50 Watt Ku Band Satcom
Initially developed for ultra broadband SSPAs, during 2008 CAP initiated an internal program to evaluate Spatium as a platform for relatively narrow band Satcom applications. Using the highest power GaAs MMIC power devices available at the time CAP developed a 13.7 GHz to 14.5 GHz block upconverter. The result was a 50W BUC with distortion characteristics capable of meeting stringent telecom standards. This project proved that Spatium is superior to other spatial combining systems with respect to efficiency and linearity.
The success of this project and the recent availability of high power, linear MMICs has led to the development of a 200W Ku Band Spatium SSPA for Satcom applications. Preliminary data is available on request.