Microsemi 750 watt GaN on SiC RF power transistor targets aviation applications

Microsemi Corporation has expanded its family of radio frequency (RF) power transistors based on gallium nitride (GaN) high electron mobility transistor (HEMT) on silicon carbide (SiC) technology with a new 750 watt (W) RF transistor. The MDSGN-750ELMV delivers high power performance in a full range of air traffic control and collision avoidance equipment.

Targeted applications include commercial secondary surveillance radar (SSR), which is used globally to interrogate and identify aircrafts in airport locales and regional centres within about a 200 mile range.

The MDSGN-750ELMV transistor delivers 750 W of peak power with 17 decibel (dB) of power gain and typical 70 percent drain efficiency when operating at 1030/1090 megahertz (MHz) to provide the most power in one single-ended device of its type covering this band.

In addition, the new RF device is capable of handling the demanding commercial Mode-S ELM (Extended Length Message) pulsing conditions for both the 1030MHz ground based interrogators and 1090MHz airborne transponders and can be used in the output stage of high performance ground. ELM makes air travel safer by facilitating the communication of shared weather and air traffic situational awareness information to aircrafts within a regional locale. It is also ideal for use in commercial air-to-air traffic alert and collision avoidance systems (TCAS) and in IFF (Identify Friend or Foe) systems, which are essential in protecting friendly aircrafts within a specific area.

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