIMENSIONS:
Models 150T, 151T, & 152T:
NOTE:
DIM
A
B
C
3 cell
83.3 (3.28)
76.2 (3.0)
101.6 (4.00)
4 cell
110.7 (4.36)
103.6 (4.08)
129.2 (5.09)
5 cell
136.1 (5.36)
129.1 (5.08)
154.4 (6.08)
All dimensions are given in mm (inches) and are maximum, unless otherwise specified.
150T Series Ordering Guide...
Frequency Range
NO.
Attenuator Range/Step Size
Cells
11/1 dB
15/1 dB
dc-4 GHz
4
3
5
151T-11
151T-15
dc-18 GHz
4
3
5
dc-26.5 GHz
4
3
31/1 dB
55/5 dB
151T-31
150T-11
150T-15
NA
70/10 dB
151T-70
151T-62
N/A
150T-31
N/A
62/2 dB
N/A
N/A
150T-70
150T-62
152T-55
NA
152T-70
152AT-70
75/5 dB
90/10 dB
151T-75
N/A
151T-110
N/A
150T-110
150T-75
N/A
152T-90
110/10 dB
152T-110
EXPRESS Shipment available via www.sicklesonline.com or 800-542-4457.
Other models may be available for Express delivery.
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Programmable Attenuators
Model 150
dc to 18.0 GHz
Model 151
dc to 4.0 GHz
Model 152
dc to 26.5 GHz
Relay Switched Programmable Attenuators
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PROGRAMMABILITY: In each programmable step
Attenuator, solenoids are used to switch the internal resistor
card of each cell into and out of the circuit. The switching is
activated by the application of a negative control voltage to
the desired pin located in the control connector. Once the
cell is switched, the solenoid is magnetically latched into
position and is able to withstand extreme shock and vibration. Internal circuitry is included to interrupt the coil current
after switching is complete. This reduces power dissipation
even if power is continuously applied. The switching time for
each cell is rated at 20 msec maximum which includes the
contact settling time.
Description
The Model 150, 151 and 152 Programmable Step
Attenuators represent the widest variety of programmable
attenuators available. This attenuator design is the result of
an extensive development program and offers long reliable
operation with exceptional accuracy and repeatability.
These attenuators can provide programmable adjustments
of RF signal levels in precise steps of 1 dB, 5 dB, 10 dB, or
with custom steps available. Each attenuator consists of a
cascaded assembly of
switched attenuator cells
(Figure 1). The attenuator elements located in
the attenuator cell are
created by a thin-film
process which provides
exceptional
long-term
stability, low power and
temperature coefficients.
This series uses a reed
switching structure that
provides rapid switching
together with low insertion loss.
Other features include:
o
o
o
o
Figure 1. Cell Schematic
Broadband Frequency Coverage
High Accuracy and Repeatability
Long Life, 5 Million Cycles Per Cell
3, 4, and 5 Cell Configurations
BROADBAND ACCURACY & LOW SWR: The use of
Aeroflex / Weinschel's proprietary thin-film resistor process
provides these programmable step attenuators with a high
degree of accuracy and the lowest possible SWR uncertainty (refer to specifications for actual values). This thin film
process permits the construction of circuits which are truly
distributed and without stray reactances, even at the higher
microwave frequencies.
RELIABILITY:
Each programmable step attenuator is
composed of 3 to 5 (4 in most models) cells. As with all
mechanical designs, usable life becomes a primary concern
to the user. With this in mind Aeroflex / Weinschel backs all
these attenuators with a rated switch life of 5 million
operations per cell. Standardized testing is also performed
on each programmable step attenuator over its operating
frequency range by a computer controlled Aeroflex /
Weinschel Attenuation Measurement System which is
traceable to NIST standards.
ENVIRONMENTAL: These Model 150 Programmable Step
Attenuators have undergone an extensive environmental
qualification program and have been subjected to
temperature, shock, vibration, and humidity conditions per
MIL-STD-202F. These programmable step attenuators
operate within these specifications at an ambient
temperature of -20° to +75°C. Operating beyond these
limits will adversely affect the accuracy and could damage
the internal circuitry.
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Programmable Attenuators
150 Series Cell Configurations...
ATTN
Value
11 dB
15 dB
31 dB
55 dB
70 dB
Cells
No.
4
4
5
4
4
3
75 dB
4
90 dB
4
110 dB
4
Conn
Round
PIN # Ribbon
Wire
Color
Cell 1
ATTN
Bypass
Element
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
dB
dB
dB
dB
dB
dB
dB
dB
dB
5
13
Round
Violet
3/4 Cell
Round
Black
5 Cell
Ribbon Orange
1 dB
1 dB
1 dB
5 dB
10 dB
10 dB
5 dB
10 dB
10 dB
6
2
Cell 2
Bypass
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
dB
dB
dB
dB
dB
dB
dB
dB
dB
9
3
ATTN
Element
Cell 3
ATTN
Bypass
Element
4 dB
8 dB
8 dB
10 dB
20 dB
40 dB
40 dB
30 dB
40 dB
10
9
Cell 4
Cell 5
Bypass
ATTN
Element
Bypass
ATTN
Element
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
dB
dB
dB
dB
dB
dB
dB
dB
dB
7
11
2 dB
2 dB
2 dB
20 dB
20 dB
20 dB
20 dB
20 dB
20 dB
8
5
0 dB
0 dB
0 dB
0 dB
0 dB
--0 dB
0 dB
0 dB
11
4
4 dB
4 dB
16 dB
20 dB
20 dB
--10 dB
30 dB
40 dB
12
10
----0 dB
------------3
8
----4 dB
------------4
7
Green
Brown
White
---
---
GRN/BLK
ORN/BLK
BLU/BLK
White
Orange
yellow
Yellow
Orange
Blue
Black
White
Green
Orange
Blue
Yellow
Blue
Brown
Purple
WHT/BLK RED/BLK
Black
Gray
Table provides standard attenuation ranges, increments, and cell configurations for all Aeroflex / Weinschel Programmable Step
Attenuators (Models 150, 151, 152, & 152A)
Specifications
NOMINAL IMPEDANCE: 50 Ω
FREQUENCY RANGE: Model 151: dc to 4 GHz
Model 150: dc to 18 GHz
Model 152: dc to 26.5 GHz
OPERATIONAL VOLTAGE: + 24V Nominal (+20V minimum to +30V maximum) or +5V Nominal (+4V minimum* to
+7V maximum)
*Minimum operating voltage derated to +4.25 V @ 55°C and further
derated to +4.5 V @ 75°C
1 watt average, 100 watts peak
(5 μsec pulse width; 0.5% duty cycle)
TEMPERATURE:
-20° to +75°C operating
-55° to +85°C nonoperating
TEMPERATURE COEFFICIENT: < 0.0001 dB/dB/°C
POWER SENSITIVITY: < 0.001 dB/dB/ Watt
RATED SWITCH LIFE: 5 million cycles per cell
RF INPUT CONNECTORS: Rugged female 3.5 mm
connectors which mate nondestructively with SMA male
connectors per MIL-STD-39012.
CONTROL CONNECTOR: 12 pin Viking TNP12-101
connector with 5' cable or 14 conductor 16" ribbon cable
with connector (shown below):
POWER RATING:
SWITCHING TIME: 20 msec (includes settling time)
CYCLING RATE: 4 Hz max per relay
CONTROL PULSE WIDTH: 20 msec (minimum)
SWITCHING CURRENT: 125 mA @ +24V per cell
300 mA @ +5V per cell
REPEATABILITY:
+0.01 typical to 18 GHz
+0.05 dB typical to 26.5 GHz
VIBRATION:
MIL-STD-202F, Method 204D Cond B
ALTITUDE:
MIL-STD-202F, Method 105C Cond B,
50,000 Ft.
