The increased focus on smaller platforms, more autonomous systems as well as a drive to faster time to deployment is creating a new paradigm in the defense industry. The established ecosystems and traditional product development roles and responsibilities are unlikely to enable the most effective future solutions.
Kymeta has unveiled the commercialized version of the company’s Ku-Band electronically scanned antenna based on metamaterials technology. The mTenna, used with Kymeta’s KyWay terminal, provides a satellite link for mobile platforms or stationary sites that lack terrestrial infrastructure. The company also announced a partnership with Intelsat for a satellite data service using mTenna and KyWay.
Imec announced that 200 mm GaN on Si e-mode power devices showed no degradation after heavy ion and neutron irradiation, testing performed in collaboration with Thales Alenia Space. Imec's e-mode devices have a pGaN gate architecture.
Custom MMIC highlights the company's space qualification capabilities for high performance GaAs MMICs. Over 70 commercial off-the-shelf MMIC die can be qualified to MIL-PRF-38534 Class K or hermetic packaged and qualified per MIL-PRF-38535 Class S.
Empower RF released a scalable pulsed L-Band power amplifier with an expandable system hardware architecture designed to save money — "Buy only the power needed today" and add power amplifier blocks later when more output power is required.
Eutelsat Communications and ViaSat Inc. have completed setting up a joint venture to expand Eutelsat's current wholesale broadband business and launch a new consumer retail service in Europe and the Mediterranean.