MACOM Introduces mmWave Switch for 28 GHz, 37 GHz and 39 GHz 5G Wireless Systems

MACOM mmWave Switch

MACOM has announced the availibility of a new switch that can be used in 5G Wireless Infrastructure Applications. Ideally suited for 28 GHz, 37 GHz and 39 GHz frequency bands, the new SMT packaged MASW-011098 millimeterwave (mmWave) switch is designed to meet the demanding bandwidth and link margin requirements of next-generation 5G demonstration systems.

MACOM is utilizing its experience in beamforming radar design and applying it to 5G applications. Their product portfolio supports both sub-6 GHz wireless infrastructure utilizing massive MIMO (Massive In Massive Out) architectures, and high-frequency mmW technologies supporting a multitude of power and integration requirements. This legacy of innovation in phased array technology is a valuable asset for customers developing advanced antenna arrays supporting 5G beamforming capabilities. 

The MASW-011098 leverages MACOM’s patented AlGaAs technology process to ensure superior mmWave switch performance, maintaining low insertion loss and high isolation while enabling higher power-per-element ratios for 5G demonstration systems. Low insertion loss reduces the power requirement from the power amplifier (PA), alleviating thermal challenges and extending the link range while simultaneously enabling improved receiver sensitivity. The MASW-011098 also provides flexible biasing options to ensure greater overall ease of use.

The patented switch technology within the MASW-011098 underpins tens of thousands of transmit/receive channels in advanced 5G demonstration systems, enabling customers to speed their time to market with differentiated, cost-effective 5G system architectures that deliver breakthrough gains in wireless throughput and capacity. The MASW-011098 millimeterwave switches are available to qualified customers today.

MACOM is at MWC 2017 in Barcelona this week. Attendees are invited to visit MACOM at Hall 8.1, Room CC8.15 from February 27 – March 2 in Barcelona, Spain, to speak with our wireless infrastructure experts about MACOM’s enabling technologies for 5G.


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