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FORT WORTH, Texas — International Microwave Symposium — June 8, 2004 — Aeroflex Incorporated (Nasdaq: ARXX) today announced it has made major design enhancements to its line of fast switching frequency synthesizers and is announcing its 2200 series; improving continuous operation—the Mean Time Between Failure (MTBF) by three times—from 4,000 hours MTBF to 12,000 hours MTBF. The 2200 family is built on a versatile modular platform that is the fastest and cleanest available today. It offers one microsecond switching speed and sub-microsecond level correction, coupled with superb spectral purity.
Designed to save substantial time and money over building a custom system in-house, the 2200 family is used for airborne, shipborne, electronic warfare simulation, radar upgrades and other stringent applications where the highest performance is required for rugged environments. The 2200 family is ideal for radar simulation, radar cross-section measurements, antenna pattern measurements and other high-speed microwave and RF applications.
2200 family spans frequency range from 10 MHz to 18.4 GHz
The 2200 frequency synthesizers are broadband sources, operating over the range of 10 MHz to 18.4 GHz with a standard resolution of 1.0Hz. The 2200 family can step from any frequency (F1), to any other frequency (F2), up or down, in 1 uSec. Output amplitude is +10dBm +2 dB into an impedance of 50 Ohms. The 2200 family includes over 30 models and is housed in a full 3U rack chassis with front panel keyboard for manual control, GPIB, and parallel binary coded decimal (BCD) interface for remote programming. Aeroflex’s modular architecture and iterative frequency models make it ideally suited for custom OEM applications. Just two standard modules make up a 10 MHz – 2.3 GHz, 100 MHz resolution OEM synthesizer with the same specifications as the standard family, needing only DC power and frequency reference. To obtain finer resolution and/or wider frequency coverage, the user can easily add other standard modules.
Aeroflex frequency synthesis enables low noise, spectral purity
The frequency generation technique used by the 2200 family is Direct
Analog Frequency Synthesis modular architecture. Based on mixing, adding
and dividing fixed frequencies using wideband mixers, ultra-fast switches
and switched filter banks, this technique is unique in providing, simultaneously,
the attributes of fast switching speed, high spectral purity and wide
frequency range. Direct Analog Frequency Synthesis is also inherently
rugged and reliable—there are no loops to unlock and no vibration-sensitive
The 2200 family is available immediately upon receipt of order. The 2200
family is modular with over 30 configurations possible and more with options.
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