Linear Technology has launched the LTC6430-15, a 15dB amplifier, which achieves high dynamic range in a 100Ohm differential environment from 20MHz to 1GHz and beyond. Two performance grades are available: at 240MHz, the A-grade OIP3 is typically 50dBm and is fully tested and guaranteed to be a minimum of 47dBm.
The Noise Figure is 3dB, which corresponds to an input-referred amplifier noise of 1nV/vHz. DC power consumption is 800mW. This combination of low noise and low distortion provides wide dynamic range which is needed for high performance intermediate frequency communications and CATV applications.
Easy to sue the device is unconditionally stable, and the input and output are internally matched to 100Ohm differential. With greater than 2.75VP-P linear output swing, it is well suited for driving high speed, high performance ADCs. Two 1:2 baluns, DC blocking capacitors, and RF bias chokes are all that is needed externally to achieve a wideband 50Ohm balanced amplifier in communications applications. With two 1:1.33 baluns, the LTC6430-15 can be used as a high fidelity 75Ohm CATV amplifier. P1dB is typically 24dBm.
The LTC6430-15 is available in a 4mm x 4mm QFN-24 package with exposed pad for best thermal performance and low inductance. It is specified for operation from -40°C to 85°C case temperature.