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.