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X-Band 15 W High Power Amplifier suits radar applications.

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X-Band 15 W High Power Amplifier suits radar applications.

Jul 30, 2014 - Suited for X-band pulsed applications, MAAP-015036 features saturated pulsed output power of 42 dBm, signal gain of 17 dB, and typical 43% power added efficiency. This 2-stage, 8.5–10.5 GHz, GaAs MMIC power amplifier can be biased using direct gate voltage or on-chip gate bias circuit. Dual-sided bias architecture promotes flexible assembly and board design. Specific applications include marine, weather, and surface-movement radar as well as perimeter security and communication links.

Macom Technology Solutions - Lowell, MA

Original Press Release

MACOM Launches New 15 W X-Band High Power Amplifier for Radar Applications

Press release date: Jul 23, 2014

GaAs MMIC Amplifier Boasts up to 42 dBm of Peak Power and 43 % Power Added Efficiency

Lowell, Mass. – M/A-COM Technology Solutions Inc. (“MACOM”), a leading supplier of high performance RF, microwave, and millimeter wave products, today announced a new high power MMIC amplifier ideal for X-Band communication and radar applications.

The MAAP-015036, a two stage 8.5 – 10.5 GHz GaAs MMIC power amplifier, has a saturated pulsed output power of 42 dBm, a large signal gain of 17 dB and a typical 43 % power added efficiency. The power amplifier can be biased using a direct gate voltage or using an on-chip gate bias circuit. Furthermore, the device offers dual sided bias architecture for optimum flexibility in assembly and board design.

“The MAAP-015036 is our highest power amplifier in our family of new, high efficiency GaAs MMIC X-Band power amplifiers,” said Paul Beasly, Product Manager. “The combination of high power, high gain and excellent power added efficiency performance, along with versatile biasing options makes the device ideal for a wide range of X-band pulsed applications such as marine, weather and surface-movement radar, as well as perimeter security and communication links”.

The table below outlines typical performance:
Parameters Units MAAP-015036
Frequency GHz 8.5-10.5
Saturated Output Power dBm 42
PAE % 43
Small Signal Gain dB 17
Bias Voltage V 8.0

Samples of the MAAP-015036 are available from stock. Final datasheets and additional product information can be obtained from the MACOM website at:

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