Altum RF Introduces Industrialization of 400-Watt S-band Power Amplifier MMIC

Revolutionary Power Amplifier Development in Collaboration with TNO and WIN Semiconductors

(EINDHOVEN, THE NETHERLANDS) September 7, 2022 – Altum RF, a supplier of high-performance RF to millimeter-wave semiconductor solutions for next generation markets and applications, introduces in collaboration with TNO a 400-Watt S-band power amplifier MMIC, using WIN Semiconductors’ NP45-11 technology. Operating between 2.8-3.3 GHz, this amplifier delivers an output power of 400 W and a PAE between 50-55% and is ideally suited for S-band radar applications. WIN Semiconductors’ NP45-11 process is a 0.45 μm RF GaN-on-SiC HEMT technology manufactured with enhanced moisture protection, enabling the use of a plastic package.

Altum RF’s strategic relationship with TNO results in leading-edge RF to millimeter-wave products and technology for commercial markets and applications. This collaboration allows Altum RF to commercialize some of the unique technical capabilities of TNO, an industry-leading global research institute with an impressive history of innovation.

“It is a privilege to collaborate with these two outstanding organizations, and we are excited to develop new, innovative technologies that significantly enhance performance capabilities for S-band radar,” stated Niels Kramer, Altum RF Managing Director Europe and Vice President Marketing. “We are looking forward to industrializing this innovative S-band technology, and we see this as a logical extension of our catalog. Altum RF continues its strategic focus to expand our product portfolio from X-band and beyond.”

“Building on more than 30 years of leading-edge phased-array HPA research, it is impressive to see the outstanding performance this S-band power amplifier can achieve, using WIN  Semiconductors’ advanced GaN technology, and we are equally excited about the ability to commercialize it with Altum RF,” stated Kemo Agovic, market director Information and Sensor Systems at TNO. “We expect even more innovations in the future with this solid strategic partnership.”

David Danzilio, Senior Vice President, Technology and Strategic Marketing at WIN Semiconductors added, “WIN Semiconductors is thrilled to support the commercialization of this S-band high power amplifier. Both Altum RF and TNO have extensive experience using WIN’s compound semiconductor technologies to achieve market leading performance, and we are delighted to be the RF GaN technology partner for this new product.”

Altum RF is an international company, with strategic partnerships and office locations that span the globe to support its growing product portfolio and permit a variety of design projects based on customer requirements.

Established by leading experts in the RF/microwave industry, Altum RF designs high-performance RF to millimeter-wave solutions for next generation markets and applications. We work closely with our customers and partners to ensure superior technical support and customer service. With the help of our exceptional global partners, we can significantly shorten product development cycles by managing the entire supply chain from design to packaging, testing and qualification.

Altum RF develops a broad range of products for commercial and industrial applications, with strategic roadmaps to rapidly expand our product portfolio. Our engineers use decades of modeling expertise and system applications knowledge to define the right products for the most challenging requirements. Using proven technologies like GaAs or GaN, we are able to deliver optimal products in terms of RF performance, level of integration and cost. Whether your project is for Telecom, 5G, Satcom, Test & Measurement, Aerospace & Defense or Industrial, Scientific and Medical (ISM) applications, discover Altum RF as your next RF semiconductor partner.

The Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO) is an independent research organisation. We connect people and knowledge to create innovations that boost the sustainable competitive strength of industry and well-being of society. Now and in the future. Together with our partners, we focus on the societal challenges of a safe, healthy, sustainable and digital society. This is our mission and it is what drives us, the over 3.600 professionals at TNO, in our work every day.

WIN Semiconductors Corp. is the leading global provider of pure-play GaAs and GaN wafer foundry services for the wireless, infrastructure, and networking markets. WIN provides its foundry partners a diverse portfolio of Hetero-junction Bipolar Transistor and Pseudomorphic High Electron Mobility Transistor, Gallium Nitride High Electron Mobility Transistor, PIN Diode and Optical Device technology solutions that support leading edge products for applications from 50 MHz to 170 GHz and through light-wave. Custom products built by WIN Semiconductors Corp. are found in a vast array of markets, including smartphone, mobile infrastructure, 3-D sensing, optical communications, CATV, aerospace, defense, and automotive applications.

For over 20 years, WIN has provided foundry services from its state of the art, ISO9001/14001 certified 150mm GaAs facility headquartered in Taoyuan City, Taiwan. This multi-site manufacturing facility has approximately 3000 employees and provides WIN customers with a diverse array of device technology platforms and value added services, including DC/RF product testing, Cu wafer bumping and advanced package solutions for accelerated product development.

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