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Radar signal analysis applications require highly specialized test equipment to model and test transmitted or received signals. Secondary surveillance radar is a type of radar that is often used for air traf c control (ATC) applications as well as identify friend or foe (IFF) military applications. For these applications custom RF test racks are assembled for the specialty testing performed on this [...]
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Before there is widespread adoption of any 5G technologies, there comes the need for extensive research and development of the networking and signal management approaches that will enable them. Currently considered one of the leading enablers, small-cell, millimeter-wave, and massive Multi-input Multi-output (MIMO) systems, are creating the need for network architects to not only know the comprehensive [...]
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Where can you find an RF designer or manufacturer of wireless ATE devices that can deliver high performance at a reasonable cost for your custom applications? The answer is once again, Vaunix. We routinely handle requests for a special capability or feature that our Lab Brick signal generators, digtal attenuators, phase shifters, and switches do not have as standard features. As an example, pulse modulation [...]
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Vaunix is a growing, fast-paced design and manufacturing business involved in the engineering of leading-edge, programmable RF test equipment for wireless testing. We also provide reconditioning and engineering consulting services on digital radios and radio system installation. As a privately held business, we offer our employees diverse and challenging opportunities, individual responsibility, and [...]
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Vaunix announces our latest and most advanced Lab Brick digital attenuator. The LDA-602Q  is capable of bidirectional fixed attenuation, swept attenuation ramps, and fading profiles, and provides up to 120 dB of control range with a 0.1 dB step size from 200 MHz to 6 GHz. Each RF port of this 4 port device has a 50 ohm impedance with a typical VSWR of 1.3:1. Fast switching speeds of 15 microsecond [...]
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Vaunix Technology Corporation, a manufacturer of USB controlled and powered test equipment, debuted four new test application solutions at the 2016 International Microwave Symposium (IMS) in San Francisco this May.
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Vaunix Technology Corporation recently produced an insightful technical brief discussing handover/handoff testing using USB-based digital attenuators for complex and scalable fading simulations.   Traditional fading simulations have relied upon complex and expensive single-box testers, which are ultimately limited by the number of ports, internal hardware, and proprietary and inflexible [...]
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Phase shifters are used in countless applications, with one of the most popular being phased array antennas. These antennas do not require a gimbal to keep the beam stabilized. Without this technology the antenna and/or satellite would have to physically adjust itself in three dimensions to simply stay on target—which can prove to be a difficult task, especially where some applications require [...]
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Sifting through the available signal generators on the market to find a reliable, cost-effective option for a test facility can be cumbersome. While it is good to have a basic understanding of the specifications listed on the datasheet, it still does not help with digging through the wide array of options in the marketplace. To make things a bit easier, let’s dive into the differences between [...]
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What is a Signal Generator? An RF signal generator is electronic piece of test equipment that generates RF signals over a wide variety of frequencies with high spectral purity, stable frequency, and stable amplitude. RF signal generators are not to be confused with vector signal generators, which generate RF signals but also have complex digital modulation capabilities with formats such as QPSK, [...]
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Vaunix Technology Corporation recently added a new programmable digital attenuator to their LDA family of PC-driven Lab Bricks, the LDA-602EH.   The LDA-602EH has a large attenuation range of 120 dB with an exceptional 0.1 dB step size, allowing for both precision and accuracy during fading tests or device characterizations. This attenuator also features a fast 15 us switching speed, an [...]
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How Scott and Alan Met The founders of Vaunix, Scott Blanchard and Alan Olsen met over 20 years ago while working for Advanced Techcom, Inc. (ATI)—a Massachusetts based design and manufacturer of digital microwave and millimeter-wave radio systems for short and long haul voice, data, and video applications. During their time working at ATI, a number of fortuitous events allowed them to work [...]
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Vaunix, a manufacturer of programmable, USB powered test equipment, sets out to prove that their products are more than just ruggedized, they're rock solid at IMS 2016.
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Vaunix Technology Corporation added a new signal generator to their family of Lab Bricks, the LMS-183DX. This new product covers a frequency range of 6-18 GHz in a rugged, portable, palm-sized package. The LMS-183DX has a power control range of 80 dB, +10 to -70 dBm, from the 6 to 13 GHz frequency range and a power control range of 65 dB, +10 to -55 dBm, from the 13 to 18 GHz frequency range. This [...]
