The requirement for advanced products and components in the aerospace and defense sectors is increasing at an exponential rate. The defense and aerospace market requires components to deliver outstanding mechanical properties while maintaining their RF characteristics with high accuracy, better shock resistance, higher operating altitudes, and extreme weather conditions. everything RF has compiled a list of trending Aerospace & Defense RF products in May 2022.
High-Power Dual-MIMO Radio System from 1350 to 1500 MHz
The THPR1039 from Triad RF Systems is a Dual MIMO Radio System that operates in the L-Band from 1350 to 1500 MHz. It delivers an output of 10 W (5 W per channel) and achieves an RF link range of more than 50 km when used in both ground and air radio segments. This radio combines a DTC Solo8 MIMO radio, high power amplification, and custom filtering into a single, easy-to-integrate package. Read more.
C-Band Radar Transponder for Sea/Airborne Military Applications
The MD50C-5 from Ultra is a C-Band Radar Transponder that operates from 5.4 to 5.9 GHz. It is a miniature precision augmentation device used to enhance the capability of C-band radars. This transponder uses a state-of-the-art RF-to-video detection receiver which eliminates the need for typical IF down-conversion components such as the local oscillator, mixer, and IF amplifier. It utilizes the latest solid-state modern devices and circuitry, except for the triode transmitter, to provide a reliable product with an extremely long operating life. The transponder is used primarily for range safety functions and is suitable for use in both manned and unmanned vehicles. Read more.
Secure 2-Channel Software-Defined Radio from 2 to 512 MHz
The Badger™ from General Dynamics is a 2-Channel Software-Defined Radio that operates from 2 to 512 MHz. It is built using open architecture standards and provides a highly flexible voice and data communication platform. This radio is based on the long-proven Digital Modular Radio (DMR) that currently operates aboard U.S. Navy surface and sub-surface vessels, fixed sites, and other Department of Defense communication platforms. It is secured by General Dynamics’ programmable Advanced INFOSEC Machine (AIM) technology-certified Type 1 capabilities that secure communications and simplify the system architecture. Read more.
High-Performance Digital Frequency Synthesizer from 0.1 to 20 GHz
The SpectrumSeries DS-3000 synthesizer from Mercury Systems is a high-performance direct digital synthesis (DDS)-based frequency synthesizer. It can be used to synthesize signals up to 20 GHz with a 1 Hz resolution and has industry-leading phase noise of 121 dBc/Hz at 10 GHz with 10 kHz offset. The SpectrumSeries DS-3000 synthesizer has been designed to support the advanced frequency conversion requirements of customers and operates in the harshest environments. Read more.
X-Band Front End Module from 8.5 to 10.5 GHz for High-Temperature Radar Applications
The QPM5811 from Qorvo is an MMIC front-end module (FEM) for X-Band radars that operates from 8.5 to 10.5 GHz. It has an integrated T/R switch, low-noise amplifier, and a power amplifier. In the Tx path, the module delivers a saturated output power of 0.5 W with a small signal gain of 30 dB and a PAE of 45%. In the Rx path, it provides a gain of 26 dB with a noise figure of 2 dB. The compact size of this FEM supports tight lattice spacing requirements needed for X-Band phased array radar applications. It is available in a QFN surface mount package that measures 6 x 6 mm with an over-mold encapsulant, coupled with a high thermal conductivity die-attach process. Read more.
Connectorized/Surface-Mount Low Noise Amplifier from 6 to 18 GHz
The PE2-45-6G18G-4R5-24-12-SFF from Planar Monolithic Industries is a Low-Noise Amplifier that operates from 6.0 to 18.0 GHz. This amplifier provides a gain of up to 47 dB with a noise figure of 4.5 dB and has an output P1dB of more than 24 dBm. It requires a DC supply from 12-15 V and consumes 600 mA of current. It provides an internal voltage regulation along with unconditional stability. This LNA is available in a PE2 housing that can be used as either an SMA-connectorized or surface mount component and is designed for use in military and industrial applications. Read more.
Gain-Detector Amplifier from 2 to 18 GHz for Military Applications
The MSI-GCDA-MFM from Microwave Solutions is a Gain-Control-Detector Amplifier that operates in the X-band from 2 to 18 GHz. This amplifier provides a gain of more than 10.5 dB and has a P1dB of 23.0 dBm. It provides amplification and detection to support an integrated automatic level control (ALC) function, all within a single package. The amplifier functions of voltage-controlled gain, amplification, and detection can be specified in any order as may be desired by the system designer in order to minimize noise figures or maximize the overall dynamic range. It contains an additional analog control for finer-gain variation than that available from digital control. Read more.
