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Broadband Millimeter Wave Mixer

Fri, 09/28/2001 - 9:40am
Alpha Industries introduces the AM028S1-A2, a broadband mmWave mixer that utilizes Alpha's patent-pending Alpha-2™ package technology. The AM028S1-A2's 26 GHz - 33 GHz frequency range, low conversion loss, wide IF bandwidth, and surface mount package make the mixer well suited for high volume broadband mmWave applications such as LMDS, digital radio, VSAT, and sensors.

Incorporating the Alpha-2 package technology into the AM028S1-A2 gives the mixer advantages compared to bare die alternatives. The rugged surface mount design eliminates the need for expensive microelectronic assembly, eases handling and makes the AM028S1-A2 more reliable. It offers repeatable performance with solder attachment, eliminating the need for tuning. The single-package design also reduces parts count.

Because the AM028S1-A2 is a fundamental-LO mixer, it has improved linearity compared to sub-harmonic mixers. The AM028S1-A2 has conversion loss of 6 dB and wide IF bandwidth up to 6 GHz. The performance of the AM028S1-A2 makes it well suited for use as the frequency translation function in a receiver when low conversion loss and high dynamic range are necessary.

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