Microsemi Introduces MMIC's for Defense and Industrial Markets from DC to 26 GHz

Microsemi Corporation has introduced six new monolithic microwave integrated circuit (MMIC) products, including four wideband low noise MMIC amplifiers (MMA040AA, MMA041AA, MMA043AA and MMA044AA) and two wideband gallium arsenide (GaAs) MMIC switches (MMS006AA and MMS008AA). for a number of applications primarily within the defense and industrial markets, including receiver front end amplifiers for electronic warfare (EW) and signal intelligence (SIGINT); and wideband bench top and portable measurement equipment up to 26 GHz.

Compared with existing market solutions, the new wideband low noise MMIC amplifiers deliver excellent performance with flat gain over a wide frequency range, and significantly better output third-order intercept point (OIP3) performance. Similarly, the new GaAs MMIC switches provide broad frequency coverage combined with superior insertion loss, isolation and input third-order intercept point (IIP3) performance. Global market research and consulting company Strategy Analytics estimates that GaAs MMICs sold into the EW, radar and microwave communications markets will reach $500 million by 2019.

The MMA040AA is a distributed low noise amplifier that operates from DC to 28 GHz, featuring a low noise figure of 2.5 dB, flat gain of 16 dB and provides 27 dBm of OIP3 linearity. The MMA041AA, is a distributed low noise amplifier that operates from DC to 26 GHz, featuring 3.2 dB noise figure, 18 dB gain and 35 dBm of OIP3 linearity. The MMA043AA is a low noise amplifier that operates from 0.5 to 12 GHz, offering a 1.4 dB noise figure, 16.5 dB of gain and 29 dBm of OIP3 linearity. The MMA044AA low noise amplifier operates across the 6 to 18 GHz band and provides a low noise figure of 1.7 dB, in combination with 21 dB of gain and 30 dBm of OIP3 linearity.

The MMS006AA is a SPDT, non-reflective MMIC switch that operates from DC to 20 GHz, featuring high isolation of 45 dB and low insertion loss of 1.5 dB at 15 GHz. The MMS008AA is a SP4T, non-reflective MMIC switch that operates from DC to 8 GHz, offers over 45 dB of isolation and less than 1.7 dB insertion loss. Both devices handle up to 30 dBm of input power and offer high input third-order intercept performance of 42 dBm and 46 dBm respectively.

All six MMIC devices feature radio frequency (RF) ports that are internally matched to 50 Ohms and are available in bare die, which facilitates easy integration into multi-chip modules (MCMs). Click here to learn more about MMIC's from Microsemi.

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