Comtech Xicom Technology introduces new SSPAs, BUCs

Comtech Telecommunications Corp.´s Santa Clara, California-based subsidiary, Comtech Xicom Technology, Inc., which is part of Comtech´s Commercial Solutions segment, announces a new GaN-based Ku-Band solid-state power amplifier (SSPA) that packs a tremendous amount of power into a compact 48-pound (22 kg) antenna-mount outdoor unit (ODU), the company said.

This highly efficient SSPA incorporates an optional L- to Ku-band block upconverter (BUC) and provides 200 watts of linear output power in a package designed to handle tough environments and meet stringent Ku-Band RF requirements.

Using the latest in high-efficiency GaN semiconductor technology, Model XTSLIN-200K-B1 delivers 200-Watts of linear power across the SATCOM Ku-Band (13.75 — 14.5 GHz) on only 1600-Watts of prime power draw, making it the most efficiently operating SSPA in the industry.

The small package measures only 8-inches (H) x 14-inches (W) x 19-inches (L) (20.32cm x 36.53cm x 48.26cm) and is designed for outdoor use in challenging environments operating over a temperature range of -40⁰C to +60⁰C using forced air cooling. The monitor and control (M&C) interface provides a component system status via Ethernet or RS-485 and RS-232 and supports a range of redundancy control schemes. Variable phase-shift combining (VPC) systems using these SSPAs are also available to achieve even higher power with non-interrupting soft-fail continuous phase operation, eliminating cut-outs and long reacquisition periods.

Comtech Xicom Technology, Inc., a world provider of high-power amplifiers, manufactures a wide variety of tube-based and solid-state power amplifiers for military and commercial satellite uplink applications. The product range encompasses power levels from 8 W to 3 kW, with frequency coverage in sub-bands within the 2 GHz to 52 GHz spectrum. Amplifiers are available for fixed and ground-based, ship-board, and airborne mobile applications. visit for more information.

Comtech Telecommunications Corp. designs, develops, produces and markets innovative products, systems and services for advanced communications solutions. The company sells products to a diverse customer base in the global commercial and government communications markets.