SHOCK:
MIL-STD -202F, Method 213B Cond B,
except 10G, 6 msec
HUMIDITY:
MIL-STD-202F, Method 103B,
Cond. B (96 Hrs. @ 95%, RH)
EMC: Radiated interference is within the requirements of
MIL-STD-461 method RE02, VDE 0871 and CISPR
Publication II.
WEIGHT:
5 Cell 350 g (12 oz)
4 Cell 290 g (9.0 oz)
3 Cell 230 g (8.0 oz)
VOLTAGE/CONNECTOR OPTIONS:
VOLTAGE
Ribbon Cable Models
MODEL(S)
+ 24 V with
Viking Connector
150-XX, 151-XX, 152-XX,
152A-XX
+ 24 V with
Ribbon Cable
150-XX-1, 151-XX-1, 152-XX-1
152A-XX-1
+ 5 V with
Viking Connector
150-XX-2, 151-XX-2, 152-XX-2
152A-XX-2
+ 5 V with
Ribbon Cable
150-XX-3, 151-XX-3, 152-XX-3
152A-XX-3
Round (Viking)Cable Models
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MAXIMUM SWR (50 Ω Characteristic Impedance):
MAXIMUM INSERTION LOSS (dB):
Frequency (GHz)
dc-4
4-18 18-26.5
APPLICABLE MODELS
Frequency (GHz)
dc-4
4-18 18-26.5
151-11, 151-15, 151-31,
151-75, 151-110
1.50
---
---
151-11, 151-15, 151-75, 151-110
0.90
---
---
150-11, 150-15, 150-31,
150-75, 150-110
1.50
1.90
---
150-11, 150-15, 150-75, 150-110
0.90
2.20
---
151-31 (5 cell)
1.10
---
---
151-70 (3 cell)
1.35
---
---
150-31 (5 cell)
1.10
2.60*
---
150-70 (3 cell)
1.35
1.70
---
151-70 (3 cell)
0.70
---
---
152A-70 (3 cell)
1.40
1.70
1.80
150-70 (3 cell)
0.70
1.60
---
152-55, 152-70, 152-90
1.40
1.60
1.90
152A-70 (3 cell)
0.90
2.00
2.98
152-55, 152-70, 152-90
0.90
2.00
2.98
APPLICABLE MODELS
*4-12.4 is 1.80, 12.4-18 is 2.60
ATTENUATION ACCURACY (+dB with respect to 0 dB reference):
Model 150/151/152-11 & 150/151/152-15:
Frequency
Range (GHz)
dc-4
4-12.4
12.4-18
18-26.5
1
0.2
0.3
0.5
0.5
2
0.2
0.3
0.6
0.6
3
0.3
0.4
0.6
0.7
4
0.3
0.4
0.6
0.8
Attenuation Setting (dB)
5
6
7
8
9
0.3 0.3 0.4 0.4 0.4
0.5 0.5 0.6 0.6 0.6
0.6 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.7
0.9 0.9 0.9 1.0 1.1
10
0.4
0.6
0.8
1.1
13
0.5
0.7
0.8
1.1
14
0.5
0.7
0.8
1.1
15
0.5
0.7
0.8
1.1
Model 150/151-75:
Frequency
Range (GHz) 5
dc-4
0.2
4-12.4
0.3
12.4-18
0.4
10
0.2
0.3
0.4
15
0.4
0.6
0.8
20
0.4
0.6
0.8
Attenuation Setting (dB)
25 30 35 40 45
0.5 0.5 0.7 0.7 0.9
0.9 0.9 1.2 1.2 1.5
1.2 1.2 1.6 1.6 2.0
50 55 60 65
0.9 1.1 1.1 1.2
1.5 1.8 1.8 2.1
2.0 2.4 2.4 2.8
70
1.2
2.1
2.8
75
1.4
2.1
2.8
11
0.5
0.7
0.8
1.1
12
0.5
0.7
0.8
1.1
Model 150/151-31:
Frequency
Range (GHz)
dc-4
4-12.4
12.4-18
1
2
3
0.2 0.2 0.3
0.3 0.3 0.4
0.5 0.5 0.6
Attenuation Setting (dB)
4
5
6
7
8
9 10
0.3 0.3 0.3 0.4 0.4 0.5 0.4
0.4 0.5 0.5 0.6 0.6 0.7 0.6
0.6 0.6 0.6 0.7 0.7 0.8 0.8
11 12 13
0.5 0.5 0.5
0.7 0.7 0.7
0.8 0.8 0.8
14
0.5
0.7
0.8
15
0.5
0.7
0.8
Frequency
Rang (GHz)
dc-4
4-12.4
12.4-18
17
0.5
0.8
0.9
20
0.6
0.9
1.0
Attenuation Setting (dB)
22 23 24 25 26
0.6 0.6 0.6 0.7 0.7
0.9 0.9 0.9 1.1 1.0
1.0 1.1 1.1 1.2 1.2
27 28 29
0.7 0.7 0.7
1.0 1.0 1.0
1.2 1.2 1.2
30
0.8
1.1
1.3
31
0.8
1.1
1.3
18
0.6
0.8
0.9
19
0.6
0.9
1.0
21
0.6
0.9
1.0
16
0.5
0.7
0.8
Model 150/151-70, 150/151-110, 152A-70:
Frequency
Range (GHz)
dc-4
4-12.4
12.4-18
18-26.5
10
0.2
0.4
0.4
0.6
20
0.3
0.7
0.8
0.7
30
0.5
0.9
1.2
0.9
40
0.7
1.2
1.6
1.5
Attenuation Setting (dB)
50 60 70 80 90
0.9 1.0 1.2 1.4 1.6
1.5 1.8 2.1 2.4 2.7
2.0 2.4 2.8 3.2 3.6
1.6 2.2 2.9 --- ---
100
1.7
3.0
4.0
---
110
1.9
3.0
4.0
---
5
0.2
0.3
0.4
0.5
10
0.3
0.4
0.4
0.5
15
0.4
0.5
0.5
0.6
20
0.4
0.5
0.5
0.6
Attenuation Setting (dB)
25 30 35 40 45
0.4 0.6 0.6 0.7 0.7
0.5 0.7 0.8 0.9 0.9
0.5 0.8 1.0 1.1 1.1
0.6 0.9 1.2 1.4 1.4
50
0.8
1.0
1.2
1.5
55
1.0
1.3
1.6
2.0
Model 152-55:
Frequency
Range (GHz)
dc-4
4-12.4
12.4-18
18-26.5
Model 152-70 & 152-90:
Frequency
Range (GHz)
dc-4
4-12.4
12.4-18
18-26.5
108
10
0.3
0.4
0.5
0.5
20
0.5
0.5
0.6
0.6
Attenuation Setting (dB)
30 40 50 60 70
0.6 0.7 0.8 1.0 1.1
0.7 0.9 1.0 1.3 1.5
0.8 1.1 1.2 1.4 1.7
0.9 1.4 1.5 1.8 2.3
80
1.1
1.6
1.8
2.4
90
1.2
1.7
2.1
2.8
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Programmable Attenuators
PHYSICAL DIMENSIONS:
Models 150, 151, & 152:
NOTE:
DIM
A
B
C
3 cell
82.3 (3.28)
76.2 (3.0)
104.6 (4.12)
4 cell
110.7 (4.36)
103.7 (4.08)
133.6 (5.25)
5 cell
136.1 (5.36)
129.1 (5.08)
159.5 (6.28)
All dimensions are given in mm (inches) and are maximum, unless otherwise specified.
