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Webcast Q&A: Is internal attenuation a passive or active circuit?
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Questions and Answers to *Signal Analyzer Fundamentals and New Applications Webcast* on 13 March 2013
*Question:* Is internal attenuation a passive or active circuit?
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Mar 27, 2013 4:03 PM
*Answer:* We have two types of attenuators in our X-Series Analyzers. The mechanical attenuators are passive devices. The electronic attenuators are active devices. The primary attenuators in X-Series analyzers are mechanical, because mechanical attenuators are able to cover a wide frequency range, up to 26.5 or 50 GHz. For the low band path, X-Series also has an electronic attenuator. The advantage of the electronic attenuator is that it can switch faster than a mechanical attenuator.
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