RF Design Experience

NuWaves Engineering boasts a strong track record of successful RF design and development projects for a variety of military, government, and industrial clients. A small sampling of those RF design projects are outlined below. For additional information, please contact us.

 

UPEND C-Band Power Amplifier Project 
Overview
Research, design, and development of a high-efficiency, high-linearity C-band power amplifier for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) based on a custom Monolithic Microwave Integrated Circuit (MMIC) design. Learn More.

Customer
NASA

Features
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L-Band Block Upconverter for SATCOM 
Overview
Quick-turn development of an L-band block upconverter and integral power amplifier module for SATCOM application.

Customer
DoD Contractor

Features
  • Small size: 3.575" x 3.775" x 0.900"
  • High-efficiency 10 Watt RF Output
  • L-Band Radio Frequency
  • 70 MHz Intermediate Frequency

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C-Band Transverter System 
C-Band TransverterOverview
Development of a custom C-band transverter system prototype to enable an L/S-band digital data link transceiver to operate over C-band frequencies. The prototype system includes an L-to-C-band RF upconverter / power amplifier module, C-to-S-band RF downconverter module, and a duplexer.

Customer
DoD Contractor

Features
  • Designed to interface with L-3 Communications' Bandit transceiver
  • Upconverts and amplifies fixed L-band IF signal from Bandit to 4400-5000 MHz RF
  • Downconverts 5250-5850 MHz RF to fixed S-band IF for interfacing to Bandit
  • Upconverter module includes 15 Watt C-band RF power amplifier

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Bidirectional L/S-Band Frequency Converter Module 
Overview
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.

Customer
DoD Contractor

Features
  • 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

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Re-Engineered TSPI Digital Interface Module 
Re-Engineered TSPI Digital Interface ModuleOverview
Five-year development effort to completely re-engineer a legacy Time, Space, Position Information (TSPI) digital interface unit for Tactical Training Range (TTR) participant systems. Work included hardware redesign and obsolete part replacement, IP core development, encryption firmware development, first article testing (FAT) including environmental and electro-magnetic interference (EMI), user training, and production of hundreds of upgrade kits.

Customer
U.S. Navy

Features
  • Form/fit replacement of legacy hardware
  • Functionality of obsolete parts supplied by newly developed IP cores
  • Added encryption
  • Flight qualified

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Rugged, Weatherproof BLOS Ship Tracker 
Overview
Development of a rugged, weatherproof Beyond Line-of-Sight (BLOS) tracker system that provides Time Space Position Information (TSPI) data for range participants during Fleet training operations utilizing the Defense Information System Agency (DISA) Iridium Enhanced Mobile Satellite Services (EMSS).

Customer
U.S. Navy

Features
  • Weatherproof
  • Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS)
  • AES Encryption
  • AC or DC Power Options

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Automated Range Equipment Test Set 
T4BOverview
Development of an automated test bed to perform range acceptance testing, pre-mission verification, performance validation, and fault isolation of transponders used in Tactical Training Range systems.

Customer
U.S. Navy

Features
  • Provides consistent test results from range-to-range
  • Tests three different transponder variants
  • Includes an integral RF simulator, Central Processing Unit (CPU), spectrum analyzer, power supply assembly, unit under test (UUT) power supply, interconnecting cables, and a double wide equipment rack.

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VHF Transceiver 
Overview
12-month VHF transceiver prototype development exploiting commercially available off-the-shelf hardware. The prototype was used as the communications link for an Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (UUV) Communications/Navigation Aid Vehicle (C/NA) demonstration.

Customer
Office of Naval Research (ONR)

Features
  • Data Rate: 76 kbps
  • Frequency: 47 MHz , easily scaled to other ranges
  • RF Output Power: +25 dBm
  • Receiver Sensitivity: -97 dBm

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RF Distribution for In-Flight Entertainment 
Overview
Part of an “In-Flight Entertainment” system for commercial aircraft. The RF module provides all amplitude and gain matching, equalization, and signal splitting for the satellite receiving system.

Customer
Rockwell Collins

Features
  • Frequency of Operation: 950 MHz – 2150 MHz
  • Gain Slope: 5 dB across band to equalize cable loss
  • High signal port isolation
  • Each module consists of 4 individual 1-4 way signal splitters with gain

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Radar Simulator Exciter & Receiver 
Radar Simulator Receiver CCAOverview
Design and development of a dependable 5 GHz transmitter exciter and receiver for a Portable Radar Simulator (PRS) system.

Customer
U.S. Army

Features
  • 5 GHz Operation
  • Separate Transmitter Exciter and Receiver boards

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High-Performance UHF SATCOM Diplexer 
UHF SATCOM DiplexerOverview
Research and development of a low-cost, lightweight, high performance UHF SATCOM / MUOS diplexer for two-way communications with expendable buoys. Work was performed under SBIR Phase I and II projects resulting in fabrication and testing of prototype triplexers.

Customer
SPAWAR

Features
  • Patent‐pending high Q and miniaturized planar filter technology
  • 7.50" x 1.74" x 0.68"
  • 7.5 oz.
  • 150 Watts power handling

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