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Programmable Attenuators
150 Series Ordering Guide...
Frequency Range/
Voltage/Connector
NO.
Cells
11/1 dB
15/1 dB
Attenuator Range/Step Size
55/5 dB
31/1 dB
70/10 dB
dc-4 GHz/+24 V/
Viking Connector
4
3
5
151-11
NA
N/A
dc-18 GHz/+24 V/
Viking Connector
4
3
5
150-11
150-15
N/A
dc-26.5 GHz/+24 V/
Viking Connector
4
3
N/A
N/A
152-55
dc-4 GHz/+24 V/
Ribbon Cable
4
3
5
151-11-1
NA
N/A
dc-18 GHz/+24 V/
Ribbon Cable
4
3
5
150-11-1
150-15-1
N/A
dc-26.5 GHz/+24 V/
Ribbon Cable
4
3
N/A
N/A
N/A
dc-4 GHz/+5 V/
Viking Connector
4
3
5
151-11-2
N/A
N/A
dc-18 GHz/+5 V/
Viking Connector
4
3
5
150-11-2
150-15-2
N/A
dc-26.5 GHz/+5 V/
Viking Connector
4
3
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
dc-4 GHz/+5 V/
Ribbon Cable
4
3
5
151-11-3
N/A
N/A
N/A
dc-18 GHz/+5 V/
Ribbon Cable
4
3
5
NA
150-15-3
N/A
dc-26.5 GHz/+5 V/
Ribbon Cable
4
3
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
150-70
N/A
N/A
150-31-1
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
150-70-1
N/A
N/A
150-70-2
N/A
N/A
150-70-3
N/A
75/5 dB
90/10 dB
110/10 dB
N/A
N/A
N/A
150-75
N/A
N/A
N/A
152-90
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
150-110-1
N/A
152-90-1
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
150-75-2
N/A
N/A
N/A
152-90-2
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
NA
150-75-3
N/A
152-90-3
N/A
EXPRESS Shipment available via www.sicklesonline.com or 800-542-4457.
Other models may be available for Express delivery.
N/A = Not Available
ACCESSORIES
OPTIONAL TEST Data: Test Data is available at an additional cost for all programmable step attenuator models.
Standard test Data can be provided in 250 MHz steps for all
dc-4 GHz models and in 500 MHz steps for dc-18 and dc26.5 GHz models. The measurements are traceable to NIST
Standards.
MODELS WITH BUILT-IN TTL/CMOS INTERFACE\
DRIVER CIRCUIT: Aeroflex / Weinschel offers versions of
the 150 series with built-in TTL/CMOS interfaces. This generation of intelligent attenuators will greatly simplify as well
as provide an economical solution to 150 series driver problems. Refer to Model 150T, 151T, and 152T data sheet for
more information.
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Programmable Attenuators
Models 4216 & 4218
Pin Switched Programmable Attenuators
0.8 to 2.3 GHz
1 Watt
Low Insertion Loss, Fast Switching
E
X P R E S S
INCREMENTAL ATTENUATION ACCURACY:
www.sicklesonline.com
Frequency
Range (GHz)
800-542-4457
Accuracy
0.8 - 2.3
+ 0.4 dB or 2.0%
INSERTION LOSS, Nominal (dB):
Frequency Range (GHz)
0.8 - 1.0
1.0 - 2.3
Features
Ideal for use in Wireless/Cellular, RF Simulation/Emulation,
& Communication Test Applications.
o Available in 6 and 8 Cell Configurations 127 dB/1 dB steps
63 dB/1 dB steps
63.75/0.25 dB steps
o Available Express Models: 4216-63
4218-63.75
Other models may be available for Express delivery.
o High accuracy & fast switching speed
o Built-in TTL Driver Circuitry
o Special Configurations Available Upon Request.
Custom Cell/Step Size & Frequency Bands
Specifications
NOMINAL IMPEDANCE: 50 Ω
FREQUENCY RANGE: 0.8 to 2.3 GHz
MAXIMUM SWR:
Frequency Range (GHz)
0.8 - 2.3
SWR
1.50
CELL CONFIGURATIONS:
Model
Number
NO.
Cells
Attenuation
Range/Steps
(dB)
Cell
Increments
(dB)
4218-127
8
127/1
1, 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, 64
4218-63.75
8
63.75/0.25
0.25, 0.5, 1, 2, 4, 8,
16, 32
4216-63
6
63/1
1, 2,4, 8, 16, 32
4218-X
4216-63
3.00
4.90
2.10
3.40
MONOTONICITY: 0.8 to 2.3 GHz
3rd ORDER INTERMODULATION (IM3): -55 dBm typical,
measured with two +10 dBm tones @ 869 MHz (f1) and
894 MHz (f2), the IM3 frequency being 847 MHz (2f1-f2).
IP3 (input) = +41.5 dBm
The input IP3 is derived from the following relationship:
IP3 = 3(Pin-α)-IM3 + α
2
where α = the insertion loss (dB) at the IM3 frequency;
Pin=single tone input power (dBm).
POWER RATING: +24 dBm operating
+30 dBm (1 dB compression point)
SWITCHING TIME: 2 µsec. maximum
OPERATING VOLTAGE: +5 V + 5% @ 160 mA for 6 cell/
200 mA for 8 cell typical
TEMPERATURE RANGE (Operating): 0°C to +70°C
TEMPERATURE COEFFICIENT: < 0.002 dB/dB/°C
CONNECTORS: SMA female connectors - mate nondestructively with MIL-C-39012 connectors.
CONTROL CONNECTOR: AMP-Latch 10 pin ribbon cable
connector mates with AMP P/N 746285-1 (supplied with
each unit)
WEIGHT:
4216-X
4218-X
175 g (6.1 oz)
215 g (7.5 oz)
CONTROL CONFIGURATION: Units are supplied with a
built-in TTL interface. Each unit is supplied with a mating 10
pin connector (Amp 746285-1). Refer to Physical
Dimensions for mating connector pin/wiring details. Two
wires are specified for supply voltage and ground. The
remaining wires will accept TTL control signals to activate
or de-activate a particular attenuation cell. A TTL high will
energize a cell to the high attenuation state, whereas a TTL
low will maintain a cell in its zero attenuation state.
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Programmable Attenuators
PHYSICAL DIMENSIONS:
Models 4216 & 4218:
Control Connector J3 Pin Locations:
Model No.
A
B
C
D
4216-X
63.50 (2.50)
71.12 (2.80)
94.74 (3.73)
47.49 (1.87)
4218-X
88.90 (3.50)
99.56 (3.92)
123.19 (4.85)
61.72 (2.43)
NOTE: All dimensions are given in mm (inches) and are
maximum, unless otherwise specified.
TTL Conn
PIN No. (J3)
4216-63
dB (Cell)
4218-63.75
dB (Cell)
4218-127
dB (Cell )
1
1
0.25
1
2
2
0.50
2
3
4
1
4
4
8
2
8
5
16
4
16
6
32
8
32
7
NC
16
32*
8
NC
32
32*
9
+5V
+5V
+5V
10
COM
COM
COM
NC = Not Connected
*Pins 7 and 8 combined to create 64 dB cell.
