NuWaves Completes 10 Watt C-Band Bidirectional Amplifier Development

NuWaves has announced the completion of the IRaD (Internal Research and Design) phase for their newest miniaturized 10 watt C-band bidirectional amplifier (BDA). This bidirectional amplifier will be added to their NuPower Xtender family of products. Each amplifier will be priced at $2,900/ea in quantities of one hundred, and will be available Q4 2017.

The NuPower Xtender C10RX01 (NW-BA-C-10-RX01) and C10RX02 (NW-BA-C-10-RX02) both provide saturated RF output power of 10 Watts in transmit mode and 10 dB of gain in receive mode across the C-band frequency range of 4.4 to 5.1 GHz. Both modules are designed to accept a 30 dBm input signal, making them compatible with common datalinks that typically provide a 1 W output. The C10RX01 requires a manual transmit/receive (T/R) control input signal, while the C10RX02 offers an autosense T/R control mode where the transmit/receive condition is determined automatically.

The BDA’s aluminum chassis features improved heat dissipation characteristics for highertemperature 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 NuPower Xtender C10RX01 (NW-BA-C-10-RX01) and C10RX02 (NW-BA-C-10-RX02) BDA modules follow the recent release of both the 20 W C-Band Power Amplifier (NuPower C20R01) and the 20 W C-Band bidirectional amplifier (NuPower Xtender C20RX01) as NuWaves looks to push their presence and expertise to higher-frequency applications. This BDA offers the performance of a traditional power amplifier coupled with a low noise amplifier for the receive mode, providing an amplification solution in one miniaturized package for half-duplex transceivers.