TRAK Microwave of Tampa, Florida USA, has introduced a new high power transceiver (HPT) that functions as a complete airborne Satcom solution. According to TRAK, the HPT integrates the required GaN SSPA, along with upconverters, downconverters, and digital controls. The company contends that the new HPT offers a highly modular yet easily maintained system. The system design has multiple Built-in-Test (BIT) functions and provides advanced interoperability features.
The rugged system can operate at the higher maximum channel temperature limit of GaN devices and boasts built-in SSPA protection against high VSWR loads. TRAK created the device for applications that require additional commercial air transport use assurance. An optional vibration isolation platform with a vibration-insensitive OCXO installed is available for the HPT.
With a gain variation of less than 1.0 dB over any 36 MHz band, the HPT can transmit from 13.75 to 14.5 GHz from an IF frequency of 950 to 1700 MHz. The device offers frequency block down conversion from 10.7 to 11.7 GHz to the low band IF of 950-1950 MHz or from 11.7 to 12.75 GHz to the high band IF of 1100-2150 MHz. The Receive bands are selectable with commands over the Ethernet bus.
TRAK contends that the device is ideally suited and qualified for commercial airborne environments. The type-N RF TX/RX and TNC IF TX/RX compact and highly-integrated device operates from -15 degrees C to +55 degrees C.