Empower RF Systems Inc.

Company Profile

Contact Information

Phone: (310) 412-8100
Fax: (310) 412-9232

Location

Empower RF Systems Inc.
316 West Florence Ave.
Inglewood CA 90301
United States

Founded in 1999, Empower RF Systems is the technology leader in power amplifier solutions for Electronic Warfare (EW), Communications, Radar, Satcom, and RF / Microwave Product Testing.  Our products incorporate the latest semiconductor and power combining technologies and originate from an extensive library of “building block” scalable designs.  Solutions range from broadband and band-specific modules to multifunction PA assemblies with embedded real time microprocessor control. Power levels range from tens of watts to multi-Kilowatt CW and Pulsed solid state amplifiers at frequencies up to 18 Ghz.

Empower continues to advance the science of RF and Microwave power amplification to produce rugged, power efficient, and cost-effective solutions in the industry. It is our priority to design and deliver high quality, innovative products which solve customer systems and business requirements. Operating globally and continuing to expand our technology resources, Empower RF has recorded impressive growth since its inception. Our customer base includes market leading OEMs, Major Federal Prime Contractors, Military, Defense Agencies (DOD / DOE), and academic institutions with an array of demanding performance requirements.

Design and Technology Innovations – The Configurable Power Amplifier

Because we live in an increasingly complex digital waveform environment we designed in flexibility to provide you with a futureproof and digitally reconfigurable rack amplifier solution. Since the System Engineer usually has to wrap external control and intelligence around the typical amplifier we opted to design in hardware and software features to shorten your system integration time and cost by providing features that would otherwise burden your engineering staff with building out extra hardware and software.

The array of user configurable power management modes makes this product extremely flexible and multi-purpose uniquely positioned for customer specific variations with subsets of those capabilities.

Output Power Management

  • Automatic Gain Control (AGC) with peak power detection
  • AGC with RMS power detection
  • Automatic Level Control (ALC) with peak power detection
  • ALC with RMS power detection
  • Manual Gain Control (MGC)

Input Signal Modulation                         

  • FM, AM, Pulsed, CW
  • CDMA, FSK, QPSK, OFDM
  • Multi-tone
  • Frequency HoppingDescription F1

Input and Output Detectors       

  •  Peak
  •  RMS                                                             

 

 

 

Building Block Modules

Empower offers a full line of basic function module level building blocks for customers interested in integrating only power amplifier stages in their design. These modules are used in a variety of applications as either a standalone PA or as an integral part of a customer’s higher level systems design.  Designed for RF and mechanical “ease of use”, these products are full gain, self contained amplifiers with control and protection features that ensure performance over temperature and reliable operation.  Broadband and band specific variations of these products are available up to 18 GHz and in various gain / output power configurations.  The full array of frequency and power combinations available with these building block modules can be viewed by accessing the Module tabs on our homepage, www.empowerrf.com.

Custom Configurations for Volume Applications

Complex module solutions, incorporating customer specificDescription F2 requirements for switching, filters, multiple channels and extreme bandwidth, have been designed and delivered by Empower RF Systems for demanding applications in communications and electronic attack.  Size, weight, power consumption, multi-function RF capabilities, and unique mechanical packaging are among the design challenges that have been addressed by our technical team on these custom products.  These integrated solutions require close collaboration and commitment at the program level. Please contact us if your volume requirements can be simplified with an integrated, multifunction power amplifier design.

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Articles

Empower RF 1 kW Live Demo at EMC + SIPI 2018

Empower RF Systems is once again conducting live demonstrations of broadband, high-power amplifiers with compelling performance, industry leading small size, IoT interface, and user selectable functionality that dares to challenge legacy products offered in the market.

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Empower RF Systems to conduct live demos at IMS2016

Empower RF Systems is once again conducting live demonstrations of broadband, high power amplifiers with compelling performance, industry leading small size, IoT interface,and user selectable functionality that dares to challenge legacy products offered in the market. Next appearing at IMS2016 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, Calif., the company will be showcasing a variety of RF modules along with our 1 to 3 GHz, 1 kW HPA in a 5U chassis.


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Empower RF Systems and TEVET announce partnership

Empower RF Systems announced a partnership with TEVET to become a value added reseller of Empower’s RF and microwave amplifier modules and systems. TEVET is an established nationally recognized technology driven Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned and HUBZone Small Business (SDVOSB) with exemplary performance servicing the aerospace, defense and energy markets.


