UltraCMOS™ Low Noise Amplifier
Product: UltraCMOS™ Low Noise Amplifier
Innovator: Peregrine Semiconductor/La Trobe University
Company: Peregrine Semiconductor Australia Pty Ltd
The UltraCMOS™ Low Noise Amplifier (LNA) is a microscopic electronic circuit that is used in receiving very faint signals such as in radio telescopes being developed by the CSIRO to explore deep space. Historically LNA’s have produced electronic noise within themselves that mask the faint incoming signals.
The UltraCMOS™ process includes advanced circuit architecture which is optimised for lowest noise interference.
- Ultra low noise over broadband
- Higher performance in uncooled applications such as radio telescopes
- Can integrate with other radio frequency circuitry for single-chip applications such as GPS
- Operational at cryogenic temperatures
- Can be manufactured in a standard electronic circuit wafer foundry
Status of Innovation:
The LNA is the first stage of a complete radio telescope antenna receiver. The prototype has been designed, manufactured and tested. The next phase is to design a larger portion of the antenna receiver using the data and experience derived from the first prototype. Additionally, the LNA can be used as a stand-alone device for communications receivers.