RF Amplifiers ICs

RF amplifier ICs, or radio frequency amplifiers are a type of amplifier. Amplifiers are electronic devices which increase the power of a signal. RF amplifiers are devices that increase a low-power signal into a high-frequency signal in radio frequency communications. RF power amplifiers usually drive the transmitter antenna. They are integrated circuits which are used in electronic circuits, alongside other components.

RF amplifiers can tune into a desired range of input frequencies. They can also provide gain, buffering and drive for fragile signals. There are several different types of RF amplifiers characterised by their frequency range, supply current, supply voltage, gain and output power. The frequency range, also known as bandwidth, is given in MHz, and refers to the capacity of the communication channel. The wider the frequency range, the better the amplifier is for general purpose applications. Frequency range is different to the operating frequency, which is often given in GHz. Power gain, given in dB, is the ratio of the output power to the input power.

Amplifiers are categorised by their class. This gives an overview of the Amplifier characteristics and performance. They are classed using letter symbols, such as Class-A, Class-B, Class-C, Class-D or Class-AB.

RF amplifier components come in standard semiconductor packages. These package types include LFCSP, SOT-89 and MSOP.

Types of RF Amplifier IC

  • RF amplifier power gain - if signal is too low to be useful elsewhere in the circuit, it can be increased by this amplifier. The amplifier boosts the signal level with minimum noise or distortion and can even be used with extremely low-level signals, such as those from an antenna.
  • RF power amplifier - this type of electronic power amplifier converts a low-power radio-frequency signal into a higher power signal.

Where are they used?

RF amplifiers have a variety of wireless applications, including communications testing and medical diagnostics as well as voice and data communications. Other applications include 4G and 5G stations, wireless repeaters and radios.


