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Sirenza steps up amplifier offering

It's been a busy week at the US amplifier maker, as the company expands production at its German plant and brings out devices across its product range.

Radio frequency component supplier Sirenza Microdevices is bringing new amplifiers into the WiMAX, WiFi and wideband microwave market.

The Broomfield, Colorado-based company has also expanded its capability to make GaAs-based RF power amplifiers for cable TV (CATV) at its site in Nuremburg, Germany.

Sirenza is addressing the WiMAX and WiFi markets with two separate InGaP HBT devices for consumer terminals and access points.

The SZM2166Z potentially serves both technologies in the 2.3 to 2.7 GHz range, and the SZM3166Z serves the 3.3 and 3.8 GHz frequency bands used specifically by WiMAX.

Already available for shipment, these chips represent the latest evolution of Sirenza s well established WiMAX offering.

Outside of its commercial electronics divisions, Sirenza has also added the SUF-6000 to its line of pHEMT MMICs for defense applications.

Featuring a signal output in the range of 2-16 GHz, and a gain of 18 dB at 10 GHz, these chips encompass the X and Ku bands often used in communications satellites and radar.

All of these new products are being shown this week at the International Microwave Symposium in Hawaii.

Perhaps the most important development for the business is the expansion of facilities at the German site, which Sirenza inherited as part of the acquisition of Premier Devices.

Surface-mount assembly capacity has increased by 25 percent, with maximum wire bonding capability increasing by 50 percent.

“This expansion is in response to the growing demand for Sirenza's 1GHz CATV amplifiers and for other applications such as RF-driven light sources for commercial video and TV applications,” said Jerry Quinnell, interim president of the former Premier Devices business unit.

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