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New Fixed Attenuators and ThermopadĀ® Product Range

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New Fixed Attenuators and Thermopad® Product Range

New series provides heightened defense and space level performance and yearly qualification documentation for mission assurance

Smiths Interconnect announces the launch of a new series of fixed attenuators and Thermopad® products. The patented products, which are part of Smiths Interconnect’s innovative SPL series, provide heightened performance for use in space, defense, and aerospace applications. They are ideal in applications requiring stringent performance requirements and are highly reliable based on Smiths qualified reliability process. The SPL series is particularly significant because it offers a lower cost of ownership based on MIL-PRF-55342 space heritage, a key performance specification for fixed, film, chip resistors ensuring high quality and reliability levels.

Tullio Panarello, VP and General Manager of the Fibre Optics and RF Components Business Unit at Smiths Interconnect, said: “The chip attenuator and Thermopad® ­products have established reliability through qualified electrical, visual, and mechanical screening. The customer’s lead time is decreased by reducing the testing time and therefore reducing cost, while adding similar reliability as a fully screened product."

The product is available in various styles from DC-6 GHz for lower frequency requirements up to DC-20 GHz for the broadband requirements of higher frequency applications. It provides annual test data product qualification reporting in a cost effective, easy to implement solution. They offer the following features:

  • 100% electrical, visual, and mechanical tested
  • Annual test data product qualification reports
  • Lower cost of ownership
  • Shorter lead times
  • Compact and light weight
  • Terminal wraps for solder inspection.

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