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Compact low profile low power series of smart RF amplifiers from Empower RF

Empower RF is pleased to announce the release of the low power series of its next generation family of RF amplifier systems. Leveraging our patented architecture, these broadband RF and microwave amplifiers are housed in a compact 3U air cooled chassis and are equipped with feature rich software control, making these amplifiers configurable to a wide variety of applications requiring digital modulation, multi-tone/multi-carrier, pulsed and AM/FM/CW.


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Empower RF Systems patent approval - “Combiner for an RF Power Amplifier"

United States Patent 9,093,731 B2, recently awarded to Empower RF Systems, validates the uniqueness of the hardware architecture in use on Empower’s high power, next generation amplifiers. The embodiments of this patent protection are related to the design, associated materials, and integration of the high power combiner that is integral to delivering multi-kW broadband power (CW) and narrow band pulse in an air cooled, 5U chassis (and other combinations of power and chassis sizes utilizing this architecture).


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Empower RF offers live demo of 1 to 3 GHz high power amplifier at IMS2015

Empower RF Systems is once again conducting live demonstrations of broadband, high power amplifiers with compelling performance, industry leading small size, and user interface/functionality that dares to challenge legacy products offered in the market. Next appearing at MTT-S IMS 2015 in Phoenix, Ariz, the company will be showcasing their 1 to 3 GHz, 1 kW HPA in a 5U chassis (17.5" x 8.75" x 22"). 


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Empower’s “Compare for Yourself” campaign product demos highlight size and power advantages

Continuing to build momentum and recognition for its “Size Matters” 1 kW PA platforms, Empower RF Systems is hosting live demonstrations at their booth during two upcoming industry events. Products will be on display and operational at EMC 2012 in Pittsburgh, PA (August 7–9) and AOC International Symposium in Phoenix, AZ (Sept 24–26).


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Empower introduces 1 kW PA with size and power advantages

Empower is pleased to be releasing the first models of its “Size Matters” high power PA product family. Packaged in a 5U, air cooled chassis and delivering over 1 kW of output power in the frequency ranges of 20 to 500 MHz, 500 to 1000 MHz, and 20 to 1000 MHz, these first units offer unrivaled size/power advantages. Specs are guaranteed across full bandwidth and over temperature.


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Products

25 W Solid State High-Power Amplifier from Empower RF Introduced by Richardson RFPD

25 W Solid State High-Power Amplifier

Empower's 1205/BBM3K5OEL is suitable for broadband mobile jamming, communications, general test and band-specific applications from 500 to 2700 MHz. This compact module utilizes high-power advanced GaN devices that provide excellent power density, high efficiency, wide dynamic range and low distortion.


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Empower RF Systems Announce New HF Communications, Jamming Transmitter

High Power Amplifier: 2203

Empower RF is announcing the availability of their fielded Model 2203 high power amplifier, which operates from 1 to 30 MHz and delivers a minimum of 1 KW CW. The 2203 is capable of operating in multi-domain scenarios as a jamming or communications transmitter with any type of modulation (AM, FM, multi-tone, pulse, PSK, FSK and complex digital modulation).


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Ruggedized Amplifier System: Model SKU 2126

Empower’s Model SKU 2126 was mounted in the test fixture undergoing 40 g shock testing while operating uninterrupted at full rated output power. The amplifier system was tested for MIL-STD-810E Method 514.4 vibration 40 g peak while operational for 270 minutes in each axis. The unit also passed Shock – MIL-STD 810F Method 516.5 3 axes, quantity 18 pulses per direction 11 mSec sawtooth pulse / 40 g peak.


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Pulsed Amplifier: Model 2185

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Empower RF announces availability of their field proven Model 2185 pulsed amplifier operating from 960 to 1215 MHz at 10 KW peak and duty cycles from 0.1% to 5%. This compact and versatile DME, IFF, TACAN, and JTIDS  transmitting amplifier, with flexible operating modes, also makes an ideal fit for radar component testing, advanced research, and system development.


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10 KW COTS Flexible L BAND Radar Transmitter HPA

2185

Empower RF is announcing wide availability of their field proven model 2185 high power pulsed amplifier operating from 960 to 1215 MHz at 10 KW Peak and duty cycles from 0.1 to 5%. This compact and versatile radar transmitting amplifier, with flexible operating modes, makes an ideal fit for radar component testing, advanced research, and system development. Because of its superior SWaP, it is also well suited for mobile EW.


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RF Catalogue 2016

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Empower RF Systems is an established manufacturer of high power solid state RF & microwave amplifiers offering modules, rack-mount amplifiers, and multi-function power amplifier solutions to 6 GHz, with output power combinations from tens of watts to multi-kilowatts. Applications include communications, radar, Satcom and telemetry, wireless infrastructure, electronic attack, product testing, and EMC.


