28 September 2010


RFMD launches MMIC I/Q up-converter in SMT ceramic package

At the European Microwave Week (EuMW 2010) conference in Paris, France, RF Micro Devices has added to its rapidly growing portfolio of components for microwave and millimeter-wave radio applications by introducing the RFUV5945A, a gallium arsenide MMIC I/Q up-converter housed in an SMT ceramic package and suited to end markets including point-to-point microwave radio, military radio, VSAT, and test & measurement.

RFMD says that the RFUV5945A accelerates radio design for engineers and reduces radio board space by integrating an I/Q mixer, an LO buffer amplifier, and an output driver amplifier, all within a compact 5mm x 5mm outline. Operating across a broad range of frequencies (from 10GHz to 16GHz), it enables increased efficiencies in inventory management by providing a single up-converter solution for 11GHz, 13GHz, and 15GHz microwave radios. Also, a DC–4GHz IF frequency range ensures that multiple radio modulation schemes can be supported, with lower power consumption helping to reduce environmental impact and facilitate ‘greener’ radios, RFMD claims.

“MPG is leveraging RFMD's deep expertise in RF design and our industry leadership in compound semiconductor technologies to aggressively target new customers in new markets, such as the high-value military radio and microwave point-to-point radio markets,” says Bob Van Buskirk, president of RFMD’s Multi-Market Products Group (MPG). “In fiscal 2011, MPG intends to launch more than one new product per day, expanding RFMD’s product portfolio considerably and enhancing our opportunities for revenue growth, diversification and margin expansion,” he adds.

The RFUV5945A is priced at $21.60 each in volumes of 5000. Samples and evaluation boards are available now.

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