MACOM’s switch modules consist of a shunt mounted, passivated, PIN diode chip in a hermetically sealed strip-line package. These modules are optimized for use in a 50 Ohm micro-strip or strip-line circuit. By incorporating the appropriate series inductance to produce a matched low pass filter structure in a zero or reverse bias condition, no external matching is required. To achieve high isolation, a forward bias current between +10mA to +100mA is applied to the center conductor which changes the module’s inductive impedance from a high to a low impedance state causing the RF power to be reflected.
MACOM’s MA47200 series modules maybe operated as a SPST reflective switch or as an attenuator by applying the appropriate forward or reverse DC bias. These broadband modules are designed to operate at frequencies from VHF through X Band. A variety of modules are available which offer a choice of breakdown voltages and switching speeds.