MACOM Extends Diode Leadership with the Addition of Three Industry Leading Integrated AlGaAs PIN Diode Switches
- Designed for High Frequency Applications
- AlGaAs Technology Offers Power Handling and Low Loss Advantages
- Integrated Bias Current Reduces Piece Part Counts and Manufacturing Costs While Improving Performance
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Leveraging unparalleled design and application expertise, MACOM is the preeminent supplier of High-Performance Diodes spanning the industry's largest portfolio from PIN Limiter to Varactor and Schottky Diodes. Featuring MACOM's AlGaAs technology, this family of AlGaAs products operate up to 110GHz and boast high isolation, low insertion loss and are available as reflective and terminated devices that enable the customer a broad offering of high-performance components. (Photo: Business Wire)
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The low loss translates to less noise generated, while maintaining transmit and receive signal integrity. In addition, the lower power loss allows for less compensation needed further down the RF/uW signal chain. While other technologies are available, AlGaAs-based switches have a clear advantage due to their power handling and low loss characteristics. A discrete heterojunction AlGaAs PIN diode switch demonstrates a factor of two reduction in high frequency insertion loss compared to other switches in its class which equates to reliable system performance at higher frequency bands.
Bandgap Engineering has been used to produce novel semiconductor structures in the microwave industry for over two decades. Utilizing the properties of multiple quantum wells, superlattices and heterojunctions, a new class of semiconductors grown by molecular beam epitaxy and metalorganic vapor phase epitaxy has been created. These band gap principles have been applied to the development of MACOM's patented AlGaAs technology resulting in a significant advancement in the RF performance of PIN diodes.
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"These parts complement our existing series of broadband AlGaAs
Leveraging unparalleled design and application expertise, MACOM is the preeminent supplier of High-Performance Diodes spanning the industry's largest portfolio from PIN Limiter to Varactor and Schottky Diodes. Featuring MACOM's AlGaAs technology, this family of AlGaAs products operate up to 110GHz and boast high isolation, low insertion loss and are available as reflective and terminated devices that enable the customer a broad offering of high-performance components.
The table below outlines typical performance for the three switches:
|Part Number||Frequency||Insertion Loss||Isolation|
|24-37||0.6 @ 28-34GHz||> 26 @ 26-37 GHz|
|60-110||1.3 @75-100GHz||33 @75-100GHz|
|14-38||0.9 @ 16-35GHz||32 dB @ 16-35 GHz|
Samples are now available. Final datasheets and additional product information can be obtained from the MACOM website at: www.macom.com.
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