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Surface Mount Power Module targets avionics applications.

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Surface Mount Power Module targets avionics applications.

Jul 15, 2014 - Optimized for pulsed avionics applications in 960–1215 MHz band, Model MAMG-001214-090PSM scales to peak pulse power levels of 100 W in 14 x 24 mm package. Under pulsed conditions, module delivers output power greater than 90 W, with 30 dB associated power gain, and 60% typical power added efficiency. Fully matched, 2-stage GaN module supports 50 V operation and up to 3 ms pulse width/duration. Device features LGA pattern for optimized thermal flow and True SMT assembly.

M/A-COM Technology Solutions, Inc. - Lowell, MA

Original Press Release

MACOM Expands GaN Portfolio with 90 W Avionics Power Module

Press release date: Jul 09, 2014

Fully-matched, 2-stage GaN module provides Surface Mount Solution for Avionic Applications

Lowell, Mass. — M/A-COM Technology Solutions Inc. (“MACOM”), a leading supplier of high performance RF, microwave, and millimeter wave products announced the newest entry in its portfolio of GaN in Plastic power module products. Optimized for pulsed Avionics applications in the 960 to 1215 MHz band, MACOM’s new 2-stage, fully matched GaN surface mount power module scales to peak pulse power levels of 100 W in a 14 x 24 mm package size.

MACOM’s new high gain GaN in Plastic power modules support surface mount technology (SMT) assembly, providing significant cost and process advantages compared to ceramic-packaged flange-mount components. Delivering clear benefits in size, weight and power (SWaP) while enabling high volume manufacturing efficiency, MACOM’s new GaN power modules feature a Land Grid Array (LGA) pattern for enhanced thermal flow and “True SMT” assembly and do not require copper coining or complicated thermal management techniques on the system PC board.

Under pulsed conditions, these modules deliver output power greater than 90W, with 30 dB a typical associated power gain and 60% typical power added efficiency. Supporting 50V operation and up to 3 ms pulse width/duration for improved signal flexibility, MACOM’s GaN in Plastic power modules reduce overall power consumption and cooling requirements compared to existing options.

“The 90 W Avionics module is the latest GaN Module in MACOM’s growing family of fully matched SMT power products,” said Paul Beasly, Product Manager, MACOM. “The ease of application, system benefits and surface-mount automated assembly are of great benefit to the customer, and critically, also improve the time to market for rapidly evolving requirements in aviation and radar applications.”

The table below outlines typical performance:

Test condition for the below table: 3ms pulses, 10% duty cycle PIN= 19dBm
Parameter Units MAMG-001214-090PSM
Frequency MHz 960-1215
Output Power dBm >90
Efficiency % 60
Pulse Droop dB 0.2
Power Gain dB 30
2nd Harmonic dBc -30
3rd Harmonic dBc -40
Load Mismatch Stability - 5:1
Load Mismatch Tolerance - 6:1
Package Size mm 14 x 24

MACOM’s new GaN in Plastic 90W power modules are sampling to customers today. For datasheets and additional product information, visit

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