New Automotive-Qualified LNA for Satellite Radio and GPS Applications

Guerrilla RF has introduced the GRF2073-W, a new addition to the company’s growing list of AEC-Q100 automotive-qualified amplifiers. This ultra-low noise amplifier is targeted at high-volume applications, with first-stage satellite radio LNAs and GPS modules being prime examples. It is available in an industry-standard, ultra-small 2.0 x 2.0 mm DFN-8 package thus sharing a common pin out with other infrastructure-class devices from Guerrilla RF.

According to Technavio’s Global Automotive Antenna Module Market report, the market is expected to grow steadily at a compound annual growth rate of 7.66 percent to 1,549.24 million by 2021. The market is driven by several factors, including the rise of wireless connectivity in vehicles, the rising adoption of embedded cellular connectivity, the drive toward autonomous vehicles, economies of scale advantage in satellite antennas, the legislative push to have eCall in cars, and the growing popularity of the truck platooning system. Additionally, the average age of car buyers in developed regions like the United States is increasing, owing to higher disposable income.

About Guerrilla RF’s New Automotive LNA

  • The GRF2073-W can operate over a range of Vdd from 2.7 to 5.0 V, and Iddq can be controlled independently from Vdd – thus allowing the device efficiency to be optimized for a given application requirement.
  • The device can cover 2300 to 2700 MHz with a single set of external components with gain: 20.5 dB, OP1dB: 20.0 dBm, NF: 0.40 dB at 2300 MHz with bias at 5.0 V and 70 mA.
  • Flexible biasing can accommodate Vdd from 2.7 to 5.0 V and Iddq from 20 mA to 100 mA.

Pricing and Availability
GRF2073-W samples and evaluation boards are available now. Pricing for 10,000 parts is $1.25.