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Macom Announces RF Energy Toolkit

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Toolkit speeds development cycles for engineers adapting product designs for GaN-based RF energy sources

Macom Technology Solutions has announced that its RF Energy Toolkits are now available for order, meeting surging customer demand for a flexible and cost-effective development platform that helps accelerate their time to market with high-performance, power efficient solid-state RF systems.

Targeted for use in commercial markets ranging from cooking, lighting and industrial heating/drying to medical/pharmaceutical, automotive ignition systems and beyond, Macom’s RF Energy Toolkits enable engineers to quickly and easily take advantage of GaN-on-Si as a high-precision, high-efficiency energy source.

The all-in-one versatility and ease-of-use of Macom’s RF Energy Toolkit streamlines development cycles and costs for GaN-on-Si-based RF systems, equipping engineers to overcome the limitations of legacy magnetron power sources while achieving significantly higher efficiency than LDMOS-based systems, at comparable cost structures. With the Toolkit, designers are enabled to fine-tune RF energy output for any application requirements, with push-button ease and an intuitive display interface.

OEMs designing for more complex RF energy applications can tap Macom and its partner network for custom applicator and algorithm development, plus expert engineering support.

Macom’s RF Energy Toolkits can scale power output up to 300W using the onboard Macom GaN-on-Si power transistor, and can be easily paralleled for higher power applications. The Toolkits support pulsed and continuous wave operation at the 2.45GHz frequency band. Future Toolkits will support the 915MHz frequency band.

“Commercial OEMs have awakened to the massive market opportunity for GaN-on-Si-based solid-state RF systems which essentially remove most of the limitations of magnetron based systems, but they’re new to this technology, and design and development challenges have slowed their time to market – until now," said Mark Murphy, senior director, RF Power, at Macom.

“The RF Energy Toolkit affords them an all-in-one, adaptable ‘Swiss army knife’ solution that removes the engineering barriers that have impeded OEMs’ adoption of RF energy, liberating them to take giant strides forward on the path to mainstream commercialisation."

Macom will show its RF Energy Toolkit at European Microwave Week (EuMW), October 10-12, Nuremberg, Germany.


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