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Description Price Amplifier Type Typical 3dB Bandwidth Typical Power Gain Typical Output Power Typical Noise Figure Number of Channels per Chip Maximum Operating Frequency Mounting Type Package Type Pin Count Dimensions Height Length Automotive Standard
RS Stock No. 898-6933
Mfr. Part No.BGA616H6327XTSA1
BrandInfineon
$2.657
Each (In a Pack of 10)
units
Broadband MMIC - 19 dB 18dBm 2.6dB 1 2 GHz Surface Mount SOT-343 4 2 x 1.25 x 0.8mm 0.8mm 2mm -
RS Stock No. 862-6196
Mfr. Part No.HMC636ST89E
$11.67
Each
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Low Noise, Wide Band - 13 dB 23dBm 2.5dB 1 4 GHz Surface Mount SOT-89 3 4.6 x 2.59 x 1.6mm 1.6mm 4.6mm -
RS Stock No. 160-2672
Mfr. Part No.HMC636ST89E
$10.182
Each (On a Reel of 50)
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Low Noise, Wide Band - 13 dB 23dBm 2.5dB 1 4 GHz Surface Mount SOT-89 3 4.6 x 2.59 x 1.6mm 1.6mm 4.6mm -
RS Stock No. 145-8914
Mfr. Part No.BGA616H6327XTSA1
BrandInfineon
$1.474
Each (On a Reel of 3000)
units
Broadband MMIC - 19 dB 18dBm 2.6dB 1 2 GHz Surface Mount SOT-343 4 2 x 1.25 x 0.8mm 0.8mm 2mm -
RS Stock No. 170-3531
Mfr. Part No.SMA3101-TL-E
Brandonsemi
$0.254
Each (On a Reel of 3000)
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Wide Band - 25.5 dB -4dBm 4dB 1 3 GHz Surface Mount MCPH 6 2 x 1.6 x 0.85mm 0.85mm 2mm -
RS Stock No. 791-9563
Mfr. Part No.SMA3101-TL-E
Brandonsemi
$0.606
Each (In a Pack of 25)
units
Wide Band - 25.5 dB -4dBm 4dB 1 3 GHz Surface Mount MCPH 6 2 x 1.6 x 0.85mm 0.85mm 2mm -
RS Stock No. 160-2693
Mfr. Part No.HMC441LC3B
$83.371
Each (On a Reel of 50)
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Power - 17 dB 20dBm 4.5dB 1 18 GHz Surface Mount SMT 12 3 x 3 x 0.92mm 0.92mm 3mm -
RS Stock No. 862-6363
Mfr. Part No.HMC441LC3B
$97.66
Each
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Power - 17 dB 20dBm 4.5dB 1 18 GHz Surface Mount SMT 12 3 x 3 x 0.92mm 0.92mm 3mm -
RS Stock No. 160-9953
Mfr. Part No.HMC1082LP4E
$66.744
Each (On a Reel of 50)
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MMIC - 23.5 dB 24dBm - 1 18 GHz Surface Mount SMT 24 4.1 x 4.1 x 1mm 1mm 4.1mm -
RS Stock No. 862-6045
Mfr. Part No.HMC1082LP4E
$74.99
Each
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MMIC - 23.5 dB 24dBm - 1 18 GHz Surface Mount SMT 24 4.1 x 4.1 x 1mm 1mm 4.1mm -
RS Stock No. 191-3568
Mfr. Part No.MAX3748HETE+
$4.42
Each (In a Pack of 5)
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Limiting - 53 dB - 26dB 1 - Surface Mount TQFN 16 3 x 3 x 0.7mm 0.7mm 3mm -
RS Stock No. 166-0865
Mfr. Part No.BGB741L7ESDE6327XTSA1
BrandInfineon
$0.949
Each (On a Reel of 7500)
units
Low Noise - 21.5 dB - 1.8dB 1 5 GHz Surface Mount TSLP 7 2 x 1.3 x 0.35mm 0.35mm 2mm -
RS Stock No. 160-9930
Mfr. Part No.ADL5602ARKZ-R7
$5.075
Each (On a Reel of 1000)
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Linear - 18.3 dB 18dBm 2.9dB 1 4 GHz Surface Mount SOT-89 3 4.6 x 2.6 x 1.6mm 1.6mm 4.6mm -
RS Stock No. 806-7969
Mfr. Part No.AD8283WBCPZ
$33.77
Each
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General Purpose - - - - - - Surface Mount LFCSP 72 10.1 x 9.85 x 0.85mm 0.85mm 10.1mm AEC-Q100
RS Stock No. 401-630
Mfr. Part No.ADL5330ACPZ-R2
$21.97
Each
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Gain 3000MHz 32 dB - 14.7dB 1 3 GHz Surface Mount LFCSP 24 4 x 4 x 0.83mm 0.83mm 4mm -
RS Stock No. 159-9294
Mfr. Part No.ADL5611ARKZ-R7
$4.897
Each (On a Reel of 1000)
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Gain - 14.3 dB 12.8dBm 6dB 1 6 GHz Surface Mount SOT-89 3 4.6 x 2.6 x 1.6mm 1.6mm 4.6mm -
RS Stock No. 160-2678
Mfr. Part No.HMC903LP3E
$48.242
Each (On a Reel of 50)
units
Low Noise - 18.5 dB 14.5dBm 2.2dB 1 17 GHz Surface Mount SMT 16 3.1 x 3.1 x 1mm 1mm 3.1mm -
RS Stock No. 697-7262
Mfr. Part No.AD8302ARUZ
$48.89
Each
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Gain and Phase Detector 30MHz - 30dBm - 2 - Surface Mount TSSOP 14 5 x 4.4 x 1mm 1mm 5mm -
RS Stock No. 170-3530
Mfr. Part No.SMA3107-TL-E
Brandonsemi
$0.254
Each (On a Reel of 3000)
units
Wide Band - 24.5 dB -9.5dBm 3.6dB 1 2.8 GHz Surface Mount MCPH 6 2 x 1.6 x 0.85mm 0.85mm 2mm -
RS Stock No. 740-5207
Mfr. Part No.NJM2288F1-TE1
$1.85
Each (In a Pack of 5)
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Power 400MHz - - 9dB 1 500 MHz Surface Mount SOT-23 6 2.9 x 1.6 x 1.1mm 1.1mm 2.9mm -