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Microsemi moves into GaAs and GaN MMIC market

The products include wideband and Low Noise Amplifiers and switches for a broad range of applications
Microsemi has announced its entry into the monolithic microwave integrated circuit (MMIC) market space.

Building on its history in RF, microwave and millimetre wave solutions, this new portfolio initially comprises sixteen products spanning DC-40GHz. It includes wideband amplifier, low noise amplifier and switch products designed for the defence, communications, instrumentation and aerospace industries. 

Microsemi has active MMIC product developments using both established GaAs and emerging GaN semiconductor technologies.

According to Strategy Analytics the addressable market for GaAs MMICs in Microsemi's targeted markets such as defence and communications will be approximately $500 million by 2015. ABI Research also estimates the market for GaN MMICs to be approximately $100 million by 2018.

Microsemi's highly-differentiated MMIC product attributes lead to faster design cycle times and smaller overall solution sizes in electronic warfare (EW), signal intelligence (SIGINT), military communication and other applications such as instrumentation equipment.

"Leveraging Microsemi's extensive experience and capabilities in these markets has allowed us to work closely with industry-leading customers to define and develop products that solve engineer's problems in new and creative ways," says Ray Crampton, MMIC product line director, Microsemi. "Response to our initial MMICs has been exceptional and we are aggressively working to expand our offering with numerous active developments in both GaAs and GaN-on-SiC technologies."

Microsemi's new MMIC products include several differentiating factors that include:

    The MMA001AA DC-20GHz wideband amplifier has positive gain slope with over 17dB gain at 20GHz.

    The MMS002AA single-pole, double-throw switch features approximately 45dB of isolation from DC-20GHz.

    The MMA016AA DC- 15GHz amplifier has a power-selectable feature that allows customers to adjust power consumption based on the requirements of a particular application.

Availability and Pricing

Products are currently available for orders.

Microsemi will be showcasing MMIC, diode, transistor and module solutions at the IEEE International Microwave Symposium from June 3rd to 5th, 2014 in Tampa Bay, Florida in booth #321.

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