LOWELL, Mass., September 6, 2006 - M/A-COM, a leading provider of wireless radio frequency (RF), microwave and millimeter wave components, today announced the MASW-007107, a new DC-8GHz SPDT RoHS compliant switch for applications that require low insertion loss and fast settling times over a wide frequency range in an ultra small size.

"A critical specification among many linear systems is a ultra fast settling speed in both the receive and transmit path," said Kevin Harrington, product manager, Integrated Circuits Products Group, M/A-COM, Inc. "The switching time that is required from the software/baseband to the output power at the antenna can vary from application to application. We have recognized this attribute and with this new product we can achieve 100% settled state within 10uS, whereas similar GaAs switches that do not take this into account typically need closer to 100uS to 200uS to completely settle."

In many linear systems such as WiMax, multiple-input/multiple-output (MIMO) and ultra wide band, linear benchmarks are critical for superior system performance. The MASW-007107 is ideal for systems that require up to 27dBm of output power (5V operation) with EVM < 2% for an OFDM, 64 QAM, 54Mbps signal. The associated linear output power at 3.3V is 21dBm.

M/A-COM's MASW-007107 is fabricated on a low-cost 0.5-micron gate-length GaAs process with full passivation added for robust reliability while maintaining a low insertion loss of 0.5dB up to 6GHz and 0.7dB up to 8GHz, while limiting the isolation to 30dB. All of this is achieved in a miniature 2mm 8 lead power quad flat leadless (PQFN) package. Each MASW-007107 switch is 100% RF tested to ensure performance compliance, similar to many M/A-COM switch offerings.

Price and Availability
The MASW-007107 is available from stock and is priced at $0.31 for quantities of 10,000. Contact M/A-COM's domestic and international sales channels for price and delivery quotes. Datasheets and supporting technical documents are available online at www.macom.com.