Variable Attenuators

Variable attenuators are a type of radio frequency attenuator that permits the signal level to constantly change. Attenuators are devices that decrease the power of a signal without noticeably distorting its waveform. This protects the circuitry from receiving a signal that is too powerful. RS Components offer a range of high-quality devices from leading brands including Analog Devices and Texas Instruments. Browse our range for all of your electronic application needs.

Variable attenuators are used when the signal level needs to be able to change frequently. This is useful when you don't know exactly what the final desired signal range is or when accuracy is not a priority. Attenuators can be thought of as the opposite of signal amplifiers. An amplifier increases signal power (or amplitude) while an attenuator decreases it.

How do variable attenuators work?

The signal level of variable attenuators is altered either manually or remotely. In manual variable attenuators, the signal level is changed by physically controlling the device, using something like an adjustable screw control. If they are controlled remotely, a motor or PIN diode uses variable voltage to change the signal.

Types of variable attenuators

Variable attenuators come with PIN diodes or MESFETs (metal-semiconductor field-effect transistors) as resistors to modulate amplitude. They can use either balanced or unbalanced pi-pad or T-pad circuits.

Applications

Variable attenuators are used in various electronic applications in many industries. Some of the most common are

  • Mobile phone 3G infrastructure
  • Microwave and Radio
  • Test equipment and sensors
  • IF and RF applications

Our range of variable attenuators are available in industry-standard package types, pin counts and mounting types. With maximum attenuation levels ranging from 2 dB to 78 dB and maximum frequency ranging from 3 MHz to 50 GHz.


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Omschrijving Prijs Maximum Attenuation Maximum Frequency Maximum Insertion Loss Mounting Type Package Type Pin Count Dimensions Length Width Height Maximum Operating Supply Voltage Maximum Operating Temperature Minimum Operating Supply Voltage Minimum Operating Temperature
RS-stocknr. 183-2510
FabrikantnummerHMC973ALP3E
FabrikantAnalog Devices
€ 12,03
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31dB 5GHz 5.6dB Surface Mount SMT 16 3.1 x 3.1 x 0.95mm 3.1mm 3.1mm 0.95mm 5 V +85 °C - -40 °C
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€ 5,28
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25dB 25GHz 3dB Surface Mount SMT 6 2.05 x 2.05 x 1mm 2.05mm 2.05mm 1mm - +85 °C - -40 °C
RS-stocknr. 183-2446
FabrikantnummerHMC802ALP3E
FabrikantAnalog Devices
€ 4,915
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20dB 10GHz 3.5dB Surface Mount SMT 16 3.1 x 3.1 x 0.95mm 3.1mm 3.1mm 0.95mm 5 V +85 °C - -40 °C
RS-stocknr. 183-2354
FabrikantnummerHMC624ALP4ETR
FabrikantAnalog Devices
€ 5,384
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31.5dB 6GHz 3.8dB Surface Mount LFCSP 24 4.1 x 4.1 x 0.85mm 4.1mm 4.1mm 0.85mm 5 V +85 °C 3 V -40 °C
RS-stocknr. 183-2557
FabrikantnummerHMC652
FabrikantAnalog Devices
€ 12,25
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2dB 50GHz - Surface Mount Chip 6 0.45 x 0.42 x 0.1mm 0.45mm 0.42mm 0.1mm 5.6 V +85 °C - -55 °C
RS-stocknr. 139-1741
FabrikantnummerHMC425ALP3E
FabrikantAnalog Devices
€ 19,741
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31.5dB 8GHz 4.7dB Surface Mount QFN 16 3 x 3 x 0.85mm 3.1mm 3.1mm 0.85mm 5 V dc +85 °C 3 V -40 °C
RS-stocknr. 862-6411
FabrikantnummerHMC624ALP4E
FabrikantAnalog Devices
€ 8,47
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Aantal stuks
31.5dB 6GHz 3.8dB Surface Mount SMT 24 4.1 x 4.1 x 0.95mm 4.1mm 4.1mm 0.95mm 5 V +85 °C - -40 °C
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RS-stocknr. 217-3729
FabrikantnummerF2250NLGK
€ 3,422
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33.6dB 6GHz 1.9dB Surface Mount VFQFPN 16 - - - - - - - -
RS-stocknr. 139-1753
FabrikantnummerHMC425ALP3E
FabrikantAnalog Devices
€ 21,48
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Aantal stuks
31.5dB 8GHz 4.7dB Surface Mount QFN 16 3 x 3 x 0.85mm 3.1mm 3.1mm 0.85mm 5 V dc +85 °C 3 V -40 °C
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RS-stocknr. 217-3732
FabrikantnummerF2255NLGK
€ 5,39
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Aantal stuks
34.6dB 3GHz 1.7dB Surface Mount VFQFPN 16 - - - - - - - -
RS-stocknr. 145-7843
FabrikantnummerHMC653LP2E
FabrikantAnalog Devices
€ 4,395
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Aantal stuks
25dB 25GHz 3dB Surface Mount SMT 6 2.05 x 2.05 x 1mm 2.05mm 2.05mm 1mm - +85 °C - -40 °C
RS-stocknr. 183-2622
FabrikantnummerHMC472ALP4E
FabrikantAnalog Devices
€ 5,83
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Aantal stuks
31.5dB 3.8GHz 3dB Surface Mount SMT 24 4.1 x 4.1 x 0.95mm 4.1mm 4.1mm 0.95mm 5 V +85 °C - -40 °C
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RS-stocknr. 217-3731
FabrikantnummerF2255NLGK
€ 3,167
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Aantal stuks
34.6dB 3GHz 1.7dB Surface Mount VFQFPN 16 - - - - - - - -
RS-stocknr. 183-2534
FabrikantnummerHMC624ALP4ETR
FabrikantAnalog Devices
€ 8,47
Each
Aantal stuks
31.5dB 6GHz 3.8dB Surface Mount LFCSP 24 4.1 x 4.1 x 0.85mm 4.1mm 4.1mm 0.85mm 5 V +85 °C 3 V -40 °C
RS-stocknr. 862-6436
FabrikantnummerHMC652LP2E
FabrikantAnalog Devices
€ 5,18
Each
Aantal stuks
2dB 25GHz - Surface Mount SMT 6 2.05 x 2.05 x 1mm 2.05mm 2.05mm 1mm - +85 °C - -40 °C