[Satnews] Norsat International Inc. (“Norsat” or “the Company”) (TSX: NII and NYSE MKT: NSAT), provider of communication solutions that enable the transmission of data, audio and video for remote and challenging applications, announces that it has released the ATOM 25 Watt Ka-band Block Upconverter (BUC) and Solid State Power Amplifier (SSPA). The ATOM Ka- dual-band BUC and SSPA are up to 70 percent smaller and up to 65 percent lighter than equivalent BUCs, making them a perfect fit for applications where size and weight are of concern, including airborne and land-based Communications-On-The-Move (COTM) applications. ATOM Ka- products also provide ultra-high power efficiency, consuming up to 60 percent less power than other available BUCs and SSPAs on the market, another highly important differentiating feature that customers desire when it comes to various communication applications.
The 25W ATOM Ka BUC is software switchable between commercial and military Ka-band frequency (29-30 and 30-31 GHz, including WGS compliance) and custom variants are available from 27 GHz to 32 GHz. Applications for the BUCs and SSPAs include portable VSAT terminals, RADAR, and CDL. The ATOM Ka- comes with selectable options, as well as customization capabilities to suit specific customer needs. The ATOM Ka-band BUCs and SSPAs are also available in 1:1 redundant configurations.
Dr. Amiee Chan, chief executive officer of Norsat, commented, “We are pleased to commence offering the Ka-band line of BUCs and SSPAs from our expanding ATOM series. The introduction of the Ka-band line follows the success of our Ku-band ATOM product, and response from customers who desire integrating the next generation technology into their product solutions. Our research and development team has done an excellent job bringing this product to market in an accelerated timeline, highlighting the high level of expertise and commitment to serving our client’s needs. In addition, we expect this new 25W product to be the first of several new Ka-band products, with expanding wattages to arrive in the coming months. We have high expectations for the success of this new product offering, not only for its differentiating features, but also due to the high inherent demand for applications using Ka-band around the globe.”
Norsat’s innovative ATOM series platform has shown great commercial success and the new ATOM Ka-band product already has considerable interest from several customers. Earlier in 2015, Norsat shipped prototypes of the Ka-band BUCs and worked with its customers to ensure the Ka-band BUC and SSPA would meet military standards including shock, vibration, electromagnetic interference, as well as DO-160 airborne standards.