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24 April 2013

Richardson RFPD introduces evaluation kit for smallest 5W GaN MMIC power amplifier

Electronic component distributor Richardson RFPD Inc (an Arrow Electronics Company) of LaFox, IL, USA has announced availability and full design support capabilities for a new evaluation kit for a 5W gallium nitride monolithic microwave integrated circuit (MMIC) power amplifier made by Nitronex LLC of Durham, NC, USA, which provides gallium nitride on silicon (GaN-on-Si) solutions using its proprietary SIGANTIC manufacturing process.

Picture: Nitronex’s NPA1003QA-EVK evaluation board.

The NPA1003QA-EVK evaluation kit includes: a test fixture tuned for 20-1000MHz broadband performance; two device loose samples; and a USB memory stick containing the NPA1003 datasheet, test data, and full drawings and documentation.  

The evaluation board arrives ready for testing. It is a full, 50Ω circuit, with input and output connectors, and DC supplies for both drain and gain voltage. The unit can be immediately connected to any network analyzer to test small-signal gain, or to any power measurement system.

Nitronex’s NPA1003 5W GaN MMIC PA (which was launched in mid-2011) is optimized for broadband operation from DC to 1500MHz, and offers an integrated 50Ω I/O match, in a small, 4mm x 4mm QFN package. The device is suited to avionics and L-band radar applications, as well as applications in communications bands under 1GHz.

A video is available with additional information about the evaluation kit and the device at .

Tags: Richardson RFPD Nitronex GaN-on-Si RF power transistors



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