MACOM Demonstrates "RF Energy Toolkit": Accelerates Customers' Time-to-Market with High Performance, Cost Effective GaN on Si-based RF Systems for Commercial Applications
- Hardware and software kit enables faster and easier solid-state RF system development
- Optimized for use by commercial manufacturers of cooking, lighting, industrial heating/drying, medical/pharmaceutical and automotive ignition systems
- Enables system designers to take advantage of GaN on Si performance at LDMOS price points
- Live beta demonstration at IMS, with customer availability in Fall 2017
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MACOM's new RF Energy Toolkit, Beta version available today, helps system designers simplify and accelerate their product development cycles by making it easy for them to fine tune RF energy output levels to maximize efficiency and performance. Combining the benefits of MACOM's GaN on Si power transistors with intuitive, flexible software and signal control capabilities, MACOM's RF Energy Toolkit takes the guesswork out of the RF power source design and enables faster time to market. (Graphic: Business Wire)
MACOM's new RF Energy Toolkit, Beta version available today, helps system designers simplify and accelerate their product development cycles by making it easy for them to fine tune RF energy output levels to maximize efficiency and performance. Combining the benefits of MACOM's GaN on Si power transistors with intuitive, flexible software and signal control capabilities, MACOM's RF Energy Toolkit takes the guesswork out of the RF power source design and enables faster time to market.
The MACOM GaN on Si power transistors supplied with the RF Energy Toolkit deliver up to 10% greater power efficiency than comparably priced LDMOS-based transistors - this is a major benefit for continuous wave RF energy applications, where every incremental gain in power efficiency translates to less power consumption and lower operating costs over sustained usage. System designers can select from a range of MACOM power transistors to meet power level requirements spanning from 30W to 1000W, and the Toolkit supports coherent channel operation allowing multiple RF energy channels to be easily combined, for example 3x300W or 2x500W etc. Supported frequency bands range from 915MHz to 2.45GHz.
"Commercial OEMs are eager to seize the massive market opportunity for
higher-performing RF energy-based systems enabled by GaN on Si, but they
don't want to invest the resources to architect the RF power elements
"The current RF Energy Toolkit offers the industry ‘a first' in a number of ways: The kit is an easy-to-use, compact, very flexible controller that can run all alone based on a very fast, hardware based reflection coefficient optimization scheme," said Klaus Werner, Managing Director, pinkRF - a MACOM design partner. "Alternatively, the kit can run complex recipes alone or in conjunction with other controllers, programmed remotely or embedded with any number of RF vectors (power, phase, frequency, time, energy) to control complex or variable processes. The tool hooks up to the power amplifier - no special integration is needed. I view it as an RF Energy engineer's ‘Swiss army knife' to master, optimize and industrialize RF energy applications and their associated controllers."
Beta-version RF Energy Toolkits are available to qualified customers
today, with broader availability planned in the Fall of 2017. MACOM will
showcase its new RF Energy Toolkit and industry leading GaN on Si
product portfolio this week at IEEE's International Microwave Symposium
(IMS) 2017 in
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