Diodes Incorporated

ZNBG6000 (Not Recommended for new design)

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The ZNBG series of devices are designed to meet the bias requirements of GaAs and HEMT FETs commonly used in satellite receiver LNBs, PMR, cellular telephones etc. with a minimum of external components. With the addition of two capacitors and resistors the devices provide drain voltage and current control for a number of external grounded source FETs, generating the regulated negative rail required for FET gate biasing whilst operating from a single supply. This negative bias, at -3 volts, can also be used to supply other external circuits. The ZNBG4000/1 and ZNBG6000/1 contain four and six bias stages respectively. In setting drain current the ZNBG4000/1 two resistors allows individual FET pair control to different levels, the ZNBG6000/1 two resistors split control between two and four FETs. This allows the operating current of input FETs to be adjusted to minimise noise, whilst the following FET stages can separately be adjusted for maximum gain. The series also offers the choice of drain voltage to be set for the FETs, the ZNBG4000/6000 gives 2.2 volts drain whilst the ZNBG4001/6001 gives 2 volts. These devices are unconditionally stable over the full working temperature with the FETs in place, subject to the inclusion of the recommended gate and drain capacitors. These ensure RF stability and minimal injected noise. It is possible to use less than the devices full complement of FET bias controls, unused drain and gate connections can be left open circuit without affecting operation of the remaining bias circuits. In order to protect the external FETs the circuits have been designed to ensure that, under any conditions including power up/down transients, the gate drive from the bias circuits cannot exceed the range -3.5V to 0.7V. Furthermore if the negative rail experiences a fault condition, such as overload or short circuit, the drain supply to the FETs will shut down avoiding excessive current flow. The ZNBG4000/1 and ZNBG6000/1 are available in QSOP16 and 20 pin packages respectively for the minimum in devices size. Device operating temperature is -40 to 70°C to suit a wide range of environmental conditions.


  • Provides bias for GaAs and HEMT FETs
  • Drives up to four or six FETs
  • Dynamic FET protection
  • Drain current set by external resistor
  • Regulated negative rail generator requires only 2 external capacitors
  • Choice in drain voltage
  • Wide supply voltage range
  • QSOP surface mount package


  • Satellite receiver LNBs
  • Private mobile radio (PMR)
  • Cellular telephones

Product Specifications

Product Parameters

IQ (mA) 6
LNA Bias Stages 6
Mixer Bias Stages N/A
VCC (V) 12
VNEG (V) -3

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