Comtech Telecommunications Corp.'s Santa Clara, California-based subsidiary, Comtech Xicom Technology, Inc., the technology leader in high-power amplifiers for satellite communication (SATCOM) uplink applications, announced today a series of high-power Gallium Nitride Solid-State Power Amplifiers (GaN SSPAs) to fill out the top end of its industry-leading SSPA product line. The new compact and rugged antenna-mount amplifiers are significantly more efficient than competing SSPAs making them ideal for transportable and mobile SATCOM applications where power draw matters.
For Ku-band customers, the new model XTSLIN-200K covers 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.
Xicom's 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 its industry-leading 100W Linear X-Band SSPA, allowing easy conversion from X-band 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 already has industry-leading high-efficiency X-Band GaN products in certified terminals at linear powers of 20W, 50W and 100W – and now the product line extends to 200W. "Comtech Xicom 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. We offer linear powers from 20 Watts to 200 Watts in rugged compact packages," commented Mark Schmeichel, Senior Vice President, and General Manager for Comtech Xicom. "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. We are looking forward to the growth of this market as on-orbit X-Band capacity grows dramatically." Schmeichel added, "The new Ku-Band products are ideal for both Commercial and Military SATCOM applications, with very high efficiency that's optimal for high data rate transportable applications. The new XTSLIN-200K and XTSLIN-100K compare favorably in size, weight and power consumption to available products at similar output power levels while being built to withstand the toughest environments."