RF Energy Toolkit to accelerate time-to-market

June 08, 2017 //By Jean-Pierre Joosting
MACOM Technology Solutions have unveiled a development kit targeted to help commercial OEMs quickly and easily adapt their product designs to incorporate GaN-based RF energy sources for a wide range of applications spanning cooking, lighting, industrial heating/drying, medical/pharmaceutical, automotive ignition systems and beyond.

Leveraging solid-state RF energy as a highly efficient and precise energy source, commercial OEMs are poised to achieve new levels of performance and affordability for future product generations.

The RF Energy Toolkit, Beta version currently available, helps system designers simplify and accelerate their product development cycles by making it easy for them to fine tune RF energy output levels to maximize efficiency and performance. Combining the benefits of MACOM’s GaN on Si power transistors with intuitive, flexible software and signal control capabilities, the RF Energy Toolkit takes the guesswork out of the RF power source design and enables faster time to market.

The MACOM GaN on Si power transistors supplied with the RF Energy Toolkit deliver up to 10% greater power efficiency than comparably priced LDMOS-based transistors –  this is a major benefit for continuous wave RF energy applications, where every incremental gain in power efficiency translates to less power consumption and lower operating costs over sustained usage. System designers can select from a range of MACOM power transistors to meet power level requirements spanning from 30 W to 1000 W, and the Toolkit supports coherent channel operation allowing multiple RF energy channels to be easily combined, for example 3 x 300-W or 2 x 500-W etc. Supported frequency bands range from 915 MHz to 2.45 GHz.

“Commercial OEMs are eager to seize the massive market opportunity for higher-performing RF energy-based systems enabled by GaN on Si, but they don’t want to invest the resources to architect the RF power elements themselves,” said Mark Murphy, Senior Director, RF Power at MACOM. “The RF Energy Toolkit lifts this design burden from the OEMs, and will help them get to market faster with their RF energy-based systems by providing an affordable, easy to use platform that streamlines system design and lowers development costs.”