Endwave Develops Enhanced QFN Packages to 50 GHz


SAN JOSE, CA - Endwave Corporation (NASDAQ: ENWV), a leading provider of high-frequency RF MMICs and integrated transmit/receive modules, has an advantage when housing its high-performance monolithicmicrowave- integrated-circuit (MMIC) products in a surface-mount package. By re-engineering the widely accepted QFN, or Quad Flat No-leads surfacemount- technology (SMT) package, Endwave has more than doubled the usable
frequency range of the housing, increasing its upper-frequency limit to 50 GHz
and higher.

A standard QFN package is a micro-lead-frame-type surface-mount-technology (SMT) housing designed to provide protection for MMICs and other semiconductors while also simplifying their attachment to printed-circuit boards (PCBs). By their design, QFNs
allow solder connections directly to PCB traces, without the complexity of fabricating plated through holes (PTHs) in the circuit board. Standard lower-cost plastic-molded QFN packages operate to about 3 GHz, while conventional higher-performance air-cavity QFNs can be used to about 25 GHz.

Because of the high operating frequencies of their MMIC and multilithic microsystem (MLMS(TM)) passive components, Endwave has re-engineered conventional QFN packages to achieve extended-frequency performance. For example, the lengths of bond wires within the package, used to connect device bond pads to package ports, are minimized wherever possible with the aid of custom laminate sections and a double-reversebonding
technique. This results in reduced parasitic circuit elements and higher frequency operation of plastic QFN packages, with lower insertion loss and minimal phase distortion through 50 GHz.

Endwave characterizes the electrical performance of their enhanced QFN packages by means of calibrated vector network analyzers (VNAs) with millimeter-wave frequency capability. Using specially designed test fixtures to minimize the impact of the test setup on the behavior of the package, the housings are evaluated with and
without attached die to optimize package performance for each of Endwave's MMIC product lines, including its single-function and multifunction MMICs, including frequency upconverters and downconverters, amplifiers, and voltage-controlled oscillators (VCOs).

About Endwave

Endwave Corporation designs, manufactures and markets RF MMICs and modules that enable the transmission, reception and processing of high-frequency signals. Endwave's product line of MMIC circuits offer a wide range of functions and configurations for use in microwave radio applications. As one of the largest suppliers of microwave point-to-point radio subsystems, Endwave is experienced in integrated transmit and receive modules that function in the millimeter wave frequency range. Endwave has 42 issued patents covering its core technologies including semiconductor and proprietary
circuit designs. Corporate headquarters are located in San Jose, CA, with other operations in Salem, NH; and Chiang Mai,
Thailand.

Company Contact:

Steve Layton

Endwave Corporation

steve.layton@endwave.com

408-522-3140

Agency Contact:

Arianne Bedard

Strand Marketing

abedard@strandmarketing.com

978-463-0780

Endwave, Inc.

130 Baytech Drive

San Jose, CA

95134

Phone: 408-522-3100

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