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ARTICLE: BUC and SSPA SWaP Considerations for Communications on the Move

Norsat’s article, “BUC and SSPA SWaP Considerations for Communications on the Move”, was featured in the June 2017 issue of Microwave Product Digest. Written by Norsat’s Product Manager, Daniel Lopez, this article explores design considerations in both mechanical and RF architecture in Block Upconverters (BUCs) and Solid State Power Amplifiers (SSPAs). The article discusses questions such as:

    • Why is Size, Weight and Power (SWaP) so crticial in Communications on the Move (COTM) systems?
    • How does a successful design minimize the form factor, reduce weight, and achieve high power output?
    • What design elements impact what is considered a good versus poor SWaP balance in BUCs and SSPAs?
    • In actual COTM applications, how do these principles work out in real life?

The author discusses these questions in much detail in Norsat’s article, “BUC and SSPA SWaP Considerations for Communications on the Move”. To read the full article and find answers to these questions, please click here.

Learn More About the Specifications for LNBs and BUCs

Posted on Thursday, June 18

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Specification sheets for microwave components such as LNBs and BUCs are meant to provide the information you need to determine which of the products available in the market are best suited to your needs. If you are an Engineer it is easy to read these documents and make the necessary comparisons. If you do not have a background in Engineering it is a bit more complicated. For some specifications more is better, and for other less is more. An understanding of what the specifications actually mean and what their impact is on the system is important in order to make good decisions.

Sheri Morita, Norsat’s Senior Product Manager, has written an article for the June 2015 edition of SatMagazine that delves into some of the more common specifications for LNBs and BUCs. Topics addressed include an explanation of decibels (dB) – the measurement unit for many specifications; understanding what VSWR is and how it relates to return loss; a discussion on gain and gain variation; information on output power and the difference between Plin, P1dB and Psat; why L.O. stability is important for some applications but not others; and insights into noise, phase noise and spurious.

If you are responsible for purchasing LNBs and BUCs, or if you are simply interested in learning more on these topic then download the June 2015 edition of SatMagazine and read “A Primer On The Language Of… LNB + BUC”

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