MACOM: RF Energy Toolkit accelerates customers’ time-to-market

MACOM Technology Solutions unveiled a development kit targeted to help commercial OEMs quickly and easily adapt their product designs to incorporate GaN-based RF energy sources for a wide range of applications spanning cooking, lighting, industrial heating/drying, medical/pharmaceutical, automotive ignition systems and beyond. Leveraging solid-state RF energy as a highly efficient and precise energy source, commercial OEMs are poised to achieve new levels of performance and affordability for future product generations. 

MACOM’s new RF Energy Toolkit, Beta version available today, helps system designers simplify and accelerate their product development cycles by making it easy for them to fine tune RF energy output levels to maximize efficiency and performance. Combining the benefits of MACOM’s GaN on Si power transistors with intuitive, flexible software and signal control capabilities, MACOM’s RF Energy Toolkit takes the guesswork out of the RF power source design and enables faster time to market.

The MACOM GaN on Si power transistors supplied with the RF Energy Toolkit deliver up to 10% greater power efficiency than comparably priced LDMOS-based transistors –  this is a major benefit for continuous wave RF energy applications, where every incremental gain in power efficiency translates to less power consumption and lower operating costs over sustained usage. System designers can select from a range of MACOM power transistors to meet power level requirements spanning from 30W to 1000W, and the Toolkit supports coherent channel operation allowing multiple RF energy channels to be easily combined, for example 3x300W or 2x500W etc. Supported frequency bands range from 915MHz to 2.45GHz. Beta-version RF Energy Toolkits are available to qualified customers today, with broader availability planned in the Fall of 2017. 


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