Satellite Communication Technology has seen a significant increase in interest over the last few years. SATCOM has advanced technological development when it comes to communications as it offers global coverage in a powerful and efficient manner. One of the interesting features, among others, is its ability to network a large number of users located on the surface of the earth at the same time. Satellite systems are usually deployed in the LEO, MEO or GEO orbits for the purpose of providing global networking across the globe. In this article, everything RF has listed some interesting satellite communication products that were trending on the website in May 2022.
Ku-Band Block-Up Converters from 13.75 to 14.50 GHz
The AM-9343 Series from Amplus Communication are Ku-Band Block Up-Converters that up-convert an input frequency from 950 – 1700 MHz to an output frequency from 13.75 – 14.50 GHz. They have a conversion gain of 58 dB, a P1dB of more than 4 W, and an RF output noise density of -160 dBm/Hz in the receiver band. These BUCs require a DC supply from 13 to 28 V and consume less than 65 W of power. They are available in IP67-rated enclosures that measure 175 x 84 x 59 mm with F-type/N-type (female) input connectors and a WR75 grooved waveguide interface at the output. These BUCs are ETSI & FCC Compliant and support antennas up to 2.4 m in diameter.
40 W GaN-Based BUC/SSPA from 29 to 31 GHz
The Dual GaN Ka BUC from TTI is a GaN-Based BUC/SSPA that converts an input frequency from 1-2 GHz to an output frequency from 29-31 GHz. It delivers an output power of up to 40 W (46 dBm) with a gain of over 70 dB. This BUC has a built-in linearizer, output isolator & switchable local oscillator and provides the capability to adapt BUC configuration to the required output power, optimizing the consumption while keeping the same electrical specifications. Read more.
100 W GaN Block Upconverter from 27.5 to 31 GHz
The ABD100UKA from Actox is a Block Upconverter that converts an input frequency from 950 – 1950 MHz to an output frequency from 27.5 – 31 GHz. It delivers an output power of more than 100 W with 72 dB of gain. The BUC is based on GaN technology which enables high efficiency, low power consumption and high reliability. It has spurious levels of less than -55 dBc and phase noise of -102 dBc/Hz @ 100 kHz offset. This BUC has an option for internal 10 MHz high stability reference autosensing. Read more.
32 W GaN SATCOM Block-Up Converter from 30 to 31 GHz
The Bobcat 32Ka from Comtech Xicom Technology is a SATCOM Block Upconverter that converts an input frequency (IF) from 1000 – 2000 MHz to an output frequency (RF) from 30.0 – 31.0 GHz. It is also available in a dual-band configuration with output frequencies of 29-30 GHz/30-31 GHz. This BUC delivers a saturated output power of 32 W with a small signal gain of 55 dB and gain adjustment of 25 dB in 0.1 dB steps. It is built using GaN solid-state devices that can provide high power levels while in the toughest environments. Read more.
E-Band mmWave Power Amplifier (8-Way) from 71-76/81-86 GHz
The Cerus 8 from Filtronic is a power amplifier that operates in the E-Band from 71 to 76 GHz (AA021) and 81 to 86 GHz (AA022). It is designed using GaAs MMICs that are performance-matched and efficiently combined in a waveguide to deliver maximum power. The amplifier delivers a saturated output power of more than 28 dBm with a small signal gain of 24 dB. It supports 256-QAM modulation and is available in an 8-Way configuration (1-Way and 4-Way configurations also available). Read more.
400 W Ku-Band Power Amplifier from 12.75 to 14.50 GHz
The HPA 3412B from ND SatCom GmbH is a High Power Amplifier that operates from 12.75 to 14.50 GHz in the Ku-band. It delivers a flange power of over 350 W and a TWT power of 400 W with a gain of over 65 dB. The amplifier requires an AC supply voltage of 110 to 240 V and consumes up to 1250 W of power during operation. This HPA is available in a rack-mount unit that measures 611 x 457 x 136 mm with an N-Jack input / N-Jack test port connector at the input and a WR 75 Waveguide interface at the output and is ideal for both transportable and compact fixed uplink stations. Learn more.
Ka-Band Phased Array Antenna Terminal for Commercial/Military Applications
The Ka500 from ThinKom is a Phased Array Antenna Terminal that operates in the Ka-band from 27.5 to 30 GHz (Tx band) and 17.7 to 20.2 GHz (Rx band). It supports GSO (Geostationary Satellites) and NGSO (Non-Geostationary Satellites) and delivers compact efficiency, network flexibility and reliability to any mobile application. The antenna has switchable polarization and supports data rates up to 200 Mbps. It has an integrated BUC and provides an EIRP of 49 dBW at broadside (45 dBW at 20° elevation). 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.
10 Km IF Optical Link from 10 to 200 MHz for SATCOM Applications
The Sat-Light Gold GL7330 70/140MHz from Global Foxcom is an IF Optical Link that operates from 10 to 200 MHz. This L-Band link is designed for a wide range of satellite up and downlinking facilities whereby high CNR levels are required. It consists of a high input power optical transmitter, which receives the RF signal from an IF modem, and an optical receiver that connects to the antenna BUC. The link provides an RF link gain of up to +10 dB, has a noise figure of less than 21 dB, and a CNR of 60 dB. It delivers an optical output power of more than 1 dBm and supports an optical wavelength of 1310/1550 nm. Read more.
Satellite Link Emulator for Geostationary Satellites
The PSLE-140-36D from Polaris is a Satellite Link Emulator that provides simulation of propagation delay, path loss, and Doppler frequency shift for closed loop testing of satellites and earth station terminals. It is available in an enclosure that measures 19.00 x 5.25 x 21.00 inches with RS-422/RS-485 interface and is suitable for applications such as satellite modem test, VSAT test, satellite payload test, UAV test, Earth terminal test, satellite system integration test bed and mobile transceiver test. Read more.
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