GaN RF Amplifier Technology

What is GaN?

GaN, or Gallium Nitride, is a semiconductor material that maximizes power density. By using GaN devices in a radio frequency (RF) amplifier, high-output power can be achieved without increasing size and weight. This is ideal for applications requiring maximum RF power density, such as active antenna arrays.

CHALLENGE

A new generation of small satellites, multifunction radar systems and portable IED jammers demand more performance in less space

SOLUTION

Solid-state power amplifiers (SSPA) based on GaN semiconductor technology bring more power to smaller form factors. We have developed the technology for thermal management, reliable die-attach, novel power combiner design and advanced packaging to provide the high-power RF amplifiers that make these new applications possible.

GaN in Space

As the space industry pivots towards smaller, low-earth orbit (LEO) constellations, a need is emerging for size, weight and power (SWaP)-optimized power amplification. Mercury is an industry leader in the development of GaN-based amplifiers — a compact and low-cost alternative to traveling wave tube (TWT) amplifiers. We combine expertise in developing space-qualified solutions with GaN amplifier technology to deliver advanced technology to space.

Enabling Compact Systems

Mercury offers a broad portfolio of some of the industry’s most compact GaN SSPA products for applications demanding both high frequency and high-power density, utilizing the latest in thermal and electrical modeling and advanced power-combining structures.

With Rapid Delivery

A library of modular design building blocks reduces risk and development time to facilitate rapid delivery of custom-designed amplifiers. Whether broadband or narrowband, high power or low noise, CW or pulsed, we have the team and experience to quickly develop your custom GaN amplifier.

Using Automated, Scalable Manufacturing

Mercury has built one of the industry's most automated RF manufacturing capabilities, reducing product variation and improving yield. We believe a seamless transition from engineering to full-rate production is a vital step in supporting mission-critical programs. We design solutions with this in mind, automating production to minimize risk and helping you expedite your development.

FEATURED PRODUCTS

RF Power Amplifiers

RF Power Amplifiers

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Space-Qualified, Solid-State Power Amplifiers

Space-Qualified, Solid-State Power Amplifiers

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Integrated Microwave Assemblies

Integrated Microwave Assemblies

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Custom Device Packaging & Integration

Custom Device Packaging & Integration

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Open System Architectures

Airborne Solutions

Our secure airborne solutions provide mission computing, safety-critical avionics, displays, processing, RF and radar.

Trusted Microelectronics

Trusted Supply Chain Starting at Chip Scale

To deliver the latest commercial technology purpose-built for mission-critical aerospace and defense applications, we start at chip scale with our high-density system-in-package technology, designed and manufactured in trusted and secure DMEA-accredited facilities. 

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