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Wolfspeed to launch new X-Band GaN MMIC at DMC 2015

November 19, 2015

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, is exhibiting at DMC 2015, which will take place November 30 – December 3 in Phoenix, Ariz.

Widely recognized as America’s largest annual forum for addressing the production, evolution, and sustainment of critical defense manufacturing capabilities that are both reliable and affordable, DMC provides attendees ranging from government and industry participants to academics with the requisite policy, strategic investment planning, program management, risk mitigation, workforce education, and training efforts necessary for efficient technology adoption. As such, representatives from Wolfspeed’s RF Foundry — the world’s largest dedicated, commercial wide bandgap production device facility — will be onsite at Booth #706 to promote their advanced, U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) manufacturing readiness level (MRL8+) and Category 1A Trusted Foundry services, in addition to their 25W X-Band GaN MMIC power amplifier for pulsed radar and broadband CW applications. 

Designated the CMPA801B025, Wolfspeed’s X-Band GaN MMIC power amplifier, rated for 25W and 8.5–11.0GHz operation, delivers high performance in a small form factor and features: 37W typical POUT, 16dB power gain, 35% typical power added efficiency (PAE), and <0.1dB power droop. The GaN MMIC is also internally matched to 50Ω, and is supplied in both a 10-lead metal/ceramic flanged package and a new, smaller form factor pill package for optimal electrical and thermal performance. 

Visitors to Wolfspeed’s DMC Booth can view static samples of the new X-Band GaN power amplifiers, and can speak with Ryan Fury, Wolfspeed’s RF Foundry program manager, and Sarah Miller, a marketing representative for Wolfspeed’s RF Components, for additional details regarding device performance and the many benefits it can provide in defense applications. Additionally, all visitors who scan their badges at the Wolfspeed booth will be entered into one of two random drawings, to be held on Monday and Tuesday, November 30 and December 1, for a chance to win an Apple Watch®.

“Communications play a crucial role in military readiness and defense operations, so it’s critical that these systems are developed, from inception to completion, with the most effective, efficient, and reliable components available,” said Ryan Fury, foundry program manager, Wolfspeed. “Wolfspeed not only delivers industry-leading GaN-on-SiC RF technology especially designed to enable next-generation communications systems, but also provides world-class design assistance, proven fabrication processes, testing, and support to help customers realize their specifications, and has a proven track record of doing it with faster cycle times, higher first-pass design successes, and greater reliability than our competitors.” 

For more information about Wolfspeed’s new CMPA801B025 25W X-Band GaN MMIC power amplifier, please click on one of the product numbers to access the datasheet. For more information about Wolfspeed’s RF Foundry services and components, please visit http://wolfspeed.com/RF/Foundry-Services and http://wolfspeed.com/RF, or visit Booth #706 at DMC 2015, November 30 – December 1 in Phoenix. For all other inquiries about Wolfspeed™ foundry services and RF components, please contact Sarah Miller, marketing, Wolfspeed, at sarah.miller@wolfspeed.com or 919-407-5302.