NEC has developed a GaAs MMIC SPDT (single-pole, double-throw) switch that delivers what the company claims is industry-leading insertion loss performance in a miniature, low-profile 6-pin package. Dubbed the UPG2163T5N, the switch is aimed at wireless LAN and WiMAX applications. Its TQFN package measures 1.5 mm2 and 0.37 mm high. Compared to the industry-standard SOT-363, it offers a 46% reduction in footprint and a 57% reduction in height. Hence, it's a potential alternative to chips in module designs, and can be used in thin PCM cards. With operation from 2.3 to 6 GHz, the UPG2163T5N is suited for dual-band 802.11a,b,g, as well as 3.5 GHz WiMax applications. For more information, go to www.cel.com/pdf/datasheets/uPG2163T5N.pdf.