Lowell, Mass.Tyco Electronics is shipping the M/A-COM TU-6401, a lightweight low-power SIGINT microwave tuner designed for signal search and collection applications.
The M/A-COM TU-6401 provides simultaneous narrowband and wideband IF (intermediate frequency) outputs centered at 160 MHz (100 MHz bandwidth) and 1 GHz (500 MHz bandwidth). The tuner's frequency range operates from 0.5 to 18 GHz and features an RF down converter, which is integrated with a direct digital synthesizer to uncouple tuning speed from phase noise to provide what the company claims is the industry's fastest tuner.
The M/A-COM TU-6401 microwave has a built-in local oscillator distribution system, making it useful in beam forming and direction finding systems, as well as in a wide range of other electronic signals intelligence and electronic warfare applications.
The M/A-COM TU-6401 is housed in a two-slot 6U VME package, weighing less than seven pounds. The IF and log video outputs are suitable for direct input into an external A/D converter for special signal processing, spectral analysis and pulse parameterization. The tuner's noise figure is rated less than 15 dB (<12 dB typical). Sweep speed over the 0.5-18 GHz tuning range per 500 MHz steps is less than 100 µsec and F1 to F2 step tune speed is less than 5 µsec for any step size.
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Tyco Electronics Corp., 1-610-893-9800, www.tycoelectronics.com