Y-junction Millimeter Wave Circulator Development
We currently offer Y-junction Millimeter Wave Circulators in the WR-15, WR-12, WR-10 and WR-8 bands (50-140 GHz). These components are listed in the Table above. We don’t use any complicated dielectric matching elements. Rather, all of our impedance matching circuitry is implemented through precision CNC machined features in the waveguide block which are highly repeatable and tightly controlled. The machined structures also make it easy to align the ferrite cores with some precision and obtain a high degree of uniformity between the three circulator ports.
Our initial offerings are targeted to bands where there is widespread interest in the millimeter wave and microwave community. Over time we will continue to add products tuned to other sub-bands within the 50-170 GHz window in response to customer requests. Please don’t hesitate to contact us to discuss how we can apply our capabilities to your requirements. We typically do not charge a design fee (NRE) to develop a circulator tuned to a specific sub-band. Our primary concern is to identify bands of interest and provide components to serve the broader community.
Millimeter Wave Hybrid Circulator Development
Using sophisticated impedance matching techniques, we squeeze about all the bandwidth possible out of our Y-junction circulators. Any further significant increases in bandwidth are prohibited by limitations in the ferrite material. We were not satisfied with the bandwidth limitations, so we found another way to implement the circulator function. Our new hybrid circulator is not a Y-junction. It is a passive device similar in size to the Y-junction but having an order of magnitude greater bandwidth. Our first prototype covers the entire band from 150-190 GHz with more than 20 dB isolation and less than 2.2 dB insertion loss. This is not simulation data but actual test data. In theory, the hybrid circulator can be designed to cover full rectangular waveguide bands (eg. 140-220 GHz). The hybrid circulator is thus an enabling technology for high frequency, broadband transmit/receive systems. There is a patent pending.