News | September 9, 2015

Guerrilla RF's High Linearity Gain Blocks Feature Broadband Compressed Output Power

By Ed Biller, Editorial Director

  • Next-generation Gain Blocks Ideal as Cost-effective, Broadband
  • Pre-Drivers for Today’s Advanced GaN-based Power Amplifiers

Las Vegas – Guerrilla RF Inc., a leading provider of high performance MMICs, today introduces a new addition to the company’s family of high linearity gain blocks featuring a unique combination of simple-application schematic, flat gain and high compressed output power which operate from near DC up to 4 GHz.  The GRF2012 and GRF2013 are ideal as cost-effective pre-drivers for today’s state-of-the-art broadband GaN high power amplifiers as well as a multitude of general purpose, high-performance gain block applications.  Their flat gain and flexible biasing allow for high levels of re-use both within a single design and across platforms.

    “Guerrilla RF is proud to offer these new gain blocks which address a critical industry need for cost-effective, broadband pre-drivers for GaN PAs.  With flexible biasing and Vdd capability up to 8 volts, these amplifiers provide consistent, broadband, compressed output power that GaN designers have been searching for,” said Alan Ake, vice president of applications and technical marketing at Guerrilla RF.  “These versatile devices provide high levels of performance covering a wide frequency range, all with internal matching.  This results in a low-part count which ultimately yields compact, low-cost solutions for design engineers.”

According to Research and Markets, the overall wireless network infrastructure market will witness tremendous growth over the coming years.  At a compound annual growth rate of over 5 percent, the market will account for over $104 billion in annual spending by the end of 2020.

About Guerrilla RF’s New Gain Blocks

  • A typical GaN pre-driver application of the GRF2012 and the GRF2013 (announced in May) deliver a compressed output power greater than +25 dBm using 8 volts Vdd over a wide frequency range of 200 to 2600 MHz.  This bandwidth matches up well with the broadband performance capability of some of today’s newer GaN PAs.  Their flexible biasing capability allows Vdd over a range from 2.7 to 8.0 volts and the device Iddq can be set independently from the Vdd thus allowing for optimal power consumption and efficiency.
  • Guerrilla RF also offers SOT-89 variants of the GRF2012 and GRF2013 as the GRF3012 and GRF3013 respectively.  These SOT-89 variants offer similar broadband compressed output power capability as compared to the GRF2012/2013 devices and can also be used as drop-in replacements for industry standard SOT-89 gain blocks while offering superior performance.
  • All four devices in this family are sampling now.  

About Guerrilla RF

Guerrilla RF provides high performance monolithic microwave integrated circuits (MMICs) to wireless infrastructure original equipment manufacturers in multiple market segments, including enterprise/carrier-class WiFi access points, small cells, wireless backhaul and cellular repeaters.  Headquartered in Greensboro, N.C., the company was founded in April 2013 by Ryan Pratt.  To date it has raised $3.5 million in funding and introduced over 30 products.  All trademarks are the property of their respective owners.  

SOURCE: Guerrilla RF