Expansion of testing infrastructure ensures rapid response to customer requests

EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS (December 19, 2023) – Altum RF, a supplier of high-performance RF to millimeter-wave semiconductor solutions for next generation markets and applications, announces today its expanded production and reliability testing infrastructure in Eindhoven, Netherlands. The expansion supports growing business demands.

This investment in both production and reliability testing includes equipment and infrastructure to automate low- to medium-volume series production testing, allowing quick response to customer interest in Altum RF’s products. Also, Altum RF added more capability to do extensive over-temperature product reliability testing. This equipment includes an automated pick and place IC test system for RF and DC production test and high-temperature operating life (HTOL) system for product reliability testing.

“We continue to focus on expanding our product portfolio, and with it comes increased customer requests for products that have been extensively tested,” stated Greg Baker, Altum RF CEO. “To support these customers, we are focused on the backend activities that will allow us to quickly respond to customer needs and ensure our products offer consistent performance with high reliability and quality.”

Altum RF is an international company, with strategic partnerships and office locations that span the globe to support its growing product portfolio.

Expanded sales coverage supports customers in DACH!

(EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS) October 18, 2023 – Altum RF, a supplier of high-performance RF to millimeter-wave semiconductor solutions for next generation markets and applications, announces a sales representative agreement with MEV Elektronik Service GmbH (MEV), covering customers located in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

MEV specializes in providing engineering and technical support for the electronic components, modules and systems it distributes. MEV also offers expertise and relationships in the industrial automation, communications technology, aerospace and defense and medical industries.

“As we continue to expand our sales and technical resources, we are pleased to announce this sales representative agreement with MEV,” stated Greg Baker, Altum RF CEO. “With a solid team of sales engineers, we feel confident MEV will effectively assist our customers with excellent technical, customer service and logistics support.”

Wiho Herkenhoff, Manager Marketing & Quality Assurance, MEV, responded, “Altum RF’s technically advanced microwave and millimeter-wave products are an ideal addition to our line card offering. Altum RF’s ongoing product development helps expand our product offering in the aerospace and defense, SATCOM and communications technology markets. We are optimistic about this partnership and our future collaboration to support customers with optimal products for high-technology applications.”

Altum RF is an international company, with strategic partnerships and office locations that span the globe to support its growing product portfolio.

 

(EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS) August 30, 2023 – Join Altum RF, a supplier of high-performance RF to millimeter-wave semiconductor solutions for next generation markets and applications, at European Microwave Week (EuMW) 2023, to be held Berlin, Germany.

Altum RF will showcase its featured products and technical expertise in Booth #431B at the Messe Berlin Hub27. Company leaders will be in the booth to answer questions about specific products, future plans and their decades of experience designing and delivering RF, microwave and millimeter-wave semiconductors.

With over 40+ GaAs and GaN MMICs from X-band to over 100 GHz, Altum RF will feature several products at EuMW, including new components for satcom, telecommunication and E-band, radar, and test and measurement markets. Highlights include:

SatCom/Telecommunications

  • ARF1014: 27–31.5 GHz GaN 12 W power amplifier MMIC, 17 dB power gaim
  • ARF1114Q4: 17 – 23 GHz driver amplifier, 24 dB small signal gain, 26 dBm output PSAT

Radar

  • ARF1020Q5: 9– 11 GHz GaN 10 W power amplifier MMIC, 20 dB power gain
  • ARF1211Q3: 6 – 14 GHz low noise/driver amplifier. 1.7 dB noise figure, 20 dBm output P1dB
  • ARF1108Q4:5 – 12 GHz amplifier, 23 dB small signal gain, 27 dBm output PSAT

Event: European Microwave Week (EuMW) 2023

Dates: 19 September 2023 – 21 September 2023

Daily Hours: 19 September: 9.30 – 18.00, 20 September: 9:30 – 17.30, 21 September: 9:30 – 16.30

Where: Booth #431B

Supplemental Lineup includes X-band and Ku-band Power Amplifiers

(EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS) June 13, 2023 – Altum RF, a supplier of high-performance RF to millimeter-wave semiconductor solutions for next generation markets and applications, announces an expanded lineup of X- and Ku-band amplifiers serving the radar market.

