Power amplifiers for 13 and 15 GHz point-to-point applications

February 27, 2013 // By Jean-Pierre Joosting
M/A-COM Technology Solutions has announced two power amplifiers for point-to-point (PtP) radios for cellular backhaul applications.

The MAAP-010516 and MAAP-010517 are designed for customers who need a convenient and high power amplifier solution for PtP applications. Packaged in a fully molded 5 x 5 mm plastic QFN, the amplifiers include on-chip ESD protection structures with DC by-pass capacitors, allowing customers easy implementation and volume assembly of the packaged parts.

The amplifiers boast excellent performance over the 12.75 to 13.25 GHz (MAAP-010516) and 14.5 to 15.35 GHz (MAAP-010517) frequency range, providing customers a higher performing, more efficient, and more cost effective solution than competing parts.

The MAAP-010516 and MAAP-010517 provide a small signal gain of 23 dB and 24 dB respectively, with a third order intercept point (OIP3) of 42 dBm. The devices are comprised of a three stage power amplifier with an integrated, temperature compensated on-chip power detector, which omits the customer’s need for a complex and costly discrete or printed detector.