GPS/GNSS Low-Noise Amplifiers

Low-Noise-Figure GPS LNAs in an Ultra-Small WLP Package Offer Versions with Different Levels of Gain

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The MAX2686/MAX2688 low-noise amplifiers (LNAs) are designed for GPS L1, Galileo, and GLONASS applications. Designed in Maxim's advanced SiGe process, the devices achieve high gain and ultra-low-noise figure while maximizing the input-referred 1dB compression point and the 3rd-order intercept point. The MAX2686 provides a high gain of 19dB. The MAX2688 supplies 15dB of gain while attaining higher linearity.

The devices operate from a +1.6V to +3.3V single supply. The optional shutdown feature in the devices reduces the supply current to less than 10µA. The devices are available in a very small, lead-free, RoHS-compliant, 0.86mm x 0.86mm x 0.65mm wafer-level package (WLP).
MAX2686, MAX2688: Typical Application Circuit MAX2686, MAX2688: Typical Application Circuit Enlarge+

Key Features

  • High-Power Gain: 19dB (MAX2686)
  • Ultra-Low-Noise Figure: 0.75dB (MAX2686)
  • Integrated 50Ω Output Matching Circuit
  • Low Supply Current: 4.1mA
  • Wide Supply Voltage Range: 1.6V to 3.3V
  • Low Bill of Materials: One Inductor, Two Capacitors
  • Small Footprint: 0.86mm x 0.86mm
  • Thin Profile: 0.65mm
  • 0.4mm-Pitch Wafer-Level Package (WLP)


  • Automotive Navigation
  • Avionics
  • Cellular Phones with GPS
  • Digital Cameras
  • Notebook PCs/Ultra-Mobile PCs
  • Personal Navigation Devices (PNDs)
  • Recreational, Marine Navigation
  • Telematics (Asset Tracking and Management)
  • Watches

See parametric specs for Low-Noise Amplifiers (42)

Part NumberRF Freq.
RF Freq.
Noise Figure
Input IP3
(mm x mm)
minmaxSee Notes
MAX2686 157516100.7519-3164.10.86 x 0.86
$0.61 @1k
MAX2688 0.815.4-19.4

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.

MAX2686EVKIT: Evaluation Kit for the MAX2686/MAX2688
MAX2688EVKIT: Evaluation Kit for the MAX2686/MAX2688

Technical Documents

Tutorial 5100 General Layout Guidelines for RF and Mixed-Signal PCBs
Product Reliability Reports: MAX2686.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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