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August 11, 2021 - East Brunswick, NJ - Triad RF Systems, a leading designer and
manufacturer of innovative RF/Microwave amplifiers and integrated radio systems
for challenging environments, presents their newest Blog entry entitled, "3
Practical Steps to Begin the Custom RF Power Amplifier Design Process." It
outlines the process to Research and Plan with Size and Performance in Mind; to
Design, Simulate, Manufacture; and to Test, Tune and Repeat. "It takes years of
expertise to push the boundaries of linearizing RF Solid State Power Amplifiers
(SSPAs) while maintaining a price structure that allows RF amplifier solutions
to meet cost targets. So, due diligence is crucial. Please feel free to contact
us with any question." You
can also download our paper entitled "Key
Considerations for a Successful Custom RF Amplifier Design."
3 Practical Steps to Begin the Custom RF Power Amplifier Design Process
As you might expect, custom RF amplifier design is subject to a wide range of
implementation challenges and environmental conditions, including the need to balance
performance, efficiency, size and weight. Technology limiters are always an issue
too because, even though older technologies can provide more predictability, they
often sacrifice size and efficiency. Newer technologies can offer more efficient
performance capabilities in smaller packages, but it often comes at a higher cost
with less reliability.
The bottom line is that most custom power amplifiers are required to have extremely
high reliability, high MTBF (Mean Time Between Failures) and they must have the
ability to operate in harsh conditions at full output power. So what is the best
approach to take when starting the design for your next custom RF amplifier?
First, it is best to begin with highly detailed specific function(s) required
for the device, as well as specifications for the system conditions in which it
is to be used. Second, it is important to identify factors such as the intended
frequency band and any size, weight, or power (SWaP) constraints that might affect
functionality and design. And lastly, any special features should be identified.
Be aware, conflicting or unclear requirements, as they can stop a design
before it's even started. Armed with your requirements, you'll be able to make
the necessary design trade-off decisions that result in the best performing
device for your application.
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About Triad RF System
Based in East Brunswick, New Jersey, Triad RF Systems, Inc. designs and manufactures innovative RF/Microwave
amplifiers and integrated radio systems for challenging environments. Products include
power amplifiers, bi−directional amplifiers, rack mount systems, microwave radios,
and custom multi−function assemblies.
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Posted August 12, 2021