MMBT5179 amplifier board

The MMBT5179 is a cheap NPN bipolar junction transistor designed for radio frequency applications. I designed this super simple 1″ square board to test the performance of this transistor.

I personally intend to use this part in the HF range from 10 – 30 MHz. Due to this being a two layer board I was unable to make the trace impedance 50 ohms. The traces would need to be >100 mils wide. However, the traces are extremely short with this being such a small PCB.

As configured, the bias current should be about 11 mA. Intended supply voltage is 5.

Simulation shows gain of +20dB at 20 MHz. We’ll see!

This PCB is shared on OSH Park. It’ll cost about $5 for three copies.

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