RF Energy Toolkit provides fast path to GaN-on-Si-based systems

October 10, 2017 // By Jean-Pierre Joosting
Enabling commercial OEMs to capitalize on a massive market opportunity for solid-state cooking, lighting, industrial heating/drying, medical/pharmaceutical and automotive ignition systems, MACOM Technology Solutions has made available its RF Energy Toolkits, which provide a flexible and cost-effective development platform that helps accelerate their time to market with high-performance, power efficient solid-state RF systems.

The all-in-one versatility and ease-of-use of MACOM’s RF Energy Toolkit streamlines development cycles and costs for GaN-on-Si-based RF systems, equipping engineers to overcome the limitations of legacy magnetron power sources while achieving significantly higher efficiency than LDMOS-based systems, at comparable cost structures. With the Toolkit, designers are enabled to fine-tune RF energy output for any application requirements, with push-button ease and an intuitive display interface. OEMs designing for more complex RF energy applications can tap MACOM and its partner network for custom applicator and algorithm development, plus expert engineering support.
The RF Energy Toolkits can scale power output up to 300-W leveraging the onboard MACOM GaN-on-Si power transistor, and can be easily paralleled for higher power applications. The toolkits support pulsed and continuous wave operation at the 2.45 GHz frequency band. Future  toolkits will support the 915 MHz frequency band.

“Commercial OEMs have awakened to the massive market opportunity for GaN-on-Si-based solid-state RF systems which essentially remove most of the limitations of magnetron based systems, but they’re new to this technology, and design and development challenges have slowed their time to market – until now,” said Mark Murphy, Senior Director, RF Power, at MACOM. “The RF Energy Toolkit affords them an all-in-one, adaptable ‘Swiss army knife’ solution that removes the engineering barriers that have impeded OEMs’ adoption of RF energy, liberating them to take giant strides forward on the path to mainstream commercialization.”



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