Richardson Electronics announced a North American distribution partnership with Avago Technologies, San Jose, CA, to distribute its complete line of RFIC, transistor, Schottky and PIN diode, and millimeter-wave (mmW) products. Avago’s extensive line of RF semiconductors provides solutions for numerous markets including cellular base station, WLAN, WiMAX, GPS, ISM, RFID and mmW including radio links, VSAT and military. Avago’s LNA FETs provide exceptionally low noise figures and high linearity from 500 MHz to 6 GHz with output power up to 1 W in a 2 x 2 mm plastic package. Avago’s extensive offering of mmW amplifiers in a low cost, leadless package is also available from Richardson.

“We are very excited to be marketing Avago’s RF products,” said Greg Peloquin, executive vice president and general manager of Richardson’s RF, Wireless and Power Group. “Avago has a long history of manufacturing leading-performance, top-quality RF semiconductor products dating back to the 1960s as a division of Hewlett-Packard. Avago’s RF products will enable Richardson Electronics to provide an exceptionally broad range of solutions for our customers’ RF needs.”

“Our engagement with Richardson is an ideal alliance. Avago’s direction in wireless is to bolster our investments in products and channels for the broad base of wireless customers,” said Bryan Ingram, VP and general manager of Avago Technologies’ Wireless Semiconductor Division. “Avago’s wireless technology coupled with Richardson’s channel and value-add will be a winning combination for our customers.”

To support customers’ evaluation and design-in of Avago’s RF semiconductors, Richardson stocks a Designer Kit that includes samples and detailed application notes. Evaluation boards are also available.