RF Communications for Unmanned Aircraft Systems

NuWaves Engineering to Develop New Miniaturized RF Bidirectional Amplifier

By Mike Ball / 29 Aug 2016

NuPower XtenderNuWaves Engineering, a provider of Radio Frequency (RF) and Microwave solutions, has announced an internal Research and Design (IRaD) effort for a miniaturized VHF/UHF RF bidirectional amplifier (BDA). The NuPower Xtender model 16A06A will feature high linearity performance and small size.

The NuPower Xtender 16A06A model, part number NW-BA-16A06A, will provide 4 Watts of linear power over the frequency range of 225 MHz to 512 MHz. The BDA will produce greater than 10 Watts of output power for applications where linearity is not required (i.e. constant envelope waveforms). Available as a circuit card assembly or as a connectorized module, the BDA provides the system integrator with the choice of a small, lightweight assembly for highly embedded designs, or a connectorized module for rugged reliability under harsh conditions. As a circuit card assembly, the BDA measures 2.3” x 1.9” x 0.4”, with the connectorized version measuring 2.5” x 2.1” x 0.6”. Further, the unit features a broad supply voltage range of +10 to +30 VDC, 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-in-class RF solutions, rapidly fulfilling the ever-changing needs of the Warfighter.”

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