PIN diodes for high-power T/R switches

Skyworks High power PIN diodes for T R switches

In critical applications such as those in the military, satellite communications and telecommunications industries, reliable, high-performance and high-power switches are crucial. The latest PIN diode technology offers low thermal resistance and excellent power handling, making them ideal for a range of system designs.

Developments in PIN diode technology

Design engineers increasingly need smaller, more effective devices that offer reliable characteristics. Whilst ceramic is a much-used material for PIN diodes, manufacturers like Skyworks have been researching, developing and now supplying PIN diodes that use plastics, offering superior thermal properties and often in smaller packages. Specifically designed for high-power environments and available through Acal BFi, these switches have a number of advantages including:

  • low thermal resistance to handle large input power
  • able to switch impedance quickly whilst handling large input signals
  • available in a variety of layer thickness, from 10-100 microns, and
  • package switch solutions available.

These PIN diodes are also available in single series or shunt connected form, giving designers complete flexibility.

Working with Acal BFi

For transmit/receive applications, switches need to be robust, high speed and high performance. Working with leading supplier Skyworks, Acal BFi supply the latest in PIN diodes for challenging applications such as military radios, cellular network base stations and land mobile radios. Advances in design mean that today’s PIN diodes will perform in practice the same way they are demonstrated to perform in theory, so you can be confident when you are designing your circuit that the PIN diode will meet expectations.

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