Qorvo, a leading provider of innovative RF solutions that connect the world, has partnered with Polarity to develop integrated rack/hub-mounted solid state power amplifiers (SSPAs) for radar and electronic warfare (EW) applications.
Qorvo's newly released 2-20 GHz, 300 W Spatium® power amplifier is at the core of Polarity's newest broadband SSPA housed in an EIA-compatible 3-unit height, rack-mountable chassis. This state-of-the-art SSPA solution incorporates a wide input range AC - DC power supply, fan-forced convective thermal management and an internal driver amplifier. The Spatium high-power amplifier is designed to operate in wideband testing, communications, radar or any application requiring capability for simultaneous power amplification of signals across the 2 - 20 GHz operational bandwidth.
Unlike legacy technologies such as Traveling Wave Tubes (TWTs), the Spatium-based Polarity SSPA offers customers a lower operating voltage system with a much longer mean time between failures (MTBF) and the ability to operate even if one of the elements is damaged, using ‘graceful degradation’. Replacement can also be performed in just a few hours instead of weeks, saving precious repair time and cost.
Wade Goins, President of Polarity, said, "We are very excited to team with Qorvo to deliver Spatium-based SSPA solutions that exceed customer performance expectations while being reliable and easy to maintain. Our end customers are very pleased with the RF performance and reliability of our new SSPA, which offers longer uninterrupted mission operation and a significant reduction in total cost of ownership compared to existing solutions."
Tim Hornback, Senior Product Line Manager for Qorvo Spatium, said that teaming with a proven and respected system integrator like Polarity gives them the unique opportunity to provide customers with a turnkey SSPA solution that gets them up and running quickly and with confidence.