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Mimix Broadband Introduces Single Chip GaAs MMIC Up-converter That Enables Lower Cost and Smaller Size Designs

Mon, 06/11/2001 - 4:49am

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Mimix Broadband announced today the introduction of a totally integrated gallium arsenide (GaAs) monolithic microwave integrated circuit (MMIC) up-converter on a single chip. This device is a single fundamental mixer followed by a single stage amplifier. Using 0.15 micron gate length GaAs pseudomorphic high electron mobility transistor (pHEMT) device model technology, the up-converter covers the 17 to 27 GHz frequency band. Furthermore, this up-converter has a typical small signal gain of 0 dB with a typical third order intercept point of +12 dBm across the band. This single chip device features low DC power consumption and operates at +3.0 VDC.

This up-converter, identified as XU1000, used in conjunction with Mimix's XP1000 power amplifier and XB1000 gain block amplifier forms a complete millimeter-wave transmitter. Furthermore, the XU1000 enables the development of smaller size and lower cost designs and is well suited for wireless communications applications such as millimeter-wave point-to-point radio, local multipoint distribution services (LMDS), SATCOM and VSAT applications.

Mimix performs 100% on-wafer RF, DC and output power testing on the XU1000, as well as 100% visual inspection to MIL-STD-883 method 2010. The chip also has surface passivation to protect and provide a rugged part with backside via holes and gold metallization to allow either a conductive epoxy or eutectic solder die attach process.

Engineering samples are available today from stock and production quantities are available within 8 to 12 weeks after order processing. Technical support is also available from Mimix's applications engineers at 281.526.0536. Additionally, please visit Mimix's website (www.mimixbroadband.com) for the XU1000 datasheet and additional product information.

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