The NW-BA-C-15-RX01-C044 from NuWaves is a C-Band Bi-directional SSPA that operates from 5030 to 5091 MHz. On the TX side, it delivers an output power of 15 W (3 W of linear) and with a gain of 48 dB and has an efficiency of 20 %. On the Rx side, the amplifier has a P1dB of 18 dBm with a gain of 7.5 dB and a noise figure of 3.5 dB. It is based on gallium nitride (GaN) technology and has an over-voltage protection feature. The SSPA requires a DC supply of 28 V, draws 4.6 A of current in Tx mode and 0.3 A of current in Rx mode.
The amplifier supports a 3.3 V or 5 V logic control interface and helps create an improved link margin. It provides a lower load on the DC power budget due to high-efficiency operation. The NW-BA-C-15-RX01-C044 is available in a module that measures 3.57 x 2.57 x 0.50 inches and has SMA-female connectors. It is ideal for RF telemetry, software-defined radios, Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGV), and communication systems applications.