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Attenuator Design Data

The companies listed here can supply your needs for any type of attenuator, be it fixed, variable, or programmable. They provide not only a stock of off-the-shelf models, but can also design and manufacture custom models for meeting specialty decibel values, form factor, power handling, or other unique parameters. There is also a lot of design information available in the form of white papers, datasheets, and online write-ups. Please consider contacting RF Cafe advertisers first for your needs. 


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An Offset Attenuator for Radio Direction Finding
By Charles Scharlau, NZØI.

Attenuator Dissipation
Equations for calculating the fractional dissipation of the individual resistors in an attenuator.

Application notes by Herley.

Attenuators, PIN
A Wideband General Purpose PIN Diode Attenuator by Skyworks.

Attenuators (variable)
Application notes by American Microwave.

Build An Offset Attenuator
By Joe Moell, as featured in Homing In for May 1998.

Design of an Attenuator
Attenuator applet by Hao Shi.

Homework: Attenuator Design
Designing a symmetric matched resistive T-attenuator, by Dejan V. Tosic and Miroslav D. Lutovac.

PIN Diode Variable RF Attenuator Circuit
A constant impedance circuit design for variable RF attenuators using PIN diodes for use in a variety of RF design applications including programmable RF attenuators. From

Program Designs Tee Attenuator To Minimize Stress
Article from Electronic Design.

Resistive Attenuator Design
By Williamson Labs.