## Fixed Pi and Tee Attenuators - EquationsFixed attenuators can be designed to have either equal or unequal impedances and to provide any amount of attenuation
(theoretically) equal to or greater than the configuration's minimum attenuation - depending on the ratio of Z K = power in / power out, or in decibels = 10 * log (K) dB
, or in decibels K
An online attenuator calculator is provided below.
An RF Cafe visitor wrote to say that he thought the above equations might be in error when unequal source and load termination resistances are used. The image below shows the mathematical steps that prove the equations are correct. It uses a source resistance of 50 ohms and a load resistance of 100 ohms, with an attenuation of 10 dB. Resistor values for both the "T" and ""Pi" attenuators were determined using the attenuator calculator on RF Cafe (which uses these equations).
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