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August 11, 2021 - East Brunswick, NJ - Triad RF Systems, a leading designer and manufacturer of innovative RF/Microwave amplifiers and integrated radio systems for challenging environments, presents their newest Blog entry entitled, "3 Practical Steps to Begin the Custom RF Power Amplifier Design Process." It outlines the process to Research and Plan with Size and Performance in Mind; to Design, Simulate, Manufacture; and to Test, Tune and Repeat. "It takes years of expertise to push the boundaries of linearizing RF Solid State Power Amplifiers (SSPAs) while maintaining a price structure that allows RF amplifier solutions to meet cost targets. So, due diligence is crucial. Please feel free to contact us with any question." You can also download our paper entitled "Key Considerations for a Successful Custom RF Amplifier Design."

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As you might expect, custom RF amplifier design is subject to a wide range of implementation challenges and environmental conditions, including the need to balance performance, efficiency, size and weight. Technology limiters are always an issue too because, even though older technologies can provide more predictability, they often sacrifice size and efficiency. Newer technologies can offer more efficient performance capabilities in smaller packages, but it often comes at a higher cost with less reliability.

The bottom line is that most custom power amplifiers are required to have extremely high reliability, high MTBF (Mean Time Between Failures) and they must have the ability to operate in harsh conditions at full output power. So what is the best approach to take when starting the design for your next custom RF amplifier?

First, it is best to begin with highly detailed specific function(s) required for the device, as well as specifications for the system conditions in which it is to be used. Second, it is important to identify factors such as the intended frequency band and any size, weight, or power (SWaP) constraints that might affect functionality and design. And lastly, any special features should be identified.

Be aware, conflicting or unclear requirements, as they can stop a design before it's even started. Armed with your requirements, you'll be able to make the necessary design trade-off decisions that result in the best performing device for your application.

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Based in East Brunswick, New Jersey, Triad RF Systems, Inc. designs and manufactures innovative RF/Microwave amplifiers and integrated radio systems for challenging environments. Products include power amplifiers, bi−directional amplifiers, rack mount systems, microwave radios, and custom multi−function assemblies.


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