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GaN-based Energy Toolkit Enables Faster and Easier Solid-state RF System Development

08 June 2017

MACOM Technology Solutions Inc. has launched a development kit to accelerate product designs incorporating gallium nitride (GaN)-based radio frequency (RF) energy sources.

The kit could be used to create a wide range of applications, including cooking, lighting, industrial heating/drying, medical/pharmaceutical, automotive ignition systems and more.

The RF Energy Toolkit allows designers to fine tune RF energy output levels to maximize efficiency and performance. The kit combines MACOM’s GaN-on-silicon (Si) power transistors with software and signal control capabilities in order to produce faster time-to-market and design.

MACOM claims the GaN-on-Si power transistors inside the toolkit deliver up to 10 percent greater power efficiency compared to laterally diffused metal-oxide-semiconductor (LDMOS)-based transistors. The toolkit supports coherent channel operation allowing multiple RF energy channels to be combined.

The Beta version of the RF Energy Toolkit is available now.

To contact the author of this article, email Peter.Brown@ieeeglobalspec.com


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