19 April 2012

GigOptix samples surface-mountable DC-26.5GHz distributed PA

GigOptix Inc of San Jose, CA, USA (which supplies semiconductor and optical components for high-speed information streaming) has begun engineering sampling of the EXH2009, its first surface-mounted monolithic microwave integrated circuit (MMIC) wideband power amplifier, available in a 7mm x 7mm SMT QFN package for use in military electronic warfare (EW), radar, test & measurement equipment and broadband telecom equipment applications.

Augmenting GigOptix's portfolio of power amplifiers with frequency coverage extending up to 90GHz, key features of the EXH2009 include: wideband performance from DC to 26.5GHz, typical drain voltages of +8VDC with supply current of 600mA, and high gain up to 20dB across band with a gain flatness of better than ±1dB.

The EXH2009 leverages GigOptix’s MMIC design and its high-speed packaging expertise to enable a device that provides the high performance seen in die-based solutions in a convenient SMT form factor, says Padraig O’Mathuna, VP & general manager of GigOptix's RF/MMIC product line. “The device provides more than 29dBm of Psat power while consuming 4.8W typically, significantly outperforming competing parts,” he claims.

“The EXH2009 significantly simplifies customer's manufacturing by providing internally matched 50Ohm at the RF inputs and outputs in addition to the on-chip DC block capacitors,” O’Mathuna continues. “Furthermore, the SMT solution eliminates the need for expensive and labor intensive ‘chip and wire’ assembly techniques, while the high-speed packaging not only is fully compatible with industry-standard SMT manufacturing flows but also provides the high performance required by our customers’ demanding applications.”

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