20 W GaN MMIC Power Amplifier from 9 to 10 GHz
The CMPA901A020S from Wolfspeed is a GaN MMIC Power Amplifier that operates from 9 to 10 GHz. It has been developed for pulsed radar applications and delivers a saturated output power of more than 20 W with a gain of over 30 dB. The amplifier uses Cree’s high-performance 0.15um GaN-on-SiC production process and has a power-added efficiency (PAE) of up to 53% with support for lower system DC power requirements. It is available in a plastic overmold QFN package that measures 6 x 6 mm and is suitable for use in X-band pulsed radars, marine weather radars and military radars. Read more.
Temperature-Compensated Low Noise Amplifier from 0.5 to 4 GHz
The PE15A5101 from Pasternack Enterprises is a Temperature-Compensated Low Noise Amplifier that operates from 0.5 to 4 GHz. It provides a small signal gain of more than 35 dB with a noise figure of less than 4.5 dB and has a P1dB of 21 dBm. The LNA utilizes PIN diode compensation circuitry that adjusts gain levels as the device is exposed to temperature variations. It requires a DC supply from 12 to 15 V and consumes 350 mA of current. Read more.
400 W TWT Power Amplifier from 7.5 to 18 GHz
The 6548 from Ophir RF is a TWT Power amplifier that operates from 7500 to 18000 MHz. It delivers a saturated output of 400 W with a gain of more than 57 dB. This amplifier features internal power supplies that have solid-state DC-DC converter designs with fast loop response times so that output level variations are minimal. Both cathode and collector power supplies and the heater supply have duty cycle-regulated designs. It offers complete TWT protection such as helix overcurrent, cathode over/undervoltage, collector overvoltage, filament low voltage, over-temperature, input energy limit, and reverse power monitoring. Read more.
Software-Defined Radio with Tuning Range from DC to 9 GHz
The Chestnut from Per Vices is a Software-Defined Radio (SDR) designed for wireless communication, spectrum monitoring signals intelligence, and phased arrays applications. It has a 4 receive and 4 transmit radio chain architecture with each radio chain being independently controlled and offering an RF bandwidth of 500 MHz (2 GHz RF bandwidth capture when all chains are enabled). The architecture allows for either a common LO or separately tuned LOs to be used for improved coherency and stability for the applications requiring this architecture. It has a tuning range from near DC to 9 GHz which allows for the radio chains to be used for a variety of applications that require wide operating frequencies. Read more.
100 MHz VCXO with Sinewave Output
The N623 series from Greenray Industries is a VCXO with 100 MHz oscillation frequency. This VCXO provides a phase noise of -115 dBc/Hz (@ 100 Hz offset) and has a stability of ±15ppm while operating from -40 to 85 degrees celsius. The oscillator provides low g-sensitivity performance, requires a supply voltage of 5 V and provides a Sinewave output. It is available in an SMD package that measures 9.1 x 14.2 mm. This VCXO is RoHS compliant and follows random vibration per MIL-STD-202, Method 204 and shock per MIL-STD-202, Method 213 regulations. Read more.
Rugged RF Over Fiber Transceiver from 3.4 to 8.4 GHz
The MAKO-X from EMCORE is a C/X-Band RF Over Fiber Transceiver that operates from 3.4 to 8.4 GHz and is designed for high-speed fiber optics communication applications. The transceiver uses two fiber cores and combines C/X band transmitter and receiver capability in a single highly ruggedized package that is tested to MIL-STD-810G & MIL-STD-461F standards. It features a full-duplex operation, a high spurious-free dynamic range of 105 dB-Hz, phase noise of -100 dBc/Hz at 10 kHz, and a 1550 nm DWDM laser (1310 nm/1620 nm for WDM). This transceiver requires a DC supply of 24 V and consumes less than 9 W of power. Read more.
Ceramic Diplexer for L1/L2 GNSS Bands
The TT49778E-TR from Skyworks Solutions is a Ceramic Diplexer that operates in L1-L2 GNSS bands at 1227/1575 MHz. It can handle a CW input power of up to 2 W and has an insertion loss of 2.0 dB. This diplexer has a bandwidth of 16 MHz and provides an out-of-band rejection of 20 dB. It is available in an RoHS compliant surface-mount package that measures 0.40 x 0.44 x 0.12 inches. The diplexer is ideal for L1-L2 band systems, portable transceivers for both military and homeland security radio communications, radio navigation satellite, and earth exploration applications. Read more.
Half-Wave Omni-Directional Antenna from 1.35 to 2.5 GHz
The 1001-342 from Southwest Antennas is an Omni-directional Antenna that operates at L and S-band frequencies from 1.35 to 2.5 GHz. This vertically polarized antenna provides a peak gain of 2.4 dBi and has a VSWR of less than 2:1. It has a horizontal beamwidth of 360° and a vertical beamwidth of up to 110°. This half-wave antenna can handle an RF input power of up to 100 W. It is available in an enclosure with a rugged black G10 fiberglass radome that measures 154.69 x 20.62 x 99.8 mm and has an N-type (male) non-rotating connector. Read more.
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