Comtech Telecommunications Corp.'s Santa Clara, California-based subsidiary, Comtech Xicom Technology, Inc., has rolled-out a series of high-power Gallium Nitride Solid-State Power Amplifiers (GaN SSPAs) to fill out the top end of the company's SSPA product line — according to the firm, the new compact and rugged antenna-mount amplifiers are significantly more efficient than competing SSPAs, which makes them ideal for transportable and mobile SATCOM applications where power draw matters.
For Ku-band customers, the new model — XTSLIN-200K — covers the 13.75 to 14.5 GHz Ku-band with a minimum of 200 Watts of linear power. The unit is in a compact, low-profile outdoor package that is ideally suited for transportable applications.
The other new model — XTSLIN-100K — also covers 13.75 to 14.5 GHz, with a minimum of 100 Watts of linear power, and is in the same package size as the company's 100W Linear X-Band SSPA, allowing for easy conversion from X- to Ku-band.
At X-band, Xicom's new model XTSLIN-200X further extends Comtech Xicom's tactical X-band product line, offering a minimum of 200W of linear power. The compact package size is identical to that of the new 200W Ku-band amplifier. Comtech Xicom also stated they already have industry-leading, high-efficiency X-band GaN products in certified terminals at linear powers of 20W, 50W and 100W — now the product line extends to 200W.
According to Mark Schmeichel, SVP and GM for Comtech Xicom, the company is working with customers to deploy X-band GaN SSPAs across a broad spectrum of power levels in small-to-medium sized terminals for tactical communications. Comtech Xicom offers linear powers from 20 Watts to 200 Watts in rugged compact packages. The new XTSLIN-200X compares favorably in size, weight, and especially power consumption to available products at this power level, and the common package size with the new Ku-band products is ideal for tactical military customers that want to optimize satellite availability. The company is looking forward to the growth of this market as on orbit X-band capacity grows dramatically.