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Kilowatt K-band SSPA

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: HQ0147-16-C-7501
Agency Tracking Number: B152-023-0233
Amount: $139,831.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: MDA15-023
Solicitation Number: 2015.2
Solicitation Year: 2015
Award Year: 2016
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2015-12-18
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2016-12-20
Small Business Information
7586 Old Peppers Ferry Loop
Radford, VA 24141
United States
DUNS: 827121455
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: Yes
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Steven Huettner
 (800) 341-2333
Business Contact
 Scott Meller
Phone: (800) 341-2333
Research Institution

Gallium nitride (GaN) has opened the door to solid-state replacements of tube type amplifiers, with commercially-available units starting at low frequencies and continuing to Ku-band.Lower frequencies amplifiers can be constructed using hybrid techniques, where unmatched power field effect transistors (FETs) of large periphery can be made into unit-cell amplifiers using microstrip matching networks on conventional circuit boards.At K-band, unit cell amplifiers are best done monolithically, and the required power combiner architecture must be carefully considered with regards to power handling, insertion loss and the ability to combine many devices into one output. In this Phase I program our goal is to develop a solid-state power amplifier using GaN MMICs that cover K-band communications frequencies.The SSPA must be reliable, supportable and sustainable, with easily replaced line replaceable units (LRUs).Nuvotronics plans to leverage earlier SBIR work on a miniaturized TWT replacement SSPA at K-band which forms the basis for our LRU.Power will be increased using a new high-power combiner structure demonstrating novel features and advanced manufacturing techniques.(Approved for Public Release 15-MDA-8482 (17 November 15))

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