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M/A-COM Reveals Tiny AlGaAs Diode Broadband Shunt Series

The aluminium gallium arsenide based PIN diode series delivers cost, time and space savings for high-power switching applications
M/A-COM Technology Solutions (MACOM) has launched a new family of broadband Shunt PIN Diodes for high-power switching applications.

These devices are designed for customers who need a versatile, low cost, ultra-small Shunt PIN Diode element for land mobile radio, wireless infrastructure and test instrument applications.

Unlike the competition, MACOM’s compact 1.5 x 1.2 mm plastic package reduces board space while enabling broadband performance comparable to chip-scale devices. Typical applications include high-power switching through 6GHz with incident power up to 100W.

MACOM's Shunt PIN Diode device

“This family of Shunt PIN Diodes offers an excellent combination of broadband performance, ease of use and low cost," says Paul Wade, Product Manager. “These devices are ideal for customers looking for cost and space savings to implement into their solutions."

The 3 terminal, low-pass filter structure inherent in MACOM’s devices provides superior low- and high signal performance compared to 2 terminal PIN diode devices, making the Shunt PIN Diodes ideal for high-power switching applications through 12 GHz with incident power up to 100W.

The table below outlines typical part number performance:

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