VHF/UHF RF bidirectional amplifier designed for electronic warfare

1st September 2016
Posted By : Daisy Stapley-Bunten

NuWaves Engineering, an international Radio Frequency (RF) and Microwave solutions provider, announced the Internal Research and Design (IRaD) effort for a miniaturised VHF/UHF RF Bidirectional Amplifier (BDA). The NuPower Xtender model 16A06A will feature high linearity performance and small size, at an affordable price point.

The NuPower Xtender 16A06A model, part number NW-BA-16A06A, will provide 4W of linear power over the frequency range of 225 to 512MHz. The BDA will produce greater than 10W of output power for applications where linearity is not required (i.e., constant envelope waveforms). Available as a circuit card assembly or as a connectorised module, the BDA provides the system integrator with the choice of a small, lightweight assembly for highly embedded designs, or a connectorised module for rugged reliability under harsh conditions. As a circuit card assembly, the BDA measures 2.3x1.9x0.4”, with the connectorised version measuring 2.5x2. x0.6”. Further, the unit features a broad supply voltage range of +10 to +30VDC, supporting an array of RF communications, telemetry and electronic warfare applications, including systems running on battery power.

“We are excited to begin the development of this bidirectional amplifier module. This product is targeted at the Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) market, filling the gap in the market for small, linear VHF/UHF power amplifiers,” said Jeff Wells, President and CEO of NuWaves Engineering. “The NuWaves’ team takes pride in our ability to support our clients with best-inclass RF solutions, rapidly fulfilling the ever-changing needs of the Warfighter.”

NuWaves Engineering is a premier supplier of RF and Microwave solutions for Department of Defense (DoD), government, and industrial customers. An RF engineering powerhouse, NuWaves offers a broad range of design and engineering services related to the development and sustainment of key communications, telemetry and electronic warfare systems, as well as a complete line of commercially available RF products. NuWaves’ products include wideband frequency converters, high-efficiency and miniature solid state power amplifiers and bidirectional amplifiers, high intercept low noise amplifiers and miniature RF filters. NuWaves Engineering…Trusted RF Solutions.

The NuPower Xtender 16A06A is expected to be available in the first quarter of 2017.

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