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A New SWaP Standard for Ka-band SOTM -- TMS Launches Smaller, Lighter Trio of Products with an Operational Trifecta: Fully Integrated, Multi-Functional & Switchable

Teledyne Microwave Solutions (TMS) today unveiled three Ka-band Satcom-On-The-Move (SOTM) products that provide a unique value proposition for the most demanding SWaP needs of today’s commercial and military customers.

Designed for ultra-lightweight applications such as Airborne and “ManPack” Portable Terminals, the Ka SOTM Trio consists of a wide-band solid state power amplifier (SSPA), a Low Noise Block Downconverter (LNB), and a Block Upconverter (BUC). Both the LNB and BUC can be electronically switched between commercial and military Ka-bands. Leveraging TMS’s 40 experience with ‘chip and wire’ technology, the three Ka SOTM products are hermetically-sealed for harsh environments and extremely power-efficient for battery-powered applications.

Unlike much larger and heavier market alternatives, their miniature size enables close-proximity mounting on small antenna feeds for minimal loss or optical distortion. The Trio were designed specifically as a COTS suite of products not subject to ITAR regulations. The products were also designed with a modular approach that enables them to be deployed together as a fully integrated system, or independently giving customers new flexibility and options to maximize performance.

“In addition to setting new SWaP standards, these Ka SOTM products present system integrators with a competitive edge in that they are fully integrated, can be configured for a wide variety of functions, and are switchable between commercial and military bands,” said Mike England, General Manager, RF and Microwave Products. “This trifecta of benefits gives integrators immediate Ka access while reducing the time, costs, and operational complexities of alternative solutions.”

Each multi-functional converter easily integrates into legacy and new systems, including either internal or external reference at both 10 and 50 MHz along with blanking and attenuation control. Combined with a standard TMS SSPA, a full transceiver can be configured to operate over the 29-31 transmit band and the 19.2 – 21.2 GHz receive band with just three hermetically sealed modules.

A standard TMS SSPA offers 16W P1 or 8W linear output power over the full 29-31 GHz frequency range. The unit also features extensive gain control and forward power monitoring. An internal BIT circuit monitors current, thermal and other critical parameters. TMS also offers a K-band (19.2 – 21.2 GHz) LNA with an industry leading 1.3 dB noise figure over the full 2 GHz bandwidth. With a total weight of 0.5 lbs. and an extremely small footprint, the unit is ideal for today’s integrated, light-weight Ka-band terminals.

ABOUT TELEDYNE MICROWAVE SOLUTIONS

Teledyne Microwave Solutions (TMS), your single source for microwave electronics, delivers the world’s most advanced microwave technologies for the most demanding aerospace, military, commercial, and industrial applications. Forged from the consolidation of seven leading microwave companies, TMS leverages its expansive R&D capabilities to research, design, develop, and manufacture products from RF through 220 GHz. www.teledynemicrowave.com. TMS is a business unit of Teledyne Technologies, Inc., a leading provider of sophisticated instrumentation, digital imaging products and software, aerospace and defense electronics, and engineered systems. www.teledyne.com.

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