Microchip Technology introduced their SST11CP16 5 GHz power amplifier (PA). The SST11CP16 provides high output power with extra-low EVM. The power amplifier extends the range of 802.11ac systems. The Microchip SST11CP16 RF power amplifier is available now in a 3x3x.45 mm, 16-pin QFN package. It is priced at $0.86 each (10,000-unit quantities). Sampling and volume production are both available now.
The SST11CP16 5 GHz power amplifier supports the new IEEE 802.11ac ultra high data rate Wi-Fi standard for 351 Mbps with 1.8% Error Vector Magnitude (EVM) at 19 dBM output power. This results in a longer range. The Microchip chip also provides low operating current of 360 mA at 22 dBm, which supports more transmission channels at a higher data rate, per system.
The SST11CP16′s low EVM and high linear power makes it ideal for set-top boxes, routers, access points and other Wi-Fi devices that require data rates of up to 3 Gbps for applications such as wireless streaming video. Other features of the PA IC include a 50 ohm on-chip input match and simple output match for ease of use and smaller board sizes. The SST11CP16 includes a linear power detector that is temperature-stable and insensitive to voltage standing wave ratios.
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