RF Communications for Unmanned Aircraft Systems

NuWaves Engineering Announces New C-Band RF Power Amplifier

By Mike Ball / 18 Oct 2016

NuWaves Engineering LogoNuWaves Engineering, a Radio Frequency (RF) and Microwave solutions provider, has announced the upcoming release of the latest offering in the NuPower small, lightweight and high-efficiency power amplifier (PA) family of products – the NuPower 06D05A C-band PA.

The NuPower 06D05A provides saturated RF power of 20 Watts in C-band (frequency coverage from 4.4 GHz to 4.9 GHz), with module efficiencies of up to 30%. For complex waveforms that require a linear PA, the 06D05A has an error vector magnitude (EVM) of 4% at 2 Watts of output power. With a nominal input drive level of 0 dBm, the NuPower 06D05A offers 40 dB of RF gain. Further, the PA’s aluminum chassis features improved heat dissipation characteristics for higher-temperature operation, and at a compact size of 4.50” x 3.50” x 0.61”, it is small enough for integration into a wide variety of air- or ground-based tactical, test or training platforms. With its size, weight and power (SWaP) profile, the NuPower 06D05A can be used with communications and telemetry systems to provide range extension or with electronic warfare systems for airborne electronic attack (AEA) at low altitudes, including unmanned aircraft systems (UAS).

“As an add-on to an existing communications system, the NuPower 06D05A offers the systems integrator the ability to achieve greater communication range.” said Jeff Wells, President and CEO of NuWaves Engineering. “NuWaves Engineering takes pride in offering first-rate communications solutions to the Warfighter. Our power amplifiers enable greater standoff distances for UAS and unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) applications, giving our armed forces the advantage in hostile environments.”

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