RFIC, MMIC and Semiconductor featured stories


Challenging the Status Quo

The RF/microwave semiconductor market is poised to undergo some major shifts in the not too distant future with recent news of mergers between leading GaAs-based integrated device manufacturers, RFMD and TriQuint, CMOS-based RF front-ends for multi-mode, multi-band mobile devices from Peregrine and Qualcomm and the continued success in commercializing GaN by a number of vendors.  As GaN and CMOS semiconductor processes continue to improve performance and reduce costs, market share will undoubtedly shift between players.

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MACOM to showcase highly integrated, plastic-packaged GaN solutions at EDI CON

M/A-COM Technology Solutions Inc.(“MACOM”), a leading supplier of high-performance RF, microwave and millimeter wave products, announced that it will showcase its industry-leading portfolio of new GaN power products at EDI CON 2014 in Beijing, China, April 8-10, 2014. The company will particpate in the event as an exhibitor in Booth #612 and in the conference as a presenter in the peer-reviewed technical session, workshops and special GaN expert panel to be sponsored by Richardson RFPD.

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MEI Wet Bench Automates Wafer Fab


MEI was at CS Man Tech the week of May 13th to demo the company's high-quality semiconductor and batch immersion process tools that perform. All MEI’s semiconductor equipment are custom tailored to specific semiconductor processes and chemistry.

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GaN MMIC PAs Support the Rapid Growth of Ku Band Applications

In the 22 years since it was opened for satellite communications, Ku Band has become an essential part of the radio spectrum. Today, there are systems in place that provide video and data distribution for internet access, television news gathering, home radio and television programming, in-flight Wi-Fi and cellphone networks, plus high capacity data networks for commercial and government applications.

Biasing Constant Current MMICs

The Mini-Circuits family of microwave monolithic integrated circuit (MMIC) Darlington amplifiers offers the RF designer multi-stage performance in packages that look like a discrete transistor.

Alpha Micro - Coupler for RF Meters

Featured for the first time at Autovation 2012 will be the RF Savvy Series, patent pending, Nona-band Radio Frequency (RF) Coupler from Alpha Micro Wireless. The high 10 kV electrical isolation enables safe routing of the RF signal from the network interface card (NIC) or wireless modem to a remote external antenna via a bulk head RF connection in the meter base.

Harmonic Mixer Primer: The Gateway to the Millimeter Wave Frontier is Harmonic Mixer Technology

The next frequency frontier is the millimeter wave (mm-wave) band, which occupies the 30 GHz to 300 GHz spectrum (wavelengths from 10 to 1 mm). Emerging applications now span radio astronomy, communication, imaging, space research, and homeland security, and are starting to seriously populate this vast spectrum resourse. Market forecast and limited available spectrum suggest that attractive growth is just over the horizon so explorers are naturally migrating to stake their claim in this next frontier.