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Title NXP Boosts Aerospace Communications and Radar Performance for Defense Systems
Input Date 2016-04-14 Read count 1707

Chandler, AZ, April 11, 2016 ? NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ: NXPI) today set a new benchmark in RF power performance with four new LDMOS transistors. The new transistors aim to deliver best-in class performance for defense radar and identification friend or foe (IFF) systems operating between 900 and 1400 MHz. Several defense contractors are currently developing and evaluating systems with these new high capability transistors.

The high RF output power from the four new transistors help the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and its international partners reach goals to reduce size, weight and power (SWaP) of its platforms by allowing amplifiers to use fewer devices to achieve a desired performance. This not only reduces amplifier size and board space but the bill of material (BOM).

"These RF power transistors are excellent examples of NXP's commitment to meet stringent requirements of the defense market," said Pierre Piel senior director for RF power industrial technologies at NXP. "These transistors allow designers of radar and IFF systems to deliver greater performance making them a perfect fit for next generation defense platforms."

New RF High Power LDMOS Transistors

MMRF1312H/HS ? Typical applications are IFF Mode S interrogators, L-band secondary surveillance radars, and distance measuring equipment (DME). This device operates from 900 to 1215 MHz at 52 V with a peak RF output power of at least 1200 W at P3dB, gain of 17.3 dB and efficiency of 54%.

MMRF1314H/HS ? Typical application is L-band primary radar. This device operates from 1200 to 1400 MHz at 52 V with a peak RF output power of at least 1000 W, gain of 15.5 dB and efficiency of 46.5%.

MMRF1317H/HS ? Typical applications are IFF Mode S interrogators and secondary surveillance radars. This device operates from 1030 to 1090 MHz at 50 V with a peak RF output power of at least 1500 W at P3dB (the highest power available at this frequency range using LDMOS technology), gain of 18.9 dB and efficiency of 56%.

MMRF2010N/GN ? Typical applications are IFF Mode S interrogators and secondary surveillance radars. This device operates from 1030 to 1090 MHz at 50 V with a peak RF output power of 250 W, gain of 32.5 dB and efficiency of 59.1%.

The MMRF2010N/GN is housed in an over-molded plastic package and the three other transistors are housed in ceramic air-cavity packages.

Exceptional Ruggedness

RF amplifiers used in defense systems are often subject to potentially damaging conditions such as high impedance mismatches (high VSWR) and input overdrive caused by co-site interference. However, the four new transistors are designed to excel under these conditions. For example, the MMRF1312H/HS and MMRF1314H/HS will operate into a VSWR greater than 20:1 and the MMRF1317H/HS and the MMRF2010N will operate into a VSWR greater than 10:1 at 20 percent higher than rated supply voltage and twice their rated input power without damage.

Availability

NXP's high power RF transistors expand the LDMOS and GaN portfolio intended for defense applications. All of these devices are part of the company's Product Longevity Program guaranteeing their availability for 15 years.

The MMRF1312H/HS, MMRF1314H/HS, MMRF1317H/HS and MMRF2010N RF power LDMOS transistors are in production. Reference designs and other enablement tools are available. For pricing or additional information, please contact your local NXP sales office or NXP approved distributor.

About NXP Semiconductors

NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ: NXPI) enables secure connections and infrastructure for a smarter world, advancing solutions that make lives easier, better and safer. As the world leader in secure connectivity solutions for embedded applications, NXP is driving innovation in the secure connected vehicle, end-to-end security & privacy and smart connected solutions markets. Built on more than 60 years of combined experience and expertise, the company has 45,000 employees in more than 35 countries and posted revenue of $6.1 billion in 2015. Find out more at www.nxp.com.