The T – type attenuator can also be used with unequal I/O impedances to match the input line impedance with the output line impedance, as well as, providing attenuation of the signal. This can be done if proper values of the resistors are chosen . A brief paper on this is available on the SPG website under the “complementary” menu item.
The t type attenuator is a very useful circuit and is used quite extensively to not only attenuate signals but also to match inputs and outputs. This post presents the derivation of the design equations for this type of attenuator. The equations have been derived for a symmetric t type attenuator with equal I/O impedances. Please visit the SPG website and select the relevant post from the complementary menu items.
The T type attenuator can also be made using L and C ( “lossless” components. In this case the defining equations are slightly modified. Please find the equation and info on the SPG website under “complementary” items.
The T type attenuator is a very useful circuit block that has the capability to simultaneously match two transmission lines and attenuate the signals traveling on them. It is a symmetric circuit and when its impedances are chosen correctly the I/O can be exchanged without affecting the signals. Unequal impedances can also be used with appropriate modifications. These and other characteristics are explained in the “T pad” post on the Signal Processing Group Inc, website. Please visit for more info.