SMT mmWave switch for 5G wireless demonstration systems

February 27, 2017 //By Jean-Pierre Joosting
MACOM Technology Solutions Inc., has announced the latest entry in its portfolio of components and integrated modules for 5G wireless infrastructure.

Ideally suited for 28 GHz, 37 GHz and 39 GHz frequency bands, the SMT packaged MASW-011098 millimeterwave (mmW) switch is designed to meet the demanding bandwidth and link margin requirements of next-generation 5G demonstration systems.
 
Leveraging decades of expertise in active antennas and MMICs, MACOM is utilizing its experience in beamforming radar design and applying it to 5G applications.  The company's product portfolio supports both sub-6 GHz wireless infrastructure utilizing massive MIMO (Massive In Massive Out) architectures, and high-frequency mmW technologies supporting a multitude of power and integration requirements. This legacy of innovation in phased array technology is a valuable asset for customers developing advanced antennae arrays supporting 5G beamforming capabilities.
 
The MASW-011098 leverages the compan's patented AlGaAs technology process to ensure superior mmW switch performance, maintaining low insertion loss and high isolation while enabling higher power-per-element ratios for 5G demonstration systems. Low insertion loss reduces the power requirement from the power amplifier (PA), alleviating thermal challenges and extending the link range while simultaneously enabling improved receiver sensitivity. The MASW-011098 also provides flexible biasing options to ensure greater overall ease of use.