Integra – An Alternative to Using MMICs for T/R Modules Manufacture
This article described the economic and technical benefits of using a transistor fully matched to 50 Ω rather than a MMIC in T/R modules used in phased array radars. Values for the impedances at the gate and drain terminals of the transistor die have been given and, despite the fact that the resistive part of the input impedance is about 1 Ω, it has been shown that it is still possible to produce a transistor that is matched to 50 Ω over a 400 MHz bandwidth centered on 3.3 GHz with an input return loss better than 12 dB.
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