20 Watt, C-Band Bi-Directional Amplifier for Commercial and Electronic Warfare Applications

NuwavesNuWaves Engineering, has announced the development of their latest miniaturized C-band bidirectional amplifier (BDA) to their line of NuPower XtenderTM bidirectional amplifier products.

The NuPower Xtender™ 06D05A BDA module, part number NW-BA-06D05A, follows the recent releases of both the C-Band Low Noise Amplifier (HILNATM CX) and the C-Band Power Amplifier (NuPowerTM 06D05A). This BDA offers the performance of a traditional power amplifier, coupled with a low noise amplifier for receive mode, providing an amplification solution in one miniaturized package for half-duplex transceivers.

The NuPower XtenderTM 06D05A will provide saturated RF output power of 20 Watts in transmit mode and 15 dB of gain in receive mode across the C-band frequency range of 4.4 GHz to 5.0 GHz. For complex waveforms that require a linear PA, the 06D05A has an error vector magnitude (EVM) of 4% at 2 Watts of output power. With a nominal input drive level of 0 dBm, the NuPowerTM 06D05A offers an impressive 43 dB of RF gain. Further, the PA’s aluminum chassis features improved heat dissipation characteristics for higher-temperature operation, and at a compact size of 5.5” x 4.5” x 0.7”, it is small enough for integration into a wide variety of air- or ground-based tactical, test or training platforms. With an impressive size, weight and power (SWaP) profile, the NuPowerTM 06D05A can be used with communications and telemetry systems to provide range extension or with electronic warfare systems for airborne electronic attack (AEA) at low altitudes, including unmanned aircraft systems (UAS).