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Programmable Attenuators
Models 4226 & 4228
0.8 to 2.5/3.0 GHz
Pin Switched Programmable Attenuators
1 Watt
Low Insertion Loss, Fast Switching
INSERTION LOSS, Maximum (dB):
Frequency (GHz)
4226-63
4228-63.75
4228-103
0.8 - 3.0 (2.5)
3.75
4.50
5.50
MONOTONICITY: 4226-63 & 4228-103: 0.8 to 3.0 GHz
4228-63.75:
0.8 to 2.5 GHz
3rd ORDER INTERMODULATION (IM3): -55 dBm typical,
measured with two +10 dBm tones @ 869 MHz (f1) and
891 MHz (f2), the IM3 frequency being 847 MHz (2f1-f2).
Features
Ideal for use in Wireless/Cellular, RF Simulation/Emulation,
& Communication Test Applications.
o Available in 6 and 8 Cell Configurations 103 dB/1 dB steps
63 dB/1 dB steps
63.75/0.25 dB steps
o High accuracy & fast switching speed
o Built-in TTL Driver Circuitry
o Special Configurations Available Upon Request.
Custom Cell/Step Size & Frequency Bands
0.8 to 3.0 GHz
0.8 to 2.5 GHz
0.8 to 3.0 GHz
CONTROL CONNECTOR: AMP-Latch 10 pin ribbon cable
connector mates with AMP P/N 746285-1 (supplied with
each unit)
SWR
0.8 - 3.0 (2.5)
IP3 = 3(Pin-α)-IM3 + α
2
POWER RATING: +24 dBm operating
+30 dBm (1 dB compression point)
SWITCHING TIME: 2 µsec. maximum
OPERATING VOLTAGE: +5 V + 5% @ 160 mA for 6 cell/
200 mA for 8 cell typical
TEMPERATURE RANGE (Operating): 0°C to +70°C
TEMPERATURE COEFFICIENT: < 0.002 dB/dB/°C
CONNECTORS: SMA female connectors - mate nondestructively with MIL-C-39012 connectors.
MAXIMUM SWR:
Frequency Range (GHz)
The input IP3 is derived from the following relationship:
where α = the insertion loss (dB) at the IM3 frequency;
Pin=single tone input power (dBm).
Specifications
NOMINAL IMPEDANCE: 50 Ω
FREQUENCY RANGE: 4226-63:
4228-63.75:
4228-103:
IP3 (input) = +41 dBm
WEIGHT:
1.50
4226-X
4228-X
160 g (5.7 oz)
210 g (7.4 oz)
4228-103
8
103/1
1, 2, 4, 8, 16, 24, 48
4228-63.75
8
63.75/0.25
0.25, 0.5, 1, 2, 4, 8,
16, 32
CONTROL CONFIGURATION: Units are supplied with a
built-in TTL interface. Each unit is supplied with a mating 10
pin connector (Amp 746285-1). Refer to Physical
Dimensions for mating connector pin/wiring details. Two
wires are specified for supply voltage and ground. The
remaining wires will accept TTL control signals to activate
or de-activate a particular attenuation cell. A TTL high will
energize a cell to the high attenuation state, whereas a TTL
low will maintain a cell in its zero attenuation state.
4226-63
6
63/1
1, 2, 4, 8, 16, 32
DRIVER SPECIFICATIONS:
CELL CONFIGURATIONS:
Model
NO.
Attenuation
Number
Cells Range/Steps
(dB)
Cell
Increments
(dB)
INCREMENTAL ATTENUATION ACCURACY:
CELL
0.25
0.50
1
2
dB
+0.1
+0.15 +0.2 +0.2
4
8
16
+0.2 +0.2 +0.3
24
32
48
+0.4 +0.6 +0.8
VIH
Input High Level
minimum
2.0 V
maximum
5.3 V
Input Low Level
-0.3 V
0.8 V
IPU
Input Pull-up Current 500 µA Typical
VIL
Note: Inputs have 10K pull-up resistors.
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Programmable Attenuators
PHYSICAL DIMENSIONS:
Models 4226 & 4228:
Control Connector J3 Pin Locations:
Model No.
A
B
C
D
4226-X
94.79 (3.73)
71.15 (2.80)
76.20 (3.00)
71.15 (2.80)
4228-X
123.24 (4.85)
99.59 (4.85)
76.20 (3.00)
99.59 (4.85)
NOTE: All dimensions are given in mm (inches) and are
maximum, unless otherwise specified.
TTL Conn
PIN No. (J3)
4226-63
dB (Cell)
4228-63.75
dB (Cell)
4228-103
dB (Cell )
1
1
0.25
1
2
2
0.50
2
3
4
1
4
4
8
2
8
5
16
4
16
24
6
32
8
7
NC
16
48
8
NC
32
NC*
9
+5V
+5V
+5V
10
COM
COM
COM
NC = Not Connected
* For Factory use only.
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Programmable Attenuators
Model 4238
GaAs Switched Programmable
Attenuator
10 MHz to 2.5 GHz
1 Watt
Low Insertion Loss, High IP3
E
X P R E S S
INCREMENTAL ATTENUATION ACCURACY:
www.sicklesonline.com
800-542-4457
CELL
0.25
0.50
dB
+0.15
+0.15 +0.2 +0.2
1
2
4
8
16
+0.2 +0.2 +0.3
24
32
48
+0.4 +0.6 +0.8
INSERTION LOSS, Maximum (dB):
Frequency Range (GHz)
4238-X
0.01 - 1.0
1.0 - 2.0
2.0 - 2.5
Features
Ideal for use in Wireless/Cellular, RF Simulation/Emulation,
& Communication Test Applications.
o Broadband Performance - 10 MHz to 2.5 GHz
usable dc to 10 MHz with reduced specifications
o Available Express Models: 4238-103
Other models may be available for Express delivery.
o High IP3 and High Power Rating
- Utilizes MESFET Switching
o Flexible DC Voltage (+5 to +15 V)
o Low DC Power Consumption - Ideal for portable
battery powered equipment.
o Custom Configurations including bus controlled
attenuator subsystems
Specifications
NOMINAL IMPEDANCE: 50 Ω
FREQUENCY RANGE: 10 MHz to 2.5 GHz
MAXIMUM SWR:
Frequency Range (GHz)
0.01 - 0.20
0.20 - 2.5
SWR
1.60
1.40
CELL CONFIGURATIONS:
Model
NO.
Attenuation
Number
Cells Range/Steps
(dB)
Cell
Increments
(dB)
4238-63.75
8
63.75/0.25
0.25, 0.5, 1, 2, 4, 8,
16, 32
4238-103
8
103/1
1, 2, 4, 8, 16, 24, 48
6.50
8.00
9.00
MONOTONICITY: 10 MHz to 2.5 GHz
3rd ORDER INTERMODULATION (IM3): -60 dBm typical,
measured with two +27 dBm tones @ 869 MHz (f1) and
894 MHz (f2), the IM3 frequency being 847 MHz (2fl-f2).
IP3 (input) = +65 dBm
The input IP3 is derived from the following relationship:
IP3 = 3(Pin-α)-IM3 + α
2
where α = the insertion loss (dB) at the IM3 frequency;
Pin=single tone input power (dBm).
INPUT POWER RATING: +30 dBm
SWITCHING TIME: 5 µsec. maximum
OPERATING VOLTAGE: + 5 to +15 V
OPERATING CURRENT: 25 mA typical
TEMPERATURE RANGE (Operating): 0°C to +70°C
TEMPERATURE COEFFICIENT: <0.002/dB/dB/°C
CONNECTORS: SMA female connectors - mate nondestructively with MIL-C-39012 connectors.
CONTROL CONNECTOR: AMP-Latch 10 pin ribbon cable
connector mates with AMP P/N 746285-1 (supplied with
each unit)
WEIGHT:
4238-X
150 g (5.3 oz)
CONTROL CONFIGURATION: Units are supplied with a
built-in TTL interface. Each unit is supplied with a mating 10
pin connector (Amp 746285-1). Refer to Physical
Dimensions for mating connector pin/wiring details. Two
wires are specified for supply voltage and ground. The
remaining wires will accept TTL control signals to activate
or de-activate a particular attenuation cell. A TTL high will
energize a cell to the high attenuation state, whereas a TTL
low will maintain a cell in its zero attenuation state.