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Vaunix Technology Corporation recently added a new signal generator to their family of LMS PC-driven signal generators, the LMS-802DX. The LMS-802DX has a power control range of 80 dB, +10 dBm to -70 dBm, exceeding the range of its predecessors by 25 dBm. The unit operates in the 2 to 8 GHz frequency range with a resolution of 100 Hz and a fast 100 microsecond switching time. When set to +10 dBm [...]
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Vaunix will be debuting two new test application solutions at the 2016 International Microwave Symposium (IMS) in San Francisco, the LDA-203 and the LMS-802DX. The LDA-203 is a new digital attenuator with an operating frequency of 1 to 20 GHz. It features a 0 to 63 dB attenuation range and a step size resolution of 0.5 dB. Cost is $1,199. The LMS-802DX is one of a new series of Lab Brick portable [...]
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In the past, large production environments and sophisticated labs were the dominant influence on the research and development that led to yesterday’s full-featured benchtop equipment market. Today, however, nimble test and verification teams are increasingly looking for more portable and cost efficient solutions devoid of cluttered GPIB cabling and specialized software. Not only has the debugging [...]
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Vaunix has announced the addition a new model to their family of LDA Series Digital Attenuators, the LDA-203. The LDA-203 is a new digital attenuator with an operating frequency of 1 to 20 GHz. It features a 0 to 63 dB attenuation range and a step size resolution of 0.5 dB. This model is powered and controlled by connection to a PC or self-powered USB hub, and is programmable for fixed attenuation [...]
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Vaunix is pleased to announce that they have registered as an ITAR Compliant manufacturer of defense articles covered under the United States Munitions List (USML) by the Office of Defense Trade Controls Compliance.  This registration certifies Vaunix as a manufacturer who abides by ITAR compliance regulations. All products manufactured by Vaunix, including their USB powered, programmable Lab [...]
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In our Q & A blog series, we’ve addressed some of the most important and technical questions about our Lab Bricks. We hope these answers give you a better understanding of how our products work.   Q. We would like to connect 48 Lab Brick LPS-402 phase shifters to a computer via an Ethernet-to-USB hub while operating over a wide range of temperatures. What are the operating temperatures [...]
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In our Q & A blog series, we’ve addressed some of the most important and technical questions about our Lab Bricks. We hope these answers give you a better understanding of how our products work.   Q. What is the phase accuracy and repeatability of Lab Brick phase shifters?   A. Vaunix Lab Brick phase shifters are conservatively rated. For example, phase accuracy measurement [...]
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In our Q & A blog series, we've addressed some of the most important and technical questions about our Lab Bricks. We hope these answers give you a better understanding of how our products work.   Q. Can Lab Brick phase shifters be controlled using Linux?   A. All Lab Brick phase shifters can be run from Linux. We provide Linux drivers with the unit and the files can also [...]
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In our Q & A blog series, we’ve addressed some of the most important and technical questions about our Lab Bricks. We hope these answers give you a better understanding of how our products work.   Q. We would like to use Lab Brick phase shifters to measure the radiation pattern of a four-element antenna array in a beam forming configuration. The set-up would include one signal [...]
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In our Q & A blog series, we’ve addressed some of the most important and technical questions about our Lab Bricks. We hope these answers give you a better understanding of how our products work.   Q. Can I lock three Lab Brick LMS-203 signal generators to an external reference or daisy chain them to one internal reference. Can I also modify the RF output power?   A. [...]
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In our Q & A blog series, we’ve addressed some of the most important and technical questions about our Lab Bricks. We hope these answers give you a better understanding of how our products work. Note: Many customers control their Lab Brick products using Python. If you’re one of them, please make sure to use the attenuator SDK with ANSI-C style function names from the Vaunix FTP [...]
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In our Q & A blog series, we’ve addressed some of the most important and technical questions about our Lab Bricks. We hope these answers give you a better understanding of how our products work.   We sometimes get requests for a special capability or feature that our Lab Brick signal generators do not have as standard features, which is understandable, as their optional capabilities [...]
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In our Q & A blog series, we’ve addressed some of the most important and technical questions about our Lab Bricks. We hope these answers give you a better understanding of how our products work.   Customers and potential customers have asked us about increasing attenuator dwell time. We listened. The latest version of the attenuator user interface allows dwell time to be set at [...]
