Auriga Microwave announced that it has been awarded Phase II.5 for its Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) N07-007 Solid-state High-efficiency Transmit Module. This Navy-sponsored 2-year effort will build upon the Phase II development of C-band power amplifiers and low noise amplifiers.

“We’re very excited about this award, as it allows us to move our current technology to a Technical Readiness Level 7 (TRL-7), where we will be able to test our prototypes in an operational environment,” said Yusuke Tajima, Auriga’s CTO. “Although both of these amplifiers are designed for a phased array radar system for an unmanned aerial system (UAS), where efficiency and size are optimized, the amplifiers are well suited for other applications within the defense market space.”

Originally targeted for a UAS UHF radar system, SBIR N07-007 was redirected by the Navy for a more immediate requirement. Prior to being redirected, Auriga successfully built a 600 W prototype amplifier that achieved 55% power-added-efficiency across the UHF band.

"Over the course of this project, the excitement from Primes and the DoD regarding our prototype results has been very encouraging; it appears this will be a very large market opportunity for Auriga,” said Ted Lewis, Vice President.