Technical Article

Design of a K-Band MMIC PA for Satcom Applications

This article describes the design of the Leonis chipset using the Cadence® AWR Design Environment® platform. The chipset includes in-phase quadrature (I/Q) and subharmonic mixers, upconverter and downconverter core chips, switches, phase shifters, low-noise amplifiers (LNAs), and PAs. Within this chipset is the company’s LE-Ka1330308, a high-power monolithic microwave integrated circuit (MMIC) amplifier. Arralis has successfully demonstrated transceiver architectures for both uplink and downlink communications.

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