6 February 2018
Mission Microwave ramps production deliveries of 200W Ka-band GaN-based solid-state power amplifiers
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Mission Microwave Technologies of Santa Fe Springs, CA, USA, which makes solid-state power amplifiers (SSPAs) and block up-converters (BUCs), has completed the initial delivery and acceptance testing of its 200W Ka-band (30GHz) gallium nitride (GaN)-based products for a US-based technology integrator.
Mission Microwave is providing individual amplifiers and redundant systems based on its Titan Ka-band BUC. Both Ku-band and Ka-band systems are being delivered in support of mobile SatCom deployable systems. The 200W Ka-band Titan BUC produces over 100W of linear radio-frequency power in a 10kg package to support mission-critical communications while the Ku-band configuration delivers 200W of linear Ku-band RF power.
“Our customer needed a very high-power Ka-band solution within a very constrained size, weight and power (SwaP) budget,” says president & CEO Francis Auricchio. “The Titan amplifier system was a clear choice for their design with efficiency, SwaP and performance well beyond anything else available in the commercial market,” he claims. “The Titan BUC is less than half the weight of competing products and uses significantly less power while providing the linear performance and reliability needed.”
Tactical and commercial customers and their end-users can benefit from continued releases of new Mission Microwave RF products as satellite communications systems suppliers incorporate them in their designs for X-, Ku- and Ka-band uplinks for commercial and MilSatCom applications, says the firm. The GaN-based Ka- and Ku-band BUCs are based on a family of proprietary components and design elements that ensure the products are predictable and reliable in manufacture, operation and support, it adds.