These new offerings for the radar market reflect Altum RF’s concentration developing products that deliver the necessary power, frequency range, gain and packaging demanded by this market. This supplemental lineup includes:

Power Amplifier

Frequency Range

(GHz)

Gain

(dB)

P1dB

(dBm)

PSAT

(dBm)

Bias Voltage

(V)

Bias Current

(mA)

 

Package

 

Sampling

ARF1108Q4

8.5-12 23 26.5 27 -0.6/8 170 4 × 4 QFN NOW

ARF1109Q4

8-12 25 29 30 -0.8/8 230 4 × 4 QFN

NOW

ARF1110Q4

8-12 25 31 33 -0.9/8 330 4 × 4 QFN

NOW

ARF1111Q4

13-17.5 22 27 28 -0.95/8 85 4 × 4 QFN

NOW

ARF1112Q4

13.5-17 24 29 30 -0.75/8 270 4 × 4 QFN

NOW

ARF1113Q4 14-17 17 31.5 33 -0.9/8 350 4 × 4 QFN

NOW

Altum RF is an international company, with strategic partnerships and office locations that span the globe to support its growing product portfolio.

Lineup includes K- and Ka-band power amplifiers, and X-band low noise/driver amplifiers, integrated front-end, and switches

(EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS) June 8, 2023 – Altum RF, a supplier of high-performance RF to millimeter-wave semiconductor solutions for next generation markets and applications, announces a lineup of components serving the satellite communications and radar markets.

This portfolio of devices reflects Altum RF’s concentration developing products that offer the increased power, higher frequency, greater bandwidth and increased integration demanded by these markets. The lineup includes:

Power Amplifiers: K- and Ka-band SatCom 
Part No.  Frequency Range
(GHz) 
Gain
(dB) 
P1dB
(dBm) 
PSAT
(dBm) 
OIP3
(dBm) 
Bias Voltage
(V) 
Bias Current
(mA) 
Package  Sampling 
ARF1114Q4 17–23 24 25 26 TBD -0.6/7 170 4×4 QFN NOW
ARF1010Q4 22–30 28 27 29.5 36 4 600 4×4 QFN NOW
ARF1026Q4 27–31.5 28 26 29 36 4 600 4×4 QFN NOW
ARF1106Q4 24–31 28 24 26 33 4 300 4×4 QFN NOW
ARF1013 27–31.5 28 TBD 38.9 44 -1.9/22 115 Bare Die NOW
ARF1014 27–31.5 28 TBD 41 49 -1.9/22 230 Bare Die NOW
Low Noise / Driver Amplifiers: X-band Radar 
Part No. Frequency Range
(GHz)
Gain
(dB)
NF
(dB)
P1dB
(dBm)
Bias Voltage
(V)
Bias Current
(mA)
Package Sampling
ARF1204Q4 7.5–12 21 2 20 10/-1.5 60 4×4 QFN NOW
ARF1211Q3 6–14 25 1.7 18 4–8 60 3×3 QFN NOW
Integrated Front-End: X-band Radar
Part No. Frequency Range
(GHz)
Tx Gain
(dB)
Tx PSAT
(dBm)
Rx NF
(dB)
Rx Gain
(dB)
Package Sampling
ARF1502Q4 8–12 25 31 3 25 4×4 QFN NOW
SPDT Switches: X-band Radar
Part No. Frequency Range
(GHz)
IL
(dB)
Isolation
(dB)
IP0.1dB
(dBm)
IP1dB
(dBm)
Vctrl
(V)
Package Sampling
ARF2002Q3 7–11 1.5 30 33.5 35 0/+5 3×3 QFN NOW
ARF2004Q3 6–12 1.1 30 33.5 35 -5/0 3×3 QFN NOW

Altum RF is an international company, with strategic partnerships and office locations that span the globe to support its growing product portfolio.

(EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS) June 6, 2023 – Join Altum RF, a supplier of high-performance RF to millimeter-wave semiconductor solutions for next generation markets and applications, at IMS2023, to be held in San Diego, California.

Altum RF will showcase its featured products and technical expertise in Booth #1648 at the San Diego Convention Center. Company leaders will be in the booth to answer questions about specific products, future plans and their decades of experience designing and delivering RF, microwave and millimeter-wave semiconductors.

Altum RF featured products include new components for SatCom and Radar markets. These K- and Ka-band power amplifiers, and X-band low noise/driver amplifiers, integrated front-end, and switches reflect Altum RF’s concentration on developing products that offer the increased power, higher frequency, greater bandwidth and increased integration demanded by these markets. Product highlights include:

Event: International Microwave Symposium (IMS) 2023

Dates: 13 June 2023 – 15 June 2023

Daily Hours: 13 June – 09:30-17:00; 14 June – 09:30-18:00; 15 June – 09:30-15:00

Where: Booth #1648

Altum RF published a White Paper on Cost-effective Front-end Components for X- and Ku-band Phased Array RADAR in Microwave Journal

Abstract

This paper looks at common system architectures for short- to medium-range AESA radars, with a focus on the front-end components used to enhance system performance. These components include the power amplifier (PA) for transmit, the low-noise amplifier (LNA) for receive, and the transmit-receive switch to connect the antenna to the electronics. Key features include the  different power levels, frequency bands, and compact size required to use these systems in urban areas.

available at Microwave Journal

Recertification of quality management system expanded to include development, design, manufacturing, and sales of semiconductor components

 

(EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS) January 19, 2023 – Altum RF, a supplier of high-performance RF to millimeter-wave semiconductor solutions for next generation markets and applications, announces an expanded scope to its recertification to ISO 9001:2015 for the quality management system. The renewed registration demonstrates Altum RF’s commitment to excellence in the design and development of semiconductor products, along with areas of manufacturing and sales. This expanded scope also validates the company’s unwavering dedication to regularly supplying high-quality and reliable semiconductor components to customers worldwide.

“We are proud to achieve another important milestone of our quality management system,” stated Greg Baker, Altum RF CEO. “The expanded scope of our renewed registration to ISO 9001:2015 reaffirms the strategic growth of our company and the transition to a trusted semiconductor supplier.”

The ISO 9001:2015 certification was awarded by TÜV Nederland, part of the international TÜV NORD GROUP, a global company located in 70 countries that has more than 100 years of experience with quality systems certification.

Altum RF is an international company, with strategic partnerships and office locations that span the globe to support its growing product portfolio.

Expanded sales coverage supports customers in Northern California, Northern Nevada and Oregon

 

(EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS) October 19, 2022 – Altum RF, a supplier of high-performance RF to millimeter-wave semiconductor solutions for next generation markets and applications, announces a sales representative agreement with NWN, Inc. (NWN), covering customers located in Northern California, Northern Nevada and Oregon. Founded in 1994 with headquarters in San Jose, California, NWN specializes in technical knowledge of RF, mmWave, microwave, frequency control and analog components. NWN also has expertise and solid relationships in the commercial advanced technology, semiconductor tool, networking components, test and measurement, military, and aerospace markets.

“We are pleased to announce this sales representative agreement with NWN, which advances our ability to provide comprehensive support to customers in Northern California, Northern Nevada and Oregon,” stated Greg Baker, Altum RF CEO. “With a solid team of sales engineers, we are certain NWN will effectively assist our customers throughout the entire product development cycle.”

