RF Communications for Unmanned Aircraft Systems

NuWaves Engineering Finishes R&D Phase of 4-Watt Linear RF Amplifier

By Mike Ball / 05 Apr 2017

NuWaves Engineering logoNuWaves Engineering has announced that it has completed the Independent Research and Development (IRaD) phase for its miniaturized VHF/UHF RF bidirectional amplifier (BDA), and has finished manufacturing the first 20 units for initial qualification testing and preliminary demo units. The NuPower Xtender VU4GX02 model features high linearity performance, small size and weight, high adjacent channel leakage ratio (ACLR), broad supply voltage range, and is aimed at the communications, telemetry, and electronic warfare markets.

The NuPower Xtender VU4GX02 provides 4 Watts of linear power over the frequency range of 225 MHz to 512 MHz, and greater than 10 Watts of saturated output power for applications where linearity is not required (i.e., constant envelope waveforms). Measuring 2.34” x 2.34” x 0.70” at 2.88 ounces, this BDA module provides the system integrator with a small, lightweight assembly for highly embedded designs that offers rugged reliability under harsh conditions. 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