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Programmable Attenuators
PHYSICAL DIMENSIONS:
Model 4238:
Aeroflex / Weinschel
J1
J2
J3
Control Connector J3 Pin Locations:
TTL Conn
PIN No. (J3)
4238-103
dB (Cell)
4238-63.75
dB (Cell)
1
1
0.25
2
2
0.50
3
4
1
4
8
2
5
16
4
6
24
8
7
48
16
8
NC*
32
9
+5 to 15V
+5 to 15V
10
COM
COM
NOTE:
All dimensions are given in mm (inches) and are
maximum, unless otherwise specified.
NC = Not Connected
* For Factory use only.
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Programmable Attenuators
Models 4246 & 4248
Phase Compensated GaAs Switched
Programmable Attenuator
10 MHz to 2.5 GHz
4 Watts
Low Insertion Loss, High IP3
INSERTION LOSS, Maximum (dB):
Frequency Range
4246
4248
10 MHz - 1 GHz
1 - 2 GHz
2 - 2.5 GHz
8.0
9.0
10.0
10.5
12.0
13.0
INCREMENTAL ATTENUATION ACCURACY:
Features
Ideal for use in Wireless/Cellular, RF simulation/Emulation,
& Communication Test Applications.
o Broadband Performance - 10 MHz to 2.5 GHz
o High IP3 and High Power Rating
- Utilizes MESFET Switching
o Flexible DC Voltage (+5 to +15 V)
o Low DC Power Consumption - Ideal for portable
battery powered equipment.
o Custom Configurations including bus controlled
attenuator subsystems
Specifications
NOMINAL IMPEDANCE: 50 Ω
FREQUENCY RANGE: 10 MHz to 2.5 GHz
MAXIMUM SWR:
Frequency Range
SWR
10 - 100 MHz
100 MHz - 200 MHz
200 MHz - 2.5 GHz
2.00
1.60
1.40
CELL CONFIGURATIONS:
Model
NO.
Attenuation
Number
Cells Range/Steps
(dB)
Cell
Increments
(dB)
4246-63
6
63/1
1, 2, 4, 8, 16, 32
4248-63.75
8
63.75/0.25
0.25, 0.50, 1, 2, 4, 8
16, 32
4248-103
8
103/1
1, 2, 4, 8, 16, 24, 48*
CELL
0.25
0.50
dB
+0.15
+0.15 +0.2 +0.2
1
2
4
8
16
+0.2 +0.2 +0.3
24
32
48
+0.4 +0.6 +0.8
MONOTONICITY: 10 MHz to 2.5 GHz
3rd ORDER INTERMODULATION (IM3): -43 dBm typical,
measured with two +27 dBm tones @ 869 MHz (f1) and
894 MHz (f2), the IM3 frequency being 844 MHz (2fl-f2).
IP3 (input) = +58 dBm
The input IP3 is derived from the following relationship:
IP3 = 3(Pin-α)-IM3 + α
2
where α = the insertion loss (dB) at the IM3 frequency;
Pin=single tone input power (dBm).
POWER RATING: 4 Watts maximum
SWITCHING TIME: 5 μsec. maximum
OPERATING VOLTAGE: + 5 V to +15V
OPERATING CURRENT: 25 mA typical
INCREMENTAL RELATIVE PHASE:
+5° between 0 and.25, 1, 2, 4, 8, 16 dB
+10° between 0 and 32, 48 dB
TEMPERATURE RANGE (Operating): 0°C to +70°C
TEMPERATURE COEFFICIENT: <0.002/dB/dB/°C
CONNECTORS: SMA female connectors - mate nondestructively with MIL-C-39012 connectors.
CONTROL CONNECTOR: AMP-Latch 10 pin ribbon cable
connector mates with AMP P/N 746285-1 (supplied with
each unit)
CONSTRUCTION:
Housing:
Connectors:
WEIGHT:
Aluminum
Stainless steel body and beryllium
copper contacts.
Model 4246:
Model 4248:
227 g (8.0 oz)
300 g (10.6 oz)
*48 dB cell comprised of two 24 dB cells
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Programmable Attenuators
PHYSICAL DIMENSIONS:
A
B
Model No.
Control Connector J3 Pin Locations:
TTL Conn
PIN No. (J3)
4238-63
dB (Cell)
4240-63.75
dB (Cell)
4208-103
dB (Cell)
1
1
0.25
1
2
2
0.50
2
3
4
1
4
4
16
2
8
5
32
4
16
6
8
8
24
7
NC
16
48
8
NC*
32
NC*
9
+5 Vdc
+5 Vdc
+5 Vdc
10
COM
COM
COM
NC = Not Connected
* For Factory use only.
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NOTE:
A
B
4246-X
82.50 (3.25)
122.50 (4.81)
4248-X
118.10 (4.65)
157.7 (6.21)
All dimensions are given in mm (inches) and are
maximum, unless otherwise specified.
CONTROL CONFIGURATION: Units are supplied with a
built-in TTL interface. Each unit is supplied with a mating 10
pin connector (Amp 746285-1). Refer to Physical
Dimensions for mating connector pin/wiring details. Two
wires are specified for supply voltage and ground. The
remaining wires will accept TTL control signals to activate
or de-activate a particular attenuation cell. A TTL high will
energize a cell to the high attenuation state, whereas a TTL
low will maintain a cell in its zero attenuation state.
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Programmable Attenuators
Models 8310 & 8311
Programmable Attenuator Units
IEEE-488
RS232\RS422/RS485
A New Concept in Programmable Attenuation!
Description
Aeroflex / Weinschel’s 8310 and 8311Series Programmable
Attenuator Units represent a new concept in programmable
attenuation for bench test and subsystem applications.
Standard 8310 Series designs house and control various
Aeroflex / Weinschel Programmable Attenuator Models
(3200T, 150T, and 4200 Series) via front panel controls or
standard communications interfaces including GPIB (IEEE488) and RS-232/RS-422 /RS485. This series combines
the features of the Aeroflex / Weinschel 8210A Device
Controller with a front panel user interface to form a flexible,
easy to use solution.
Features
o Provides a flexible, easy to program, low cost solution
for your bench test/calibration setups and subsystem
applications.
o Multi-Channel attenuation paths (up to 4 input/outputs
for 8310 & up to 6 input/outputs for 8311)
o Relative vs. Nominal attenuation step function.
o Wide choice of Frequency & Attenuation Ranges.
- dc to 1, 2, 3, 6 & 18 GHz
- NEW dc to 6 GHz Models
- up to 127 dB
- Solid-State (GaAs FET *& PIN)
- Relay Switched
o 75 Ω Configurations
o Accuracy & Repeatability.
o Designed to interface with Aeroflex / Weinschel’s line
of digitally controlled programmable attenuators and
other electromechanical devices.
o Designed to interface with industry standard
communication interfaces:
- GPIB/IEEE-488 (HS-488 ready)
- RS-232, RS-422, RS-485
o Rack Configurable: The Model 8310 or 8311 can be
rack mounted either as a single unit using Rack
Mounting Kit (P/N 193-8033) or two Model 8310's can
be mounted together using Rack Mounting Kit (P/N
193-8033-1). These kits fit into any rack or cabinet that
is designed per EIA RS-310 or MIL-STD-189.
Most 8310 Series are single channel configurations where
RF signal is routed through either the front or rear mounted
Ports A & B but can be configured for up to four channels of
attenuation, RF switching, amplification or other functions.
