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MACOM announces new portfolio of high linearity power amplifiers for Ka-band SATCOM and VSAT applications

(11 June 2018 - MACOM) MACOM Technology Solutions today announced a comprehensive portfolio of Ka-Band power amplifiers (PAs) optimized for next-generation SATCOM and VSAT applications requiring uncompromising high-speed connectivity, efficiency and reliability.

Available in 2, 2.3, 3, 4 and 6W power output options spanning frequency ranges from 27 to 31.5 GHz, these new GaAs-based Ka-Band PAs are expected to provide industry-leading linearity and IM3, and best-in-class performance across a range of key metrics.

MACOM’s Ka-Band MAAP Series PAs can deliver up to 24.5 dB of linear gain, 29% power added efficiency and saturated output power (PSAT) up to 38.5 dBm, with IM3 levels up to -25 @ 27 dBm. Assembled in lead-free 5mm, 32-lead QFN packaging (with available 6W bare die option – MAAP-011140-DIE), MACOM’s Ka-Band MAAP Series PAs can provide customers with full SMT assembly flexibility, complemented by MACOM’s portfolio of discrete mixers, drivers and gain block amplifiers.

“The demand for high speed, broadband, data connectivity continues unabated. We are seeing revolutionary changes in fixed wired networks such as HFC and Fiber along with terrestrial wireless networks, 4G to 5G, in order to meet this demand. As such it was only a matter of time before we saw the same changes in satellite networks,” said Graham Board, Senior Director of Product Marketing, MACOM. “We believe that MACOM is uniquely positioned to tackle the complex engineering challenges in all three of these domains. In order to address the move from Ku to Ka-band in SATCOM we are introducing this comprehensive portfolio of high performance, cost effective, Ka-Band PAs. These complement our existing families of mixers, doublers, drivers and VCOs for SATCOM.”

For over 60 years, MACOM’s design and applications experts have spearheaded innovation in the RF, microwave and millimeterwave domain, developing the industry’s broadest portfolio of MMICs and components spanning the entire RF signal chain. Leveraging advanced, proprietary technologies, MACOM’s heterogeneous semiconductor and packaging strategy ensures that each individual RF system function is fully optimized to deliver maximum performance at the appropriate cost. MACOM remains firmly committed to delivering true competitive advantage to our customers, providing superior technology, expertise, cost structures and supply chains – with no compromises.

The table below outlines typical Ka-Band MAAP Series PA performance:

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MACOM’s Ka-Band MAAP Series PAs are available to customers today.


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