RFIC Channel

Pasternack expands portfolio of in-stock PIN diode switches

Pasternack, a leading provider of RF, microwave and millimeter wave products, greatly expands their portfolio of in-stock solid state PIN diode switches covering frequencies from 10 MHz to 67 GHz. 69 unique new models of 50 ohm PIN diode switches are available in compact connectorized package styles and display impressive isolation, insertion loss, and switching speed performance.

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Wolfspeed releases new 28 V 30 W GaN HEMT die

Wolfspeed, A Cree Company and a leading global supplier of GaN-on-SiC high electron mobility transistors (HEMTs) and monolithic microwave integrated circuits (MMICs) with best-in-class reliability, released a new 28V, 30W GaN HEMT bare die at this year’s IEEE Wireless and Microwave Technology Conference (WAMICON), which took place April 11–13, 2016 in Clearwater Beach, Fla.

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Qorvo acquiring GreenPeak Technologies, fabless IoT semiconductor firm

Adds ultra-low power, short range wireless connected home and IoT offerings to portfolio

GreenPeak TechnologiesQorvo announced a definitive agreement to acquire privately-held GreenPeak Technologies, a fabless semiconductor company that specializes in ultra-low power, short range, RF communications. The acquisition gives Qorvo a beachhead in the Internet of Things (IoT) market, including the connected home. GreenPeak brings Qorvo capabilities in highly integrated, silicon RF systems-on-a-chip (SoC), including 802.15.4 and Zigbee.

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TowerJazz announces its SiGe Terabit Platform enabling high-speed wireline communications

TowerJazz, the global specialty foundry leader, announced its SiGe Terabit Platform targeting high-speed wireline communications for the terabit age. Wireline data traffic is increasing dramatically, with traffic at Google famously increasing by 50 times over the last six to seven years, or at 75 percent per year. Estimates vary, but experts agree on double digit CAGRs and a 2020 market for high speed optical components in excess of $9 billion. TowerJazz addresses this market through a family of customized foundry silicon-germanium (SiGe) BiCMOS technologies and is announcing availability of its highest performance process to date: S4.

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