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: FA8650-13-C-1514
Agency Tracking Number: F112-150-1069
Amount: $749,455.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2013
Solicitation Year: 2011
Solicitation Topic Code: AF112-150
Solicitation Number: 2011.2
Small Business Information
Auriga Measurement Systems LLC
Two Executive Dr., Suite 305, Chelmsford, MA, -
DUNS: 168849011
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Qin Shen-schultz
 Senior Engineer
 (978) 452-7700
 qshenschultz@aurigamicrowave.com
Business Contact
 Yusuke Tajima
Title: Chief Technology Officer
Phone: (978) 452-7700
Email: ytajima@aurigamicrowave.com
Research Institution
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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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