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

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$749,455.00
Award Year:
2013
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
FA8650-13-C-1514
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
F112-150-1069
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF112-150
Solicitation Number:
2011.2
Small Business Information
Two Executive Dr., Suite 305, Chelmsford, MA, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
168849011
Principal Investigator:
Qin Shen-schultz
Senior Engineer
(978) 452-7700
qshenschultz@aurigamicrowave.com
Business Contact:
Yusuke Tajima
Chief Technology Officer
(978) 452-7700
ytajima@aurigamicrowave.com
Research Institute:
Stub




Abstract
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.

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