RF MEMS switch maker teams with microwave component firm

RF MEMS switch maker teams with microwave component firm

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By Peter Clarke

The two companies have combined to make X-MWblocks based on Menlo Micro’s MM5130 RF MEMS switch (see MEMS RF switch achieves 95dBm IP3 linearity).

X-Microwave provides a modular building block ecosystem of RF and microwave drop-in components, as well as test and prototyping accessories. The new X-MWblocks module featuring the MM5130 switch is the first ‘Ideal Switch’ offering in X-Microwave’s portfolio of modular building blocks. Designed for use in production applications, X-MWblocks can be connected together easily without solder to rapidly build RF and microwave assemblies.

The MM5130 outperforms electromechanical RF relays across all application-critical metrics while offering the size, reliability and speed benefits of a solid-state switch. The highest density SP4T switch on the market, the MM5130 can handle power levels of up to 25W continuous wave while operating across a frequency range from DC up to 26GHz with an insertion loss of 1.3dB at 18GHz and switching speeds less than 10 microseconds.

Samples of MM5130-based X-MWblocks are available now through X-Microwave’s global network of sales representatives and channel partners.

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