CEL debuts microwave pHEMTs for satellite communications

Feb. 10, 2017

Santa Clara, CA. CEL has introduced low-cost pHEMTs (pseudomorphic high electron mobility transistors) targeted for Ku- and Ka-band satellite receiver applications. These CEL pHEMTs are drop-in replacements for Renesas pHEMTs, also offered by CEL.

Typical applications are LNBs (low noise blocks) in digital broadcast systems (DBS), downconverters in VSAT systems, and 24-GHz sensors. These new low noise pHEMTs are also suitable for a variety of other microwave and RF applications.

In addition to reduced noise and higher gain, CEL provides these pHEMTs at lower prices than their equivalent Renesas RF pHEMTs. CEL is manufacturing these pHEMTs in Japan with similar quality as the Renesas pHEMTs.

“Our new Microwave pHEMTs provide microwave system manufacturers with a cost-effective selection of high performance transistors,” said Marc Sheade, vice president and general manager, Components Business. “Whether designing for new devices or as a drop-in replacement for updating existing designs, we are providing highly reliable microwave components at extremely competitive prices.

These new microwave components include

  • CE3512K2, a low-noise first-stage Ku-band pHEMT;
  • CE3514M4, a low-cost second/third-stage Ku-band pHEMT;
  • CE3520K3, a low-noise first-stage Ka-band pHEMT; and
  • CE3521M4, a low-cost second/third-stage Ka-band pHEMT.

CEL offers a selection of wireless and networking components including RF/microwave transistors and ICs, optical-coupler ICs, laser diodes, photo diodes, and high-speed interface ICs. CEL also designs and produces Cortet and MeshConnect wireless solutions and platforms for IoT applications.

CEL is the exclusive gateway into the Americas for RF and optical semiconductors from Renesas Electronics (formerly NEC Electronics). CEL has technical centers in Santa Clara, CA; Buffalo Grove, IL; and Lafayette, CO. CEL supports customers through direct sales offices, sales representatives, and distributors worldwide, with offices in Hong Kong and Tokyo that support the Asia Pacific region.


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