Smart Amp Monitors Operating Conditions

June 14, 2012
Engineers in search of small-volume power amplifiers may want to take a look at the model 1163 from Empower RF Systems. Based on silicon LDMOS technology, this is an example of a new generation of "smart" power amplifiers capable of maintaining constant ...

Engineers in search of small-volume power amplifiers may want to take a look at the model 1163 from Empower RF Systems. Based on silicon LDMOS technology, this is an example of a new generation of "smart" power amplifiers capable of maintaining constant bias current over temperature and other operating conditions by using microprocessor control. Model 1163 operates from 20 to 520 MHz with 125 W output power at 3-dB compression from a packaging measuring only 7.0 x 4.0 x 1.5 in.

Suitable for applications in digital communications systems, electronic attack platforms, and test and measurement equipment, the rugged amplifier features internal monitoring and protection circuitry for high reliability, storing key events in nonvolatile memory for lifetime performance analysis. To learn more about the model 1163 LDMOS power amplifier, don't forget to stop by the Empower RF Systems' exhibition booth (No. 2203) at the 2012 IMS.

About the Author

Jack Browne | Technical Contributor

Jack Browne, Technical Contributor, has worked in technical publishing for over 30 years. He managed the content and production of three technical journals while at the American Institute of Physics, including Medical Physics and the Journal of Vacuum Science & Technology. He has been a Publisher and Editor for Penton Media, started the firm’s Wireless Symposium & Exhibition trade show in 1993, and currently serves as Technical Contributor for that company's Microwaves & RF magazine. Browne, who holds a BS in Mathematics from City College of New York and BA degrees in English and Philosophy from Fordham University, is a member of the IEEE.

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