RF Frequency Converter Design High-Performance and Cost-Effective RF Front Ends


Based on decades of design experience on some of the most challenging communications, electronic warfare, and telemetry systems projects, NuWaves offers uncommon expertise in the design and development of wideband, state-of-the-art RF front-ends — upconverters, downconverters, transverters, multipliers, tuners, etc. — from HF to Ku-band and beyond.

RF Front-End Technologies

The following building block technologies can be applied to develop the ideal RF frequency converter for nearly any RF communications, telemetry, or electronic warfare application.

  • Oscillators — DRO, XTAL, CRO, SAW, discrete — from 5 MHz to 20 GHz
    • Free-running oscillators
    • Voltage-controlled oscillators
    • Mechanically-tuned oscillators
    • Digitally-tuned oscillators
    • Frequency-multiplied oscillators
    • Amplifier-buffered or Isolator output oscillators
    • Phase-locked oscillators with internal/external reference
  • Frequency synthesizers
    • Custom references and step sizes
  • Ultra-low added noise active multipliers
    • Up to 10x
  • Frequency dividers
  • Comb generators with with internal/external reference
  • Phase shifters
  • Filters, up to 50 GHz
    • Cavity filters
    • Cavity TEM filters
    • Planar – stripline and microstrip — filters
    • Lumped-element filters
    • Tubular filters
    • Coaxial resonator filters
    • Waveguide filters
    • Dielectric-resonator filters
    • Multiband filters
    • Multiplexer (“n-plexer”) filters
    • Temperature-compensated filters
  • Couplers
  • Power dividers/combiners
  • Custom switch modules
    • PIN diode
    • GaAs
    • Mechanical relay
  • Custom switch matrices
  • T/R switches
  • Custom LNAs
  • Custom integrated microwave/RF assemblies
  • Internal voltage regulation to provide:
    • Voltage supply flexibility
    • Better phase noise/jitter
    • Lower spurious signals

Performance Hallmarks

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. Our programmable and block frequency converter designs feature:

  • Design miniaturization — low size, weight, power and cost (SWaP-C)
  • Broadband / multi-octave operation
  • High dynamic range
  • Ultra-low phase noise for:
    • Improved receiver sensitivity
    • Excellent sub-clutter visibility
    • Increased system noise floor
    • Lower bit errors
  • Excellent stability over environment extremes
  • Very low spurious signals
  • Output filtering for low harmonic output
  • Filtering
    • High power
    • Low loss
    • Highest achievable ultimate rejection
    • Low multipaction
    • Low PIM
  • Automatic and manual gain control (AGC / MGC)
  • Choice of serial terminal programming or graphical user interface (GUI) control

Contact Us

Contact NuWaves to discuss your project’s frequency converter design needs, or consider NuWaves’ COTS RF frequency converter products, which include: