From the late 1980s to the early 2000s, the rule of the microwave instrumentation market was simple: “He who makes the best microwave transistors wins.” During this era, test vendors released instrumentation that pushed the envelope of characteristics like frequency range, noise floor, and linearity performance. In fact, some of the critical innovations during this era included advances in hybrid microcircuit technology, synthesizer tuning time, and phase noise...
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