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How to reduce passive intermodulation in cable assemblies

Time:2018-12-19

In cellular communication systems, engineers are most concerned with third-order intermodulation products (2f1-f2 or 2f2-f1) because these unwanted frequency components tend to fall into the receiving band and interfere with the receiver. Cable assemblies are usually Considered as a linear device.

However, pure linear devices do not exist. There are always some non-linear factors between the joint and the cable, which are usually caused by surface oxide layers or poor contact. The following general design principles can reduce passive intermodulation distortion:


Try to replace the flexible cable with a semi-steel cable or a semi-flexible cable in the equipment.


Cable with single inner conductor


High quality joint with smooth surface


Joints of sufficient thickness and uniform plating


Silver or ternary alloy material


Use the largest possible size of the joint (such as DIN7/16 intermodulation characteristics better than N, and N is better than SMA)


Ensure good contact between the joints


Joint using non-magnetic materials

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