Arizona Patent of the Month – February 2023

With the rise of cloud computing and wireless communications, the demand for extremely high frequency data transmission has grown significantly. The components used in this type of data transmission must be able to process high-frequency signals and must be tested to verify their functionality. Testing is usually done with the help of testing probes and equipment such as vector network analyzer, time domain reflectometer, and oscilloscope.

Conventional testing probes have been used to test signals up to 25 GHz but are limited in their capabilities and often expensive to develop. To overcome these limitations, Signal Microwave LLC has developed a new type of high-frequency testing probe. The probe consists of a printed circuit board enclosed in a housing, with at least two probe tips extending from the circuit board. The probe tips are directly connected to the circuit board and are communicatively coupled to the testing equipment through probe connectors.

One of the key features of this new testing probe is its adjustable design. The probe tips are threadedly received by the housing and can be rotated to change their distance from the circuit board. This feature allows for easy and precise adjustment, making the testing process more efficient. The probe tips are also angled with respect to the circuit board, which helps to improve their functionality in the high-frequency regime.

Signal Microwave is a manufacturing and consulting company focused on creating solutions for the Signal Integrity/ High Speed Digital market through the development of innovative new connector and PC board products. The company’s new high-frequency testing probe offers improved reliability, efficiency, and adjustability compared to conventional testing probes. This technology will play a crucial role in the continued development of high-frequency data transmission.

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