X-Band and Ka Band Low Noise Block Downconverter

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$99,845.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA8650-11-M-1076
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
F103-178-0974
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF103-178
Solicitation Number:
2010.3
Small Business Information
650 Suffolk Street, Suite410, Lowell, MA, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
168849011
Principal Investigator:
QinShen-Schultz
Senior Engineer
(978) 441-1117
qshenschultz@aurigamicrowave.com
Business Contact:
YusukeTajima
Chief Technology Officer
(978) 441-1117
ytajima@aurigamicrowave.com
Research Institute:
Stub




Abstract
Phase I tasks will determine the integration plan for the block downconverters used in satellite communication systems. The anticipated advantage of using GaN HFETs for limiter/LNA combination will be quantified. The concept will be verified by device characterization, modeling and a prototype amplifier demonstration. MMIC amplifiers will be designed for the final goals, to be completed and fabricated in Phase II. A precise device model, both noise and large signal, of 0.15 micron gate GaN HFETs will be developed and used in the LNA design. Two amplifiers will be designed for X-band and Ka-band with the performance goals consistent with requirements. In parallel to completing the LNA design, a single-stage prototype amplifier will be built to demonstrate critical key features in the LNA design, such as noise figure and high-power survivability. Feasibility of integrating other block downconverter components will be studied and a recommendation will be made. BENEFIT: This technology is applicable to military satellite communication and radar systems. Commercial Application: High performance, affordable downconverter components would find wide application in commercial satellite communication systems and mobile communications.

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