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29 September 2016

MACOM launches family of high-linearity power amplifiers for SatComs

MACOM Technology Solutions Inc of Lowell, MA, USA (which makes semiconductors, components and subassemblies for analog RF, microwave, millimeter-wave and photonic applications) has expanded its growing portfolio of monolithic microwave integrated circuits (MMICs) with a family of power amplifiers optimized for L-band and Ka-band systems. The family includes gain blocks, drivers and power amplifier functions ranging from 2W to 6W in output power. Featured products are the 2W MAAP-011060 L-band power amplifier module and the 3W MAAP-011289 Ka-band power amplifier (with samples of both available now), designed for satellite communication and connectivity applications.

The MAAP-011060 is a 2W power amplifier module operating at 1.6GHz. The device is a highly integrated module (in a lead-free 6mm 12-lead LGA package) for L-band satellite communications, making it suitable for those seeking a very linear and efficient solution for satellite phones or mobile Internet connectivity. It provides 33dBm of linear output power, high gain of 30dB and convenient power-down function. The power amplifier module is operated with a single positive bias and delivers greater than 30% power-added efficiency, which supports longer battery life for critical satellite communication equipment.

The MAAP-011289 is a Ka-band 3W power amplifier housed in a lead-free 5mm QFN package. The highly linear device is suited to next-generation commercial VSAT outdoor units, which provide increased data rates of connectivity to end users. The amplifier has 20dB typical gain, 26% power-added efficiency and saturated power of 35dBm. The MAAP-011289 is the newest member of a highly linear family of Ka-band line-ups which include 2, 3, 4 and 6W power amplifiers as well as gain blocks, drivers and frequency converters, offering a complete line-up and versatile options for SatCom systems.

"With the addition of the MAAP-011289, MAAP-011060 and the soon-to-be-launched MAFC-011009, we continue to expand our industry-leading portfolio of SatCom MMICs," says Graham Board, senior director, Multi-Market Products.

MACOM is showcasing its new portfolio of MMICs in stand #207 at European Microwave Week (EuMW) 2016 at ExCel London, UK (4–6 October).

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