Avago Technologies Introduces Two New Balanced Low Noise Amplifiers for Cellular Infrastructure Applications

SAN JOSE, Calif. & SINGAPORE — (BUSINESS WIRE) — July 8, 2009 Avago Technologies, a leading supplier of interface components for communications, industrial and consumer applications, today announced two ultra-low noise, high gain, high linearity Gallium Arsenide (GaAs) balanced low noise amplifiers for cellular infrastructure applications. Avago’s MGA-16516/17516, which are the latest additions to its family of economical, easy to use LNAs, helps to significantly improve the sensitivity and dynamic range of cellular infrastructure applications. Both LNAs feature a compact footprint and are designed to be used as first stage LNAs. Typical applications include cellular base station transceiver radio cards, tower mounted amplifiers, combiners, repeaters and remote/digital radio heads.

Avago’s MGA-16516/17516 LNAs are housed in a 4 mm by 4 mm by 0.85 mm surface mount 16-lead QFN package, and were developed using Avago’s proprietary 0.25 μm GaAs enhancement-mode pHEMT process. The MGA-16516 operates from 500 to 1,700 MHz, while the MGA-17516 operates from 1,700 to 2,700 MHz. These new LNAs will enable Avago to provide support for GSM, CDMA, UMTS and next generation LTE cellular bandwidths. The MGA-16516/17516 have been designed to be used with 3dB hybrid couplers at the input and output of LNAs typically found in the front end of cellular base stations, combiners and transceiver radio cards.

In a typical operating environment of 5-Volts and 50mA per channel, the MGA-16516 delivers a 0.45 dB noise figure, 17.5 dB gain, 11.5 dBm input Third Order Intercept Point (IIP3), and 18 dBm output power at 1 dB compress point (P1dB) at 850MHz. Under the same operating conditions, the MGA-17516 delivers enhanced performance of 0.52 dB noise figure, 17.2 dB Gain, 13.7 dBm IIP3, and 21.5 dBm output power at P1dB at 1,850 MHz.

Key Features

  • Ultra low noise figure, high gain and high linearity helps to improve sensitivity and dynamic range
  • Balanced or dual LNA configuration is ideal for base station front receivers with balanced LNA design
  • Low cost, low-profile package: 4 by 4 by 0.85mm
  • Common footprint, external matching network and PCB layout across 500 to 2,700 MHz
  • GaAs E-pHEMT technology
  • Ultra-low noise figure: 0.45 dB NF (850 MHz) for MGA-16516; 0.52 dB NF (1,850 MHz) for MGA-17516
  • High gain: 17.5 dB gain (850 MHz) for MGA-16516; 17.2dB gain (1,850 MHz) for MGA-17516
  • High linearity: 11.5 dBm IIP3 (850 MHz) for MGA-16516; 13.7 dBm IIP3 (1,850 MHz) for MGA-17516

Pricing and Availability

Avago’s MGA-16516/17516 balanced LNAs are available now with pricing starting from $3.22 in 10,000 unit volumes. More information about Avago Technologies’ wireless products can be found at: www.avagotechwireless.com.

About Avago Technologies

Avago Technologies is a leading supplier of analog interface components for communications, industrial and consumer applications. By leveraging its core competencies in III-V compound and silicon semiconductor design and processing, the company provides an extensive range of analog, mixed signal and optoelectronics components and subsystems to approximately 40,000 end customers. Backed by strong customer service support, the company's products serve four diverse end markets: industrial and automotive electronics, wired infrastructure, wireless communications, and consumer and computer peripherals. Avago has a global employee presence and heritage of technical innovation dating back 40 years to its Hewlett-Packard roots. Information about Avago is available on the Web at www.avagotech.com

Safe Harbor Statement

This announcement and supporting materials may contain forward-looking statements which address our expected future business and financial performance. These forward looking statements are based on current expectations, estimates, forecasts and projections of future Company or industry performance based on management's judgment, beliefs, current trends and market conditions, and involve risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking statements. Accordingly, we caution you not to place undue reliance on these statements. Avago Technologies Finance Pte. Ltd.'s Annual Report on Form 20-F filed with the SEC on December 17, 2008, recent Current Reports on Form 6-K, and other filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") (which you may obtain for free at the SECs website at http://www.sec.gov) discuss some of the important risk factors that may affect our business, results of operations, and financial condition.

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