High-Efficiency Solid-State S&X-Band Radar Power Amplifiers
Navy SBIR FY2008.2

Sol No.: Navy SBIR FY2008.2
Topic No.: N08-172
Topic Title: High-Efficiency Solid-State S&X-Band Radar Power Amplifiers
Proposal No.: N082-172-0153
Firm: Auriga Measurement Systems LLC
650 Suffolk Street
Suite 410
Lowell, Massachusetts 01854
Contact: Nickolas Kingsley
Phone: (978) 441-1117
Web Site: www.auriga-ms.com
Abstract: Inefficiencies in radar transmitters lead to issues with power generation, heat removal, reduced lifetime, and cost of operation. A high power RF amplifier with high efficiency would be very useful in military and commercial applications. Auriga is proposing to investigate two methods for improving the efficiency of S and X-band amplifiers. Gallium Nitride (GaN) devices will be used to satisfy the high power requirement. Its use in high efficiency technologies has been demonstrated by Auriga.
Benefits: This technology is beneficial because it will enable current and next generation radars to operate better, more efficiently, and at a lower cost. The frequency band of interest is useful for both military and commercial applications.