Broadband GaN-based Power Amplifier for Airborne Tactical Communication Systems

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$79,421.00
Award Year:
2006
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N68335-07-C-0077
Award Id:
77017
Agency Tracking Number:
N062-119-1019
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
628 Hutton Street - Suite 106, Raleigh, NC, 27606
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
091129465
Principal Investigator:
Edwin Piner
Director of Materials Eng
(919) 807-9100
epiner@nitronex.com
Business Contact:
Kevin Linthicum
CTO
(919) 807-9100
klinthicum@nitronex.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Nitronex will use baseline GaN HEMT process (NRF1) to demonstrate feasibility of broadband 35-40W solid-state PA with >35% efficiency across 225-3200MHz frequency range required by the program. Nitronex will establish feasibility by (a) reducing thermal resistance of current generation device layout through thermal simulation (b) modifying CFET model with updated thermal characteristics of the output stage device (c) performing PA design with suitable architecture for high gain broadband performance using ADS and (d) fabricating devices to validate thermal and RF models of the output stage device. Nitronex will use its existing NRF1 technology, which has inherent broadband capability due to high power density (of GaN FETs), cost advantage and reliability (due to Si substrates). Nitronex will establish that usage of GaN on Si technology for solid-state PAs will lead to flexible, long range (high power), ultra broadband (more than 1 octave) and high efficiency amplifiers with small form factor and light weight.

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