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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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2013 / SBIR
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Auriga Measurement Systems LLC
Two Executive Drive Suite 305 Chelmsford, MA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
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Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2013
Title: 20 Gigahertz (GHz) Radiation Hardened Solid State Power Amplifier (SSPA) for Satellite Communications (SATCOM) Downlinks
Agency: DOD
Contract: FA8650-13-C-1514
Award Amount: $749,455.00


ABSTRACT: Auriga will complete the development of an innovative linearized K-band High Power Amplifier (HPA) in 24 months with one additional month for the final report. This innovative approach is expected to bring revolutionary performance (close to 40% PAE under QPSK). Auriga"s HPA will have a linearizer integrated in the MMIC and packaged, requiring no other interface or digital chips to accomplish the required linearity goals. Its feasibility has been shown during Phase I as a proof-of-concept (POC) demonstration. We scheduled two design and fabrication cycles of the GaN HEMT MMIC process before delivery of compact linearized HPA modules that meet or exceed requirements. BENEFIT: The linearizer technology developed under this SBIR supports the high data-rate requirements of future transformational communications satellites terminals. Demand for higher data-rates is ever present and growing. Although the primary target of this SBIR is for satellite communication systems in K-band, the linearizer technology addressed in this program is readily applicable to other communication programs throughout the DoD agencies. The need for highly efficient, high-linear transmitters is vital for many modern communication systems. A large application potential also exists in the purely commercial communication market, where demand for high data-rate is ever increasing. Cellular base stations and point-to-point terminals will benefit from this technology.

Principal Investigator:

Qin Shen-schultz
Senior Engineer
(978) 452-7700

Business Contact:

Yusuke Tajima
Chief Technology Officer
(978) 452-7700
Small Business Information at Submission:

Auriga Measurement Systems LLC
Two Executive Dr. Suite 305 Chelmsford, MA -

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