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RF Amplifier

2180Empower RF announced it is shipping an RF amplifier system that complements the frequency coverage and power level footprint of its next generation, high power PA product family. Model 2180, covering 1 to 2.5 GHz and delivering an unprecedented 2 kW CW of broadband output power in an 8U, air cooled chassis, is its latest market release.


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500 W HPA 3U Chassis: Model 2175

Empower RF Systems released additional, industry leading power amplifier models that complement the frequency coverage and power level "footprint" of their next generation, high power PA product family. Model 2175, covering 80 to 1000 MHz and delivering 500 W of broadband output power in a 3U, air cooled chassis is now available and offering unrivaled size / power advantages.


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Power Amplifier: Model 2170

2170-200Empower is pleased to be releasing additional, industry leading power amplifier models that compliment the frequency coverage and power level “footprint” of our next generation, high power PA product family.  Model 2170, covering 1 to 3 GHz and delivering 1 kW of broadband output power in a 5U, air cooled chassis is our latest market release.


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Set of High Power HPAs

Empower-AirborneHPAThis set of high power HPAs build on the size, weight and power advantages already demonstrated with commercial product releases in the broad market, “size matters” product family. This recent and unique Airborne Pulse HPA solution features UHF and L-Band pulse amplifiers tied to a shared power supply and delivering 1 kW and 3 kW pulse power, respectively. 


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High Power HPAs

HPAs-setThis particular set of high power HPAs build on the size, weight and power advantages already demonstrated with commercial product releases in the broad market, “size matters” product family. This recent and unique SATCOM solution delivers 2 kW P1dB (CW, digital modulated signal) in L-Band and a companion product delivers 800 W P1dB (CW, digital modulated signal) in S-Band.


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500 W in 3U Chassis: Model 2173, 74 and 75

500W in 3U chassisEmpower RF Systems continues to leverage next generation hardware and software architecture and is proud to introduce the next series of the ‘’size matters” portfolio – 500 W in 3U chassis. This new PA family operates in the frequency ranges of 20 to 500 MHz (Model 2173), 500 to 1000 MHz (Model 2174) and 20 to 1000 MHz (Model 2175) with the output power guaranteed over full bandwidth and temperature.


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Next Generation HPA Software

software-download-hirezA next generation, “size matters” 1 kW power amplifier from Empower RF Systems, already deployed at a customer site overseas, had its operating software and user interface successfully updated via a software patch that was downloaded from a secure web portal and installed with a USB drive inserted directly into the back panel of the amplifier.


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MHz Amplifier: BBM5K8CKT

1191Empower RF model BBM5K8CKT (SKU 1191) is a 2500 to 6000 MHz amplifier which is guaranteed to deliver 100 W output power and related RF performance under all specified temperature and environmental conditions. The amplifier module is 8.0” x 6.5” x 1.0”. This amplifier is suitable for broadband jamming and high power linear applications in the S / C bands.


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High Power Amplifier Module: BBM2E3KLP

1163Empower model BBM2E3KLP (SKU 1163) is a 20 to 520 MHz amplifier which is guaranteed to deliver 125 W output power and related RF performance under all specified temperature and environmental conditions. The amplifier module is 7.0” x 4.0” x 1.5” and will be on display at upcoming trade shows. This amplifier is suitable for broadband jamming and high power linear applications in the UHF / VHF bands.


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SKU 7091 Power Amplifier

7091-100The SKU 7091 power amplifier and this family of emerging products are well suited for use in commercial LTE networks and public safety wireless communications applications. SKU 7091 PCM3R3SCO: This 900 MHz compact linear power amplifier is the first in a series of communications amplifiers that are being developed for digital waveform requirements in the 450, 700, 800, 900, 1800, 1900 and 2100 MHz bands.


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L Band Power Amplifier

3114-sm100The GCM5C5DHO (SKU 3114) is a 2110-2170 MHz, 47 dBm, GaN, multi-function, microprocessor controlled amplifier. This amplifier is small (2" x 6") and lightweight (<0.5 pounds) providing 50 W over the entire -40° to +85° C temperature range. Efficiency is > 50% and is designed for rugged operating conditions operating unconditional stable into open and short circuits.


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PA Modules

7101-LTE-sm100Empower RF Systems has completed both Class AB and Doherty designs for next generation 700 MHz LTE PA modules. These first units are technology demonstration platforms which highlight complex, digital waveform amplification as well as design for manufacturing. Key features include ARM based / web addressable control, advanced analog predistortion, 40W output power (LTE Compliant), Power Added Efficiencies from 24% for Class AB (746 to 806 MHz) and more.


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