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January 29, 2015

New! Dual, 14-bit, 1 GSPS ADC from ADI
The AD9680 analog-to-digital converter features an on-chip buffer and sample-and-hold circuit designed for low power, small size, and ease of use, and is designed for sampling wide bandwidth analog signals of up to 2 GHz. It includes buffered inputs with programmable input termination for easier filter design and implementation, and a flexible SPI controls various product features and functions to meet specific system requirements. The AD9680 is available in a 64-lead LFCSP. Learn more.


January 26, 2015

TriQuint's Packaged 2-6 GHz GaN LNA
The TGA2611 was the industry’s first GaN LNA, and now it is available in a 4x4mm QFN package. Covering 2–6 GHz, the TGA2611-SM handles 2W of input power, and offers 1.0 dB noise figure, 22 dB of gain, +18 dBm P1dB, and an OTOI of+30 dBm. It is ideally suited for L- and S-band A&R systems. Learn more.


January 22, 2015

New Quad, 16-bit, High Dynamic Range DAC from ADI
The AD9144 digital-to-analog converter features a maximum sample rate of 2.8 GSPS that permits a multicarrier generation up to the Nyquist frequency. Additional key features include:

  • >1 GHz, ultra-wide complex signal bandwidth enables emerging wideband and multiband wireless applications
  • Advanced low spurious and distortion design techniques provide high quality synthesis of wideband signals from baseband to high intermediate frequencies
  • Programmable transmit enable function allows easy design balance between power consumption and wake-up time
  • Small package size with 12 mm × 12 mm footprint
  • Learn more…

January 20, 2015

Overview of Automotive Radar Millimeter-Wave Technology, from Freescale
Advancements in SiGe:C HBT technology pushed the emerging arena of high-frequency (>60 GHz) millimeter-wave (mm-wave) applications such as WLAN (60 GHz) and automotive radar (77 GHz) circuits into the reach of low-cost silicon technology. Click here to learn more about Freescale’s 77 GHz technology, including links to on-demand training, white papers, and more.


January 16, 2015

In the News: Global Military Radar Market to Grow 2.9% Each Year and Reach $8.44 billion in 2019
According to a new report by Transparence Market Research, the factors driving growth in the global military radar market are escalating security and economic concerns, rising government defense investments, and growing demand for lightweight radars and target recognition. Strategic alliances and border protection also are factors in military radar market growth. Read more.


January 12, 2015

New L-Band 90W 2-Stage, Fuly-Matched GaN Module for Radar Applications from MACOM
The MAMG-001214-090PSM is offered in a compact (14x24 mm2) “True SMT” package and is optimized for pulsed radar applications in the 960–1215 MHz band. Additional features include:

  • GaN on SiC D-Mode Transistor Technology
  • Typical Bias: 45V, Class AB
  • Up to 3 ms Pulse Width and 10% Duty Cycle
  • MTTF = 600 years (TJ < 200°C)
  • Evaluation board available
  • Evaluation board available

January 8, 2015

Cornell Dubilier’s MLS Flatpack Capacitors Stand-up (while keeping a low profile)
Designed to stand-up to the rigors of battle, the MLS Series of stainless steel flatpack capacitors now handle up to 50 gs of vibration. Vigorously tested in-house to the toughest military and industry standards, these capacitors are not only rugged, their flat form factor also allows you to fit them into tight spots, cool them, and easily gang them for compact, high bulk storage. Their precision-welded construction provides a near-hermetic seal that you can bank on up to 80,000 feet. Learn more.


January 5, 2015

20–1000 MHz, 500W Solid State High Power Amplifier from Empower
The 2175/BBS2E4ARR is suitable for multi-octave bandwidth, high-power continuous wave, modulated, and pulsed applications. It utilizes high-power LDMOS devices that provide wide frequency response, high gain, high peak power capability, and low distortions. Learn more.


December 22, 2014

New High Power SP4T 200W PIN Diode Switch from MACOM
The MASW-011040 SP4T switch is designed for Military and Civilian customers who require high CW and pulsed power operation for MIL-COM applications. It features low insertion loss and high linearity operating over the 50 MHz to 1 GHz frequency range. The MASW-011040 includes two high-power ports capable of handling up to 200 Watts CW. Learn more.

Happy Holidays from everyone at Richardson RFPD / Arrow RF & Power!


