The latest addition to Callisto’s range of cryo LNA products is our Miniature X-Band. This LNA is intended for use on tracking X-band ground station antennas operating around 8 GHz for reception. The LNA has two operating modes; normal and “turbo”. The difference between the two modes is the noise figure performance. In “turbo” mode the noise figure is significantly reduced compared to “normal” mode by cryo-cooling the LNA circuit. The intended application of this LNA is for critical data communications. By switching to the “turbo” mode the User can counter-act the effects of fading on his communications link by the improvement in his ground terminal G/T. When the link has returned to normal conditions the LNA can be switched back to “normal”, the cryo-cooler is switched off and the LNA circuits work at ambient temperature. A typical fade event can be caused by severe weather, for example. Another application for this dual mode LNA could be for ground stations used for in-frequent critical operations such as LEOP.
Cooling of the LNA circuit to very low temperatures is achieved using a miniature Stirling cycle cryo-cooler. These high efficiency refrigerators have been developed to serve various applications most notably for Infra-Red detector cooling in military equipment. As such, these miniature cryo-coolers are designed for high reliability and robustness.
|Frequency Range||8.0 – 8.5 GHz|
|Overall gain||> 38dB|
|Noise Figure Normal Mode||1.1 dB (80K)|
|Noise Figure Turbo Mode||0.4 dB (28K)|
|Output Power||1dB CP +5dBm|
|Input Interface||WR112 W/G|
|Environment temperature||-40°C to + 60°C|
|Cool down time||< 20 min|
|Size||150 mm x 100 mm|