NuWaves Wins NASA SBIR Phase II Contract for C-Band PA Development and Prototyping
Middletown, Ohio, May 19, 2015 – NuWaves Engineering, an international Radio Frequency (RF) and Microwave solutions
provider, announced today that the company has been awarded a Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)
contract from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to develop and prototype a
and high-efficiency C-band power amplifier (PA) to provide communication range extension for a variety of NASA
missions and applications, including Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) integration into the National Airspace System
Under the terms of the contract, NuWaves Engineering will develop, prototype and test two distinct C-Band amplifier
variants: an efficient linear PA for data links with amplitude-modulated waveforms, such as Orthogonal Frequency
Division Multiplexing (OFDM), and a high-efficiency PA for data links with waveforms characterized by having little
or no amplitude variation. NuWaves' partner on the Phase II contract is InnoWave, Inc. of Acton, Massachusetts.
Together, the Team will incorporate linearization and Doherty amplifier designs into monolithic microwave integrated
circuit (MMIC) devices that will serve as the core of what will be connectorized PA modules capable of being integrated
into existing command and control and communication systems. In addition to the MMICs, each of the two connectorized
PA modules will feature a broad power supply range, advanced thermal management techniques and optional bidirectional
circuitry. Finally, the technology will be scalable to higher frequencies, such as X-, Ku-, K- and Ka-bands.
"We're thrilled to continue development of key power amplifier technologies, starting at the component device
level and moving up through connectorized modules, in order to decrease size, weight and power consumption for
C2 and comms links," said Jeff Wells, President and CEO of NuWaves Engineering. "Beyond C-band, we look to apply
these key technologies to higher frequency bands and power levels to support other NASA missions and priorities."
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
Contact Kevin Harrison, Business Development Engineer, at (513) 360-0800 ext 313, or visit our website at
www.nuwaves-ltd.com for more information.
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Posted May 19, 2015