Microsemi Unveils Six New Wideband, High Performance MMIC Products Covering DC-26 GHz for Defense and Industrial Markets

Company's Wideband Low Noise Amplifier MMICs and Wideband GaAs MMIC Switches are ideal for Test and Measurement, Electronic Warfare and Radar Applications

ALISO VIEJO, Calif., Dec. 8, 2016 -- Microsemi Corporation (Nasdaq: MSCC), a leading provider of semiconductor solutions differentiated by power, security, reliability and performance, today announced six new monolithic microwave integrated circuit (MMIC) products, including four wideband low noise MMIC amplifiers (MMA040AA , MMA041AA, MMA043AA and MMA044AA) and two wideband gallium arsenide (GaAs) MMIC switches (MMS006AA and MMS008AA). The new MMIC products are ideally suited for test and measurement, electronic warfare and radar applications.

"Our new high linearity MMIC amplifiers and switches represent Microsemi's significant investment in expanding our Forever MMIC product portfolio as we continue addressing customers' highly specific and complex MMIC requirements with affordable, low-risk solutions that can also reduce end-equipment bill of materials costs and represent long-term value to the customer," said Kevin Harrington, director of strategic marketing for Microsemi's RF/Microwave Discrete Products business unit. "The Forever MMICs are another example of Microsemi's steadfast commitment to providing a continuous supply of product for the support of long-term defense, industrial and commercial programs."

Microsemi's new devices are ideal for a number of applications primarily within the defense and industrial markets, including receiver front end amplifiers for electronic warfare (EW) and signal intelligence (SIGINT); and wideband bench top and portable measurement equipment up to 26 GHz. Compared with existing market solutions, Microsemi's new wideband low noise MMIC amplifiers deliver excellent performance with flat gain over a wide frequency range, and significantly better output third-order intercept point (OIP3) performance. Similarly, the new GaAs MMIC switches provide broad frequency coverage combined with superior insertion loss, isolation and input third-order intercept point (IIP3) performance. Global market research and consulting company Strategy Analytics estimates that GaAs MMICs sold into the EW, radar and microwave communications markets will reach $500 million by 2019.

The MMA040AA, a DC to 28 GHz distributed low noise amplifier, features a low noise figure of 2.5 decibel (dB), flat gain of 16 dB and provides 27 decibel-milliwatts (dBm) of OIP3 linearity. The MMA041AA, a DC to 26 GHz distributed low noise amplifier, features 3.2 dB noise figure, 18 dB gain and 35 dBm of OIP3 linearity. The MMA043AA, a 0.5 to 12 GHz low noise amplifier, offers a 1.4 dB noise figure, 16.5 dB of gain and 29 dBm of OIP3 linearity. The MMA044AA low noise amplifier operates across the 6 to 18 GHz band and provides a low noise figure of 1.7 dB, in combination with 21 dB of gain and 30 dBm of OIP3 linearity.

The MMS006AA, a DC to 20 GHz single pole double throw (SPDT), non-reflective MMIC switch, features high isolation of 45 dB and low insertion loss of 1.5 dB at 15 GHz. The MMS008AA is a DC to 8 GHz single pole four throw (SP4T), non-reflective MMIC switch that offers over 45 dB of isolation and less than 1.7 dB insertion loss. Both devices handle up to 30 dBm of input power and offer high input third-order intercept performance of 42 dBm and 46 dBm respectively. All six MMIC devices feature radio frequency (RF) ports that are internally matched to 50 Ohms and are available in bare die, which facilitates easy integration into multi-chip modules (MCMs).

Key features of Microsemi's new wideband low noise MMIC amplifiers include:

Parameter                      MMA040AA                                MMA041AA                              MMA043AA                               MMA044AA

Operating Frequency            DC-28 GHz                            DC-26 GHz                             0.5-12 GHz                                 6-18 GHz  

 Noise Figure                           2.5 dB                                      3.2 dB                                   1.4 dB                                         1.7 dB     

 Gain                                        16 dB                                        18 dB                                  16.5 dB                                         21 dB

 Output IP3                               26.5 dBm                                 35 dBm                                29 dBm                                        30 dBm

 Supply                                     8V/60 mA                                7V/150 mA                          5V/55 mA                                    4V/105 mA

 Input/Output Impedance           50 Ohms                                  50 Ohms                           50 Ohms                                       50 Ohms

 Die Size                            3mm x 1.3mm x 0.1mm           3mm x 1.3mm x 0.1mm        2.2mm x 1.3mm x 0.1mm       1.12mm x 1.3mm x 0.1mm

Key features of Microsemi's new wideband GaAs MMIC switches include:

Parameter                                 MMS006AA                                             MMS008AA

Operating Frequency           DC-20 GHz SPDT                                      DC-8 GHz SP4T                  

Insertion Loss                     1.5 dB @ 15 GHz                                               <1.7 dB

Isolation                                45 dB @ 15 GHz                                               >40 dB

Input IP3                                       42 dBm                                                        46 dBm

Return Loss                                   15 dB                                                           15 dB

Maximum Input Power                   30 dBm                                                        30 dBm

Input/Output Impedance                50 Ohms                                                       50 Ohms

Control Logic                                     0/-5V                                                            0/-5V

Die Size                            1.3mm x 0.85mm x 0.1mm                                   1.1mm x 1.2mm x 0.1mm

As a leader in MMIC products, Microsemi continues to expand its portfolio, which spans the DC to 65 GHz frequency range and targets a broad range of applications including those in electronic warfare, radars, test and measurement instrumentation, and microwave communications. The portfolio is based on high performance process technologies and comprises high power and low noise broadband amplifiers, amplifier modules, prescalers, attenuators and switches. Microsemi now offers 24 distributed amplifier products. Microsemi's prescalers combine higher frequency operation, the flexibility to divide by a large number of ratios and excellent residual phase noise.

Product Availability

Microsemi's six new products, including its wideband low noise MMIC amplifiers (MMA040AA, MMA041AA, MMA043AA and MMA044AA) and wideband GaAs MMIC switches (MMS006AA and MMS008AA), are available now. For more information, visit http://www.microsemi.com/products/mmic/mmic or contact sales.support@microsemi.com.

About Microsemi's RF/Microwave Product Portfolio

Microsemi offers an industry-leading portfolio of RF and microwave solutions for aerospace and defense, communications and industrial applications. Microsemi's portfolio includes Forever MMICs, PIN diodes, varactor diodes, RF Schottky diodes, Ultra Low Power Radios, Wi-Fi Front End Modules, RF GaN Transistors, RF ISM VDMOS Transistors and other. For more information about Microsemi's RF/Microwave Product Portfolio visit http://www.microsemi.com/product-directory/973-rf-microwave-a-millimeter-wave.

About Microsemi

Microsemi Corporation (Nasdaq: MSCC) offers a comprehensive portfolio of semiconductor and system solutions for aerospace & defense, communications, data center and industrial markets. Products include high-performance and radiation-hardened analog mixed-signal integrated circuits, FPGAs, SoCs and ASICs; power management products; timing and synchronization devices and precise time solutions, setting the world's standard for time; voice processing devices; RF solutions; discrete components; enterprise storage and communication solutions, security technologies and scalable anti-tamper products; Ethernet solutions; Power-over-Ethernet ICs and midspans; as well as custom design capabilities and services. Microsemi is headquartered in Aliso Viejo, California, and has approximately 4,800 employees globally. Learn more at www.microsemi.com.

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