As 5G network services deploy across the globe, demand is on the rise for sub-6 GHz—and for the C-band spectrum in particular. Such mid-band 5G networks rely on key infrastructure that includes advanced beamforming antennas and similar applications.
Those system designs call for highly reliable, high-performance RF switching technology. With that in mind, Menlo Micro has rolled out its MM5140 switch aimed at those needs. The MM5140 is a single-pole/four-throw (SP4T) DC-to-6 GHz switch.
Key specs include:
In this article, we share insights from our conversation with Menlo Micro. We look at how its switch technology contrasts with GaN (gallium nitride)-based solutions. We also get the company’s take on what specs are important for applications like 5G beam-steering and the significance of the integrated charge pump driver.