New Chip Attenuators Provide Attenuation of up to 10dB from DC to 30GHz
Susumu’s new ATS series of chip attenuators is rated for operation at up to 30GHz, making it ideal for use in high-frequency communications systems, such as 5G networks.
The development of the ATS series drew on Susumu’s expertise in the design and production of innovative precision thin-film chip resistors – an attenuator is a resistor network with impedance matching. Thin film is a suitable material for high-frequency attenuators as it has no skin effect.
Susumu implemented a number of design innovations to enable the ATS series to operate at very high frequency:
- The resistive elements on top of the ceramic substrate are connected to the terminal on the bottom with through-hole vias. This shortens the distance that signals travel, thus minimizing inductance.
- A thinner substrate achieves the same effect
- The trimming line is shaped specially to avoid reflections
- The ground terminals surround the signal terminal to reduce interference and crosstalk
The ATS series attenuators are offered in the 0805-size chip package, and are available with attenuation values from 0dB to 10dB, in 1dB increments.