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Macom expands range of Satcom power amps

Highly integrated L-band module and linear Ka-Band devices added to MMIC range

Macom has expanded its MMIC portfolio with a family of power amplifiers optimised for L-Band and Ka-Band systems.

The family has gain blocks, drivers and power amplifier functions ranging from 2 to 6W in output power. Featured products are the 2W MAAP-011060 L-Band power amplifier module and the 3W MAAP-011289 Ka-Band power amplifier which are designed for satellite communication and connectivity applications.

The MAAP-011060 is a 2W power amplifier module operating at 1.6 GHz and packaged in a lead-free 6 mm 12-lead LGA package. This device is a highly integrated module for L-Band satellite communications making it suitable for customers looking for a linear and efficient solution for satellite phones or mobile Internet connectivity.

The MAAP-011060 provides 33 dBm of linear output power, high gain of 30 dB and convenient power-down function. The power amplifier module is operated with a single positive bias and delivers greater than 30 percent power added efficiency which supports longer battery life for critical satellite communication equipment.

The MAAP-011289 is a Ka-Band 3W power amplifier housed in a lead-free 5 mm QFN package. The device delivers a highly linear solution which is ideally suited to next generation commercial VSAT outdoor units, which provide increased data rates of connectivity to end users. 

The amplifier has  20 dB typical gain, 26 percent power added efficiency and saturated power of 35 dBm. The MAAP-011289 is the newest member of an industry leading, highly linear family of Ka-Band line-ups which include 2, 3, 4 and 6W power amplifiers as well as gain blocks, drivers and frequency converters, offering customers a complete line-up and versatile options for satcom systems.

"At Macom, we are passionate about providing industry leading products, which help solve our customers' most complex engineering challenges. With the addition of the MAAP-011289, MAAP-011060, and the soon to be launched MAFC-011009, we continue to expand our industry leading portfolio of satcom MMICs," said Graham Board, senior director, multi-market products, at Macom.

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