Featured Product Archive
The inventions and products featured on these pages were chosen either for their
uniqueness in the RF engineering realm, or are simply awesome (or ridiculous) enough
to warrant an appearance.
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An advertisement for Mini-Circuits' DIY
Vector Network Analyzer
Kit appeared in the October issue of Microwaves & RF magazine. It is
evidently the first of a planned series of University Projects. Billed as an attempt
to "Bridge the gap between textbook theory and real-world measurement," Project
No. 1-UVNA-63 targets college laboratories as low-cost means of procuring a high
performance vector network analyzer (VNA) at a reasonable cost ($2,495.00). The
frequency range is 100 MHz to 6 GHz.
Having the student build the
a familiarity with a block diagram level understanding of 2-port VNAs and gives
hands-on experience with assembling RF components. Included are filters, directional
couplers, a transceiver PCB (made by Vayyar),
software, cables, a calibration kit, attenuators, an SMA wrench, and miscellaneous
About Mini-Circuits and Vayyar
Mini-Circuits is a global leader in the design, manufacturing and distribution
of RF, IF, and microwave components and integrated modules covering the DC to 65
GHz band. With over 25 different product lines and over 10,000 active models, rapid
response, demanding quality standards, value pricing, on-time delivery, and top-notch
customer service have helped make Mini-Circuits the world's preferred supplier of
RF and microwave products for over 50 years.
Founded in 2011, Vayyar started with the vision to develop a new modality for breast
cancer detection by using RF to quickly and affordably look into human tissue to
detect malignant growths. As the technology matured and evolved, Vayyar leveraged
it to develop a unique System-on-Chip (SOC) to open up new capabilities and widen
its original application scope to additional markets including robotics, smart home,
retail and testing.
Over a simple dinner meal, these two companies realized that there was a gap
in the RF industry in how new engineers were linking the knowledge they learn in
the classroom to the sophisticated equipment they were using in their respective
careers. Combining Mini-Circuits components and the Vayyar SOC, a powerful learning
tool could be created to teach new and practicing engineers the challenges and wonders
of the RF world.
Posted November 1, 2018