Advantech releases Second generation GaN maritime up-converter
Advantech Wireless, the Canadian developer of satellite broadband communications solutions, has released a 300W C-Band BUC (block up-converter) based on its Second Generation Super Compact TT Series GaN Technology.
The second generation 300W C-band GaN SSPA/SSPB (solid state power amplifier/ solid state power block) offers 60 percent RF linear power increase, while reducing the energy consumption by 30 percent, according to Advantech. It also reduces the weight and overall size by 45 percent. In terms of linear power, the 300W unit is the equivalent of a previous 500W SSPA, and of a 750W travelling wave tube (TWT).
These units are specifically designed for maritime application, where bandwidth demand has increased exponentially, and where the high temperature in the Radome is always a challenge.
"The improved GaN reliability and low size allow perfect integration into the ship stabilised antennas, where size is extremely important for perfect balancing, and where heat generation has to be reduced to the minimum," stated Cristi Damian, VP business development at Advantech Wireless. The Second Generation of 300W C-band GaN based systems, continues the tradition of the previous 200W C-band GaN based SSPAs from Advantech Wireless, already deployed and installed on thousands of ships in the sea, with outstanding performance."