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8 December 2015

Advantech Wireless sees substantial growth in orders for GaN-based solid-state power amplifiers

Advantech Wireless Inc of Montreal, Canada (which manufactures satellite, RF equipment and microwave systems) has announced a substantial increase in bookings for its line of gallium nitride (GaN)-based solid-state power amplifiers (SSPAs) in fiscal first-half 2016.

“We rolled out GaN-based power amplifiers and block-up converters [BUCs] because our customers needed more efficient, longer-life components,” says VP of business development Cristi Damian. “The market has responded even faster than we had planned, and we will continue to roll out this technology in commercial and military markets through our research and development pipeline.”

Advantech Wireless claims to be the first company to commercialize GaN SSPAs for satellite communications, and its second generation is a result of R&D investment to increase efficiency and linearity. The second-generation GaN-based SSPAs/BUCs provide high linearity with what is claimed to be the highest power density and smallest size on the market.

Advantech Wireless says that introducing its second generation of GaN-based units has opened new opportunities in market segments that traditionally relied on traveling wave tube (TWT)-based amplifiers. The vast reductions in size, weight and power consumption — along with the enhanced linearity of the GaN-based technology — make possible new applications in tactical troposcattering communications and scientific research facilities. GaN technology also continues to offer dramatic cost reductions for teleport operators in the broadcast industry, the firm notes.

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Advantech Wireless increases production capacity of GaN-based SSPAs and BUCs

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Visit: www.advantechwireless.com

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