Design Distributed MMIC Amplifiers (.PDF Download)

May 16, 2013
Distributed amplifiers are notable for providing very broadband gain. The concept of connecting parallel gain stages with transmission lines harkens back to 1948; Bill Packard, the co-founder of Hewlett-Packard Co., used vacuum tubes for the gain stages.1The broadband gain possible with such amplifiers still has a place. Even though many modern monolithic-microwave-integrated-circuit (MMIC) amplifiers are optimized for specific bands, many applications require broadband gain through high microwave frequencies.

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