Brief Intro To Differences Between Dividers And Splitters

After reading this short intro, you will be able to proceed on your way towards a more extensive learning curve. That is to say that you are starting to comprehend that there are certain differences between rf power dividers and splitters.

Identifying the differences between the two could have been deceptive in the beginning. Because three-resistor power dividers and two-resistor power splitters actually look similar. Dividers and splitters also have similar parts and components in place.

But all these parts and components do have different characteristics. They have been designed to serve different purposes. And they are not interchangeable. Essentially, a power divider is designed to equally divide the power of input signals amongst multiple output signals. Power dividers are being used in test and measurement systems. The power divider is also designed to work as a power combiner.

The power splitter, on the other hand, is being used to level loop measurement applications. The use of a two-resistor power splitter for the purposes of source leveling allows for improved source matching. A three-resistor power divider can also be used to distribute signals to two different antennas. It is being used to perform intermodulation/distortion measurements. Two signals from two different sources are being combined.

They are then applied to a ‘device under test’ or DUT. A spectrum analyzer is used to measure the output of this DUT. Diversity gain measurements are another directed use for the power dividers. Two resistor power splitters are used for gain and power testing. The power splitter can be used for the purposes of leveling or ratio-ing. A crystal detector can be linked to a power splitter. If not that, a power meter.

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Trusting that this brief intro has already been of use.