Broadband amplifier chips supply gain to 2.6-GHz

June 04, 2013 // By Paul Buckley
NXP Semiconductors has introduced a new family of extreme-broadband amplifiers, applicable for CATV, broadcast TV, satellite systems and general ISM applications - the BGA3012, BGA3015 and BGA3018.

Key performance parameters include high P1dB and OIP3, low noise figures, 5 and 8V supply voltage operation and a superior ESD rating; these amplifiers are suitable for applications that require robustness and combined gain, noise and linearity performance, providing end-users with improved reception quality and higher bandwidth.

Consisting of three gain level types, BGA3012, BGA3015 and BGA3018 with 12 dB, 15 dB and 18 dB gain respectively, the extreme-broadband amplifiers outperform comparable GaAs devices in noise figure performance by 5dB and input power rating by more than 20 dB, NXP asserts. Based on NXP’s industry-leading QUBiC4 (BiCMOS) technology, the high integration and reduced footprint of this extreme-broadband amplifier family saves on BOM costs, improves reliability and offers significant savings in manufacturing expenditure. With an ESD rating of 2 kV compared with competitor solutions, the amplifiers are easy to adopt in current and future designs.

Complementing NXP’s existing portfolio of CATV infrastructure products, the new extreme-broadband amplifier family is suited for a variety of broadband TV distribution system applications, such as FTTH (fiber to the home), home gateways and set-top boxes. Extending performance across a very wide frequency range – from 5 MHz up to 2.6 GHz – the devices’ improved low end frequency performance makes them suitable as both forward and return path amplifiers, removing the need for customers to purchase multiple solutions.
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