MACOM’s Comb Generator Portfolio Delivers Industry-Leading Phase Noise Performance

  • MLPNC Series comb generators provide superior phase noise performance up to 20 dBc/Hz better than conventional SRD-based solutions
  • Plug-and-play, monolithic NLTL-based comb generators simplify design cycles by eliminating complex SRD-based harmonic generation circuitry
  • Solutions will be showcased at IMS 2018 in booth #1125

Lowell, Massachusetts, June 10, 2018MACOM Technology Solutions Inc. (“MACOM”), a leading supplier of high performance RF, microwave, millimeterwave and photonic solutions, today announced a portfolio of Non-Linear Transmission Line (NLTL) comb generators optimized to meet the demanding performance requirements of radar transceiver, VSAT and microwave radio applications. Featuring the lowest phase noise in the industry today, MACOM’s MLPNC Series comb generators deliver superior performance and ease-of-design compared to conventional step recovery diode (SRD) based offerings.

The industry-leading phase noise performance delivered by MACOM’s MLPNC Series comb generators is expected to significantly improve the overall performance of RF multiplier modules, complemented by a variable low input power profile (18 – 24 dBm) that relaxes the power requirements on power amplifiers and reduces overall power consumption. MLPNC Series comb generators also enable higher harmonic power at higher frequencies, in contrast with SRD-based comb generators whereby output power rapidly rolls off above 20 GHz.

MACOM’s monolithic, NLTL-based MLPNC Series comb generators reduce design complexities by eliminating the harmonic generation circuitry needed with SRD-based devices. No bias or tuning is required, and the wide input frequency range extends from 75 – 1500 MHz across the portfolio, enabling the use of a single comb generator for multiple designs, or in combination with a tunable source. MACOM’s MLPNC Series comb generators are available in space saving, compact SMT and connectorized SMA packaging options.

“With the launch of our MLPNC Series comb generators, MACOM has again pushed the boundaries of RF device performance while simultaneously helping to simplify our customers’ frequency synthesizer designs,” said Graham Board, Senior Director of Product Marketing, MACOM. “We believe that our NLTL comb generators deliver best-in-class phase noise performance with useable harmonics up to 50GHz. MACOM’s Combs are MMIC-based so they are more reliable and repeatable than SRD based solutions. As a further advantage we offer both surface-mount and connectorized solutions.”  

For over 60 years, MACOM’s design and applications experts have spearheaded innovation in the RF, microwave and millimeterwave domain, developing the industry’s broadest portfolio of MMICs and components spanning the entire RF signal chain. Leveraging advanced, proprietary technologies, MACOM’s heterogeneous semiconductor and packaging strategy ensures that each individual RF system function is fully optimized to deliver maximum performance at the appropriate cost. MACOM remains firmly committed to delivering true competitive advantage to our customers, providing superior technology, expertise, cost structures and supply chains – with no compromises.

The table below outlines typical MLPNC Series comb generator performance:

Part Number

Input Power (dBm)

        Min                          Max

Output Harmonics (dBm)

MLPNC-7100-SMA850

20 @ 100 MHz

24 @ 400 MHz

> -8 @ 4 GHz

> -18 @ 12 GHZ

> -35 @ 20 GHz

MLPNC-7100-SMT680

20 @ 100 MHz

24 @ 400 MHz

> -8 @ 4 GHz

> -18 @ 12 GHZ

> -35 @ 20 GHz

MLPNC-7100S1SMA800

18 @ 75 MHz

24 @ 250 MHz

> -24 @ 4 GHz

N/A

N/A

MPLNC-7100S1SMT580

18 @ 75 MHz

24 @ 250 MHz

> -24 @ 4 GHz

N/A

N/A

MLPNC-7102-SMA800

21 @ 400 MHz

23 @ 600 MHz

> -8 @ 4 GHz

> -16 @ 12 GHZ

> -20 @ 20 GHz

MLPNC-7102-SMT680

21 @ 400 MHz

23 @ 600 MHz

> -8 @ 4 GHz

> -16 @ 12 GHZ

> -20 @ 20 GHz

MLPNC7102S1-SMA800

18 @ 300 MHz

24 @ 700 MHz

> -10 @ 4 GHz

> -22 @ 12 GHz

N/A

MLPNC7102S1-SMT580

18 @ 300 MHz

24 @ 700 MHz

> -10 @ 4 GHz

> -22 @ 12 GHz

N/A

MLPNC-7103-SMA800

21 @ 800 MHz

23 @ 1.3 GHz

> -5 @ 6 GHz

> -15 @ 18 GHZ

> -20 @ 30 GHz

MLPNC-7103-SMT680

21 @ 800 MHz

23 @ 1.3 GHz

> -5 @ 6 GHz

> -15 @ 18 GHZ

> -20 @ 30 GHz

MLPNC7103S1-SMA800

18 @ 600 MHz

24 @ 1.5 GHz

> 0 @ 4 GHz

> -14 @ 15 GHz

N/A

MLPNC-7103S1SMT580

18 @ 600 MHz

24 @ 1.5 GHz

> 0 @ 4 GHz

> -14 @ 15 GHz

N/A

The chart below shows the expected phase noise comparison between MACOM NLTL-based MLPNC comb generators and conventional SRD comb generators:

MACOM’s MLPNC Series comb generators are available to customers today. For assistance identifying MACOM products optimized to substitute or replace offerings from other vendors, visit MACOM’s Cross Reference tool.

MACOM will showcase its industry leading RF technology portfolio at IEEE’s International Microwave Symposium (IMS) 2018, Booth #1125 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, June 12th – 14th. MACOM’s booth will feature new product solutions optimized for 5G connectivity, basestations, SATCOM, Test and Measurement, ISM and Radio communications. To make an appointment, contact your local sales representative. For more information about MACOM’s RF technology solutions visit www.macom.com.

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Today, MACOM powers the infrastructure that millions of lives and livelihoods depend on every minute to communicate, transact business, travel, stay informed and be entertained.  Our technology increases the speed and coverage of the mobile Internet and enables fiber optic networks to carry previously unimaginable volumes of traffic to businesses, homes and data centers.

Keeping us all safe, MACOM technology enables next-generation radars for air traffic control and weather forecasting, as well as mission success on the modern networked battlefield.

MACOM is the partner of choice to the world’s leading communications infrastructure and aerospace and defense companies, helping solve their most complex challenges in areas including network capacity, signal coverage, energy efficiency, and field reliability, through its best-in-class team and broad portfolio of RF, microwave, millimeterwave and lightwave semiconductor products.

MACOM is a pillar of the semiconductor industry, thriving for more than 60 years of daring to change the world for the better through bold technological strokes that deliver true competitive advantage to customers and superior value to investors.

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