21 September 2010


AML launches Cal Mimix RF and microwave component subsidiary

AML Communications Inc of Camarillo, CA, USA, a designer and manufacturer of microelectronic assemblies such as microwave amplifiers and subsystems for the defense industry, has launched its Cal Mimix Inc subsidiary.

Cal Mimix has been in existence for the last 6 months as a fabless designer and developer of RF, microwave and millimeter-wave semiconductor products for commercial and military applications. The firm has entered into manufacturing contracts with an on-shore foundry for the production of GaAs-based semiconductor devices and has taken delivery of low-rate production units.

Cal Mimix is now announcing the launch of a family of AlGaAs/InGaAs low-noise pHEMT devices with operational frequencies of up to 26GHz. First to be introduced is the CM332, a high-reliability AlGaAs/InGaAs pseudomorphic high-electron-mobility transistor (pHEMT) with a nominal gate length of 0.25 microns and gate width of 300 microns.

The firm says that the device is equally effective for wide-band (e.g. 2–18GHz or 18–26GHz) and narrow-band applications up to 26GHz. With a minimum noise figure as low as 0.6dB at 12GHz, the low-noise device suits commercial wireless and military applications requiring low noise figure and high associated gain. The CM332 is targeted at a wide range of applications including broadband military EW (electronic warfare), defense communications, wireless communication infrastructure, and point-to-point microwave radios. The device is a suitable replacement for low-noise pHEMT devices from firms such as NEC, Eudyna, and Mitsubishi, the firm claims.

Sample quantities of the new die are available from stock. Other devices are either in the design or manufacturing stages and are planned for release by the end of this year.

“Semiconductor devices are a logical extension of our business,” comments AML’s president & CEO Jacob Inbar. “There are clear opportunities for new products evolving from our long-term relationships with our customers and for devices that replace products no longer available.”

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