Guerrilla RF Inc. introduced the GRF4014, an addition to the company’s broadband, low noise linear drivers. The amplifier offers broadband frequency coverage with a minimal number of external components and is targeted at small cells, cellular boosters and other broadband, high performance applications.

With a single set of external components, the GRF4014 covers 1700 to 3800 MHz and achieves 17 dB gain, 24.8 dBm output power at 1 dB compression and 0.8 dB noise figure at 2500 MHz, biased at 5 V and 65 mA. Biased at 8 V and 100 mA, the output power at 1 dB compression is greater than 28 dBm, with the noise figure and gain essentially unchanged from the 5 V values.

The GRF4014 can be operated over a Vdd range from 3 to 8 V; Iddq can be controlled independently from Vdd, allowing device efficiency to be optimized for a given application.

The amplifier is packaged in an ultra-small 1.5 mm x 1.5 mm DFN-6 and shares a common pin-out with other Guerrilla RF devices, including the GRF400X and GRF201X families.

GRF4014 samples and evaluation boards are available now. Pricing for 10,000 parts is $1.05, with production scheduled for Q3 2017.

“Guerrilla RF is proud to offer this new amplifier which addresses an industry need for a cost-effective, broadband driver delivering outstanding RF performance with low power consumption over a wide frequency range,” said Alan Ake, vice president of applications and technical marketing at Guerrilla RF. “The device’s flexible biasing capability allows for high levels of reuse with optimal efficiency over a wide range of linearity requirements. Simple matching, along with the 1.5 mm DFN-6 package, results in a compact application footprint.”

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