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10 Sep 15. M/A-COM Technology Solutions Inc. (“MACOM”) (NASDAQ: MTSI), a leading supplier of high-performance analog, RF, microwave and optical semiconductor products, announced the new NPT2024, a wideband transistor optimized for DC-2.7 GHz operation using MACOM’s proprietary Gallium Nitride on Silicon (GaN on Si) process is sampling today. The NPT2024 supports CW, pulsed and linear operation, boasting output levels up to 200 W.
Providing customers with 50 V operation, 16 dB of gain and 60% drain efficiency at 1500 MHz, this 100% RF tested HEMT D-Mode transistor is available in an industry standard plastic package with bolt down flange. The NPT2024 is ideally suited for defense communications, land mobile radio, avionics, wireless infrastructure, ISM applications and UHF/L-band radar.
“The technical performance of MACOM’s NPT2024 complements our expanding GaN portfolio, which offers the industry with a broad GaN offering boasting high performance, gain, efficiency and affordability,” said Gary Lopes, Senior Product Director, MACOM.
Delivering performance that rivals expensive GaN on Silicon Carbide (GaN on SiC) at a projected volume production cost structure below that of incumbent LDMOS technology, 4th generation GaN (Gen4 GaN) is positioned to break the final technical and commercial barriers to mainstream GaN adoption. Gen4 GaN delivers greater than 70% peak efficiency and 19 dB gain for modulated signals at 2.7 GHz, which is similar to GaN on SiC technologies, and more than 10 percentage points greater efficiency than LDMOS. It also delivers power density that is more than four times that of LDMOS.
10 Sep 15. The world’s first all-electric propulsion satellite, built by Boeing [NYSE: BA] for Bermuda-based ABS, is now operational after an on-orbit handover on August 31. The ABS-3A, a 702SP (small platform) satellite, expands ABS’ communications services in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
“The operational ABS-3A satellite and ABS-2A, launching in early 2016, will further strengthen and solidify our global expansion and offer flexible capacity to our growing fleet,” said Tom Choi, CEO of ABS. “We believe Boeing’s innovative portfolio can help us to affordably grow now and in the future.”
The ABS-3A spacecraft was the world’s first all-electric propulsion satellite to be built and launched – part of a stacked pair launched in March with a 702SP satellite built for Eutelsat, based in Paris. The spacecraft’s all-electric xenon-ion propulsion system contains a sufficient quantity of the inert, non-hazardous element xenon to extend the satellite’s operations beyond the expected spacecraft design life of 15 years.
“With a successful launch, testing and execution of orbit operations, we were able to deliver the first 702SP to ABS about one month earlier than planned,” said Mark Spiwak, president, Boeing Satellite Systems International. “The 702SP product line was designed to bring the latest technology into the hands of customers seeking adaptable and affordable solutions. In addition, the 702SP’s patented dual-launch capability helps customers share launch costs, which can significantly lower overall expenses for a satellite owner.”
Boeing is under contract to build a second 702SP satellite for ABS, designated ABS-2A, which will be delivered and launched early next year.
— Leveraging its advanced research expertise, Northrop Grumman (NYSE:NOC) will demonstrate unique solutions to national security challenges at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA) “Wait, What?” forum on future technologies.
09 Sep 15. Northrop Grumman Delivers Four Significant Breakthroughs for DARPA’s “Wait, What?” Technology Forum. Four breakthrough innovations in microelectronics established by Northrop Grumman on behalf of the agency will be represented at the forum, to be h