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VBAND SATCOM

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-19-P-1874
Agency Tracking Number: F182-111-1178
Amount: $149,960.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF182-111
Solicitation Number: 2018.2
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2018
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-02-25
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2020-02-25
Small Business Information
398 South Mill Ave, Suite 304, Tempe, AZ, 85281
DUNS: 078602532
HUBZone Owned: Y
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Dr. Esko Mikkola
 (480) 494-5618
 engineering@alphacoreinc.com
Business Contact
 Kimberlee Olson
Phone: (480) 494-5618
Email: kimberlee.olson@alphacoreinc.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Alphacore, Inc. proposes to design, simulate, and verify a radiation-hard fully-integrated gallium nitride (GaN) based V-band power amplifier (PA). As detailed in Air Forces Phase I solicitation subtopic AF182-111 the designed power amplifier will exhibit greater than 30 W of saturated output power (Psat) at power added efficiency (PAE) level of >30%.The amplifier will maintain this output power within the frequency range of 71 GHz to 76 GHz.The power amplifier will have 24 x 1.5W PA monolithic microwave integrated circuits (MMIC) combined with a novel power combiner. The power amplifier MMIC will include techniques to improve efficiency and decrease footprint while maintaining the desired output power.The proposed amplifier will be designed using HRLs T3 gallium nitride on silicon carbide (GaN-on-SiC) fabrication process and have an extended frequency range from 69 GHz to 78 GHz, radiation hardness level >1Mrad and operating temperature range from -55C to +85C. To achieve an output power of greater than 1.5 W, the PA MMIC will be designed as a balanced power amplifier with power splitting and combining integrated into the MMIC.

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