Richardson RFPD Introduces High Power Amplifier Module from Empower

Richardson RFPD, Inc. has announced the release of a new high power amplifier module from Empower RF Systems, Inc. (Empower).

The 1163/BBM2E3KLO is a 20 to 520 MHz amplifier which is guaranteed to deliver 125W output power and related RF performance under all specified temperature and environmental conditions.

It uses high power LDMOS transistors and offers built-in control and monitoring, with protection functions that include non-volatile memory for event recording and factory setup recovery features. The 7″ x 4″ x 1.5″ module is suited to broadband jamming and high power linear applications in the UHF and VHF bands.

The module is designed to actively and continuously monitor critical performance parameters, including temperature, current consumption, voltage levels, and alarms, and to take protective and/or shutdown actions when necessary to avoid amplifier damage.

Users may communicate with the device with a PC or systems controller via RS485 to adjust a range of parameters. Analog control capabilities still exist, if applicable. The event log and non-volatile memory allow for internal diagnostics and troubleshooting, and the memory features enable recording of product and configuration data during manufacturing.

Another feature is the “minimal touch” design, which eliminates a number of manual process steps and makes design margin evaluation (DME) analysis and a full battery of qualification tests integral to the design.

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