The CMD173 is an all-positive bias design, thus eliminating complicated and costly sequencing circuits while also simplifying board layout. In addition, the use of on-chip tracking circuits delivers consistent performance over temperature and process variation. The amplifier is a 50 Ohm matched design that offers full passivation for increased reliability and moisture protection. The device does require off-chip bias networks, which is typical of this amplifier topology.
The CMD173 is suitable for microwave radio and VSAT, telecom infrastructure, test instrumentation, and military and space applications.