Multiple programmable attenuators can be used inconjuction with other coaxial devices such as switches, power
combiners, directional couplers, and filters creating single or
multichannel subsystems.
6 Channel 19” Rack Size Versions
Applications
Applications for the 8310 and 8311 Series range from providing control of a single Programmable Attenuator in a
bench test/lab environment using a PC and a terminal emulator, to complex system applications where the 8310/8311
Series are employed to control many devices to create custom/ semi-custom subsystems to reduce overall design
cost. Aeroflex / Weinschel can provide a variety of custom
designed driver interfaces for various devices, such as RF
switches, relays, pin attenuators, motorized step attenuators, displays, and other devices, as well as complete
subsystem design and integration services. Contact us with
your specialized needs.
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Programmable Attenuators
Specifications
SPECIFICATION
DESCRIPTION
Input Power Requirements
ac
100 to 240 Vac, 50/60 Hz, 50 Watts
Environmental
Operating Temperature
Storage Temperature:
Humidity:
Altitude:
IEEE-488 Bus
Connector:
Protocols:
Indicators:
24-pin per IEEE-488.1
per IEEE-488.2
Remote (RMT), Listen (LSN), Talk (TLK), SRQ (SRQ)
RS-232 Bus
Connector:
Signals:
Baud Rates:
Data Bits:
Handshaking:
Parity:
Indicators:
9-pin male D
TXD, RXD, RTS, CTS, DTR, GND
2400, 9600, 19200, and 38400
8
None, RTS/CTS, XON/XOFF
None, Odd, Even
Tx (Transmit) and Rx (Receive)
RS-422 BUS(3)
RS-485 Bus(4)
Connector:
Signals:
Baud Rates:
Data Bits:
Handshaking:
Parity:
Indicators:
9-pin male D
TXD+, TDX-, RXD+, RTX-, RTS+, RTS-, CTS+, CTS-, and signal GND
2400, 9600, 19200, and 38400
8
None, RTS/CTS, XON/XOFF
None, Odd, Even
Tx (Transmit) and Rx (Receive)
RF Characteristics(5)
See ordering guide (pg 120 through 122)
0 to +50°C
67° to +167 °F (-55° to +75°C)
96%
40,000' (12,192M)
1. GPIB/IEEE-488 model allows user-selectable addresses.
2. RS-232 can be used with standard PC serial port for short and medium distances (up to approximately 50 ft).
3. RS-422, designed for very long distance communications (4000 ft) and & optimized as a single node protocol, typically with one device connected to a
single port.
4. RS-485, designed for very long distance communications (4000 ft) & optimized for multi-drop connections that can used to create a low cost network.
5. Refer to Individual data sheet for detailed specifications on internal programmables.
Ordering Guide...8310 Series with 4200 Programmables
Model No
Attenuation
Value (dB)
8310-136-F
63.75/0.25
8310-136-R
63.75/0.25
8310-136-2-F 63.75/0.25
8310-136-2-R 63.75/0.25
8310-137-F
63/1
8310-137-R
63/1
8310-137-2-F
63/1
8310-137-2-R
63/1
8310-138-F
103/1
8310-138-R
103/1
8310-138-2-F
103/1
8310-138-2-R
103/1
8310-138-3-T
103/1
8310-138-4-T
103/1
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Frequency
Insertion Loss
Range (GHz)
(maximum)
0.8-2.5
6.0
0.8-2.5
6.0
0.8-2.5
6.0
0.8-2.5
6.0
0.8-3.0
4.7
0.8-3.0
4.7
0.8-3.0
4.7
0.8-3.0
4.7
0.8-3.0
6.0
0.8-3.0
6.0
0.8-3.0
6.0
0.8-3.0
6.0
0.8-3.0
6.0
0.8-3.0
6.0
SWR
(Maximum)
1.6
1.6
1.6
1.6
1.6
1.6
1.6
1.6
1.6
1.6
1.6
1.6
1.6
1.6
No of
Channels
1
1
2
2
1
1
2
2
1
1
2
2
3
4
Attenuator
Model No.*
4228-63.75
4228-63.75
4228-63.75
4228-63.75
4226-63
4226-63
4226-63
4226-63
4228-103
4228-103
4228-103
4228-103
4228-103
4228-103
Connector
Type
N/F
N/F
N/F
N/F
N/F
N/F
N/F
N/F
N/F
N/F
N/F
N/F
N/F
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Conn
Location
Front
Rear
Front
Rear
Front
Rear
Front
Rear
Front
Rear
Front
Rear
Front/Rear
Front/Rear
Revision Date: 9/7/05
Programmable Attenuators
Ordering Guide...8310 Series with 3200 Programmables
Model No
8310-1-F
8310-1-R
8310-1-2-F
8310-1-2-R
8310-1-3-T
8310-2-F
8310-2-R
8310-2-2-F
8310-2-2-R
8310-35-F
8310-35-F-E
8310-35-R
8310-35-R-E
8310-35-2-F
8310-35-2-R
8310-35-3-T
8310-35-4-T
8310-35-4-T-E
8310-36-F
8310-36-R
8310-36-2-F
8310-36-2-R
8310-36-3-T
8310-37-F
8310-37-R
8310-37-2-F
8310-37-2-R
8310-37-3-T
8310-37-4-T
8310-38-F
8310-38-F-E
8310-38-R
8310-38-2-F
8310-38-2-R
8310-38-3-T
8310-38-4-T
8310-352-F
8310-352-R
8310-352-2-F
8310-352-2-R
8310-352-3-T
8310-352-4-T
Attenuation
Value (dB)
63/1
63/1
63/1
63/1
63/1
63/1
63/1
63/1
63/1
127/1
127/1
127/1
127/1
127/1
127/1
127/1
127/1
127/1
64.5/0.1
64.5/0.1
64.5/0.1
64.5/0.1
64.5/0.1
63.75/0.25
63.75/0.25
63.75/0.25
63.75/0.25
63.75/0.25
63.75/0.25
63/1
63/1
63/1
63/1
63/1
63/1
63/1
103/1
103/1
103/1
103/1
103/1
103/1
Frequency
Range (GHz)
dc-1.0 (75Ω)
dc-1.0 (75Ω)
dc-1.0 (75Ω)
dc-1.0 (75Ω)
dc-1.0 (75Ω)
dc-1.0 (75Ω)
dc-1.0 (75Ω)
dc-1.0 (75Ω)
dc-1.0 (75Ω)
dc-2.0
dc-3.0
dc-2.0
dc-3.0
dc-2.0
dc-2.0
dc-2.0
dc-2.0
dc-3.0
dc-2.0
dc-2.0
dc-2.0
dc-2.0
dc-2.0
dc-2.0
dc-2.0
dc-2.0
dc-2.0
dc-2.0
dc-2.0
dc-2.0
dc-3.0
dc-2.0
dc-2.0
dc-2.0
dc-2.0
dc-2.0
dc-6.0
dc-6.0
dc-6.0
dc-6.0
dc-6.0
dc-6.0
Insertion Loss
(maximum)
6.0 dB
6.0 dB
6.0 dB
6.0 dB
6.0 dB
6.75 dB
6.75 dB
6.75 dB
6.75 dB
6.0 dB
6.0 dB
6.0 dB
6.0 dB
6.0 dB
6.0 dB
6.0 dB
6.0 dB
6.0 dB
8.0 dB
8.0 dB
8.0 dB
8.0 dB
8.0 dB
6.0 dB
6.0 dB
6.0 dB
6.0 dB
6.0 dB
6.0 dB
5.25 dB
5.25 dB
5.25 dB
5.25 dB
5.25 dB
5.25 dB
5.25 dB
6.00 dB
