MACOM Technology Solutions announced a packaged version of its MAAL-011141 wideband low noise amplifier (LNA), optimized to provide low noise figure from DC to 28 GHz. The typical noise figure at 8 GHz is 1.4 dB. Now available in 5 mm, standard AQFN packaging for pick-and-place assembly, the MAAL-011141 delivers wideband performance for a broad range of applications, including test and measurement, EW, ECM and radar applications.

The wideband LNA has flat gain across the whole band — typically 17.5 dB. Compared to the minimum at 8 GHz, the noise figure increases to 2.7 dB at 2 GHz and 3.4 dB at 26.5 GHz. The input and output are fully matched to 50 Ω, with typical return loss across the band of >15 dB. Typical output power at 1 dB compression is 16 dBm at 8 GHz.

The MAAL-011141 is easy to design in, using only positive gate bias and eliminating the need for a negative supply. The amplifier has an active termination circuit to achieve superior noise figure performance at the low-end of the frequency range.

“We are releasing this packaged version of the MAAL-011141 in response to the tremendous market success of the bare die format released earlier this year. We believe that this packaged version will allow us to service customers who use standard SMT manufacturing flows. The packaged MAAL-011141 is expected to provide customers with high performance that is comparable to the bare die version, while simultaneously reducing the cost and complexity of the assembly process, thereby helping to accelerate time to market.” — Graham Board, senior director of product marketing

The MAAL-011141 LNAs are available today, in bare die and packaged formats. For assistance identifying MACOM products optimized to substitute or replace offerings from other vendors, use MACOM’s Cross Reference tool on the company's website.

MACOM showcased its industry-leading RF technology portfolio at European Microwave Week (EuMW) 2018, Booth #271 in Madrid, Spain, September 25–27. MACOM’s booth featured product solutions optimized for 5G, wireless basestations, radar, test and measurement and industrial, scientific and medical (ISM) applications.