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In our Q & A blog series, we've addressed some of the most important and technical questions about our Lab Bricks. We hope these answers give you a better understanding of how our products work.   Q. If I plug four LDA-602N attenuators into four USB ports on a PC, can I address them with the attenuator software individually and change their attenuation separately as well as simultaneously?   A. [...]
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Vaunix Technology Corporation recently moved their head office to Newburyport, Massachusetts. This move will help accommodate future growth and allow for advances in the engineering and manufacturing of their products. Additionally, Newburyport offers a greater variety of business opportunities and development which will be beneficial to moving the company forward. The address of the new location [...]
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In our Q & A blog series, we’ve addressed some of the most important and technical questions about our Lab Bricks. We hope these answers give you a better understanding of how our products work.   Q. Can the LDA-302P-2 run from Windows and if so is it possible to guarantee its switching speed or does the Windows GUI just set up the profile and the microcontroller operate on the [...]
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In our Q & A blog series, we’ve addressed some of the most important and technical questions about our Lab Bricks. We hope these answers give you a better understanding of how our products work.   Q. What is the best way to use Lab Brick Series Attenuators to cover both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz Wi-Fi bands?   A. As the 802.11ac standard is increasingly becoming the successor [...]
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In our Q & A blog series, we've addressed some of the most important and technical questions about our Lab Bricks. We hope these answers give you a better understanding of how our products work.   Q. We need to be able to simulate signal fades and dropouts for products with an embedded 3G transceiver. I have been looking at the LDA-302P-2 product as we need to be able to test up to 2600MHz [...]
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Vaunix Technology Corporation continues down their path toward a full catalog of solutions for test applications that can take advantage of programmable RF devices. The LSG and LMS series of Lab Brick Signal Generators provide all the signal-generating capability of a full-sized test signal source without the need for cumbersome rack equipment. Together they cover frequency ranges from 20 MHz [...]
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High-speed switches like our Lab Brick models are integral parts of many test systems, so I'll explain how easy it is to configure them in this blog. Lab Brick software lets you operate your switch (or switches) in four modes. Manual control mode lets you operate the switch from the computer's display. You just select “Internal” in the Switch Control window and in the Switch Setting [...]
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Few instrument set-ups are complete without attenuators, as without them your ability to evaluate the performance of your device under different conditions would be severely limited. Our Lab Brick attenuators combine both the performance and the configurability you need to provide a wide range of measurement flexibility, and setting them up is performed the exact same way as all of our products &ndash [...]
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My first blog in this series described the value and capabilities of Lab Brick software and the second described the function of our Lab Brick signal generators, so now let’s look into our Lab Brick phase shifters.   As you can see from the figure to the right, all settings you’ll need to make are available from a single screen. On the right you’ll see a setting for “Frequency [...]
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As instruments rather than components like attenuators and phase shifters, signal generators are obviously more complex, and our goal has been to make the Lab Brick LSG and LMS Series instruments easy to use but very capable.   As you can see from the figure below, frequency, frequency and power step size, as well as pulse and sweep modes are all configured in the same screen. The frequency-setting [...]
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Vaunix has announced the addition of a new 75 Ohm model to their family of LDA Series Digital Attenuators. This product family offers attenuators with up to 120 dB of programmable attenuation through 6,000 MHz. The LDA-102-75F has input power of up to 1 W, attenuation range to 95 dB, and offers frequency coverage of 10 – 1000 MHz. This unit is powered and controlled by connection to a [...]
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In ATE systems, an instrument controller handles all the tasks associated with making everything work together. However, when you’re controlling just a few devices to accomplish a measurement task (for example), that’s usually more than you really need. But you do still need a way to control, configure, and run routines using the components, and that’s where the simple yet effective [...]
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In a previous blog we suggested that “it doesn't take much imagination to envision a ‘homebrew' test system (built using Vaunix) components”, and we weren't kidding. The fact is that all of our products were created to give engineers, whether they're in design, prototype, or production, a great deal of flexibility. Here's what we mean.   Our signal generators, [...]
