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Microwave Acronyms - M

magram magnetic radar absorbing material Used in radar cross-section reduction.
max maximum Opposite of min.
MBE molecular-beam epitaxy Method of growing semiconductor layers onto a substrate.
MCM multi-chip module Refers to a method of fabricating a microwave circuit using directly-bonded integrated circuit chips.
MCM multi-carrier modulation A method of transmitting data by splitting it into multiple signals.
MDS multi-point distribution system, minimum detectable signal A received signal that is maybe 3 dB higher than the noise level.
MEMS microelectromechanical system A microwave career killer.
MEO medium earth orbit  
MESFET metal/semiconductor field effect transistor A three-terminal semiconductor device in which a Schottky-metal gate is used to control electron flow between source and drain contacts.
MHEMT metamorphic high electron mobility transistor A relatively new GaAs semiconductor technology for millimeterwave applications.
MHz megahertz 1,000,000 cycles per second.
MIC microwave integrated circuit An assembly of ceramic substrates and wirebonded components, also called a "hybrid".
MIM metal-insulator-metal A type of capacitor on an integrated circuit.
MIMO multiple input multiple output A radio architecture for maximizing capacity
MISO multiple input single output  
min minimum Opposite of max.
MLP micro leadframe package One of many package styles.
MOSFET metal/oxide/semiconductor field-effect transistor A three-terminal semiconductor device which usually is limited to UHF band.
MIC microwave integrated circuit Refers to construction of a microwave circuit from multiple chips and interconnections.
MIL-TFD make it like the f***ing drawing!!! Nuff said.
MIM metal-insulator-metal A type of capacitor.
MISFET metal-insulator-semiconductor field effect transistor A type of FET that uses a thin layer of insulating GaAs above the channel to isolate the gate. Not used often, but noted for huge voltage/power handling capability.
MLB multi-layer board  
MLC multi-layer capacitor Usually used as a surface mount capacitor.
MMW millimeter-wave Frequencies between 30 and 300 GHz.
MOCVD metallorganic chemical vapor deposition One of many ways to grow semiconductor films onto a substrate.
MOM method of moments The theory behind the EM analysis in Momentum.
MOS metal-oxide semiconductor A type of capacitor.
MOVPE metallorganic vapor-phase epitaxy One of many ways to grow semiconductor films onto a substrate.
MMDS multichannel multiport distribution system  
MMIC monolithic microwave integrated circuit A single chip containing a microwave circuit.
MPAC multi-probe anechoic chamber  
MPM microwave power module What tube guys call the solid-state preamplifier.
mrad, mr milliradian Unit of angle for pretty small stuff.
ms millisecond 1/1000 of a second. Time really does fly at this rate.
MS microstrip  
mS milli-Siemens 1/1000 of a Seimen.
MSA microstrip antenna  
MSB most-significant bit In a three-bit phase shifter, the 180 degree bit.
MTBF mean time between failure A measure of reliability.
MTTF mean time to failure A measure of reliability.
MTI moving target indicator  
mV millivolt 1/1000 of a volt
MVED microwave vacuum electronics device  
mw milliwatt Unit of power, 1/1000 of a watt
MW microwave As opposed to "MMW" which is millimeter-wave.
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