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Macom Announces SMT Packaged Millimeterwave Switch for 5G

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High power switch uses AlGaAs technology to target 28GHz, 37GHz and 39GHz 5G wireless systems

Macom has announced the newest entry in its portfolio of components and integrated modules for 5G wireless infrastructure.

Suited for 28GHz, 37GHz and 39GHz frequency bands, the new SMT packaged MASW-011098 millimeterwave (mmW) switch is designed to meet the demanding bandwidth and link margin requirements of next-generation 5G demonstration systems.

The MASW-011098, which will be on show at Mobile World Congress (MWC 2017) from February 27 "“ March 2 in Barcelona, Spain, uses Macom's patented AlGaAs technology process to maintain low insertion loss and high isolation while enabling higher power-per-element ratios for 5G demonstration systems.

Low insertion loss reduces the power requirement from the power amplifier (PA), alleviating thermal challenges and extending the link range while simultaneously enabling improved receiver sensitivity. The MASW-011098 also provides flexible biasing options to ensure greater overall ease of use, according to the company.

"Macom's established expertise in high-bandwidth wireless infrastructure and millimeterwave technology is helping customers around the world accelerate the evolution to 5G," said Preet Virk, senior VP and general manager, Networks, Macom.

"The patented switch technology within the MASW-011098 today underpins tens of thousands of transmit/receive channels in advanced 5G demonstration systems, enabling customers to speed their time to market with differentiated, cost-effective 5G system architectures that deliver breakthrough gains in wireless throughput and capacity."

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