Nuwaves Announces 20 W C-Band RF Bi-directional Amplifier for Electronic Warfare Markets

NuWaves Engineering has completed the IRaD (Internal Research and Design) phase for its miniaturized C-band bidirectional amplifier (BDA) from its Xtender bidirectional amplifier portfolio. The NuPower Xtender C20RX01 BDA module follows the recent releases of both the C-Band Low Noise Amplifier, HILNA CX and the C-Band Power Amplifier (NuPower C20R01) as the company looks to push its presence and expertise to higher-frequency applications.

The new Bi-Directional Amplifier 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 Xtender C20RX01 provides a 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 4.9 GHz. For complex waveforms that require a linear PA, it has an error vector magnitude (EVM) of 4% at 2 Watts of output power. It has been designed to operate flawlessly with constant envelope, GFSK, OFDM, and LTE-based waveforms, allowing maximum range extension for communication links that utilizes these waveform types.

With a nominal input drive level of 0 dBm, the C20RX01 offers an impressive 30 dB of RF gain. Further, the PA’s aluminum chassis provides improved heat dissipation characteristics for higher-temperature operation, and at a compact size, it is small enough for integration into a wide variety of air- or ground-based tactical, test or training platforms.

The product is primarily targeted for the military communications market, including unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), filling the current gap in the market for small bidirectional amplifiers. Click here for product details.