30 September 2010


M/A-COM Tech launches 38GHz packaged chipset for point-to-point radio

At last week’s European Microwave Week (EuMW) exhibition in CNIT La Défense, Paris, France (28–30 September), M/A-COM Technology Solutions Inc of Lowell, MA, USA (which supplies semiconductors, components, and subassemblies for RF, microwave and millimeter-wave applications) introduced a 38GHz surface-mount technology (SMT) packaged gallium arsenide MMIC chipset solution for the point-to-point (PtP) radio market.

The chipset includes an integrated up-converter and receiver, driver and power amplifiers, a voltage-controlled oscillator (VCO), and a multiplier.

The XB1014-QT driver amplifier and XP1080-QU power amplifier with integrated on-chip detector deliver what is claimed to be exceptional linearity performance. Integrated on a single SMT chip, the XR1008-QB receiver includes a low-noise amplifier (LNA) that provides optimum noise performance, an image reject mixer with high-linearity performance, an LO driver amplifier, and a frequency doubler for the LO input. The XU1019-QH up converter includes a mixer, RF buffer, LO buffer, and an LO doubler. The MAOC-009264 VCO achieves low phase noise performance and exhibits low performance variation over temperature. The XX1000-QT multiplier combines an active doubler with an output buffer amplifier to deliver constant power over a range of input powers.  

“M/A-COM Tech’s 38GHz chipset solution provides high-performance devices that combine to lower costs, reduce design time and improve time to market,” claims David Richardson, market director, PtP products. “The recent merger of M/A-COM Tech and Mimix Broadband [in June], combined with M/A-COM Tech’s new line of VCOs, enable us to provide enhanced chipset solutions for 38GHz as well as all the major PtP radio bands,” adds product manager Jack Redus.

Engineering samples, sample boards and production devices for the devices are available from stock.

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