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20 Gigahertz (GHz) Radiation Hardened Solid State Power Amplifier (SSPA) for…

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Department of Defense
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2012 / SBIR
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Auriga Measurement Systems LLC
Two Executive Drive Suite 305 Chelmsford, MA -
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Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2012
Title: 20 Gigahertz (GHz) Radiation Hardened Solid State Power Amplifier (SSPA) for Satellite Communications (SATCOM) Downlinks
Agency: DOD
Contract: FA8650-12-M-1327
Award Amount: $149,752.00


ABSTRACT: Auriga will produce an ultra-linear high-power, high-efficiency amplifier to be used in satellite communication systems. The innovative approaches are proposed and validated in Phase I. The enabling technology is Gallium Nitride (GaN) ,which is well-known for its power handling capability. State-of-the-art 0.15 m gate GaN HEMT technology will be used in the design. The concept will be verified by device characterization, modeling and a prototype amplifier demonstration. MMIC amplifiers will be the final goal and will be fabricated in Phase II. Also, a proof-of-concept high-linear and high-power amplifier will be demonstrated in Phase I. Auriga will also evaluate the impact of radiation hardness for GaN HEMTs device in Phase I. BENEFIT: The successful outcome of the project will provide high-efficiency linear high-power amplifiers for use in satellite communications systems. The amplifier design methodology developed under this effort can be used in a broad range of military and commercial communications applications.

Principal Investigator:

Qin Shen-Schultz
Principal Engineer
(978) 441-1117

Business Contact:

Yusuke Tajima
Chief Technology Officer
(978) 441-1117
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Auriga Measurement Systems LLC
650 Suffolk Street Suite410 Lowell, MA -

EIN/Tax ID: 201168370
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No