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Rackmount Variable Gain RF Amplifier with Performance from 100 MHz to 18 GHz

We just launched a brand new rackmount variable gain RF amplifier with performance from 100 MHz to 18 GHz. This Pasternack 19-inch rack mounted RF amplifier is designed for lab use and various test and measurement applications. Normally this type of RF rack mount amplifier requires long lead-times for delivery often exceeding several months; however, Pasternack has made this product available from stock for immediate shipment.
This new rack mount RF amplifier from Pasternack offers broadband frequency coverage from 100 MHz to 18 GHz with high gain levels of 50 dB minimum over a temperature range of -40°C to +85°C. Integrated digitally controlled attenuators boast dynamic range of this rackmounted amplifier up to 60 dB with a 1 dB step size. Typical performance of this variable gain amplifier includes 6.5 dB noise figure and +14 dBm output P1dB.  The rack mount amplifier package design supports a front panel LED display with manual control dial and SMA connectors with a 9 pin D-Sub Miniature connector on the rear panel. It is also environmentally sealed and designed to meet a series of MIL-STD-202F test conditions.
The PE15A7000 variable gain rackmount RF amplifier can be used on a test bench, but is also designed to fit into rack mount cabinet enclosures (size: 1U high and 10 inches deep). The gain level of this rackmount RF amplifier has precise attenuation step size over a wide frequency band and can be manually controlled or utilize the included RS-232 serial cable and Ethernet connection. This Pasternack variable gain RF amplifier in a rackmount can link with a PC computer to command control for automated test equipment (ATE) applications.