Irish company Arralis announced the “launch” of its new K-/Ka-Band transceiver for satellite applications. The LE-KaTR-102, which is designed to fit within a 1U CubeSat profile (100 mm x 100 mm x 100 mm), offers coverage between 27 and 30.5 GHz, for the uplink, and 17 to 21.2 GHz, for the downlink.

The transceiver uses Arralis’ Leonis MMIC portfolio, with a fully integrated VCO and PLL with I/Q mixers, for high speed data communication between the satellites and ground stations. The Leonis chipset was developed to meet the demand for low cost K-/Ka-Band satellite equipment that is simple to interface with digital internet hardware.

Arralis is seeking companies to evaluate the system.

“Our experienced integrated MMIC design team and companywide capability — from antenna design right through to full system integration — has enabled us to meet the challenges of developing this low profile, integrated system. We see the LE-KaTR-102 transceiver as an important component in the future delivery of LEO mega constellations and the realization of worldwide high speed data communications.” — Michael Major, transceiver principal design engineer

At the recent Paris Air Show, Arralis announced plans to expand into the U.S., with an office in Daytona, Florida, scheduled to open on August 12.