New RF/Microwave Switches Operate at High Power with Ultra-low RF Losses

Press Release Summary:

  • MM5130 SP4T switch designed to handle power levels up to 25W
  • MM5120 incorporates an integrated driver to facilitate switch control
  • MM51xx series ideal for low-loss switched filter banks, tunable filters, step attenuators and beam steering antennas

Original Press Release:

Menlo Micro Unveils Ideal Switches that Perform Beyond 20GHz, Setting New Standard for RF Switch Performance

New MM5120 and MM5130 Bring Major Improvements to Insertion Loss, Power Handling and Linearity

Boston, June 03, 2019 (Globe Newswire) -- Today marks another major milestone in the history of Menlo Micro with the introduction of their latest series of RF/microwave switches. This week at IMS, the company responsible for re-inventing the electronic switch with its Ideal Switch technology announced that it is sampling their MM51xx series of products. These new products, which operate at high power with ultra-low RF losses, and in a miniaturized surface-mount package, bring unprecedented performance improvements as compared to electromechanical and solid-state RF switches.

The MM5130 SP4T switch is designed to handle power levels up to 25W and demonstrates less than 0.6dB of loss at 12GHz, with 3dB performance beyond 20GHz. The MM5120 incorporates an integrated driver to facilitate switch control. This type of RF performance is usually reserved for large RF mechanical relays, which are 50x larger, 1000x slower and 1000x less reliable than products manufactured with Menlo Micro’s Ideal Switch technology. In addition, the MM51xx series features extreme linearity and harmonic performance, in many cases +30dB to +40dB better than solid-state, all with high power handling capability and stable performance over much broader bandwidths, down to DC.

These attributes make the MM51xx series very attractive solutions for low-loss switched filter banks, tunable filters, step attenuators, and even beam steering antennas for a variety of radio architectures in both commercial and military communications networks. The high-channel density and low losses make them ideal for ultra-compact switch matrices for test and measurement applications.

Menlo Micro’s partnership with Corning Incorporated, leaders in Through Glass Via (TGV) packaging technology, has enabled a truly unique package design for RF switches. Menlo Micro’s metal-to-metal contact switch, constructed on a fully-isolating glass substrate and shrunk down to the form factor of a solid-state device, reduces parasitics and increases RF performance.

According to Chris Giovanniello, SVP of worldwide marketing for Menlo Micro, “This most recent series of RF/microwave designs is the beginning of what we will be able to do with our Ideal Switch technology platform. In the case of the MM5130, we are bringing an enormous performance improvement in a very small (<7mm2) package, but our roadmap will continue to increase the density and RF performance in the years to come. Our biggest opportunity is in helping companies reduce the size, weight and power dissipation in a wide variety of RF front-end architectures. We are excited to see what RF systems designers will be able to accomplish when they get their hands on the technology.”

This week at IMS in Boston – in collaboration with industry partners – Menlo Micro's RF Applications Team will demonstrate the MM51xx series of products and a few of the many applications for these high-performance switches, including very low-loss switched filter banks ideal for 5G infrastructure, military and commercial applications. Menlo Micro can be found in booth #191 on the show floor.

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About Corning’s Through Glass​ Via Packaging Technology

In addition to a significant size reduction, Corning’s TGV brings major performance benefits to Menlo Micro’s Ideal Switch products. By eliminating wire bonds and replacing them with short, well-controlled metallized vias, package parasitics are reduced by more than 75 percent. This allows support for increasingly higher frequencies, which are becoming more and more important in advanced wireless communications systems, test instrumentation, and numerous aerospace and defense applications. Additionally, the unique properties of glass versus legacy substrate materials like silicon enable lower RF losses and higher linearity, which translates into lower power consumption and higher overall efficiency.

About Menlo Micro

Headquartered in Irvine, California, Menlo Micro is reimagining one of the most fundamental building blocks of electronic systems – the electronic switch. The company’s Ideal Switch platform is a game changer for those who design electronic systems, serving multiple industries including next generation 5G mobile networks, industrial IoT markets, battery management, home automation, electronic vehicles and medical instrumentation. Menlo Micro is backed by GE Ventures, with investments from Corning Incorporated, Microsemi Corporation, and Paladin Capital Group. For more information, visit or follow the company on LinkedIn and Twitter.

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