Model MAAM-011109-DIE is a broadband low-noise amplifier capable of 15-dB gain from DC to 50 GHz.

Wideband Amplifier Drives DC to 50 GHz

April 29, 2015
This die amplifier offers low noise and high gain across a continuous bandwidth of DC to 50 GHz.

Boosting communications signals across wide bandwidths usually suggests a number of amplifiers to cover multiple bands. But a single compact amplifier in die form from MACOM Technology Solutions, the model MAAM-011109-DIE, covers the full bandwidth of DC to 50 GHz and provides a number of flexible controls that enable this low-noise amplifier (LNA) to tailor performance as needed across that wide frequency bandwidth.

Model MAAM-011109-DIE (see figure) is fully matched to 50 Ω and exhibits better than 15-dB return loss and more than 15-dB gain across the full frequency range. The typical noise figure is 3.5 dB. The amplifier delivers +21 dBm output power at 1-dB compression. It has a third-order intercept point of +29 dBm.

The RoHS compliant component has gold-plated contact pads and backside and is 100% on-wafer DC and RF tested. It measures 1.97 × 1.30 × 0.1 mm and draws190 mA from a +5-VDC supply. It includes a gate-bias adjustment control that provides 15-dB gain control (from 0 to -1 VDC) and includes a temperature-compensated power detector that provides a DC voltage relative to the output power for consistent performance over changing environmental conditions.

“The DC-50 GHz operation, adjustable bias control for power and gain, and low noise performance make the device a highly versatile solution for multiple wideband applications,” says Paul Beasly, MACOM product manager .The amplifier is well suited for diverse broadband applications, including in electronic-warfare (EW) systems and in test-and-measurement equipment.

MACOM Technology Solutions, Inc., 100 Chelmsford St., Lowell, MA 01851; (800) 366-2266, (978) 656-2500, FAX: (978) 656-2804

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