GPS/GNSS Low-Noise Amplifier

0.8dB Noise Figure, 20dB Gain, GPS Low-Noise Amplifier (LNA) Improves Performance over Your Existing Solution

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The MAX2659 high-gain, low-noise amplifier (LNA) is designed for GPS, Galileo, and GLONASS applications. Designed in Maxim's advanced SiGe process, the device achieves a 20.5dB gain and an ultra-low-noise figure of 0.8dB while maximizing the input-referred 1dB compression point and the 3rd-order intercept point at -12dBm and -5dBm, respectively.

The MAX2659 operates from a +1.6V to +3.3V single supply and consumes only 4.1mA. The shutdown feature in the device reduces the supply current to be less than 1µA. The MAX2659 is available in a very small, lead-free, RoHS-compliant, 1.5mm x 1.0mm x 0.75mm, 6-pin µDFN package.

MAX2659: Pin Diagram/Functional Diagram/Typical Application Circuit MAX2659: Pin Diagram/Functional Diagram/Typical Application Circuit Enlarge+

Key Features

  • Improves System Performance
    • Ultra-Low 0.8dB Noise Figure
    • High-Power 20.5dB Gain
    • Wide 1.6V to 3.6V Supply Range
  • Lowers System Cost With Low Bill of Materials and Small Size
    • Integrated 50Ω Output Matching Circuit
    • Small 1.5mm x 1.0mm Footprint
    • Thin 0.75mm Profile
  • Reduces Power Consumption
    • Low 4.1mA Supply Current
    • Power-Shutdown Control Mode to Eliminate the Need for External Supply Switch
  • AEC-Q100 (MAX2659ELT/V+ Only)


  • Automotive Navigation
  • Avionics
  • Cellular Phones with GPS
  • Location-Enabled Mobile Devices
  • Notebook PCs/Ultra-Mobile PCs
  • Personal Navigation Devices (PND)
  • Recreational, Marine Navigation
  • Telematics (Asset Tracking and Management)

See parametric specs for Low-Noise Amplifiers (42)

Part NumberRF Freq.
RF Freq.
Noise Figure
Input IP3
(mm x mm)
minmaxSee Notes
MAX2659 145017500.820.5-515.54.11.0 x 1.5
$0.70 @1k

Pricing Notes:
This pricing is BUDGETARY, for comparing similar parts. Prices are in U.S. dollars and subject to change. Quantity pricing may vary substantially and international prices may differ due to local duties, taxes, fees, and exchange rates. For volume-specific and version-specific prices and delivery, please see the price and availability page or contact an authorized distributor.

MAX2659EVKIT: MAX2659 Evaluation Kit
Product Reliability Reports: MAX2659.pdf 
Device   Fab Process   Technology   Sample size   Rejects   FIT at 25°C   FIT at 55°C   Material Composition  

Note : The failure rates are summarized by technology and mapped to the associated material part numbers. The failure rates are highly dependent on the number of units tested.

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Related Resources

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Evaluation Board5595MAX2659EVKIT MAX2659 Evaluation Kit