MACOM Introduces Industry’s Highest Linearity 4 W Ka-Band Power Amplifier

Device delivers twice the linear performance compared to competing alternatives

LOWELL, Mass. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — January 15, 2015 — M/A-COM Technology Solutions Inc. (“MACOM”), a leading supplier of high performance RF, microwave, millimeterwave and photonic products, today introduced a high linearity 4 W power amplifier, ideally suited for Ka-Band High Data Density Satellite communications.

MACOM's new MAAP-011139 is offered in both bare die format and a 5x5 mm 32-lead QFN package. The dev ...

MACOM's new MAAP-011139 is offered in both bare die format and a 5x5 mm 32-lead QFN package. The device delivers 24 dB of linear gain, 4 W of saturated output power and 23% efficiency. (Photo: Business Wire)

MACOM’s new MAAP-011139 is offered in both bare die format and a 5x5 mm 32-lead QFN package. The device delivers 24 dB of linear gain, 4 W of saturated output power and 23% efficiency. The device provides greater than 27 dBm Pout/tone while maintaining IM3 levels of 30 dBc, which we believe is twice the linear performance of competing alternatives. This two-times linearity performance allows the MAAP-011139 to replace two equivalent competing alternatives with a single device while operating in an overall more efficient mode. Furthermore, the device in bare die format and measures 3.1 x 2.8 x 0.05 mm, ideal for real estate constrained customers.

“The MAAP-011139 sets a new industry benchmark for linear power performance at Ka-Band frequencies,” said Paul Beasly, Product Manager. “In combination with MACOM’s comprehensive mmWave Ka-Band product portfolio we can provide customers with a complete chip-set solution that we believe enables the best performance, value and ease-of-use.”

MACOM enables the connections that ensure high data-density network performance from L-Band to Ka-Band. For over 60 years, we’ve serviced the most demanding military and commercial applications on the ground, in the air or at sea. Our analog RF, microwave and millimeter wave innovations optimize wireless bandwidth for clear, uninterrupted signals across even remote locations.

The table below outlines typical performance for bare die and packaged versions:

                     

Parameter

        Units         MAAP-011139
Frequency         GHz         29-31
Gain         dB         24
Pout         dBm         36.5
PAE         %         23
IM3 @ 27 dBm per tone         dBc         -30
Input Return Loss         dB         10
Output Return Loss         dB         10
               

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