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Menlo Micro announces its MM6005 High-Power Reconfigurable Filter, Reducing Size, Weight, and Power Consumption by Greater than 90%

December 16, 2020

Menlo Micro’s Ideal Switch™ technology revolutionizes filter designs that will transform 5G telecommunications and aerospace & defense radio systems

IRVINE, Calif, December 16, 2020

Menlo Microsystems, Inc. (Menlo Micro) the company responsible for reinventing the electronic switch, announced the MM6005, a high-power 7-channel reconfigurable filter, the company’s first subsystem product manufactured with their proprietary Ideal Switch™ technology. The MM6005 targets global UHF military bands, but the technology is scalable to support any number of filter channels as well as frequencies up to 50 GHz.  

Menlo Micro’s breakthrough Ideal Switch™ technology eliminates the compromises and tradeoffs that need to be made when designing traditional switched filter banks using solid-state or electromechanical technologies.  The MM6005 demonstrates how Menlo Micro can drastically improve the size, weight, and power (SWaP) performance of RF front ends - enabling new architectures and form factors for advanced wireless communications systems.  

Advances in software-defined radios, wider RF channel bandwidths, and more complex modulation schemes require higher performance filters in the RF front-end chain. Emerging communication systems and infrastructure demand lower losses and improved out of band signal rejection, along with an emphasis on extreme ruggedness.  The MM6005 is a highly compelling solution for a multitude of demanding applications, including land tactical, satellite terminals, and electronic warfare systems, with extensibility to commercial and 5G infrastructure.  

The MM6005 exhibits substantial performance improvements (see table below) while decreasing size and weight by over 90%. By reducing insertion loss by up to 3 dB, the MM6005 can save half the power which has a significant impact on overall system design.  Additionally, a 1000x improvement in linearity brings significant benefits for multiband systems, resulting in reduced distortion for communication links over densely crowded bands.   

  MM6005 Reconfigurable
Filter Ideal Switch

Typical Solid State Switched
Filter Bank (PIN Diode

Frequency Range

225-512 MHz,
7 channels

225-512 MHz,
7 channels 

CW Power Handling

60 W

60 W

Insertion Loss

1.5 dB

4 dB 

Switching Time


<30 µs 

Current Consumption


<250 mA 


54 cm
(7.1 x 4.6 x 1.6 cm)

800 cm3
(20 x 20 x 2 cm) 


100 g 

1000 g 


The MM6005 takes advantage of the Ideal Switch™’s ultra-low parasitics, resulting in improved “on-state” and “off-state” operation.  This enables the fabrication of high-Q tunable filter resonators which   offer enhanced RF and thermal performance when compared to traditional technologies used in switched filter banks. The result is highly stable filter performance for operationally and environmentally demanding conditions that are typically experienced with tactical military communications systems. 

“The MM6005 is another example of how the performance of a switch can have enormous impact on the overall performance of mission-critical RF subsystems,” said Menlo Micro co-founder and SVP Marketing Chris Giovanniello. “We’re continuing to expand our design capabilities beyond just the switch, in order to bring these massive system level improvements more quickly to our customers.  The MM6005 demonstrates how, with the Ideal Switch™, we are able to create designs which are otherwise not possible with traditional semiconductor technology. We are very excited to work with new customers to address their unique requirements.”  

Menlo Micro’s design capability spans the range from DC to 50 GHz, from low-power to high-power(kW) implementations, and is well-positioned to address custom designs targeting high-performance specifications for both military and commercial applications.  

To serve customers around the world, Menlo Micro has established a global network of sales representatives and channel partners, which can be accessed at   

Learn more about Menlo Micro’s Ideal Switch™, the MM6005, and other products at  

About Menlo Micro 

Menlo Micro is headquartered in Irvine, California, with a design center in Albany, New York and support offices globally. Menlo Micro has created an entirely new category of electronic switches, with its Ideal Switch™. The Ideal Switch™ eliminates compromises and tradeoffs by combining the benefits of electromechanical and solid-state switches into the best of both worlds. Menlo is bringing greater than 99 percent reductions in size, weight, power, and cost to dozens of industries such as medical, aerospace and defense, telecommunications, consumer electronics, industrial IoT, and test and measurement. For more information, visit or follow the company on LinkedIn and Twitter.  

Media Contact 

Caroline Beckmann - Trident DMG  

(202) 440-1783 

[email protected]  

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