12 March 2018
Mission Microwave announces highly integrated GaN BUCs for portable SATCOM terminals
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Mission Microwave Technologies LLC of Santa Fe Springs, CA, USA, which makes solid-state power amplifiers (SSPAs) and block up-converters (BUCs), has announced general availability of compact BUCs in the Ku- and Ka-bands for use in lightweight and embedded platforms.
Available in 12W Ka-band and 25W Ku-band versions, the Flatpack BUCs are just 1” thick and weigh only 1.75lbs. With forced air cooling and a full monitor and control interface, they are completely self-contained, and are suitable for rugged environments with an IP-67 rating.
The Ku-band Cube is a ruggedized 2.5lb, 25W BUC with a full suite of monitor and control functions available in serial or Ethernet formats. It draws less than 80W of DC power to produce 16W of linear power.
“Many of the industry’s lightest and smallest fly-away and man-portable terminals have already taken advantage of our efficient designs and reliable RF performance,” says president & CEO Francis Auricchio. “Our customers rely on Mission Microwave to deliver on-time and to continue to evolve our product line as the needs of mobile and non-traditional SATCOM users expand in both Ku-band and Ka-band in GEO, LEO and MEO applications,” he adds.
The 25W Ku-band Cube BUC is already deployed on customer terminals and is being exhibited integrated into small antenna offerings from multiple vendors at Satellite 2018 (booth #1225) in Washington, DC (13-15 March).