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RFMD expands wireless product portfolio with integrated VGA

June 21, 2012
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RF Micro Devices Inc., a global leader in the design and manufacture of high-performance radio frequency components and compound semiconductor technologies, announced the release of the RFVA0016 — a highly integrated one-quarter watt (1/4W) analog-controlled variable gain amplifier (VGA).

RFMD's broadband RFVA0016 VGA features external matching to allow operation in all RF bands between 400 to 2700MHz with a single module. The RFVA0016 delivers 24dBm output compression power with 25dB gain and a temperature compensated 30dB gain range. Consuming only 185mA, the 1/4W VGA delivers an exceptional linear POUT/DC power ratio and is ideal for wireless infrastructure and general purpose RF applications.

John Pelose, general manager of RFMD's Wireless Products business unit, said, "The RFVA0016 integrates RFMD's broadband, temperature-compensated SOI attenuator with a high-linearity driver amplifier to offer an integrated broadband VGA solution for all cellular bands. This demonstrates RFMD's long-standing commitment to optimum technology matching® and our ability to deliver industry-leading performance by integrating multiple technologies into a single component."

This RFVA0016 VGA features a unique linear attenuation slope that can be reversed to a positive or a negative slope via a mode logic pin. The attenuation is controlled by a single 0-volt to 3.3-volt positive supply. The RFVA0016 is packaged in a small 5mm x 5mm, 32-pin laminate multi-chip module (MCM) and is QFN footprint-compatible.

RFMD is exhibiting the RFVA0016 at the IEEE International Microwave Symposium through June 22 in Booth 1210 at the Palais des congress convention center, in Montreal, Canada.

Availability

Samples and production quantities are available through RFMD's online store or through local RFMD sales channels.

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