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23 April 2008


RFMD launches 5GHz amplifier for WLAN and WiMAX

RF Micro Devices Inc of Greensboro, NC, USA has launched the 5GHz SZP-5026Z high linearity amplifier designed specifically for use in WLAN and WiMAX consumer premises equipment (CPE), access point, and base transceiver station (BTS) applications.

The SZP-5026Z is a 2W single-stage Class AB InGaP heterojunction bipolar transistor (HBT) amplifier optimized for use as either a final stage or driver stage in WiMAX equipment. It delivers error vector magnitude (EVM) performance of 2.5% at 25.5dBm output power. The operating range of 4.9-5.9GHz enables the flexibility to design across both WLAN and WiMAX applications.

Features include: 3-5V supply operation; internally pre-matched input and output; an integrated input power detector and on/off power control; a proprietary, thermally enhanced SOF-26 package; and 1000V Class 1C ESD protection.

The SZP-5026Z is the newest addition to RFMD’s SZP family of WLAN and WiMAX amplifiers, which includes the SZP-2026Z (2.2-2.7GHz) and SZP-3026Z (3.0-3.8GHz). With this addition, the SZP family covers all WLAN and WiMAX frequencies from 2.2-5.9GHz.

“RFMD's expanding product portfolio for WLAN and WiMAX applications provides the breadth and flexibility our customers require to accommodate the increasing worldwide demand for wireless connectivity,” says Rohan Houlden, general manager of RFMD’s Wireless Connectivity business unit. “Accordingly, the SZP-5026Z is generating high interest levels and strong design momentum among top-tier equipment manufacturers,” Houlden claims.

Production volumes are available now. Based on existing customer design activity, RFMD expects high-volume shipments to start in fourth-quarter 2008.

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