News | September 8, 2015

Qorvo's New Plastic GaN RF Transistors Make X-Band Radar More Affordable

Source: Qorvo

Surface Mount GaN in plastic offers lower cost and smaller size for greater integration in commercial and recreational radar solutions

Qorvo™, Inc., a leading provider of RF solutions for mobile, infrastructure and aerospace/defense applications, recently announced three new GaN RF transistors in low-cost plastic packages designed to enable smaller size and greater reliability in civilian marine, airborne and infrastructure radar systems.

"Qorvo is expanding GaN in low cost QFN plastic packaging to include X-band transistors for marine and avionics radar," said Roger Hall, Qorvo's general manager of Aerospace and Defense Products. "Radar manufacturers that are converting Magnetrons to solid state power amplifiers (SSPAs) and radar arrays can produce smaller, more efficient radar units as a result of GaN's size, weight and power efficiencies. They are also assured that Qorvo's best-in-class GaN solutions have met stringent heat and moisture stress testing so that the products will operate in harsh environments."

The TGF2977-SM, TGF2978-SM, and TGF2979-SM are unmatched GaN transistors designed to operate in the 8-12GHz frequency band. Qorvo's industry leading GaN technology paired up with the small packaging enables high linear gain and power efficiency. Qorvo's X-band power transistors will be available in fourth the quarter of calendar 2015.

Part Number Frequency Range (GHz) Output Power (P3dB) Drain Efficiency (%) Linear Gain (dB) Packaging (mm)
TGF2977-SM 8 - 12 37 dBm 50 12.5 3x3 QFN
TGF2978-SM 8 - 12 43 dBm 45 11 3x3 QFN
TGF2979-SM 8 - 12 44 dBm 45 11 3x4 QFN

Qorvo will showcase its portfolio of plastic-packaged GaN solutions at stand C307 at European Microwave Week, September 6-11 at the Palais Des Congrès in Paris, France.

About Qorvo
Qorvo is a leading provider of core technologies and RF solutions for mobile, infrastructure and aerospace/defense applications. Qorvo was formed following the merger of RFMD and TriQuint, and has more than 6,000 global employees dedicated to delivering solutions for everything that connects the world. Qorvo has the industry's broadest portfolio of products and core technologies; world-class ISO9001-, ISO 14001- and ISO/TS 16949-certified manufacturing facilities; and is a DoD-accredited 'Trusted Source' (Category 1A) for GaAs, GaN and BAW products and services. For more information, visit

Source: Qorvo