RF Frequency Converter Design
High-Performance and Cost-Effective RF Front Ends
Expanding Customers’ Hardware Capabilities to Operate at Different Frequencies, Providing Dynamic Frequency Operation with Existing Communication Systems
NuWaves RF frequency converter designs provide superior performance tailored to the requirements of the system, while utilizing the latest techniques and devices to achieve the smallest form factor, weight and power consumption possible.
Take a look at some of our past Frequency Converter Design projects below to learn how we have been able to Sustain and Modernize our customer’s existing communication systems to prepare them for tomorrow’s operating landscape – keeping their hardware fully functional in the field and saving our customers money towards their bottom line by sustaining and modernizing instead of replacing.
C-Band Transverter System for Bandit & CMDL Transceivers
NuWaves was contracted to design, develop, and manufacture a custom C-band transverter system to enable the L-3 Bandit-Miniature Dual-Band Transceiver to operate over C-band frequencies. The finished system includes an L-to-C-band RF upconverter and amplifier module, C-to-S-band RF downconverter module, and a duplexer.
The system upconverts and amplifies a fixed L-band IF signal from the Bandit transceiver to an RF signal in the range of 4400-5000 MHz, and then downconverts an RF signal in the range of 5250-5850 MHz to a fixed S-band IF signal for interfacing to the Bandit transceiver. The system was test flown on an Arcturus T-20 UAS.
This same design can be applied to any CMDL transceiver module where dynamic frequency operation is required.
The C-band transverter system developed by NuWaves enabled a Bandit transceiver to communicate with a CMDL transceiver over C-band frequencies.
Custom RF Upconverter & Downconverter
NuWaves developed a high-performance, RF upconverter and downconverter module pair for a major D.o.D. prime contractor. The customer had a need to increase the capability of their existing communications hardware to operate at new frequencies and was budget constrained. NuWaves was able to offer a significantly cheaper alternative solution than the hardware OEM, adding RF upconverter and downconverter modules to their communication system to expand their range of frequency operation.
Based on NuWaves’ Multi-octave RF Upconverter (MORF) and ConvertaWave2 downconverter products, the custom modules featured UHF, L- and S-band coverage and a custom IF, high dynamic range, flat pass band, signal conditioning with high linearity, low insertion loss, and comprehensive programmability. NuWaves was also later contracted to add additional performance improvements to the downconverter module, which included improved linearity, spurious rejection, phase noise, and additional resolution in the attenuation control.
Bidirectional L/S-Band Frequency Converter Module
Development of a bidirectional L/S-band frequency converter module (FCM) to enable operation of an S-band digital data link over L-band frequencies. The FCM was paired with NuWaves’ custom L-band linear bidirectional amplifier for range extension.
Designed to interface with Persistent Systems’ Wave Relay transceiver
Small size: 3.00″ x 2.00″ x 0.65″
Automatic transmit sensing & fast T/R mode switching
Pairs with custom bidirectional amplifier
NuWaves’ Commercial-off-the-Shelf (COTS) Solutions
Looking for an off-the-shelf solution for your frequency conversion requirements? Check out NuWaves’ COTS RF frequency converter products shown below:
Third-Party RF Frequency Converter Evaluation & Repair
Evaluation, troubleshooting, and repair of Frequency Converter modules without benefit of any technical drawings or documentation.
- Comprehensive evaluation and deep-dive analysis of the transmit and receive circuitry
- Successful repair validated through third-party testing
- Originally designated “beyond economical repair” by supplier, units were cost-effectively repaired and fielded
Contact NuWaves’ RF Design Team
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