Freescale Semiconductor (NYSE: FSL) today announced new two-stage, low-noise amplifiers (LNAs) that address two gain stages in one device and deliver coverage across multiple bands to simplify wireless base station designs. With an increasing amount of LTE-capable devices and the fragmentation of band configurations in today’s networks, solutions that support a variety of bands and protocols are required to enable devices that address consumer networking demands. Freescale addresses these needs with its new, two-stage LNAs, which eliminate the need for an additional gain stage while keeping an optimal mix of low noise and high gain. Freescale’s MML09212H and MML20242H two-stage LNAs feature noise figures of 0.52 and 0.57 dB and exhibit 37.5 dB gain for low band frequencies and 34 dB gain for high band frequencies, respectively. Providing coverage across multiple bands and protocols, including LTE and WCDMA, the LNAs allow wireless base station OEMs to reach gain capabilities typically achievable with two separate devices and receive coverage across a spectrum of wireless network and band configurations. “Integrating multiple solutions that can be used across a variety of interfaces is a challenging process for wireless base station providers,” said Ritu Favre, vice president and general manager of Freescale’s RF Division. “Our new LNAs offer a single compact solution, eliminating the need for a supplementary amplifier, supporting popular interfaces such as LTE and WCDMA and helping designers reduce development time and more efficiently prepare next-generation networks to support the influx of LTE users.” The new two-stage LNAs offer a high overall third-order output intercept point (OIP3), enabling lower distortion and increased stability through temperature changes. Housed in a tiny 3 mm package, the compact solution helps developers reduce their overall chip count and board space. The devices are designed to support the receiver requirements of wireless base stations, from femto to macro cell capacities, and to support a range of air interfaces, including LTE and WCDMA/CDMA.
Pricing and availabilityBoth devices are now available in volume quantities. Evaluation kits and other support tools are also available. For sampling and pricing information, please contact a local Freescale sales office or official Freescale distributor. More information is available at www.freescale.com/RFMMIC. Tweet this : @Freescale unveils two-stage LNAs to support multiple air interfaces for wireless base stations in a single system Freescale: a leader in base station applications Freescale provides end-to-end silicon solutions that scale from femtocell to macrocell base station applications, including Airfast RF power solutions, QorIQ Qonverge SoCs and RF GaAs MMICs. Freescale is a world leader in silicon RF LDMOS power transistors used in wireless base stations, and recently announced the Airfast 28 V AFT26HW050GS LDMOS transistor, designed specifically for wide instantaneous bandwidth microcell/metrocell LTE applications. Freescale also holds numerous GaAs-related patents and was one of the first companies to develop devices based on GaAs technology. About Freescale Freescale Semiconductor (NYSE: FSL) is a global leader in embedded processing solutions, providing industry leading products that are advancing the automotive, consumer, industrial and networking markets. From microprocessors and microcontrollers to sensors, analog integrated circuits and connectivity – our technologies are the foundation for the innovations that make our world greener, safer, healthier and more connected. Some of our key applications and end-markets include automotive safety, hybrid and all-electric vehicles, next generation wireless infrastructure, smart energy management, portable medical devices, consumer appliances and smart mobile devices. The company is based in Austin, Texas, and has design, research and development, manufacturing and sales operations around the world. www.freescale.com Freescale and the Freescale logo are trademarks of Freescale Semiconductor, Inc., Reg. U.S. Pat. & Tm. Off. Airfast and QorIQ Qonverge are trademarks of Freescale Semiconductor, Inc. All other product or service names are the property of their respective owners. © 2012 Freescale Semiconductor, Inc.