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. 159-9294
Mfr. Part No.ADL5611ARKZ-R7
£2.266
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. 795-8032
Mfr. Part No.ADL5611ARKZ-R7
£4.20
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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. 124-2285
Mfr. Part No.BGA6589,135
BrandNXP
£0.969
Each (On a Reel of 4000)
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Power - 15 dB 20dBm 3.4dB 1 - Surface Mount UPAK 4 4.6 x 2.6 x 1.6mm 1.6mm 4.6mm -
RS Stock No. 626-3752
Mfr. Part No.BGM1013,115
BrandNXP
£0.192
Each (In a Pack of 5)
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General Purpose 2100MHz 26.1 dB 14dBm 4.9dB 1 - Surface Mount SOT-363 6 2.2 x 1.35 x 1mm 1mm 2.2mm -
RS Stock No. 626-3516
Mfr. Part No.BGA6589,135
BrandNXP
£1.25
Each
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Power - 15 dB 20dBm 3.4dB 1 - Surface Mount UPAK 4 4.6 x 2.6 x 1.6mm 1.6mm 4.6mm -
RS Stock No. 166-0865
Mfr. Part No.BGB741L7ESDE6327XTSA1
BrandInfineon
£0.345
Each (On a Reel of 7500)
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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. 110-7770
Mfr. Part No.BGB741L7ESDE6327XTSA1
BrandInfineon
£0.657
Each (In a Pack of 15)
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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. 160-9984
Mfr. Part No.ADL5330ACPZ-R2
£7.658
Each (On a Reel of 250)
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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. 160-2669
Mfr. Part No.HMC561LP3E
£30.574
Each (On a Reel of 50)
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Low Noise - - 14dBm - 2 10.5 GHz Surface Mount QFN 16 3.1 x 3.1 x 1mm 1mm 3.1mm -
RS Stock No. 401-630
Mfr. Part No.ADL5330ACPZ-R2
£8.28
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. 862-6183
Mfr. Part No.HMC561LP3E
£30.62
Each
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Low Noise - - 14dBm - 2 10.5 GHz Surface Mount QFN 16 3.1 x 3.1 x 1mm 1mm 3.1mm -
RS Stock No. 862-6376
Mfr. Part No.HMC462LP5E
£116.23
Each
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Low Noise - 14 dB 15dBm - 1 20 GHz Surface Mount QFN 32 5.1 x 5.1 x 1mm 1mm 5.1mm -
RS Stock No. 160-2696
Mfr. Part No.HMC462LP5E
£100.416
Each (On a Reel of 50)
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Low Noise - 14 dB 15dBm - 1 20 GHz Surface Mount QFN 32 5.1 x 5.1 x 1mm 1mm 5.1mm -
RS Stock No. 170-3531
Mfr. Part No.SMA3101-TL-E
£0.084
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
£0.086
Each (In a Pack of 25)
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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. 160-2695
Mfr. Part No.HMC451LP3E
£18.31
Each (On a Reel of 50)
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Power - 18 dB 19.5dBm 7dB 1 18 GHz Surface Mount SMT 16 3.1 x 3.1 x 1mm 1mm 3.1mm -
RS Stock No. 786-3170
Mfr. Part No.ADL5511ACPZ-R7
£11.61
Each
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RF Power Detector 130MHz - - - 2 6 GHz Surface Mount LFCSP 16 3.1 x 3.1 x 0.75mm 0.75mm 3.1mm -
RS Stock No. 160-2672
Mfr. Part No.HMC636ST89E
£4.485
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. 862-6372
Mfr. Part No.HMC451LP3E
£21.64
Each
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Power - 18 dB 19.5dBm 7dB 1 18 GHz Surface Mount SMT 16 3.1 x 3.1 x 1mm 1mm 3.1mm -
RS Stock No. 862-6196
Mfr. Part No.HMC636ST89E
£5.38
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 -