6.00 dB
6.00 dB
6.00 dB
6.00 dB
6.00 dB
SWR
(Maximum)
1.6
1.6
1.6
1.6
1.6
2.0
2.0
2.0
2.0
1.4
1.4
1.4
1.4
1.4
1.4
1.4
1.4
1.4
1.4
1.4
1.4
1.4
1.4
1.4
1.4
1.4
1.4
1.4
1.4
1.4
1.4
1.4
1.4
1.4
1.4
1.4
1.55
1.55
1.55
1.55
1.55
1.55
No of
Channels
1
1
2
2
1
1
1
2
2
1
1
1
1
2
2
3
4
4
1
1
2
2
3
1
1
2
2
3
4
1
1
1
2
2
3
4
1
1
2
2
3
4
Attenuator
Model No.*
3250T-63
3250T-63
3250T-63
3250T-63
3250T-63
3250T-63
3250T-63
3250T-63
3250T-63
3200T-1
3200T-1E
3200T-1
3200T-1E
3200T-1
3200T-1
3200T-1
3200T-1
3200T-1E
3209T-1
3209T-1
3209T-1
3209T-1
3209T-1
3200T-2
3200T-2
3200T-2
3200T-2
3200T-2
3200T-2
3206T-1
3206T-1E
3206T-1
3206T-1
3206T-1
3206T-1
3206T-1
3408T-103
3408T-103
3408T-103
3408T-103
3408T-103
3408T-103
Connector
Type
BNC/F
BNC/F
BNC/F
BNC/F
BNC/F
F/F
F/F
F/F
F/F
N/F
N/F
N/F
N/F
N/F
N/F
N/F
N/F
N/F
N/F
N/F
N/F
N/F
N/F
N/F
N/F
N/F
N/F
N/F
N/F
N/F
N/F
N/F
N/F
N/F
N/F
N/F
N/F
N/F
N/F
N/F
N/F
N/F
Conn
Location
Front
Rear
Front
Rear
Front to Rear
Front
Rear
Front
Rear
Front
Front
Rear
Rear
Front
Rear
Front to Rear
Front to Rear
Front to Rear
Front
Rear
Front
Rear
Front to Rear
Front
Rear
Front
Rear
Front to Rear
Front to Rear
Front
Front
Rear
Front
Rear
Front to Rear
Front to Rear
Front
Rear
Front
Rear
Front to Rear
Front to Rear
Ordering Guide...8310 Series with 150 Programmables
Model No
8310-201-F
8310-201-R
8310-201-2-F
8310-201-2-R
8310-202-F
8310-202-R
8310-204-F
8310-204-R
8310-204-2-F
Attenuation
Value (dB)
70/10
70/10
70/10
70/10
121/1
121/1
62/2
62/2
62/2
Frequency
Range (GHz)
dc-18.0
dc-18.0
dc-18.0
dc-18.0
dc-18.0
dc-18.0
dc-18.0
dc-18.0
dc-18.0
Insertion Loss
(maximum)
3.25 dB
3.25 dB
3.25 dB
3.25 dB
5.25 dB
5.25 dB
3.70 dB
3.70 dB
3.70 dB
SWR
(Maximum)
1.75
1.75
1.75
1.75
1.95
1.95
1.95
1.95
1.95
No of
Channels
1
1
2
2
1
1
1
1
2
Attenuator
Model No.*
150T-70
150T-70
150T-70
150T-70
150T-11+150T-110
150T-11+150T-110
150T-62
150T-62
150T-62
Connector
Type
SMA/F
SMA/F
SMA/F
SMA/F
SMA/F
SMA/F
SMA/F
SMA/F
SMA/F
Conn
Location
Front
Rear
Front
Rear
Front
Rear
Front
Rear
Front
8310-204-2-R
62/2
dc-18.0
3.70 dB
1.95
2
150T-62
SMA/F
Rear
*Refer to Individual data sheet for detailed specifications on internal programmables.
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Programmable Attenuators
Ordering Guide...8311 Series....New!
Model No
Attenuation
Value (dB)
63/1
63/1
63/1
63/1
121/1
121/1
62/2
8311-1-6-F
8311-38-6-F
8311-38-12-T
8311-137-6-F
8311-202-2-F
8311-202-3-F
8311-204-6-F
Frequency
Range (GHz)
dc-1.0 (75Ω)
dc-2.0
dc-2.0
0.8-3.0
dc-18.0
dc-18.0
dc-18.0
Insertion Loss
(maximum)
6.00 dB
5.25 dB
5.25 dB
4.70 dB
5.25 dB
5.25 dB
3.70 dB
SWR
(Maximum)
1.60
1.40
1.40
1.60
1.95
1.95
1.95
No of
Attenuator
Channels
Model No.*
6
3250T-63
6
3206T-1
12
3206T-1
6
4226-63
2
150T-11+150T-110
3
150T-11+150T-110
6
150T-62
Connector
Type
BNC/F
N/F
N/F
N/F
SMA/F
SMA/F
SMA/F
Conn
Location
Front
Front-Rear
Front
Front
Front
Front
Front
Physical Dimensions
8310 Series:
8311 Series:
NOTE:
1. All dimensions are given in mm (inches) and are maximum, unless otherwise specified.
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2. Connector location (Front/Rear) may vary depending on Model ordered.
Connector Type
N
SMA
BNC
F
DIM A
29.2 (1.15)
8.6 (0.34)
18.8 (0.74)
9.65 (0.38)
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Programmable Attenuators
Model 8312
High Power Programmable Attenuator
IEEE-488
RS232\RS422
100 Watt Hot Switching Capability
Features
o Available in 0-15 dB or 0-31 dB Configurations.
o Provides a flexible, easy to program, low cost solution
for your bench test/calibration setups and subsystem
applications.
o Relative vs. Nominal attenuation step function.
o DC to 13.0 GHz Operation.
o High Accuracy & Repeatability.
o Power Handling up to 100 Watts average
o Designed to interface with industry standard
communication interfaces:
Description
Aeroflex / Weinschel's design approach uses a highly
adaptable platform that allows configuration of the step
attenuator to the customers requirements. When the controller requests a new attenuation level the input switch
terminates the input signal into a 50 Ohm load. (See Figure
1) This input switch is hot switchable at 100 Watts of input
power. This will remove the high power signal from the main
signal path. With no signal connected to the attenuator path
the controller then commands the series of relays to configure the attenuator for the requested attenuation value. Then
the input switch re-connects the input signal to the attenuator path. The system can be operated with either a remote
controller (IEEE-488 or RS-232) or through front panel
control.
- GPIB/IEEE-488 (HS-488 ready)
- RS-232, RS-422
o Built-in monitoring for switching input power into the
load in case of fan failure.
o Rack Configurable: A Rack Mounting Kit is included
for easily mounting the Model 8312 into any rack or
cabinet that is designed per EIA RS-310 or
MIL-STD-189.
HIGH POWER
HOT SWITCH
RFOUT
RF IN
50 Ω, 100 W
TERMINATION
1 dB
100 W
2 dB
100 W
4 dB
100 W
8 dB
100 W
16 dB
100 W
OPTIONAL
Device
Interface
Bus
SMARTSTEP
CONTROLLER
POWER
SUPPLY
Note: If power failure should occur, the unit will remain in the last selected attenuation state.
