RF Communications for Unmanned Aircraft Systems

NuWaves Engineering Announces Upgraded L- & S-Band RF Power Amplifier

By Mike Ball / 28 Sep 2015

NuWaves Power AmplifierNuWaves Engineering, a provider of radio frequency (RF) and microwave solutions, has announced the release of an upgraded broadband RF power amplifier for L- and S-band transmitters and data radios. The NuPower 12B01A model features improved power efficiency and operational temperature performance and a wider supply voltage range.

The NuPower 12B01A model, which replaces the L- & S-Band Power Amplifier model, delivers a minimum of 10 Watts (typically 13 Watts) of RF power from 1000 to 2500 MHz when sourced with a 0 dBm (1 milliwatt) RF input signal. Featuring improved power efficiency in the 30% to 50% range, and 40 dB of RF gain, the NuPower 12B01A provides high-efficiency RF amplification for a variety of transmitters, transceivers and data links that do not require linear performance.

The amplifier’s upgraded rugged aluminium chassis, at 3.00” x 2.00” x 0.65” in size, provides an additional 25 degrees Celsius of operational headroom with its new +85 degrees C maximum baseplate temperature rating. The unit also features a new broader supply voltage range of +11 to +32 VDC, supporting an array of RF communications, telemetry and electronic warfare applications, including systems running on battery power.

An alternative product configuration is available with reduced gain that accepts a +30 dBm (1 Watt) RF input signal from the transmitter, supporting a common RF output level of industry data links, such as L-3 Communications’ Bandit.

“Our flagship broadband power amplifier module has been improved in several key areas as a direct result of feedback received from our customers over the past few years,” said Jeff Wells, President and CEO of NuWaves Engineering. “This new release has already proven successful, as evidenced by contracts we’ve recently received from two of the U.S. military’s prime ‘Group 3’ unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) contractors for payload communications range extension.”

Posted by Mike Ball Mike Ball is our resident technical editor here at Unmanned Systems Technology. Combining his passion for teaching, advanced engineering and all things unmanned, Mike keeps a watchful eye over everything related to the unmanned technical sector. With over 10 years’ experience in the unmanned field and a degree in engineering, Mike’s been heading up our technical team here for the last 8 years. Connect & Contact