News | June 20, 2012

Custom MMIC Unveils Three New LNA MMICs At IMS 2012


Westford, MA – June 18, 2012 – In IMS booth #3210, Custom MMIC (, a developer of performance driven monolithic microwave integrated circuits (MMICs), is introducing three new devices from its growing MMIC IP/design library. CMD162 is a GaAs MMIC low-noise amplifier (LNA) chip for applications from 26 to 34 GHz. Optimized for 30 GHz satellite communications, the CMD162 boasts a typical noise figure of 1.7 dB with a small-signal gain of 22 dB and an output 1 dB compression point of +7 dB. This amplifier delivers high performance with high efficiency, reducing typical industry DC power dissipation for a device in this frequency band from approximately 340 mW down to 50 mW.

Two other LNAs include the CMD157 (die) and CMD157P3 (packaged) GaAs MMICs for applications from 6 to 18 GHz. These broadband devices each feature a low noise figure of 1.5 dB, deliver greater than 25 dB of flat gain, and have a corresponding output 1 dB compression point of +10 dBm.

Both the CMD157 and the CMD157P3 are 50 Ohm matched designs, thus eliminating the need for external DC blocks and RF port matching. The CMD157 is suitable for chip-and-wire applications, whereas the CMD157P3 is housed in a leadless RoHS compliant 3x3 mm plastic surface mount package. The amplifiers are biased with a single positive voltage of +3.0 V @ 52 mA. RF power can be applied at any time.

For a full datasheet on the these devices, visit:

About Custom MMIC
Custom MMIC represents a new way of thinking about MMICs. Driven by customer challenges, the company offers both hands-on design through testing services, and a growing library of system ready designs. They are experienced in GaAs, GaN, SiC, InP, and InGaP HBT and have established relationships with the leading foundries in these technologies. They specialize in RF through millimeter-wave circuits for satellite communications, radar systems, cellular infrastructure, consumer electronics, VSAT, and point-to-point radio systems. For more information, visit

Source: Custom MMIC