Silicon Germanium (SiGe)

MACOM's Commitment to Silicon Germanium

MACOM’s leadership in SiGe-based products for access, enterprise, and metro markets complements our strong position in long-haul modulator drivers based on Indium Phosphide (InP) and Gallium Arsenide (GaAs) technology. Leveraging these technologies MACOM has positioned itself as a clear leader across targeted communication segments, providing customers with a best in class product portfolio for next generation networking.

Proven SiGe Technology Enables Complete, Integrated Radio Solutions

Silicon Germanium Technology

MACOM, utilizing its expertise in microwave and mmW circuit design, joined in the Silicon Germanium commercialization effort throughout the 1990s with the design and development of several MMIC designs that found wide acceptance in various handset and base station applications. Building upon a long history in designing integrated circuits and subsystems for radar and mmW markets, MACOM has led the way in applying SiGe BiCMOS technology for both commercial and military needs. We see SiGe as a high value, differentiating technology which we will continue to leverage in MACOM’s core product segments.

  • System power savings through lower current consumption
  • Easier bias and control circuitry
  • Elimination of multiple packages
  • Lower overall component cost, compared with GaAs transceivers
  • Increases frequency and oscillating capabilities
  • Enables Integration

  • High-speed optical network transceivers
  • Base stations
  • Wired broadband communications
  • High speed cross-point switches
  • Global Positioning Systems