Guerrilla RF has announced the formal production release of the GRF4012 and GRF4012W, two broadband gain blocks offering a unique blend of noise and linearity performance over exceptionally wide bandwidths. By accentuating a critical balance between the products’ gain, noise figure, linearity, and compression performance, Guerrilla RF developed a core tailored specifically for satellite radio applications. When paired with the GRF2073W and Qualcomm Technologies' latest SAW filters, the devices provide a formidable, cost-effective solution for easily meeting Sirius XM's blocking requirements.
“These new gain blocks are representative of our constant efforts to push the performance envelope of our amplifier portfolio. What really excites us about this design is its application within the automotive industry. "In today’s world, there’s a constant need for affordable, on-the-go connectivity,” says Ryan Pratt, CEO and founder of Guerrilla RF. “This necessitates application solutions meeting the cost, power consumption, and reliability demands of our automotive customers while providing best-in-class performance." Through our collaborative efforts with Qualcomm Technologies, we’re creating compelling front-end solutions by leveraging the strengths of our extensive LNA and block portfolios. We constantly evolve these product offerings in response to the ever-changing advancements in filter technology. Doing so ensures we’ll continue to offer the very best blend of performance and affordability for our automotive customers.
The GRF4012 and GRF4012W can be tuned to operate within a variety of bands between 0.4 and 4.2 GHz. While operating at 233.25 MHz (the center of the SDARS band), each device delivers 17.8 dB of gain, 33 dBm of OIP3 linearity, a compression level of 22.5 dBm, and a noise figure of 0.9 dB while only drawing 50 mA of current. As with other devices within Guerrilla RF’s automotive portfolio, the GRF4012W variant has undergone additional qualification steps, ensuring the device is compliant with the stringent AEC-Q100 requirements demanded by the automotive market.
Each variant comes in a pin-compatible 1.5 mm x 1.5 mm, 6-pin package. GRF now has over 25 low-noise amplifiers, gain blocks, and driver cores utilizing the same package and pinout, allowing customers to quickly modify and optimize their designs for different frequencies as well as various levels of gain, noise figure, linearity, compression, and power dissipation. This modular approach has proven to be extremely popular with GRF’s customer base since it provides an exceptional degree of design latitude, translating directly into design speed and agility.
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