Comtech Xicom Technology introduces new SSPAs, BUCs

Comtech Telecommunications Corp.´s Santa Clara, California-based subsidiary, Comtech Xicom Technology, Inc., which is part of Comtech´s Commercial Solutions segment, announces a new GaN-based Ku-Band solid-state power amplifier (SSPA) that packs a tremendous amount of power into a compact 48-pound (22 kg) antenna-mount outdoor unit (ODU), the company said.

This highly efficient SSPA incorporates an optional L- to Ku-band block upconverter (BUC) and provides 200 watts of linear output power in a package designed to handle tough environments and meet stringent Ku-Band RF requirements.

Using the latest in high-efficiency GaN semiconductor technology, Model XTSLIN-200K-B1 delivers 200-Watts of linear power across the SATCOM Ku-Band (13.75 — 14.5 GHz) on only 1600-Watts of prime power draw, making it the most efficiently operating SSPA in the industry.

The small package measures only 8-inches (H) x 14-inches (W) x 19-inches (L) (20.32cm x 36.53cm x 48.26cm) and is designed for outdoor use in challenging environments operating over a temperature range of -40⁰C to +60⁰C using forced air cooling. The monitor and control (M&C) interface provides a component system status via Ethernet or RS-485 and RS-232 and supports a range of redundancy control schemes. Variable phase-shift combining (VPC) systems using these SSPAs are also available to achieve even higher power with non-interrupting soft-fail continuous phase operation, eliminating cut-outs and long reacquisition periods.

Comtech Xicom Technology, Inc., a world provider of high-power amplifiers, manufactures a wide variety of tube-based and solid-state power amplifiers for military and commercial satellite uplink applications. The product range encompasses power levels from 8 W to 3 kW, with frequency coverage in sub-bands within the 2 GHz to 52 GHz spectrum. Amplifiers are available for fixed and ground-based, ship-board, and airborne mobile applications. visit www.xicomtech.com for more information.

Comtech Telecommunications Corp. designs, develops, produces and markets innovative products, systems and services for advanced communications solutions. The company sells products to a diverse customer base in the global commercial and government communications markets.