Pasternack, a leading provider of RF, microwave and millimeter wave products, has greatly expanded their lines of coaxial packaged noise sources covering frequency bands up to 60 GHz. Various types of noise source design configurations are available including octave band and broadband noise sources, amplified noise sources, noise sources with integral isolators, and precision calibrated instrumentation grade noise sources.

Pasternack’s new noise sources might generally be used as a reference source to measure system level noise figure for test and measurement applications. But more specific applications could involve system and component level wireless testing, signal simulation, evaluating analog and DOCSYS CATV systems to improve the dynamic range of analog-to-digital converters by dithering and reducing correlated noise. Additional applications could involve simulation of RF jamming systems for missile guidance, use as a source for bit error rate (BER) testing for SATCOM and digital radio systems, and a source for Gaussian jitter for testing of optoelectronic devices.

30 different models cover frequency bands ranging from 100 KHz to 60 GHz. Pasternack’s portfolio of coaxial noise sources boast a wide range of output ENR levels from 7 dB to 35 dB. The amplified models have output power levels ranging from -14 dBm to +10 dBm. Circuit board designs use packaged noise diodes and other discrete components that are tuned for optimum performance. Assemblies are enclosed in rugged metal packages with a variety of DC and output RF connector options. Most models in this family are designed to meet MIL-STD-202F environmental test conditions and all models are EAR99.

“Pasternack offers designers a comprehensive selection of coaxial packaged noise source modules that cover frequency bands from 100 KHz to 60 GHz with desirable performance features and functionality for test and measurement systems and a variety of multiple market applications,” says Tim Galla, Active RF Components Product Manager at Pasternack.

Pasternack’s new noise sources are in-stock and ready to ship today. You can view the new noise sources by visiting