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Withwave Selects Menlo Microsystems’s Ideal Switch® For Radio Frequency (RF) and Microwave Switch Module Portfolio

January 31, 2024

Ideal Switch brings step-function improvements to a new generation of test and measurement equipment


Santa Clara, Calif., January 31, 2024 – DesignCon

Menlo Microsystems, Inc. (Menlo Micro), the company responsible for bringing to market the greatest electronic component innovation since the transistor with its Ideal Switch® technology, announced at DesignCon in Santa Clara, CA that three new reflective RF switch modules are now commercially available through Withwave. Withwave is a leading designer and manufacturer of a broad range of RF, microwave and high-speed test solutions for the test & measurement, wireless communication, and automated test equipment markets.

The newly released reflective RF switch modules, powered by Menlo Micro’s Ideal Switch technology, provide differentiated RF performance advantages for customers, bringing significant improvements over traditional electromechanical and solid-state switch modules. 

“Withwave selected Menlo Micro’s Ideal Switch technology based on measurable improvements around size, weight, power, and cost (SWAP-C), enabling bolder design configurations for our customers. The Ideal Switch addresses many of the biggest concerns with traditional electromechanical switches, such as size, speed and reliability,” said M.Y. Lee, Director of the Automatic & Test Solution Business Unit at Withwave. “In addition, the Ideal Switch handles higher frequency bands which are increasingly important as we move into 5G and 6G environments that push the boundaries of both data infrastructure and wireless applications.”

Withwave’s customers will achieve an overall improved cost of ownership across increasingly complex test and measurement platforms. Some of the key benefits of these new RF switch modules include:

  • 1000x longer lifetime when compared to traditional RF electromechanical relays
  • Higher RF power handling and drastically improved insertion loss over solid state solutions
  • Improved reliability and performance enabling reduced testing costs and enhanced throughput and efficiency. 

Menlo Micro’s Ideal Switch technology utilizes innovative materials and scalable switch configurations integrated in a unique glass-based System-in-Package (SiP) which provides differentiated RF performances with wide frequency response, high RF power rating and low loss, along with unmatched linearity, all in a small form factor. Armed with the best of both worlds for RF switch technology, the Ideal Switch is leading the industry with superior performances and features:   

  • RF power handling: > x50 higher than leading solid-state switches
  • Insertion loss: > 1 dB lower than leading solid-state switches
  • RF linearity (IP3): > 40 dB higher than leading solid-state and EMR switches
  • Speed: > 1000x faster than leading EMR switches
  • Operating life: > 1000x longer than leading EMR switches
  • DC power and size: significantly lower and smaller than leading EMR switches

“Menlo Micro is thrilled to collaborate with Withwave to introduce a new generation of high performance RF switch modules. Our overarching goal as a company is to partner with innovative companies like Withwave to break the mold of traditional relays and switches,” said Chris Giovanniello, Co-Founder, SVP of Sales and Marketing at Menlo Microsystems. “We are committed to delivering revolutionary switching performance improvements, with best-in-class reliability, and compelling new form factors. It’s truly exciting to see how Withwave’s customers will take advantage of these features to enable the next generation of high-performance, high-throughput test and measurement equipment.”

Visit Withwave’s booth 1355 at DesignCon 2024 to see these new products displaying Menlo Micro’s ‘Powered by Ideal Switch’ logo. To learn more about Menlo Micro and its Ideal Switch technology stop by booth number 323 at DesignCon or visit

About Menlo Microsystems, Inc.

Menlo Microsystems is on a mission to create a more energy efficient and sustainable world with an entirely new category of electronic switches. The Ideal Switch® eliminates compromises and tradeoffs by combining the benefits of electromechanical and solid-state switches into the best of both worlds. Menlo Microsystems is bringing more 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 (Internet of Things), and test and measurement. For more information, visit or follow the company on LinkedIn, X, and Reddit.

About Withwave

Withwave is a leading designer, developer of a broad range of RF, Microwave and High-Speed Test Solutions with a focus on electromagnetic field analysis and signal processing. Especially, Withwave aims to be a leading company in Microwave and High-Speed Connectivity industry for 5G and 6G Technology. Withwave is adding new technologies and abilities to future portfolio of competences to ensure long-term success. For more information, visit

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