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Today’s high-end benchtop vector signal generators are a marvel of RF and digital engineering. They’re generally considered the standard by which all others should be judged. While this may be true in terms of their versatility and sheer range of capabilities, it’s possible today to build a low-cost instrument smaller than a paperback book and weighing less than a pound whose core [...]
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Today’s signal generators, from portable to bench types, are endowed with an impressive array of features designed to make them useful in every conceivable application. They’re powerful tools -- but they’re also expensive and for many measurement tasks their “feature-rich” capabilities are simply unnecessary and even get in the way. In short, sometimes all you need (or [...]
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At the IMS 2014 show we were able to show off our line of LSW switches for the wonderful folks at Wireless Design & Development. Our LSW Switches are designed to give you reliable, high isolation and low cost solid state switching in both single-pole-double-throw and single-pole-four-throw configurations.   The Lab Brick Switches are perfect for: Automated Test Equipment (ATE) WiMAX, [...]
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The STEM curriculum (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math) has been gaining popularity as a point of educational emphasis recently. STEM is a segment of education where the US can see significant growth but also, an area that is very important to the future of the US.  These fields are being emphasized to increase popularity and interest for youth and at IMS 2014, the show hosted its own [...]
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Welcome to the Vaunix blog and our refreshed website! As we transition, we plan to update our blog with relevant news, industry trends, and informative content to the microwave testing fields. This new blog will answer industry questions, provide insight in rf/mw developments and keep our readers informed and educated. Since the development of the Lab Brick product family, Vaunix has aimed to meet [...]
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Vaunix has announced the addition of two new models to their family of LDA Series Digital Attenuators. This product family now offers attenuators with up to 120 dB of programmable attenuation through 6,000 MHz. The LDA-102E and LDA-602E all have input power of up to 2 W. The LDA-102E offers frequency coverage of .1 - 1,000 MHZ while the LDA-602E model ranges from 400 – 6,000 MHz. Both units [...]
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Vaunix has added two new models to the their Lab Brick Phase Shifter family, the LPS-402 and LPS-123. The LPS-402 offers a frequency range of 2 – 4 GHz while the LPS123 ranges from 8 – 12 GHz. The phase for both models can be set from the easy to install and use GUI, configured from an uploaded phase profile or programmed using the provided API DLL. The GUI software can track and control [...]
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Vaunix has announced the hiring of a new sales representative, Northtree Associates, to handle customer relationships in Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, North Dakota, South Dakota, Indiana, and Missouri. Northtree Associates focuses on providing design engineers, test engineers, and network professionals the best protocol and bus analysis testing products and board-level development tools [...]
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Vaunix has added an attenuation profile feature to the LDA series attenuators. The attenuation profile is user programmable with the capability to simulate various real-world fading conditions. The LDA series of Lab Brick® Digital Attenuators includes 50 Ohm RF step attenuators with calibrated operation up to 6 GHz. These units connect to a USB port for control and power and require no additional [...]
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Vaunix has introduced a new model to their LMS Series of Signal Generators. The LMS-271D covers a frequency range of .5 MHz to 270 MHz. The Lab Brick LMS series of USB-compatible, synthesized signal generators features low noise, fast 100-microsecond switching time, and fine 100 Hz frequency resolution, requiring no additional DC supply voltage. Advanced features include phase-continuous linear-frequency [...]
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Vaunix is excited to announce the addition of their new Lab Brick Phase Shifter, the LPS-802. The new product has a frequency of 4-8 GHz and provides excellent phase accuracy while offering one-degree phase resolution. With the LPS-802, the phase can be set from the easy to install and use GUI, configured from an uploaded phase profile or programmed using the provided API DLL. The GUI software can [...]
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Vaunix has announced additions to their LDA Digital Attenuators line. Five of their LDA Digital Attenuators are now available with N-Type Connectors. The LDA series of Lab Brick®Digital Attenuators includes 50 Ohm RF step attenuators with calibrated operation up to 6 GHz. These units connect to a USB port for control and power and require no additional DC supply voltage. They are easily programmable [...]
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Vaunix has announced a new optional feature for their LMS Signal Generator line. The LMS Sweep Trigger enables the user to synchronize linear frequency sweep functionality with other lab test instruments. The Lab Brick LMS series of USB-compatible, synthesized signal generators features low noise, fast 100-microsecond switching time, and fine 100 Hz frequency resolution, requiring no additional DC [...]
