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Northrop Grumman Corp. has developed a new gallium nitride (GaN) flange packaged power amplifier, APN180FP, targeting military and commercial Ka-Band communication applications. This product represents the first commercial availability of a packaged, GaN-based component from the company.
"The APN180FP provides customers with a powerful, easy-to-use, high-frequency product that greatly expands the accessibility of Monolithic Microwave Integrated Circuits [MMICs]. Initial engineering evaluation sampling of prototypes is underway. Preproduction quantities will be available later this summer," said Frank Kropschot, general manager of the Microelectronics Products and Services business unit of Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems.
"This amplifier is produced in Northrop Grumman's advanced microelectronics wafer fabrication facility in Manhattan Beach, Calif., which has provided large volumes of compound semiconductor products to both military and commercial customers for more than 20 years," Kropschot said. "We are targeting the APN180FP for the growing Ka-band satellite communication terminal and the commercial wireless infrastructure markets."
"This new product is a follow on to the GaN MMICs we released in November 2012, and is the first of several package and module products we plan to introduce during the next few months," Kropschot said.
"It's based on MMICs using Northrop Grumman's 0.2um GaN HEMT process developed partially under the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Wide Band Gap Semiconductors for Radio Frequency program," Kropschot said. The agency's program was the first of several key GaN technology development contracts awarded to Northrop Grumman beginning in 2002.
More information and advance data sheets on the gallium nitride product line are available online at www.as.northropgrumman.commps. Limited engineering prototype samples are available from stock to qualified customers by contacting Microelectronics Products and Services at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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