Microwave Journal

Ku-Band Block Up-Converter: MFC147

May 13, 2016

5M23ProdImgx250The Model MFC147 from Smiths Interconnect’s TRAK Microwave brand provides 13.75 to 14.50 GHz coverage for civilian and military Ku-Band SATCOM applications, including in-flight entertainment (IFE) and UAV communications. The unit features a ruggedized design with innovative thermal management, utilizing surface-mount construction with no open die, to withstand challenging airborne environments.

The input frequency to the block up-converter (BUC) is 950 to 1700 MHz, with the Ku-Band output from +12 to +17 dBm. An integrated, low noise, GaN solid-state power amplifier (SSPA) provides 25 W minimum output power with better than -120 dBc/Hz noise power and less than -22 dBc spectral regrowth with OQPSK modulation. The typical noise power is even better: -140 dBc/Hz.

The BUC includes 0 to +7 dB gain expansion and 30 dB digital gain control for optimum SSPA performance. Drain voltage control reduces the thermal dissipation at lower output power levels. The product includes built-in test (BIT), temperature monitoring and both forward and reverse power detectors, all monitored via standard serial commands.

The MFC147 export control classification number (ECCN) is EAR99.

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