Tuesday, April 23, 2024

High-Power RF SP4T Ideal Switch

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The product offers ultra-low insertion loss and high linearity in the industry, significantly outperforming conventional solid-state switches

The high-power single-pole/four-throw (SP4T) DC-to-18 GHz switch, MM5120 by Menlo Micro provides the industry’s highest performance, reliability and integration for RF switching applications.

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Based on Menlo Micro’s Ideal Switch technology, the product offers ultra-low insertion loss, 25W power handling and the highest linearity in the industry, significantly outperforming conventional solid-state switches and electromechanical relays (EMRs).

The MM5120 features a custom-designed built-in high-voltage charge pump, integrated into a miniature 5.2mm x 4.2mm LGA package, eliminating the need for external components and simplifying customer layouts.

The MM5120 switch eliminates the compromises developers face when deciding between electromechanical relays or solid-state switches for RF designs. . The highest power density SP4T switch on the market, the MM5120 can handle RF power levels of up to 25W continuous and 150W pulsed with typical insertion losses < 0.6dB at 12GHz.

The MM5120 includes flexible SPI bus and GPIO digital interfaces, allowing easy control from any host processor or test system. The switch’s highly integrated design reduces cost and complexity and simplifies the development of numerous RF systems, including RF filters and front ends, device interface boards for semiconductor tests, and beamforming antennas used in advanced radio architectures and radar systems. The high-channel density and low losses also make the MM5120 ideal for ultra-compact switch matrices for RF and microwave test and measurement applications.

The MM5120 also features best-in-class IP3 linearity greater than 95 dBm, enabling significant reductions in distortion which is critical for applications such as beam-steering antennas used in 5G network infrastructure.

“Following on the successful releases of both the MM5130 and MM5600 products, the MM5120 will now deliver even higher levels of integration, enabling developers to drastically reduce system size, weight, power and cost. These metrics are driving the requirements of today’s most demanding wireless communications, defence and avionics, and test and measurement applications,” said Chris Giovanniello, co-founder and SVP marketing, Menlo Micro.


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