L-Band and Ka-Band Power Amplifiers for SATCOM Applications

MACOM has expanded their high-performance MMIC portfolio with a family of power amplifiers optimized for L-Band and Ka-Band systems. The family consists of gain blocks, drivers and power amplifiers with power ranging form 2 watts to 6 watts. Featured products in this family are the 2 watt MAAP-011060 L-Band power amplifier module and the 3 watt MAAP-011289 Ka-Band power amplifier which are designed for satellite communication and connectivity applications.

The MAAP-011060 is a 2 W power amplifier module operating at 1.6 GHz and packaged in a lead-free 6 mm 12-lead LGA package. This device is a highly integrated module for L-Band satellite communications making it ideal for customers looking for a very linear and efficient solution for satellite phones or mobile Internet connectivity. It provides 33 dBm of linear output power, high gain of 30 dB 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 3 W power amplifier housed in a lead-free 5 mm QFN package. The device delivers a highly linear solution which is ideally suited to next generation commercial VSAT outdoor units, which provide increased data rates of connectivity to end users. The amplifier boasts a gain of 20 dB, power added efficiency of 26 % and a saturated power of 35 dBm. It is the newest member of highly linear family of Ka-Band line-ups which include 2, 3, 4 and 6 W power amplifiers as well as gain blocks, drivers and frequency converters, offering customers a complete line-up and versatile options for SATCOM systems.

Samples of the MAAP-011289 and MAAP-011060 are now available. MACOM will be showcasing their new portfolio of high-performance MMICs at European Microwave Week (EuMW) in London from October 4th to October 6th, 2016.


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