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M/A-COM Tech announces PAs for 13 and 15 GHz point-to-point applications

February 27, 2013
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M/A-COM Technology Solutions Inc., a supplier of high performance analog semiconductor solutions, announced two power amplifiers for point-to-point (PtP) radios for cellular backhaul applications.

The MAAP-010516 and MAAP-010517 are designed for customers who need a convenient and high power amplifier solution for PtP applications. Packaged in a fully molded 5 x 5 mm plastic QFN, the amplifiers include on-chip ESD protection structures with DC by-pass capacitors, allowing customers easy implementation and volume assembly of the packaged parts. The amplifiers boast excellent performance over the 12.75-13.25 GHz (MAAP-010516) and 14.5 to 15.35GHz (MAAP-010517) frequency range, providing customers a higher performing, more efficient, and more cost effective solution than competing parts.

The MAAP-010516 and MAAP-010517 provide a small signal gain of 23dB and 24dB respectively, with a third order intercept point (OIP3) of 42dBm. The devices are comprised of a three stage power amplifier with an integrated, temperature compensated on-chip power detector, which omits the customer’s need for a complex and costly discrete or printed detector.

“The MAAP-010516 and MAAP-010517  are ideal for customers looking for high performance, power efficient amplifier solutions which meet the needs of current and next generation PtP microwave radios.” said David Richardson, Market Director, Wireless Infrastructure. “The QFN packaging makes these devices compatible with standard SMD assembly lines. In addition, the devices are package, pin-out, biasing, and performance compatible which each other, allowing for easy board layouts and common supporting circuitry.”

The table below outlines typical performance:

Parameter

Units

MAAP-010516

MAAP-010517

Frequency

GHz

12.7 – 13.3

14.4 – 15.4

Small Signal Gain

dB

23

24

Input Return Loss 

dB

15

11

Output Return Loss

dB

12

11

Noise Figure 

dB

7

7

P1dB

dBm

34

34.5

PSAT

dBm

34.5

35.5

Output IP3, +20dBm SCL

dBm

42

42

 
Production quantities and samples of MAAP-010516 and MAAP-010517 are available from stock. Final datasheets and additional product information can be obtained from the M/A-COM website at: www.macomtech.com.

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