25-W RF Power GaN HEMT

Cree’s CGH40025 is an unmatched, gallium-nitride (GaN) high-electron-mobility transistor (HEMT). The CGH40025, operating from a 28-volt rail, offers a general-purpose, broadband solution to a variety of RF and microwave applications. GaN HEMTs offer high efficiency, high gain and wide bandwidth capabilities, making the CGH40025 ideal for linear and compressed amplifier circuits. The transistor is available in a screw-down, flange package and solder-down pill packages.


  • Up to 6 GHz Operation
  • 15 dB Small Signal Gain at 2.0 GHz
  • 13 dB Small Signal Gain at 4.0 GHz
  • 30 W typical PSAT
  • 62 % Efficiency at PSAT
  • 28 V Operation


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