McGill Microwave introduces the new RF Coaxial Test Cables – Clarity™. The latest innovation from Times Microwave Systems USA, Designed to enable new technologies like 5G and cloud computing.
When everything is important, Times Microwave Systems USA’s new Clarity™ Series Metrology Grade Vector and Scalar Analyser RF Coaxial Test Cable Assemblies are the clear choice, with Industry-leading performance and unparalleled value.
This new line of test cables boasts best-in class RF stability with flexure. The crush and torque resistant steel armor provides uncompromising flexibility. Times Microwave’s engineering team carefully studied how users physically handle test leads. This resulted in adopting a double safeguarded design. An ergonomic strain relief (armored version) for trouble-free, long flex life and SureGrip™ coupling nut for comfort over numerous mating cycles.
Clarity RF Coaxial Test Cables – Electrical Performance
Simply put, the new Times Microwave Systems Clarity™ Series offer best-in-the-world Phase and Amplitude Stability performance- at a fraction of the cost of those supplied by the OEM test equipment manufacturers.
The Clarity™ Test Cable Assemblies are available in DC-18 GHz, DC- 26.5 GHz and DC-40 GHz options in standard lengths with a full range of popular precision connectors available to suit all applications.
The Clarity ™ Test Cables offers the following impressive features:
The best in the world Phase and Amplitude Stability performance with flexure to 40 GHz, thus ensuring repeatable and accurate test measurements.
Phase Stability (degrees) typical
Amplitude Stability (db) typical
Clarity RF Coaxial Test Cables Features
- World leading Phase and amplitude stability performance with flexure
- Assures consistency of test measurement
- Internally Rugged Cable Construction offers Crush & Kink Resistance.
- Features an innovate minimum bend radius restriction construction to prevent catastrophic performance degradation caused by accidentally exceeding the cable assemblies specified minimum bend radius
- Wide Temperature Range
- Ergonomics – features Sure Grip ™ connector coupling nuts to significantly enhance the users experience.
- Lowest Cost of ownership
- Fastest delivery time
- Rugged strain relief boots
Clarity RF Coaxial Test Cables Applications
- Research & Development Labs
- VNA Test Port Extension cables
- Scalar Analysers
- High Volume Production Test
- System Level RF Connection
- Test Rack Interconnect
- Bench or Portable Test Equipment
- Antenna Ranges
- Anechoic Chambers
- RF Module Testing
- Broad Frequency Response
- Ruggedness & Durability
- Wide Temperature Range
- Crush & Kink Resistance
Common Clarity Connectors
SM = SMA male (18 or 26.5 GHz)
SF = SMA female (18 or 26.5GHz)
SMR = SMA right angle (18 GHz)
35M = 3.5mm male (26.5 GHz only)
35F = 3.5mm female (26.5 GHz only)
3RF = 3.5mm ruggedized female (NMD) 26.5 GHz only
NM = Type N male (18 GHz)
NMR = Type N right angle (18 GHz only)
KM = 2.92mm male (40 GHz)
KMR = K (2.92mm) right angle (40 GHz)
KF = 2.92mm female (40 GHz)
KRF = K ruggedized female (40 GHz only)
24M = 2.4mm male (40 GHz only)
24F = 2.4 mm female (40 GHz only)
2RF = 2.4mm ruggedized female (NMD) (40 GHz only)
How to ensure Maximum cable life
When using test leads, it’s very good practice to inspect interfaces before coupling up connectors. Gently start the coupling nut, fully thread and tighten with fingers first before the final torque. When torquing, always use a calibrated torque wrench. When the assembly is not in use, always cap the connectors in order to prevent damage. It is recommended to have replacements available, should an unfortunate event occur when they may be needed.
What NOT to do
Never force the RF coaxial test cables beyond the recommended minimum bend radius (This can be found on the data sheet). Never force connectors, this can result in stripping the threads, or causing interface damage. It is also discouraged to mate 2.92mm to other than SMA or 3.5mm connector. Last but no least, never insert a foreign object into the interface.
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