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Avago Technologies releases first GPS RF front end module with FBAR filters

Avago Technologies recently announced a highly integrated GPS low noise amplifier (LNA) optimized to achieve high performance levels. The ALM-1712 integrates a GPS LNA and two FBAR filters.

Avago's ALM-1712 is housed in a miniature 4.5 x 2.2 x 1.0 mm MCOB package, reducing PCB space by more 50% when compared to a discrete-only solution. The integration of FBAR filtering enables the ALM-1712 to reach more than 85 dBc of cell/PCS-band rejection levels. Manufactured using Avago's 0.5 um GaAs enhancement-mode pHEMT process. the ALM-1712 delivers a 1.7 dB noise figure, 13.5 dB gain, and +5 dBm IIP3 (input third order intercept point) at typical operating condition of 2.7V and 8 mA. The company also reports that at low voltages down to 1.8V, the module can still achieve very low noise figure and high linearity, which makes it very suitable for use in low-power GPS applications.

The ALM-1712 is designed for the 1.575 GHz frequency band, targeting handset GPS, recreational and in-vehicle GPS receiver and GPS antenna applications.
Available now, the ALM's pricing begins at $1.81 in the 10,000 piece quantity range.

For more information: www.avagotechwireless.com
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