RF power amplifiers for industrial and military applications

2nd April 2014
Nat Bowers

Pasternack Enterprises has introduced a family of coaxial X band high gain power amplifiers. The RF amplifiers are suitable for use as driver amplifiers or high power output amplifiers in commercial, industrial and military applications including telecomms infrastructure, test instrumentation, fixed microwave backhaul, radar systems, communication systems, satellite communications and commercial avionics.

Pasternack’s PE15A4006, PE15A4007 and PE15A4008 X band power amplifiers are packaged inside hermetically-sealed metal enclosures and exhibit outstanding performance in high gain, gain flatness, high linearity and wide dynamic range. This excellent performance is achieved by using a hybrid microwave integrated circuit design and advanced GaAs pHEMT technology.

The SMA amplifier modules are unconditionally stable and include built-in voltage regulation, bias sequencing, and reverse bias protection for added reliability. The power amplifier over-voltage protection is installed externally for easy repair. These high reliability RF amplifiers are fully matched internally for 50Ω input and output, which eliminates the customers need for any additional sensitive external RF tuning components.

The RF power amplifiers are suited for high linearity applications with frequencies of 8-12GHz. These X-band amplifiers offer 30-41dB small signal gain and operate over a temperature range from -30 to +70°C. The excellent gain flatness of these high gain amplifiers ranges of 0.50-1.0dB and the IP3 output performs up to 44dBm. Pasternack’s RF amplifiers are offered in 1 and 4W designs depending on the configuration.

Michael Rachlin, Product Manager, Active RF/microwave, Pasternack, commented: “The rapid growth of our active components offering signifies a new company strategy to further expand our reach in the RF industry. Our new X-band power amplifiers represent the first installment toward the execution of this strategic direction.”

The PE15A4006, PE15A4007 and PE15A4008 coaxial X band high gain RF power amplifiers from Pasternack are in-stock and available now.

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