News | May 30, 2014

API Technologies Introduces 1,000 Watt Pulsed Power Amplifiers

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Expanded line of GaN-based power amplifiers is targeted for TWT replacement

API Technologies Corp. (“API” or the “Company”), a leading provider of high performance RF/microwave, power, and security solutions for critical and high-reliability applications, expands its line of Gallium Nitride (GaN) based power amplifiers to include designs that operate with output power levels up to 1,000 watts and frequencies to 18 GHz. These new pulsed, solid state power amplifiers are making their debut at the IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Symposium (IMS 2014) in Tampa, Florida.

These new power amplifiers can serve as a cost-effective replacement for traveling wave tubes (TWT), as the amplifiers’ long life, and reduced size and weight offer better efficiencies than their TWT counterparts.

API’s GaN-based pulsed power amplifiers can be used in numerous military and high end commercial applications including radar, communication transmitters, and jamming systems.

These unique power amplifiers are designed and manufactured in the United States and utilize in-house thin and thick film technologies, as well as Surface Mount Technology(SMT). The power amplifies are offered in hermetically sealed packages using mixed SMT and chip-and-wire manufacturing processes.

For high frequency applications, wave guide components can be integrated into the floor of the package to reduce combining losses and further increase functionality such as embedded harmonic filtering. Other options of the GaN-based power amplifiers include sleep mode, blanking, forward/reverse power detection, discrete power supply designs for wide DC input voltage ranges, as well as microprocessor-based control features for bias optimization, temperature compensation, fault monitoring, and customer interferences.

Dennis Barrick, technical marketing manager, RF/Microwave & Microelectronics (RF2M-US), API Technologies, said, “API’s feature-rich architecture combined with complementary design tools provide engineers a suite of customizable solutions to meet challenging requirements in performance, packaging, and lead times.”

Technical Specifications

  • Operating frequencies up to 18 GHz
  • Pulsed Power output levels from 500 W to 1 kW
  • In-house chip and wire (hybrid) and SMT manufacturing
  • Customer defined control features can be added to complement amplifier performance

About API Technologies Corp.
API Technologies is an innovative designer and manufacturer of high performance systems, subsystems, modules, and components for technically demanding RF, microwave, millimeter wave, electromagnetic, power, and security applications. A high-reliability technology pioneer with over 70 years of heritage, API Technologies products are used by global defense, industrial, and commercial customers in the areas of commercial aerospace, wireless communications, medical, oil and gas, electronic warfare, unmanned systems, C4ISR, missile defense, harsh environments, satellites, and space. For more information, visit www.apitech.com.

Upcoming Tradeshow
API Technologies will showcase a wide range of RF, microwave, MMW, and microelectronics components and assemblies including the new 1000W Pulsed Power Amplifier at Booth #1515 during the 2014 IEEE International Microwave Symposium (IMS-MTTS 2014). The IMS 2014 Exhibition takes place June 1-6 at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Florida.

SOURCE: API Technologies Corporation

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