Advantech Wireless, a global leader for satellite broadband communications solutions, announced a substantial increase in bookings for its award winning line of gallium nitride (GaN) based Solid State Power Amplifiers (SSPAs) in the first half of the fiscal year 2016. “We rolled out GaN-based power amplifiers and block-up converters because our customers needed more efficient, longer life components,” said Advantech Wireless Vice President of Business Development Cristi Damian. “The market has responded even faster than we had planned, and we will continue to roll out this technology in commercial and military markets through our research and development pipeline.”
Advantech Wireless was the first company to commercialize GaN SSPAs for satellite communications, and its second generation is a result of R&D investment to increase efficiency and linearity. The Second Generation GaN-based SSPAs/ BUCs provide super high linearity with the highest possible power density and smallest size on the market.
Introducing Advantech Wireless’ second generation of GaN based units has opened new opportunities in market segments that traditionally relied on Traveling Wave Tube (TWT)-based amplifiers. This breakthrough in design — GaN-based units have vastly reduced size, weight and power consumption — along with the enhanced linearity of this state-of-the-art technology, make possible new applications in tactical Troposcattering communications, and scientific research facilities. GaN technology continues to offer dramatic cost reductions for teleport operators in the broadcast industry.
In early stages of technology development, Advantech Wireless researchers realized the tremendous potential of these GaN-based devices for high frequency satellite communication. As a result, an ambitious R&D program was begun in 2006 to design and manufacture a complete line of C, X, and Ku-band SSPAs that would meet the most demanding and stringent requirements for commercial and government communications infrastructure.
In partnership with key technology providers, Advantech Wireless engineers have focused on technology transition to high frequency, high efficiency, and high performance, as demanded by the growing SATCOM-on-the-Move, Mobile, Manpack, broadcast and teleport markets.