Figure 1. Model 8312 Block Diagram
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Specifications
SPECIFICATION
DESCRIPTION
Input Power Requirements
AC
100 to 240 Vac, 50/60 Hz, 50 Watts
Environmental
Operating Temperature
Storage Temperature:
Humidity:
Altitude:
IEEE-488 Bus
Connector:
Protocols:
Indicators:
24-pin per IEEE-488.1
per IEEE-488.2
Remote (RMT), Listen (LSN), Talk (TLK), SRQ (SRQ)
RS-232 Bus
Connector:
Signals:
Baud Rates:
Data Bits:
Handshaking:
Parity:
Indicators:
9-pin male D
TXD, RXD, RTS, CTS, DTR, GND
2400, 9600, 19200, and 38400
8
None, RTS/CTS, XON/XOFF
None, Odd, Even
Tx (Transmit) and Rx (Receive)
RS-422 BUS(3)
Connector:
Signals:
Baud Rates:
Data Bits:
Handshaking:
Parity:
Indicators:
9-pin male D
TXD+, TDX-, RXD+, RTX-, RTS+, RTS-, CTS+, CTS-, and signal GND
2400, 9600, 19200, and 38400
8
None, RTS/CTS, XON/XOFF
None, Odd, Even
Tx (Transmit) and Rx (Receive)
RF Characteristics(4)
Connectors:
Frequency Range:
Impedance:
Type N, Female
dc - 13 GHz
50 Ω
SWR:
50 MHz - 5 GHz:
5 GHz - 13 GHz:
Attenuation Range:
15 dB/1 dB steps (8312-15-F)
31 dB/1 dB steps (8312031-F)
RF Power Rating:
50 MHz - 5 GHz:
5 GHz - 13 GHz:
Attenuation Settings:
100, 000 selections (minimum)
0 to +50°C
67° to +167 °F (-55° to +75°C)
96%
40,000' (12,192M)
1.60 (Maximum)
1.95 (Typical)
100 Watts (Maximum)
50 Watts (Maximum)
Attenuation Update Rate: 1 second (Typical)
Incremental Accuracy:
Insertion Loss (dB):
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Frequency
1-15 dB
16-31 dB
50 MHz - 3 GHz:
3 GHz - 5 GHz:
5 GHz - 13 GHz:
+0.5 dB
+0.5 dB
+2.0 dB
+0.8 dB
+0.8 dB
+3.0 dB
Frequency Range
50 MHz - 3 GHz:
3 GHz - 5 GHz:
5 GHz - 13 GHz:
8312-15-F
3.0
4.0
7.0
8312-31-F
3.5
4.5
8.0
1. GPIB/IEEE-488 model allows user-selectable addresses.
2. RS-232 can be used with standard PC serial port for short and medium distances (up to approximately 50 ft).
3. RS-422, designed for very long distance communications (4000 ft) and & optimized as a single node protocol, typically with one device connected to a
single port.
4. Refer to Individual data sheet for detailed specifications on internal programmables.
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Physical Dimensions
NOTE:
All dimensions are given in mm (inches) and are maximum, unless otherwise specified.
MODEL NUMBER DESCRIPTION:
Example:
8312 - XX - F
Basic
Model
Number
Attenuation Connector Location
F = Front (Only)
Value (dB)*
* Available in 0-15 dB and 0-31 dB configurations only!
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Programmable Attenuators
Model 8210A
Programmable Attenuator/Switch Controller
IEEE-488
RS232\RS422/RS485
A Logical Interface for Switchable Devices!
E
X P R E S S
Applications
www.sicklesonline.com
800-542-4457
Features
o Provides a flexible, powerful, low cost solution for bus
control of programmable step attenuators and other
switchable devices under computer control.
o Designed to interface with Aeroflex / Weinschel’s line
of intelligent programmable attenuators and other
electromechanical devices.
o Simplifies your bench test setups and subsystem
design.
o Available in two standard communication interfaces:
- Model 8210A-1:
- Model 8210A-2:
Applications for the 8210A range from providing control of a
single Programmable Attenuator in a bench test/lab environment using a PC and a terminal emulator, to complex
system applications where the 8210A is employed to control
many devices to create custom/semi-custom subsystems to
reduce overall design cost. Aeroflex / Weinschel can provide a variety of custom designed driver interfaces for
various devices, such as RF switches, relays, PIN attenuators, displays and other devices, as well as complete
subsystem design and integration services. Contact us with
your specialized needs.
GPIB/IEEE-488 (HS-488 ready)
RS-232, RS-422, RS-485
Description
Model 8210A represents a new concept in device control
applications and provides a high level interface from various
industry standard communications interfaces to the serial
Driver Interface Bus.
The Device Interface Bus (DIB) is a system for connecting
a number of relatively low-speed I/O devices to a host, providing a simple, uniform and inexpensive way to control a
variety of devices via a single port. The DIB is based on the
two-wire serial bus and several software protocol layers that
allow the Model 8210A to address up to 125 peripheral
devices with serial data rates of up to 100 KHz. The DIB
may also be used to supply DC power to the devices, resulting in a simple, low-cost interconnection system.
This Programmable attenuator/switch controller is available
in two models, each providing a different type of communications interface to suit user configuration requirements.
Each model contains similar capabilities, and provides
switch-selectable parameters to the interfaces’ operation.
Typical Capacity: Control a subsystem consisting of 32
individual 8-cell programmable attenuators plus 16
DPDT switches.
Accessories:
PART NUMBER
DESCRIPTION
001-378
Deskmount Power Supply, +15 V
95-250 Vac, 47-63 Hz ac input
193-8013
Interconnect Cable
193-8012
Attenuator Mounting Kit: This kit
includes all hardware to allow the
user to mount one attenuator onto
the Model 8210A
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Programmable Attenuators
Specifications
SPECIFICATION
DESCRIPTION
DC Input
Connector:
Requirements:
2.5mm barrel style
+12 to +15 Vdc @ 250 mA
Driver Interface
Connector:
14-pin 0.025" square post header @ 0.1" centers. Mates with
AMP 746285-2 or equivalent.
Signals :
SDA
SDC
VDC
GND
serial data
serial clock
DC supply voltage
ground
VDC Output Current:
2 A maximum
Maximum Cable Length: 10 Meters (1000 pF maximum capacitance)
Data Transfer Rate:
100 KHz
Environmental
Operating Temperature:
Storage Temperature:
Humidity:
Altitude:
0 to +50°C
-55° to +75°C (67° to +167°F)
95%
40,000' (12,192M)
IEEE-488 Bus(1)
Connector:
Protocols:
Indicators:
24-pin per IEEE-488.1
per IEEE-488.2
Remote, Listen
RS-232 Bus(2)
Connector:
Signals:
Baud Rates:
Data Bits:
Handshaking:
Parity:
Indicators:
9-pin male D
TXD, RXD, RTS, CTS, DTR, GND
2400, 9600, and 19200, 38400
8
None, RTS/CTS, XON/XOFF
None, Odd, Even
Tx (Transmit) and Rx (Receive Active)
RS-422 Bus(3) &
RS-485 Bus(4)
Connector:
Signals:
Baud Rates:
Data Bits:
Handshaking:
Parity:
Indicators:
9-pin male D(Model 8210-2)
TXD+, TDX-, RXD+, RTX-, RTS+, RTS-, CTS+, CTS-, & signal GND
2400, 9600, and 19200, 38400
8
None, RTS/CTS, XON/XOFF
None, Odd, Even
Tx (Transmit) and Rx (Receive Active)
Notes:
1. GPIB/IEEE-488 model allows user-selectable addresses.
2. RS-232 can be used with standard PC serial port for short and medium distances (up to approximately 50 ft).
3. RS-422, designed for very long distance communications (4000 ft) & optimized as a single node protocol, typically with one device connected to a
single port.
4. RS-485, designed for very long distance communications (4000 ft) & optimized for multi-drop connections that can used to create a low cost network.
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Physical Dimensions
Model 8210A-1 (IEEE-488):
Model 8210A-2 (RS-232/RS-422/RS-485):
NOTE:
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