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Fairchild's dual-band PA extends range in WLAN apps

Posted: 15 Jun 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Fairchild Semiconductor? WLAN? power amplifiers? FMPA2151?

Building upon its industry-leading portfolio of WLAN power amplifiers (PA), Fairchild Semiconductor introduces the FMPA2151, a highly integrated dual-band WLAN PA module optimized to increase performance and reduce PCB board footprint in the latest 802.11a/bg WLAN applications, including notebooks, digital cameras and portable handsets.

FMPA2151 offers leading-edge 3.5 percent error vector measurement at 20dBm output power, which helps to extend the wireless range in computing applications for worldwide Internet connectivity. The PA new also saves designers up to 22 percent board space by combining 2.4GHz and 5GHz PAs into a single compact 4-by-4mm package. For additional space savings, as well as enhanced reliability, the device provides built-in power detectors and digital PA on/off controls.

"Our dual-band amplifier also facilitates easy WiFi hookups over an extended range worldwide by allowing WLAN-enabled terminals to locate the best available frequency band. This is an important feature in the latest wireless notebooks offering worldwide Internet connectivity," said Russ Wagner, general manager of Fairchilds RF power products group.

The FMPA2151 expands Fairchilds world-class portfolio of linear PA modules offering more functionally integrated devices for computing applications, including the RMPA5255, another high-performance device for 4.9-5.9GHz WLAN applications, and the RMPA2458, a 2.4-2.5GHz linear power amplifier.

Fairchilds FMPA2151 is available in a 4-by-4, 16-terminal Pb-free package that meets or exceeds the requirements of the joint IPC/JEDEC standard J-STD-020C and is compliant with the European Union requirements now in effect.

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