Mini-Circuits Expands Amplifier Design Capability

Oct. 31, 2019
By welcoming aboard a new design group based in Rhode Island, Mini-Circuits seeks to build on its existing line of power amplifiers.

Mini-Circuits has expanded its amplifier design capabilities with the addition of a new design engineering group dedicated to developing high-power amplifiers up to and beyond 1 kW at frequencies through 8 GHz (see figure). The new team, which will be based in a new corporate design center in Lincoln, R.I., with a satellite office at the Novio Tech Campus in Nijmegen, Netherlands, brings over 100 years of combined experience designing and developing RF amplifiers and power products.

Mini-Circuits currently offers over 75 standard power-amplifier (PA) models from 2 to 100 W covering bandwidths up to 18 GHz. The expansion will build on the popularity of the company’s existing PA line and respond to industry demand with a wide range of new products and capabilities.

The new design engineering team is focused on developing high-power amplifiers.

“We’re very excited to welcome this talented team to the Mini-Circuits family,” said Steven Scheinkopf, Mini-Circuits VP of technical marketing. “This expansion continues our long-term focus and success in the amplifier space. The knowledge and experience of the Rhode Island group will bring our offering to the next level both in terms of selection and truly leading-edge technology.”

The Lincoln team will be led by product line manager, Korne Vennema. “We’re very fortunate to be part of a company with such a depth in RF components and solutions,” he said. “We can’t wait to help further expand Mini-Circuits’ reliable high-power-amplifier product offering.”

Before joining Mini-Circuits, Vennema held various design engineering, application support, and management roles at Phillips, NXP Semiconductor, and MACOM.

The Lincoln and Nijmegen offices are now among Mini-Circuits’ 14 design, manufacturing, and sales locations that span nine countries.

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