A target application for this pulsed power amplifier can be RADAR for active remote sensing of Earth or potentially other non-terrestrial objects. The use of a very high efficiency power amplifier will allow for higher power levels in an energy limited environment such as in space operations. The high power ratings of this proposal will allow for greater standoff distances and improved signal to noise for the receivers used for remote sensing application. If operation at 100 VDC in X-band is achieved, the transmitter could operate directly from the DC voltage bus of the spacecraft with minimal or un-necessary DC-DC converter. The successful development of this high efficiency X-band amplifier concept can be leveraged by NASA for other RADAR applications at other wavelengths, as Integra's 100 VDC X-band GaN devices can be used at C-Band and potentially extended to Ku-band.
The use of higher efficiency and higher power X-band GaN pulsed amplifiers will allow for improved power management for commercial, weather and military radar applications. Integra Technologies will continue to push the "state of the art" for GaN devices and amplifier modules that advance radar technologies for C-Band, X-Band and potentially Ku-Band, all of which will be enabled by the present technology research.