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Vaunix has announced the addition of eight new models to their LMS Series of Signal Generators. The additions are in response to customer demand for defined frequency bands through 4 GHz, specifically 70-450 MHz, 250-1500 MHz, 600-3200 MHz, and 1000-4000 MHz. The Lab Brick LMS series of USB-compatible, synthesized signal generators features low noise, fast 100-microsecond switching time, and fine [...]
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Vaunix has announced the hiring of a new sales representative, Amska Amerikanska Teleprodukter, to handle customer relationships in Sweden, Denmark, Norway, and Finland. Amska provides sales representation for industry-leading manufacturers of high tech RF/Microwave components and systems within the frequency range of DC to 325 GHz. They have over 50 years of professional sales experience in [...]
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Vaunix has announced their new LSW Series Switch products. This new Lab Brick product family has a 10 W power handling capability and offers reliable, high isolation, low power and low cost solid state switch products in both single pole double throw (SPDT) and single pole four throw (SP4T) configurations. The LSW Series Switches have manual, internal and external switch control capability, and [...]
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Vaunix has announced the addition of three new models to their family of LDA Series Digital Attenuators. This product family now offers attenuators with up to 90 dB of programmable attenuation through 6 GHz. The LDA-302P-H, LDA-302P-1 and LDA-302P-2 all have input power of up to 2 W and frequency coverage of 10 to 3000 MHz. All units are powered and controlled by connection to a PC or self-powered [...]
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Vaunix has announced the hiring of a new sales representative, Premier Measurement Solutions, to handle customer relationships in India. Premier Measurement Solutions Private Limited was formed by an expert team who have been in the test and measurement industry for close to two decades. They offer expertise in test automation for the wireless market, wafer level characterization, and CW signal generators [...]
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Vaunix has announced the hiring of a new sales representative, BQ Microwave, to handle customer relationships in Germany, Austria and the Netherlands. A technical sales agency, BQ Microwave provides sales representation for industry leading manufacturers of high tech RF/Microwave components and systems. BQ microwave has over 30 years of professional sales experience in the Germany, Austria, Switzerland [...]
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Vaunix has announced the hiring of two new sales representatives, Sea-Port Technical Sales and Clarke and Severn Electronics, to handle customer relationships in Washington/Oregon and Australia/New Zealand, respectively. Formed in 1989, Sea-Port Technical Sales offers a suite of RF, microwave, and fiber-optic products: components, modules and sub-assemblies, design software, and manufacturing/engineering [...]
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Vaunix has introduced two new models to their Lab Brick® product line that together cover frequency ranges from 8 to 20 GHz. The LMS-203 operates from 10 to 20 GHz, while the LMS-163 operates from 8 to 16 GHz. Both boast low phase noise, fast 100 microsecond switching time, and fine 100 Hz frequency resolution.  The LMS series also offers advanced operating features such as phase-continuous [...]
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Vaunix has released a new “Portable Signal Generators and Digital Attenuators” brochure. The six page brochure details features and specifications of the Lab Brick Signal Generator, Lab Brick Digital Attenuator, and powered USB Hub product lines. Applications include use with automated test equipment (ATE) and in the engineering or production test labs. All Lab Brick signal generators and [...]
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Vaunix has announced the introduction of an X-band signal generator to their Lab Brick® product line. The LMS-123 operates from 8 to 12 GHz, and boasts low phase noise, fast 100 microsecond switching time, and fine 100 Hz frequency resolution. The LMS series also offers advanced operating features such as phase-continuous linear frequency sweeping, optional modulation formats, and internal/external [...]
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Vaunix has announced the introduction of its newest Lab Brick® product line, the LMS series of Synthesized Signal Generators. The first two models released are the LMS-802 and LMS-103 covering 4 to 8 GHz and 5 to 10 GHz respectively. These full-featured signal generators boast low phase noise, 100 microsecond switching time, and 100 Hz frequency resolution. The LMS series extends the capabilities [...]
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Specially designed for USB super users, such as video and audio techs, the 4-Port Lab Brick® USB Hub from Vaunix offers the highest power in the industry and delivers it to all ports simultaneously and continuously. For USB super users, who count on being able to run or charge their many devices on the run, Vaunix Technology Corporation has introduced a high power, four-port USB hub. The self-powered, [...]
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