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27 October 2009


RFMD launches GaN amplifier modules for CATV applications

RF Micro Devices Inc (RFMD) of Greensboro, NC, USA says it has released the industry's first ‘green’ gallium nitride (GaN) based CATV amplifier modules (D10040200PL1 and D10040230PL1), designed for use in current and next generation CATV infrastructure applications.

The hybrid power doubler amplifier modules are designed to provide the final amplifier stage for CATV trunk amplifiers, line extenders, and optical nodes. Operating from 45 MHz to 1000 MHz, the parts employ GaAs pHEMT and GaN HEMT die.

With low current and extremely low distortion, the D10040200PL1 and D10040230PL1 are unconditionally stable under all terminations, says the firm.

Furthermore, the performance of the new amplifiers is said to be on a par with RFMD’s other GaAs CATV Power Doublers, but with 20% lower current consumption (24V/380mA). With these ‘green’ energy-saving benefits, the modules enable designers to fulfill growing needs for lower energy consumption. The D10040200PL1 and D10040230PL1 are the best performing low-current CATV power doubler amplifiers on the market today, claims RFMD.

Bob Van Buskirk, president of RFMD's Multi-Market Products Group (MPG), said, "Network operators worldwide are increasingly focused on reducing the energy costs of operating their wireless and wireline networks. RFMD's high-performance GaN technology satisfies the industry's drive for ‘green technology’ by enabling advanced RF components and products that provide industry-leading power and operate at significantly lower power consumption levels."

RFMD adds that it was first to introduce GaN CATV amplifier modules, with the launch of the D10040200PH1 and D10040230PH1 high output GaN power doubler CATV amplifier modules in June 2008.

Production quantities of D10040200PL1 and D10040230PL1 are available now.

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