RFIC Channel

Richardson RFPD introduces new 13 to18 GHz, 2W GaN driver amplifier from Qorvo

Richardson RFPD Inc. announced the availability and full design support capabilities for a new 2W GaN driver amplifier from Qorvo. The TGA2958-SM is a packaged Ku-Band amplifier fabricated on Qorvo’s 0.15um GaN on SiC production process (QGaN15). Operating over a 13 to 18 GHz bandwidth, the TGA2598-SM delivers 2W of saturated output power with 20 dB large signal gain and > 25 percent power added efficiency. 


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Zentech adds Nordson DAGE Automated X-Ray Inspection (AXI) capabilities

Zentech Manufacturing is pleased to announce the addition of the Nordson DAGE xi3400 AXI system. This new Nordson DAGE AXI system offers complete inspection of solder joints and other critical hidden features found in electronic assemblies, PCBs and packaged semiconductors. Ideal for both in-line or off-line operation, the Xi3400’s innovative algorithms enable fast and reliable automated inspection and real-time monitoring of critical process information.


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MACOM extends industry leading diode position with family of HMIC PIN diode switches

MACOM Technology Solutions Inc., a leading supplier of high-performance analog RF, microwave, millimeterwave and photonic semiconductor products, today announced the SPDT MASW-002103-1363, SP3T MASW-003103-1364, and the SP4T MASW-004103-1365, a family of HMIC™ (Heterolithic Microwave Integrated Circuit) silicon PIN diode switches in conjunction with the MABT-011000-1423, a fully monolithic broadband surface mount bias network.


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Accel-RF announces Quantum SMART bench-top semiconductor test system

Accel-RF Instruments Corp., the worldwide leader in turn-key reliability and performance characterization test systems for compound semiconductors, has “unplugged” the industry-leading RF SMART Fixture from their automated test platform and made it available for bench-top testing. “Quantum-SMART” enables concurrent testing for reliability validation, performance-characterization, and product qualification through RF-biased burn-in and product functional testing.


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GigOptix to acquire Terasquare in $5M deal

GigOptix announced signing a definitive agreement to acquire Terasquare, Co. Ltd., a Seoul, Korea-based, fabless semiconductor company and provider of low power, CMOS high speed communication interface semiconductors for 100 Gbps Ethernet, Fiber Channel and EDR Infiniband applications.


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Soitec and Simgui announce first 200-MM SOI wafers produced in China

Soitec (Euronext), a world leader in generating and manufacturing semiconductor materials for the electronics and energy industries, and Shanghai Simgui Technology Co., Ltd. (Simgui), a leading Chinese silicon-based semiconductor materials company, jointly announced that the first 200-mm silicon-on-insulator (SOI) wafers have been produced at Simgui’s manufacturing facility in Shanghai using Soitec’s proprietary Smart Cut™ technology, and will be shipped within the next weeks for customer’s qualification.


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