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    Lot of company develop and design high power RF products, and they know a fair amount about high power RF products and the devices that comprise that market space. Here I have to introduce Leonard Pelletier who is the Application Support Manager for Freescale RF in Tempe, AZ and is in charge of providing technical assistance to the amplifier design community, he told us that there are three relatively interesting and unknown facts about the high power RF product market that the consumers generally do not comprehend.

    One common assumption is that the RF power market is all about the larger, above 100W, high power parts and those are the types of products that sell the best.
Simply not true. In RF power, there is a large demand for a lot of low power, sub 5W devices, for drivers, pre-drivers and for signal management and control. About 25 percent of Freescale Semiconductor’s RF power device sales are for sub 5W, semi-low power amplifier components.
People tend to think that the RF power market is all about the high cost, gold plated, air cavity, flange mount ceramic packaged parts.
False. Overmolded plastic packaged parts outsell ceramic devices at about a 4 to1 ratio. Currently, high power plastic is limited to about 300W CW but it is the approximately 20 percent lower price advantage of over molded plastic that makes it so attractive, hence its larger market share.
People tend to believe that the RF power market is limited to a handful of devices in a limited range of power levels and package types.
Wrong again.
    This high granularity of the power level selection allows for fine degrees of design output power selection. In most RF amplifier designs, the selection of a device with an extra 10 percent larger power capabilities might make a lot of sense, from a design margin point of view.  But when that excessive output power capability increases the cost of the design by 2 percent and reduces the DC to RF conversion efficiency of the design by another 2 percent, then those trade-offs are usually deemed unacceptable.
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