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Industry News / Amplifiers / Passive Components / Transmission-Line Components

M/A-COM Features Family of Broadband Surface-mount Switches

September 29, 2009
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M/A-COM Technology Solutions Inc. (M/A-COM Tech), a provider of innovative microwave and RF design solutions, is promoting its new family of surface-mount broadband 2 to 20 GHz HMIC™ PIN diode switches for test instrumentation, satellite and other wide frequency range applications. The product is featured in M/A-COM Tech’s Stand #316 at European Microwave Week 2009 in Rome, Italy, September 29 through October 2.

“We are committed to improving RF performance over a broadband frequency range using M/A-COM Tech’s proprietary patented Heterolithic Microwave Integrated Circuit (HMIC) process,” says Scott Vasquez, Product Manager for M/A-COM Tech. “These new switches provide exceptional bandwidth in a small chipscale surface-mount package, while maintaining exceptionally low insertion loss and high isolation with greater than 2 W power handling. This new switch family achieves just that, providing our global customer base with a high-quality product that performs well even out to 26 GHz.”

The compact 1.5 x 2.2 mm chipscale package SPDT, part number MASW-002103, offers the smallest broadband surface-mount symmetrical SPDT solution in the industry. It also offers broadband performance out to 26 GHz with excellent isolation to insertion loss ratio. Specifically, this switch achieves greater than 27 dB of isolation and less than 1dB of insertion loss across the 2 to 20 GHz specified frequency range. This switch can also handle power levels up to 38 dBm at 2 GHz and 33 dBm at 20 GHz.

The 1.65 x 2.06 mm chipscale package SP3T, part number MASW-003103, offers broadband performance out to 25 GHz. This switch achieves greater than 30 dB of isolation and less than 1.1 dB of insertion loss across the specified 2 to 20 GHz frequency range. It is important to note that it still typically achieves 1.4 dB of IL and 28 dB of isolation at 25 GHz. This switch can handle power levels up to 38 dBm at 2 GHz and 33 dBm at 20 GHz.

The SP4T solution, part number MASW-004103, is only 1.5 x 2.14 mm and offers broadband performance out to 24 GHz. This switch achieves greater than 33 dB of isolation and less than 1.3 dB of insertion loss across the specified 2 to 20 GHz frequency range. It achieves 1.6 dB of insertion loss and 30 dB of isolation out to 24 GHz. This switch can also handle power levels up to 38 dBm at 2 GHz and 33 dBm at 20 GHz.

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