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Microsemi Expands GaAs MMIC Portfolio

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Wideband plastic packaged and bare die devices offer performance from DC to 27 GHz

Microsemi has announced a new family of wideband plastic packaged and chip monolithic microwave integrated circuit (MMIC) devices.

The new products include four plastic packaged low noise amplifiers (LNAs), MMA040PP5, MMA041PP5, MMA043PP4 and MMA044PP3; a wideband power amplifier (PA) chip, MMA053AA; and two plastic packaged switches, MMS006PP3 and MMS008PP3. 

The new MMIC products will be exhibited at the IEEE International Microwave Symposium (IMS2017) June 6-8, 2017 in Honolulu, Hawaii as a part of Microwave Week 2017.

The new packaged amplifiers include two new distributed LNAs (MMA040PP5 and MMA041PP5) which outperform competitive parts over a wider frequency from DC to 27 GHz with higher gain of 17 decibels (dB) and OIP3 of 35 decibel-milliwatts (dBm). They are packaged in a small 5 mm plastic QFN package ideal for size constrained applications.

Two additional wideband LNAs (MMA043PP4 and MMA044PP3) provide exceptionally low noise figure (NF) from 0.5 to 18 GHz with typical NF below 2 dB and no more than 2.5 dB at the band edge.

Two new wideband GaAs switches (MMS006PP3 and MMS008PPS) have improved insertion loss and isolation over a wider frequency range from DC to 20 Ghz when compared to competitive parts. These are housed in 3 mm plastic QFN packages which are ideal for high performance requirements in constrained size applications. The devices require minimal off-chip logic to control simplifying system level integration.

A wideband PA chip (MMA053AA) was also released which maintains flat gain of 17 dB and high OIP3 of 35 dBm from DC to 8 GHz, exceeding the performance of competitive parts. Offering superior pricing, customers can leverage all these devices' leading performance capabilities to meet demanding system and module line-up requirements with minimal DC power consumption.

"Our new product introductions represent Microsemi's significant investment in enhancing our MMIC product portfolio as we continue to address our customers' overall requirements," said Kevin Harrington, director of strategic marketing for Microsemi's RF/Microwave Discrete Products business unit. "We are committed to being a long-term trusted supplier of superior performance MMIC products for our customers as we continue to invest and expand leading-edge MMIC devices."

Microsemi's new MMIC wideband LNA, distributed wideband MMIC power amplifier and wideband MMIC switches are suitable for a number of front-end signal chain applications within the aerospace, defense and industrial markets, including test and measurement, electronic warfare (EW)/electronic countermeasures/electronic counter-countermeasures, high linearity microwave radio, and unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and other military communications applications. 



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