December 18, 2014

New L-Band 90W GaN Module for Avionics Applications from MACOM
The MAMG-000912-090PSM is offered in a compact (14x24 mm2) “True SMT” package and is optimized for pulsed avionics applications in the 960–1215 MHz band. Additional features include:

  • GaN on SiC D-Mode Transistor Technology
  • Typical Bias: 50V, Class AB
  • Pulse width up to 600 μs
  • MTTF = 600 years (TJ < 200°C)
  • Evaluation board available

December 15, 2014

In the News: Modelithics Releases Latest TriQuint GaN RF Simulation Model Library
The TriQuint GaN library, v1.5.0, now contains precision models for 29 of TriQuint’s most popular GaN transistors, including the T1G2028536-FL, T1G4012036-FS and T2G4005528-FS package format transistors and the TGF2023-2-01, TGF2023-2-10 and TGF2954 die format transistors. Read more.


December 11, 2014

RF GaN on SiC HEMTs with Package Options from TriQuint
The T1G4004532 (45W P3dB @ 3.3 GHz, offered in flanged and flangeless packages) and the T1G4020036 (240W P3dB @ at 2.9 GHz, offered in 4-lead flanged or an earless Gemini package) are ideally suited for military and civilian radar, professional and military radio communications, test instrumentation, wideband and narrowband amplifier, and jammer applications.


December 8, 2014

NEW! Freescale’s RF Power GaN Transistor Delivers Breakthrough Wideband & Thermal Performance
The MMRF5014H is a 125W continuous wave GaN on SiC transistor that offers leading drain efficiency and operational bandwidth, making it ideal for wideband amplifiers in scientific equipment, as well as in military applications including communications, electronic warfare/jammers and radar systems. Learn more.


December 4, 2014

New! 700 MHz–6 GHz Ultra-Low Noise Amplifier from MACOM
The MAAL-011078 is a high dynamic range, single-stage MMIC LNA, housed in a lead-free 2 mm 8-lead PDFN plastic package. It features an integrated active bias circuit, allowing direct connection to 3V or 5V bias and minimizing variations over temperature and process. The bias current is set by an external resistor, so the user can customize the power consumption to fit the application. VBIAS can be utilized as an enable pin to power the device up and down during operation. Learn more.


December 1, 2014

Webinar: Improve Overall System Performance with New TriQuint GaN Products
Did you catch this webinar earlier this year? It’s not too late! Click here for the playback.


November 26, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving Holiday to all our American friends


November 24, 2014

New MIMO RF Transceiver from Lime Microsystems
Lime Microsystems has released their first MIMO transceiver, the LMS7002M. It is a fully-integrated, multiband, multi-standard, programmable RF transceiver that combines LNAs, driver amplifiers, mixers, filters, synthesizers, RX gain control, TX power control, and ADCs/DACs into a single 11.5x11.5 mm QFN-packaged product, requiring few external components. It covers 30 to 3800 MHz, with 0 dBm Pout from the driver amp, and 2.5 dB NF at 2 GHz at the RX input. Learn more.


November 21, 2014

New! 16-Bit, 310 MSPS, 3.3V/1.8V Dual ADC from ADI
The dual cores of the AD9652 feature a multistage, pipelined architecture with integrated output error correction logic. A high performance on-chip buffer and internal voltage reference simplify the interface to external driving circuitry, while preserving performance of the ADC. Learn more.


November 21, 2014

Spotlight on MACOM’s GaN in Rugged Plastic


November 13, 2014

In the News: 4 New ARINC Standards You Must Know if You're in the Avionics Industry
The Airlines Electronic Engineering Committee's (AEEC) 2014 midterm session hosted by Eurocontrol in Brussels produced the adoption of four new ARINC standards and an update for an existing one. The newly adopted standards include new guidelines for the development of avionics systems and components. Read more.


November 10, 2014

New! 0.03-3.0 GHz 100W SP3T Reflective Switch from MACOM
The MASW-011030 features low insertion loss and excellent linearity with low DC consumption. It is assembled in a convenient 7 mm HQFN 16-lead plastic package and is ideally suited for use in land mobile radio and MIL-COM applications that require high CW and pulsed power operation. Learn more.


November 6, 2014

2-Stage GaN Plastic Power Module Optimized for Pulsed Radar Applications from MACOM
Ideal for pulsed avionics applications in the 960 to 1215 MHz band, the MAMG-000912-090PSM is a 2-stage, fully matched GaN surface mount power module that scales to peak pulse power levels of 100 W in a 14 x 24 mm package size. Learn more.


November 3, 2014

100W Peak Power, 20W Average Power, 32V, DC-3.5 GHz, GaN RF Power Transistors from TriQuint for Commercial & Defense Applications
The TGF2819-FL & TGF2819-FS wideband transistors feature linear gain >14 dB at 3.3 GHz and maximum PAE >58% at 3.3 GHz. They are ideally suited for radar, radio communications, electronic warfare and avionics applications.


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