Lumped Element Filters: A Compact, Low-Frequency Filtering Option

Posted by Peter Matthews on Sep 21, 2022 8:45:00 AM

At Knowles Precision Devices, we are well known for our expertise delivering high-performance mmWave filtering options. But did you know we also excel at providing a wide variety of lower frequency filtering options using a lumped element filter construction? In this blog post, we explore the basics of lumped element filter design, general lumped element filter characteristics, and how we can push lumped element filter design limits to develop a wide variety of high-performance low-frequency filtering options.

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Topics: RF and Microwave, Filtering

Filter Basics 9: An Introduction to Poles and Zeros

Posted by Peter Matthews on Sep 14, 2022 8:45:00 AM

To help customers with filter selection, we generally provide a lot of information on what our filters can do. But in this new Filter Basics Series, we are taking a step back to cover some background information on how filters do what they do. Regardless of the technology behind the filter, there are several key concepts that all filters share that we will dive into throughout this series. By providing this detailed fundamental filter information, we hope to help you simplify your future filtering decisions. 

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Topics: Filtering

Understanding The Basics of Ceramic Coaxial Resonator Filters

Posted by Peter Matthews on Sep 7, 2022 8:45:00 AM

Before jumping into a discussion on ceramic coaxial resonators, it is important to understand what a resonator is and how these electrical components work. In general, a resonator is an essential component for constructing a bandpass filter since the resonator is what will allow specified frequencies, or bands of frequencies, to pass through the filter as shown in Figure 1.

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Topics: RF and Microwave, Filtering

Meeting the Unique Design Requirements for Leadless Pacemaker Electrical Components

Posted by Jordan Yates on Aug 31, 2022 8:45:00 AM

Today, millions of people around the world rely on pacemakers to help regulate their heart’s rhythm. A traditional pacemaker usually consists of a pulse generator that is about the size of a tea bag and implanted under the skin near the collarbone, and a wire, or lead, that runs through a blood vessel to the heart. The end of the lead has an electrode on it that touches the heart wall to deliver electrical impulses. However, in the last decade, innovations in pacemaker technology have led to the introduction of a new style of pacemaker, known as the leadless pacemaker, that is about 1/10th the size of a traditional pacemaker, or about the size of a vitamin (Figure 1).

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Topics: Capacitor, Medical, High Reliability

Now Available! The Engineer’s Design Kit for SLCs

Posted by Emma Richardson on Aug 24, 2022 8:45:00 AM

With the challenges of today’s global supply chain, we understand that improving the efficiency of your development process is critical to delivering quality products on time. When evaluating components for use in your product, you don’t have time to wait 2–3 weeks for a product sample. And you certainly don’t have the time to wait another 2–3 weeks if you discover that the sample you ordered isn’t right for your design. That’s why Knowles Precision Devices is now offering all-in-one Single Layer Capacitor (SLC) Design Kits for design engineers.

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Topics: Capacitor, News and Events

Filter Basics 8: An In-Depth Look at Bandwidth

Posted by Peter Matthews on Aug 17, 2022 8:45:00 AM

To help customers with filter selection, we generally provide a lot of information on what our filters can do. But in this new Filter Basics Series, we are taking a step back to cover some background information on how filters do what they do. Regardless of the technology behind the filter, there are several key concepts that all filters share that we will dive into throughout this series. By providing this detailed fundamental filter information, we hope to help you simplify your future filtering decisions. 

In part 8 of this series, we dive deeper into bandwidth by looking at the history of bandwidth, how bandwidth dictates data rate, and why the type of filter required will vary depending on an application’s bandwidth requirements.

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Topics: RF and Microwave, Filtering

Understanding the Nuances of Space-Level Filter Qualification and Screening

Posted by Peter Matthews on Aug 10, 2022 8:45:00 AM

When launching expensive mission-critical equipment and people into space, there is absolutely no room for failure of any component. Therefore, if you are an RF system designer working on an aerospace application, you must be sure you are selecting high-quality, high-reliability electronic components for all your designs. But do you have a process in place for this type of component selection? At Knowles Precision Devices, we know it can be a challenging to navigate component selection for aerospace applications as there are many combinations of standards and tests that can be performed to space-qualify parts.

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Topics: Military and Aerospace, High Reliability, Filtering

Looking Closer at Snubber Capacitors in Electric Vehicles

Posted by Peter Matthews on Aug 3, 2022 8:30:00 AM

In a previous article about electric vehicles (EV), we talked about using DC link capacitors as an intermediary buffer in power converters. Today’s topic covers another useful power module component – the snubber capacitor. Snubbers are energy-absorbing circuits used to protect electronics from voltage spikes and transients caused by turning a switch from the On to Off state. Opening a switch intrinsically induces a high voltage across the device, and the snubber provides an alternate flow path for the excess energy to be absorbed by the snubber capacitor and dissipated by a resister or other load.

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Topics: Capacitor, Automotive, Electric Vehicles

One Stop for All Your Microwave and Filtering Needs

Posted by Peter Matthews on Jul 28, 2022 12:11:24 PM

The Knowles Precision Devices DLI brand of technologies has expanded to offer more products and capabilities to our customers with the acquisition of Integrated Microwave Corporation (IMC). As a result, we now offer a complete range of RF and microwave filtering solutions including custom ceramic filters, resonators, and diplexers, lumped element filters and cavity filters from the VHF to the Ka band.

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Topics: RF and Microwave

Filter Basics Part 7: Different Approaches to Q Factor

Posted by Peter Matthews on Jul 20, 2022 9:00:00 AM

To help customers with filter selection, we generally provide a lot of information on what our filters can do. But in this new Filter Basics Series, we are taking a step back to cover some background information on how filters do what they do. Regardless of the technology behind the filter, there are several key concepts that all filters share that we will dive into throughout this series. By providing this detailed fundamental filter information, we hope to help you simplify your future filtering decisions. 

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Topics: Filtering

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