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4 June 2007


Sirenza adds to SUF family of E-Mode pHEMT wideband amplifiers

At this week’s IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Symposium (IMS 2007) in Hawaii, Sirenza Microdevices of Broomfield, CO, USA is announcing the production release of its SUF-6000, two-stage MMIC amplifier, which uses enhancement-mode (E-Mode) pHEMT GaAs technology. The new amplifier uses Sirenza’s self-biasing network and broadband 50 ohm matching for ease of use, and operates at 2-16GHz directly off of a single +5.0V supply.

The SUF-6000 provides an alternative to distributed amplifiers for applications requiring frequencies extending through X and Ku bands, and is suited to applications in test equipment, point-to-point radio, aerospace, defense and homeland security.

Sirenza will continue to expand its microwave amplifier product family in 2007 with additional amplifiers covering a wide range of bandwidths and output powers, says Tom Kole, strategic business unit director for aerospace, defense and homeland security products.

*Sirenza expands Nuremberg facility

Also, Sirenza has expanded the manufacturing capacity at its facility in Nuremberg, Germany with additional assembly and test equipment to support the growing demand for RF power amplifier modules for cable TV and other applications.

By adding high-speed surface-mount and aluminum wire bonding equipment, the expansion has increased the facility’s surface-mount assembly capacity by about 25% and its wire bond capacity by up to 50%. The electrical test capacity has also been expanded through the implementation of additional RF-amplifier test stations required for complex RF tests of 1GHz CATV amplifiers.

“This expansion is in response to the growing demand for Sirenza’s 1GHz CATV amplifiers and for other applications such as RF-driven light sources for commercial video and TV applications,” says Jerry Quinnell, interim president of Sirenza’s subsidiary Premier Devices Inc (PDI) in San Jose, CA (acquired in April 2006).

“In addition to our broad portfolio of 1GHz CATV forward and return path amplifiers, we currently market a complete family of CATV amplifiers in all the required frequency bands to support world-wide transmission network standards; additionally we currently market optical receivers for CATV applications up to 1GHz frequency.”