Heilbronn, GermanyAtmel has announced the availability of a new Silicon Germanium (SiGe) based front-end IC, known as the ATR0981. The device's 300 MHz to 500 MHz operating frequency range makes it well suited for a broad range of applications, including hand-held family radios (private mobile radios, PMR) and meter readers.
Featuring an integrated power amplifier (PA) and a low-noise amplifier (LNA) for the receive path, the ATR0981 offers typical power added efficiency (PAE) values as high as 55%. Output power is +29 dBm, and the PA has a power gain of 34 dB, controllable within a range of 3 dB. ATR0981's LNA is specified with a noise figure of 1.5 dB and a power gain of 19 dB.
Samples of the RoHS-compliant ATR0981 are available now in PSSO20 packages. Pricing for the ATR0981 starts at 1.20 US$ in quantities of 10,000. Click here for the data sheet.
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