MACOM Announces 4th Generation 100W GaN on Silicon Wideband Transistor

MACOM’s New MAGX-100027-100C0P Features Optimal Efficiency and Gain Performance

LOWELL, Mass. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — September 9, 2015 — M/A-COM Technology Solutions Inc. (“MACOM”) (NASDAQ: MTSI), a leading supplier of high performance analog RF, microwave, and optical semiconductor products, today announced the new MAGX-100027-100C0P, a wideband transistor optimized for DC-2.7 GHz operation and built using proprietary 4th generation GaN on Silicon (GaN on Si) process is sampling today. This GaN on Si HEMT D-Mode transistor is ideally suited for defense communications, land mobile radio, avionics, wireless infrastructure, ISM applications and VHF/UHF/L/S-band radar.

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The MAGX-100027-100C0P supports CW, pulsed, and linear operation with output power levels up to 100  ...

The MAGX-100027-100C0P supports CW, pulsed, and linear operation with output power levels up to 100 W (50 dBm). Featuring 50 V operation, this device offers CW operation of 18.3 dB gain at 2.45 GHz, and 70% drain efficiency. (Photo: Business Wire)

The MAGX-100027-100C0P supports CW, pulsed, and linear operation with output power levels up to 100 W (50 dBm). Featuring 50 V operation, this device offers CW operation of 18.3 dB gain at 2.45 GHz, and 70% drain efficiency. For pulsed operation, the MAGX-100027-100C0P boasts 18.4 dB gain at 2.7 GHz and 71% drain efficiency. This 100% RF tested transistor is available in an industry standard plastic package with bolt down flange.

Delivering performance that rivals expensive GaN on Silicon Carbide (GaN on SiC) at a projected volume production cost structure below that of incumbent LDMOS technology, 4th generation GaN (Gen4 GaN) is positioned to break the final technical and commercial barriers to mainstream GaN adoption. Gen4 GaN delivers greater than 70% peak efficiency and 19 dB gain for modulated signals at 2.7 GHz, which is similar to GaN on SiC technologies, and more than 10 percentage points greater efficiency than LDMOS. It also delivers power density that is more than four times that of LDMOS.

“This Gen4 GaN transistor provides optimal performance for customers,” said Gary Lopes, Product Manager, MACOM. “The MAGX-100027-100C0P is an ideal candidate for customers looking to support rugged applications and experience the solid reliability that is offered by MACOM GaN solutions. Gen4 GaN products extend the innovation and commercialization trajectories of earlier generations of GaN on Si, which have demonstrated clear, field-proven reliability in harsh environmental conditions for more than five years.”

The table below outlines typical performance:

Parameters         Units         MAGX-100027-100C0P
Frequency         GHz         DC-2.7
Small Signal Gain         dB         18.3 CW, 18.4 Pulsed
Saturated Output Power         dBm         50.7-50.9
Drain Efficiency         %         70-71
Power Gain         dB         16
               

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