Bob Gibbens, NWN’s president, responded, “We are excited for our line card to gain this emerging industry leader that focuses on expanding its product portfolio to meet market and customer requirements. Using advanced and innovative technologies, Altum RF offers compelling and differentiated products for the growing microwave and millimeter-wave markets.”

Altum RF is an international company, with strategic partnerships and office locations that span the globe to support its growing product portfolio.

 

Two-year project results in technical advancements for satellite communications systems

(EINDHOVEN, THE NETHERLANDS) September 27, 2022 – Altum RF, a supplier of high-performance RF to millimeter-wave semiconductor solutions for next generation markets and applications, announces a new grant and collaboration with Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI), the largest applied technology research institution in Taiwan, and TMY Technology Inc. (TMYTEK), a leading mmWave solution provider targeting the 5G/B5G and SATCOM markets.

Altum RF, ITRI and TYMTEK will collaborate on an Antenna and Semiconductor Integrated Modules (AIMS) project for satellite communications systems. The grant comes from the Eureka Globalstars Taiwan framework. The project began in August 2022 and is slated to continue for two years.

The purpose of the AIMS project is to develop a millimeter-wave antenna-in-package (AiP) module for phased array Ka-band satellite communication systems. Developing this module will make satellite communication systems more energy-efficient, cost-effective and better suited for a technology that enables high-volume and low-cost manufacturing.

“We thank Eureka Globalstars Taiwan for this grant and look forward to collaborating with strong technical partners to develop new technologies that lower costs for satellite communications systems,” stated Greg Baker, Altum RF CEO. “Altum RF’s MMIC design team has unique gallium nitride experience that will be key to making this technical advancement a reality.”

“Enabled by AI and IoT, the contest for pursuing the innovation for B5G, LEO satellite, receiving station, and mm-wave communication has been a worldwide trend. AiP has become a solution to accelerate the market growth for the satellite communication industry,” stated Dr. Shih-Chieh Chang, General Director of Electronic and Optoelectronic System Research Laboratories at ITRI. “As an R&D institute with the capacity for fan-out wafer-level packaging and high-precision chip and device bonding technology, it’s our great pleasure to join the project and collaborate with Altum RF and TMYTEK to integrate a GaN semiconductor power amplifier, a silicon-based beamformer IC, and an antenna into a phased array module.”

Su-Wei Chang, founder and president of TMYTEK said, “This is an excellent collaboration between TMYTEK, Altum RF, and ITRI to redefine the electronically steered array solution. By integrating the GaN PA and packaging with wafer-level package technology, we aim to minimize the array’s size, weight, and power. Together with our ecosystem partners, TMYTEK is accelerating the development of the satellite industry by offering a total ground terminal solution.”

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

ABOUT ALTUM RF
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.

ABOUT ITRI
Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) is one of the world’s leading technology R&D institutions aiming to innovate a better future for society. Founded in 1973, ITRI has played a vital role in transforming Taiwan’s industries from labor-intensive into innovation-driven. To address market needs and global trends, it has launched its 2030 Technology Strategy & Roadmap and focuses on innovation development in Smart Living, Quality Health, and Sustainable Environment. It also strives to strengthen Intelligentization Enabling Technology to support diversified applications.

Over the years, ITRI has been dedicated to incubating startups and spinoffs, including well-known names such as UMC and TSMC. In addition to its headquarters in Taiwan, ITRI has branch offices in the U.S., Europe, and Japan in an effort to extend its R&D scope and promote international cooperation across the globe. For more information, please visit https://www.itri.org/eng.

ABOUT TMYTEK
TMY Technology Inc. (TMYTEK) is a leading mmWave solution provider targeting the 5G/B5G and SATCOM market with a one-stop solution capable of design, manufacturing, and testing. TMYTEK focus on developing mmWave beamforming systems and antenna-in-package modules to make them energy-efficient, cost-effective, and based on a technology that is fit for high-volume and low-cost manufacturing.

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