21 September 2010


M/A-COM Tech Asia introduces 8.5 to 11 GHz GaAs MMIC core chip

M/A-COM Tech Asia (formerly Mimix Asia) of Hsinchu Science-Based Industrial Park, Taiwan has introduced an 8.5 to 11 GHz GaAs MMIC core chip, consisting of integrated transmit/receive switches, an LNA, a 6-bit phase shifter, a 5-bit attenuator and a driver amplifier.

Suited for both military and weather phased array radar applications and satellite communications systems, the XZ1002-BD features parallel data input and compensated on-chip gate bias. It delivers 21 dB receive gain, 23.5 dB transmit P1dB, and 28 dBm receive OIP3. The transmit amplifier also has a typical small signal gain of 19 dB.

"Our highly integrated X-band core chip combines four functions in one device, making a two-chip phased array radar T/R module a reality when matched with our XP1006 10W power amplifier," says Peter J. Hales, senior director, M/A-COM Tech Asia. "With these two devices, active X-Band phased array and T/R module manufacturers can add an accurate, fast and inexpensive solution to their arsenal."

The chip has surface passivation to protect and provide a rugged part with backside via holes and gold metallization to allow either a conductive epoxy or eutectic solder die attach process.

Production samples and parts are available now.

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