Wolfspeed to Introduces MMIC PA for Ku-band Satellite Communication Applications

Wolfspeed, a Cree Company, is presenting and contributing to SATELLITE 2017, which will take place in Washington, D.C. from March 6 – 9, 2017. For more than 35 years the SATELLITE conference has served to unite aerospace professionals from over 150 nations to examine important issues and the latest developments in satellite technology.

Wolfspeed representatives will attend to debut an MMIC power amplifier for lower Ku-band satellite communication applications.  The power amplifier operates from 12.7–13.25 GHz instantaneously with an output power of 60W.  According to Wolfspeed, the CMPA1D1C060D three-stage GaN-on-SiC power amplifier delivers three times higher gain than other currently available GaN and GaAs input matched transistors. The power amplifier achieves a power efficiency increase of about 30% leveraging Wolfspeed’s GaN MMIC technology.

Jim Milligan, RF and microwave director, Wolfspeed commented, “Satellite technology is advancing rapidly, and the wide bandwidth and higher efficiency advantages of GaN will be a key part of next generation payloads for both commercial and military applications. With Wolfspeed’s proven track record of faster cycle times, higher first-pass design successes, and greater reliability than our competitors, we’re looking forward to joining the discussion on the future of satellite technology.”

During the conference, Wolfspeed will host a daily drone giveaway at 4:00 pm Tuesday and Wednesday and 11:00 am Thursday. Participants must be present to win.