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Design Capability: GaN MMIC

PRFI has experience of designing GaN MMICs using the 0.25µm GaN-on-SiC processes of Wolfspeed, Qorvo, GCS, WIN Semiconductors and UMS. Our design activity has included Doherty PAs for sub-6GHz 5G, compact X-band PAs for phased array radar, very high linearity (high power handling) microwave switching functions, robust GaN LNAs, broadband GaN PA MMICs for ESM applications, and high linearity GaN PAs for point to point link applications.

GaN MMIC Design Examples

15GHz GaN PA

This 15GHz GaN PA for point-to-point links uses Wolfspeed’s 0.25µm GaN on SiC process, and offers an output power of 38dBm with an output IP3 of > 46dBm in a small die size.

View a video about the design of this PA

Read a technical paper about the design of the 15GHz GaN PA

3.5GHz GaN PA

This image shows a connectorised evaluation PCB for a fully integrated 3.5GHz Doherty PA designed on GCS’ 0.4µm GaN on SiC process. The IC is housed in a laminate QFN package demonstrated, it can provide a Psat of 45dBm with a peak PAE of 50%. The Doherty architecture allows a PAE of 31.5% to be achieved at 8dB power back-off.

View a video about the design of this PA

Read a technical paper about this design

X-band GaN PA for Phased Array Radar

This X-band GaN PA MMIC for phased array radar applications covers 9 to 11.5GHz. It has an output power of 7W (38.5dBm) from a 29dBm drive with a Power Added Efficiency (PAE) of 42% and a die size is just 1.5mm x 2mm (allowing around 2,300 PAs to be fabricated on a single 4” diameter wafer). The design was realised on the 0.25µm gate length GaN on SiC process of UMS (GH25).

Watch a technical tutorial video describing the design of this X-band GaN PA MMIC

Read our technical paper “An X-band GaN PA MMIC for Phased Array Radar”

We have also designed a number of GaN MMIC functional blocks for which we own the IP. This library of GaN MMIC IP can be used to help develop custom GaN ICs for our clients with reduced risk and timescales.

Technical publications describing some of the other GaN MMIC IP developed by PRFI are available using the links below:

Plextek RFI is an approved 3rd party design house for the following GaN foundries:

To discuss how PRFI could develop GaN MMICs for you, please email enquiries@plextekRFI.com