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16 December 2013

MACOM launches upconverter for 18 and 23GHz point-to-point wireless

M/A-COM Technology Solutions Inc of Lowell, MA, USA, which makes semiconductors, components and subassemblies for RF, microwave and millimeter-wave applications, has launched an upconverter suited to 18 and 23GHz point-to-point radio applications.

Operating over the 17.68-23.62GHz frequency bandwidth, the MAUC-010506 has what is claimed to be industry-leading LO suppression, eliminating the customers’ need for a Tx filter. The device is packaged in a lead-free 4mm x 4mm QFN that enables what is claimed to be excellent variable gain to be achieved by adjusting the bias. The upconverter delivers turn-down trajectories optimized to maintain linearity and 2xLO leakage over the gain control range, and is suited to 18-23GHz bandwidth for point-to-point radios under both LSB and USB operation.

This device is designed as part of MACOM’s 18 and 23GHz chipset solutions that service the microwave point-to-point market.

“The exceptional LO leakage performance [of -30dBm] and high linearity enables the implementation of high-order modulation schemes using direct up-conversion or using an IF with minimal LO filtering, hence reducing the complexity and cost of the overall system,” says David Richardson, market director, Wireless. “The QFN packaging makes these devices compatible with standard SMD assembly lines,” he adds.

Production quantities and samples of the MAUC-010506 are available from stock.

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