20 Gigahertz (GHz) Radiation Hardened Solid State Power Amplifier (SSPA) for Satellite Communications (SATCOM) Downlinks

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-12-M-1327
Agency Tracking Number: F112-150-1069
Amount: $149,752.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2011
Solicitation Topic Code: AF112-150
Solicitation Number: 2011.2
Small Business Information
Auriga Measurement Systems LLC
650 Suffolk Street, Suite410, Lowell, MA, -
DUNS: 168849011
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Qin Shen-Schultz
 Principal Engineer
 (978) 441-1117
 qshenschultz@aurigamicrowave.com
Business Contact
 Yusuke Tajima
Title: Chief Technology Officer
Phone: (978) 441-1117
Email: ytajima@aurigamicrowave.com
Research Institution
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Abstract
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.

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