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

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.

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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“Safe Harbor” Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: Any statements set forth in this news release that are not entirely historical and factual in nature, including without limitation statements related to its 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 ), and its potential effects on future business, are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based on our current expectations and are inherently subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements. The potential risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, such factors as rapidly changing technology and product obsolescence, potential cost increases, variations in customer order preferences, weakness or competitive pricing environment of the marketplace, uncertain demand for and acceptance of the company’s products, adverse circumstances in any of our end markets, results of in-process or planned development or marketing and promotional campaigns, difficulties foreseeing future demand, potential non-realization of expected orders or non-realization of backlog, product returns, product liability, and other potential unexpected business and economic conditions or adverse changes in current or expected industry conditions, difficulties and costs in implementing the company’s acquisitions and divestitures strategy or integrating acquired companies, uncertainty as to the future profitability of acquired businesses and realization of accretion from acquisition transactions, difficulties and costs of protecting patents and other proprietary rights, inventory obsolescence and difficulties regarding customer qualification of products. In addition to these factors and any other factors mentioned elsewhere in this news release, the reader should refer as well to the factors, uncertainties or risks identified in the company’s most recent Form 10-K and all subsequent Form 10-Q reports filed by Microsemi with the SEC. Additional risk factors may be identified from time to time in Microsemi’s future filings. The forward-looking statements included in this release speak only as of the date hereof, and Microsemi does not undertake any obligation to update these forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.

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