Miniaturized bidirectional amplifier for military RF and microwave uses introduced by NuWaves

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio – NuWaves Engineering in Middletown, Ohio, is introducing the NuPower Xtender 12C04A miniaturized bidirectional amplifier for military, government, and industrial RF and microwave applications.

Mar 1st, 2017
By Mil & Aero staff
By Mil & Aero staff

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio – NuWaves Engineering in Middletown, Ohio, is introducing the NuPower Xtender 12C04A miniaturized bidirectional amplifier for military, government, and industrial RF and microwave applications.

The NuPower Xtender 12C04A model, part number NW-BA-12C04A, provides 15 Watts of RF power across L- and S- band frequencies of 1.0 to 2.5 GHz, for extending the communication range of half-duplex transceivers with constant-envelope waveforms.

Adjacent radio frequency bands, such as the popular 900 MHz industrial, scientific, and medical (ISM) band also are supported at lower peak power levels.

In receiver mode, the 12C04A bidirectional amplifier offers a noise figure of 3.5 dB and a low noise amplifier that provides 13 dB of gain. The module accepts a +5 dBm input level and provides a minimum 35 dB of transmit gain, all while operating with 30 percent or better power efficiency.

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This bidirectional amplifier has the option of manual transmit / receive (T/R) mode selection or automatic transmit sensing, coupled with an extremely fast T/R mode switch time of less than 1.5 microseconds to support a variety of digital data links, including AeroVironment’s DDL, FreeWave Technologies’ radios, and Microhard Systems’ radios.

All of this has been designed into a system with a small form factor of 6.9 cubic inches by using gallium nitride (GaN) power amplifier device technology, the NuPower Xtender 12C04A bidirectional amplifier module is for broadband RF telemetry and communication systems that require reliability and minimal size, weight, and power consumption (SWaP).

For more information contact NuWaves Engineering online at www.nuwaves.com.

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