S-Band GaN power products shorten time-to-market

1st October 2014
Siobhan O'Gorman

Designed for commercial air traffic control, weather radar and military radar applications, a portfolio of surface mount S-Band GaN power products has been released by M/A-COM Technology Solutions. The portfolio includes the MAMG-002735-030L0 30Wpk GaN amplifier, the MAMG-002735-085L0L 85Wpk GaN amplifier and the MAPG-002729-350L00 350Wpk aluminium-based pallet.

The products, which are available in a range of packaging options and power levels deliver high GaN power performance while enabling significant design and manufacturing efficiencies for customers. The S-Band GaN power products enable manufacturers to use commercial best practices for high-volume manufacturing, which shortens time-to-market. Using commercial best practises also provides improved assembly yield, lower component count and reduced touch labour.

Suitable for applications with SWaP requirements, the 30 and 85Wpk hybrid amplifiers measure 7x7 and 14x24mm, respectively, while the pallet measures 51x23mm. To enable multifunction system capabilities and broad, dynamic frequency operation for complex waveforms, the products support wide bandwidths. The products provide these bandwidths while maximising power and cooling efficiency and providing robust performance over a wide range of input voltages. To allow system operators to meet targeted power requirements and manage their total system power budget while maintaining high levels of efficiency and RF performance, the products are offered with flexible voltage operation.

With approximately 600 years MTTF at 200°C, the GaN power products provide reliable operation under a wide range of environmental conditions. To ensure the highest levels of product integrity, reliability and consistency, MACOM manufactures its GaN power products via tightly controlled processes in accordance with IPC standards.

“MACOM’s portfolio of surface mount GaN power products affords system designers a common platform that they can leverage across a growing range of frequency bands, while the pallet offers an even higher power rugged, balanced solution,” said Paul Beasly, Product Manager, MACOM. “Our Avionics, L-Band and new S-Band GaN power products deliver breakthrough power performance while minimising design and manufacturing complexity to help customers accelerate time to market. We believe that these new products, complemented by our portfolio of GaN on Si components, position MACOM to shatter the barriers to mainstream GaN adoption.”

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