BC Systems GaN-Based Military RF Power Amplifier
Delivers 100 W from 20 to 305 MHz
BC Systems GaN-based Military RF Power Amplifier Delivers 100 W from 20 to 305 MHz
NY – March 28, 2010 – BC Systems today introduced the Model RF40015, an RF power amplifier designed for defense
applications in which broadband frequency coverage of 20 to 305 MHz and RF output power of at least 100 W in Class
AB operation is desired in a compact, rugged package.
The Model RF40015 combines the latest Gallium Nitride
(GaN) RF power transistors with the company’s advanced design and fabrication techniques to deliver high RF power
density in a module measuring only 5.5 x 4.5 x 1.6 in and weighing less than 2 lb. It has extremely fast blanking
speed of less than 5 µs for excellent noise performance and low standby power consumption, as well as efficiency
of at least 30% and the ability to deliver its full RF power output into VSWR of 2.5:1.
incorporates a custom DC-to-DC converter designed and manufactured by BC Systems that is highly efficient and
allows the amplifier to operate from a 26 to 30 VDC power source. The unit is fully protected for over-current and
over-voltage conditions, and has an operating temperature range of -20 °C to +85 °C (-45 °C to +95 °C
non-operating). It can be specified with an integrated low-power sampling port for RF output monitoring as well as
a directional coupler.
BC Systems can customize the DA Module to meet various military standards as well as for parameters such as
operating frequency range, mounting configurations, and connector type.
Founded in 1985, BC Systems, Inc., designs and manufactures high-performance switching and linear power
supplies, power control products, and solid-state RF power amplifiers using state-of-the-art device technologies
including gallium nitride (GaN) RF power transistors. The veteran-owned, ISO 9001:2008-certified company is
headquartered in a modern 22,000 sq. ft. facility in Setauket, N.Y. Typical applications for the company’s
products include radar, electronic warfare, electronic countermeasures, and satellite and terrestrial
communications systems. BC Systems customers include BAE Systems, EADS, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman,
Raytheon, Telephonics, United Technologies, and the U.S. government.