Cavity Filters: High Performance Under High Power

Posted by Peter Matthews on Nov 30, 2022 8:45:00 AM

As discussed in previous blog posts, resonators are the building blocks used to create filters. Recently, we published a blog post that discussed two different types of resonators – coaxial ceramic and dielectric. In this post, we will cover the details of a third type of resonator – the cavity resonator.

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Topics: RF and Microwave, Filtering

Filter Basics 11: What Are S-Parameters and What Can They Tell Us About a Filter?

Posted by Peter Matthews on Nov 2, 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 11, the last post in our Filter Basics series, we review the information S-parameters can tell you about a filter’s performance and show an example of how to plot a filter’s S-parameters using a free open-source tool.

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Topics: Filtering

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

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

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

Continuing Our Investment in Surface-Mount EMI Filters

Posted by Steve Hopwood on May 25, 2022 9:00:00 AM

Since a lot of electronic component manufacturers are now focusing production efforts on high-volume commodity applications, as their specialty component production equipment ages, many companies are electing to divest in this type of production. One component that we’ve seen fall into this category in recent years is the surface-mount electromagnetic interference (EMI) filter. These three-terminal chips use conventional multilayer ceramic capacitor (MLCC) manufacturing techniques to form a filter that has a short circuit end-to-end and has a capacitance between the end terminals and the side (ground) terminals. 

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Topics: Filtering

Filter Basics Part 4: Key Filter Types and Technologies

Posted by Peter Matthews on Apr 27, 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.

In part 4 of this series, we provide overviews of the main filter types and key filter technologies available today.

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Topics: RF and Microwave, Filtering

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