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What is a Detector?

A detector recovers information of interest that is contained in a modulated wave. The term ‘‘detector’’ dates back from the early days of radio use, when all transmissions were done in Morse code and it was only necessary to detect the presence of a radio wave using a device such as a coherer without necessarily making it audible. A more updated term would be ‘‘demodulator’’.

Types of Detectors

There are many different kinds of detectors and at Future Electronics we stock many of the most common types categorized by input power, operating frequency, packaging type and operating temperature range. The parametric filters on our website can help refine your search results depending on the required specifications.

The most common sizes for input power are 0 dBm, 5 dBm and 30 dBm. We also carry detectors with input power up to 160 dBm. Operating frequency can range from 10 MHz to 3.9 GHz, with the most common sizes being 450 to 2000 MHz.

Detectors from Future Electronics

Future Electronics has a full selection of detectors from several manufacturers that can be used for detection devices such as radio detectors, wireless (wifi) detectors, rf signal detectors or to be used in an rf detector circuit. Simply choose from the detector technical attributes below and your search results will quickly be narrowed to match your specific detector application needs.

If you have a preferred brand, we deal with several manufacturers such as California Eastern Lab, Hittite Microwave, ON Semiconductor or ROHM Semiconductor. You can easily refine your detector product search results by clicking your preferred detector brand below from our list of manufacturers.

Applications for Detectors:

Detectors started out being used for Morse code in a coherer detector. We can now find them in envelope detectors, product detectors, phase detectors, ratio detectors and quadrature detectors. An RF probe or RF detector is a test device to detect radio frequency oscillation in electronics circuits.

Choosing the Right Detector:

When you are looking for the right detectors, with the FutureElectronics.com parametric search, you can filter the results by various attributes: by Input Power (-30 dBm, 0 dBm, 5 dBm, 30 dBm,…), Operating Frequency (10 MHz, 200 MHz, 800 MHz, …) and Operating Temperature Range (from -40 oC to 150 oC) to name a few. You will be able to find the right chip for your detection electronics devices such as rf signal detectors, wireless (wifi) detectors, radio detectors or to be used in electronics like an rf detector circuit.

Detectors in Production Ready Packaging or R&D Quantities

If the quantity of detectors required is less than a full reel, we offer customers many of our programmable detector products in tube, tray or individual quantities that will avoid unneeded surplus.

In addition, Future Electronics offers clients a unique bonded inventory program that is designed to eliminate potential problems that may arise from an unpredictable supply of products containing raw metals and products with erratic or long lead times. Talk with your nearest Future Electronics branch and find out more on how you and your company can avoid possible shortages.



Featured Detector Products


Manufacturer Part Number Description
ANALOG DEVICES AD8304ARUZ AD8304 Series 160db 10 MHz 270 mW Logarithmic Convereter Detector - TSSOP16
HITTITE MICROWAVE HMC1020LP4ETR HMC1020 Series DC - 3.9 GHz Single-Ended RMS Power Detector - QFN-24
HITTITE MICROWAVE HMC602LP4ETR HMC271 Series 0.7 - 3.7 GHz GaAs MMIC 5-Bit Serial Digital Attenuator - QFN-24
HITTITE MICROWAVE HMC611LP4ETR HMC611 Series 0.001 - 10 GHz Logarithmic Detector Controller - QFN-24
HITTITE MICROWAVE HMC713MS8ETR HMC713 Series 100 - 2700 MHz 54 dB Logarithmic Detector / Controller - MSOP-8
ON SEMICONDUCTOR MCH12140DG MCH12140 Series 800 MHz Bandwidth 75 kΩ Phase-Frequency Detector SOIC-8
ON SEMICONDUCTOR MCK12140DG MCK12140 Series 800 MHz Bandwidth 75 kΩ Phase-Frequency Detector SOIC-8
ROHM SEMICONDUCTOR BH4127FV-E2 BH Series 900 mHz -40 to +85°C Surface Mount IF Detector - SSOP-B16
ROHM SEMICONDUCTOR HMC273MS10GETR BH Series 300 mHz -40 to +85°C Surface Mount Wide Band IF Detector - SSOP-B16
ROHM SEMICONDUCTOR BH4128FV BH Series 200 mHz -40 to +85°C Surface Mount Second Mixer IF Detector - SSOP-B16
ROHM SEMICONDUCTOR BH4138FV-E2 BH Series 200 mHz -40 to +85°C Surface Mount Second Mixer IF Detector - SSOP-B16

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