TriQuint noted that it will develop and fabricate new modules including 20 Watt and 50 Watt devices in-house. The program will reportedly require fitting new 20 Watt amplifiers into the same space now occupied by the fleet's existing 1 Watt devices.
TriQuint Program Manager, Doug Cole commented, "The contract is particularly interesting since we need to increase the power of one device 20-fold without increasing the size. We're using our proven 0.25-micron Gallium Nitride process since it offers excellent power density and ruggedness--key requirements for avionic applications."
Phase I of the Air Force UAV program includes developing high-power GaN amplifier MMICs. During Phase II MMIC amplifiers and other components will be into single packages to provide 20 Watt and 50 Watt Ku-band power amplifiers. TriQuint plans to deliver the first amplifier MMIC by August 2010. The first 50 Watt prototype high power amplifier (HPA) will be delivered in April 2011.