NuWaves Engineering Team Wins NASA Small Business Innovation Research Contract
for C-Band Power Amplifier Developments
for Unmanned Aircraft Systems
Ohio, June 12, 2014 – NuWaves Engineering, an international Radio Frequency (RF) and Microwave solutions provider,
announced today that the company has been awarded a Phase I Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract from
the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to research and develop a linear
power amplifier (PA) for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS).
NuWaves, in collaboration with Auriga Microwave of Chelmsford, Massachusetts, proposed an innovative method to
reduce the size, weight and power (SWaP) of a linear C-band power amplifier for non-payload command and control (C2)
systems on unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) by leveraging advanced monolithic microwave integrated circuit (MMIC) technology
and linearization techniques. The team’s PA solution is expected to help overcome operational range limitations inherent
in the use of C-band for data link communications versus lower frequency bands in common use today, such as L-band
and S-band. In addition, the PA’s exceptional DC-to-RF power efficiency performance will enable support for smaller
aircraft, which are expected to comprise a higher percentage of unmanned air fleets in the future.
“NuWaves is pleased to team with Auriga Microwave to develop a new state-of-the-art linear C-band power amplifier
solution in support of safe national airspace integration of unmanned systems,” said Jeff Wells, President and CEO
of NuWaves Engineering. “Our team has both the theoretical knowledge and applied expertise necessary to successfully
develop and commercialize a new state-of-the-art PA solution for NASA.”
“The entire Auriga team is excited to work with NuWaves on this program,” said Bruce Cohen, President and CEO of
Auriga Microwave. Cohen continued, “Although this is our first collaboration with NuWaves, the synergy we’ve experienced
thus far with the team is incredible; their professionalism, knowledge, dedication and commitment to delivering the
best solution is right in line with our Company values.”
NuWaves Engineering is a premier supplier of RF and Microwave solutions for Department of Defense (DoD), government,
industrial and commercial customers. An RF engineering powerhouse, NuWaves offers a broad range of design and engineering
services related to the development and sustainment of key communications and telemetry systems, as well as a complete
line of commercially available RF products. NuWaves’ products include wideband frequency converters, high-efficiency
and miniature solid state power amplifiers and bidirectional amplifiers (T/R modules), high intercept low noise amplifiers
and miniature RF filters. NuWaves Engineering…Trusted RF Solutions™.
Auriga Microwave is a recognized international leader in modeling, measurement and design of RF, microwave and
millimeter-wave technologies. Auriga believes extensive solid-state experience, expertise with device modeling, and
a sound understanding of the physics of novel active devices is mandatory to meet the RF/microwave industry’s never-ending
demand for higher power, higher linearization, and higher efficiency. Auriga's customers benefit from the team’s years
of experience delivering timely and cost effective solutions. Auriga’s headquarters, lab and manufacturing facility
is based in Chelmsford, Massachusetts, USA with a sales office in The Netherlands.
About NuWaves Engineering
NuWaves Engineering is a premier
supplier of Radio Frequency (RF) and embedded systems products and solutions for DoD, non-DoD government, and industrial
customers. An RF engineering powerhouse, NuWaves offers a wide range of engineering design services focused on wireless
communications, as well as a complete line of commercially available module-level products, such as wideband RF upconverters
and downconverters, high-efficiency miniature solid state power amplifiers, high intercept low noise amplifiers, miniature
RF filters, and fiber optic RF distribution modules.
Contact Kevin Harrison, Business Development Engineer, at (513) 360-0800 ext 313, or visit our website at
www.nuwaves-ltd.com for more information.
Director of Business
132 Edison Drive
Middletown, Ohio 45044-3269
website at www.nuwaves-ltd.com
Posted June 13, 2014