RF Communications for Unmanned Aircraft Systems

NuWaves Engineering Announces New RF Bidirectional Amplifier for UAS Applications

By Mike Ball / 12 Jan 2017

NuPower Xtender 16A06A ModuleNuWaves Engineering has announced the upcoming release of the company’s new miniaturized VHF/UHF RF bidirectional amplifier (BDA). The NuPower Xtender 16A06A model features high linearity performance, small size and weight, high ACLR, and broad supply voltage range.

The NuPower Xtender 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 saturated output power for applications where linearity is not required (i.e., constant envelope waveforms). Available as a circuit card assembly or an enclosed module, this BDA provides the system integrator with the choice of a small, lightweight assembly for highly embedded designs, or a module for rugged reliability under harsh conditions. As a circuit card assembly, the BDA measures 2.34” x 2.34” x 0.61” and weighs 1.92 ounces, while the fully enclosed module version measures 2.34” x 2.34” x 0.70” at 2.88 ounces. Targeting an adjacent channel leakage ratio (ACLR) of -33 dBc at 4 watts’ average power output, this BDA is capable of achieving higher data throughput and a clearer reliable signal. This BDA also features a broad supply voltage range of +10 to +32 VDC, capable of supporting an array of RF communications, telemetry and electronic warfare applications, including systems running on battery power.

“We are excited to add this bidirectional amplifier module to our NuPower Xtender line of products. 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