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Wideband GaAs MMIC Distributed Amp Die offers positive bias.

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Press Release Summary:

November 30, 2012 - Intended for applications from DC to 20 GHz, CMD173 wideband GaAs MMIC (monolithic microwave integrated circuit) distributed amplifier die delivers greater than 15 dB gain with corresponding output 1 dB compression point of +18 dBm and noise figure of 1.5 dB at 8 GHz. All-positive bias design eliminates sequencing circuits while reducing complexity of board layout. Also, on-chip tracking circuits promote consistent performance over temperature and process variation.

Custom MMIC

1 Park Drive, Unit 12, Westford, MA, 01886, USA

Original Press Release

20 GHz Distributed Amp Offers Positive Bias

Press release date: November 15, 2012

Westford, MA – Custom MMIC, (, a developer of performance-driven monolithic microwave integrated circuits (MMICs), is offering a new device from their growing MMIC library of standard products. The CMD173 is a wideband GaAs MMIC distributed amplifier die for applications from DC to 20 GHz. This device delivers greater than 15 dB of gain with a corresponding output 1 dB compression point of +18 dBm, and a noise figure of 1.5 dB at 8 GHz.

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 CMD173 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.

To download the full datasheet on the CMD173, visit:

About Custom MMIC
Custom MMIC represents a new way of thinking about MMICs. Driven by customer challenges, the company offers both hands-on design through testing services, and a growing library of system-ready designs. They are experienced in GaAs, GaN, SiC, InP, and InGaP HBT and have established relationships with the leading foundries in these technologies. They specialize in RF through millimeter-wave circuits for satellite communications, radar systems, cellular infrastructure, consumer electronics, VSAT, and point-to-point radio systems. For more information, visit

Company Contact: David Folding
Custom MMIC

Agency Contact: Molly Heyward
Strand Marketing

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