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QuadMod SSPA Systems

C, X, and Ku-Bands












Key Features
Modular Architecture

3-Year All-inclusive Warranty

Worldwide Service

Proven Reliability

CE Certified










Single-Thread SSPAs Phase-Combined Systems
C-Band C-Band
800 Watts 1500 Watts
500 Watts
400 Watts
X-Band X-Band
700 Watts 1400 Watts
400 Watts
Ku-Band Ku-Band
400 Watts 750 Watts
250 Watts



QuadMod SSPAs are completely modular RF amplifier
systems that offer output powers of up to 800 watts in
C-Band, 700 watts in X-Band, or 400 watts in Ku-Band.
Based on technology used in our field-proven ModuMAX
amplifiers, QuadMod SSPAs utilize field-replaceable RF
modules, power supplies and electronic assemblies to
maximize performance and minimize downtime in
SATCOM systems.
Parallel Architecture
Since solid-state power amplifiers (SSPAs) consist of
multiple transistors in parallel, they naturally contain a
degree of built-in redundancy. With proper attention to
design architecture, the use of multiple parallel RF modules,
and the elimination of all active devices from the common
RF path, VertexRSI has designed an SSPA that is reliable
and extremely fault-tolerant.
RF Plug-In Modules
QuadMod SSPAs consist of four identical and fully inter-
changeable RF plug-in modules. Module status is indicated
by an LED on each module as well as the control panel
display.
Complete failure of a module causes a drop of only 2.4 dB in
output power, without the momentary loss of signal caused
by redundant switchover systems. Defective modules can
be hot-swapped while the SSPA continues to operate. Spare
RF modules are affordable, since they contain only a
fraction of the RF power transistors in the SSPA.


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Easy to Operate and Maintain
QuadMod SSPAs are designed to be easy to operate and
maintain. Commonly used controls are brought out to the
front panel for quick and easy access. All features are fully
remote controllable through the standard RS-232/-422/-485
and network interfaces.
Servicing is fast and easy with four hot-swappable RF
modules that are accessible from the front panel. Modules
can be removed and replaced while the SSPA continues to
operate.
Any of the four fans in the air-cooling system can be easily
removed and replaced, without taking the SSPA off-line.
Even the power supply is N+1 redundant, consisting of
three hot-swappable plug-in modules, any two of which
are fully capable of powering the entire amplifier.
Phase-Combined Systems
QuadMod is easy to expand. Phase-combine two SSPAs
for double the power output in only 35" (20 RU) of rack
space. An added bonuswith 8 RF modules, one failed
module causes only a 1.2 dB drop in output power.
Cooling System
QuadMod also incorporates redundancy into its integral
forced-air cooling system. Enough margin is built into the
design to tolerate the loss of one cooling fan. Fans are
monitored for rotational speed, and failure of a fan is
indicated on the control panel display. In the event of a
fan failure, the SSPA can continue to operate until a
replacement is installed. The air cooling system utilizes
separate front panel air intake and rear panel exhausts.
Exhaust air can be ducted outdoors or into the room.
Power
System power is supplied by three identical modules in an
N+1 configuration. If a module fails, the remaining two
can supply 100% of the required load current and the
defective module can be hot-swapped without
interruption. QuadMod operates from either single- or
three-phase ac, allowing considerable flexibility in
installations and worldwide operation.
Global EMC and Safety Compatibility
QuadMod SSPA systems are certified to applicable EU
EMI/EMC and safety standards.


Outline Drawing, Typical C-Band SSPA (X- and Ku-Band are similar)
FRONT VIEW
RIGHT SIDE VIEW
BACK VIEW
12.24
[311]
7RU
5.24
[133]
3RU
19.00
[483]
6.13
[156]
23.15
[588]
REQUIRED DISTANCE,
RAIL TO RAIL
MTG. SURFACE OF
FRONT CAB. RAIL
6.01
[153]
1.92
[49]
0.04
[1]
6.84
[174]
16.47
[418]
4.05
[103]
RF INPUT
TYPE N (F)
AC INPUT
RF OUTPUT
CPR137G
PS
EXHAUST
SSPA
EXHAUST
PS
INTAKE
SSPA
INTAKE
NOTES:
1. DIMENSIONS ARE SHOWN IN INCHES [mm].
2. TOTAL WEIGHT (ESTIMATED) = 238 LBS. [108 kg]
AMPLIFIER CHASSIS INCLUDING 4 AMP MODULES:
TYP. WEIGHT = 182 LBS. [82 kg]
INTERCONNECTING CABLES: WEIGHT = 7 LBS [3 kg]
POWER SUPPLY CHASSIS INCLUDING 3 PS MODULES:
TYP. WEIGHT = 56 LBS. [25 kg]
3. AIRFLOW REQUIREMENTS - FORCED AIR COOLING:
AMPLIFIER CHASSIS 325 CFM [552 m^3/hr]
POWER SUPPLY CHASSIS: 125 CFM [212 m^3/hr]



System Block Diagram
1
2
3
4
RF Out
RF Out
Sample
Forward
Power
RF In
RF In
Sample
Power
Reflected
B1 B2 B3 B4
(Intake) (Exhaust)
Parallel
I/O
Monitor &
Control
8 Outputs
8 Inputs
Cooling Fans:
+11.5 Vdc
Bus RF Unit
PS Unit
180 - 264 Vac 180 - 264 Vac 180 - 264 Vac
Network
RS-232/-422/-485
Power
Supply
Power
Supply
Power
Supply
Front
Panel
RF Modules
Monitor &
Control
RS-232/-422/-485
Front
Panel

Connector Interface
Ref. Des. Function Connector Type Mating Connector Comment
RF Unit
J1 RF Input Type N Female Type N Male
J2 RF Output CPR137G/CPR112G/WR75G
Waveguide
CPR137/CPR112/WR75
Flange
C-/X-/Ku-Band
J3 DC In Bus Bars Ring Terminals Supplied
J4 Serial I/O 9-pos D, Female 9-pos D, Male Supplied
J5 Parallel I/O 37-pos D, Male 37-pos D, Female Supplied
J7 System Interface 15-pos D, Male 15-pos D, Female Used with optional
maintenance switch
J9 PS Interface 9-pos D, Male 9-pos D, Female Supplied
J10 RF Input Sample Type N Female Type N Male On front panel
J11 RF Output Sample Type N Female Type N Male On front panel
A15 Network Interface RJ-45 Receptacle RJ-45 Plug Ethernet 10 Base T
Power Supply Unit
+12 V, RTN DC Output Bus Bars Ring Terminals Supplied
L1, L2, L3, N AC Input Terminal Strip Wires
J4 Serial I/O 9-pos D, Female 9-pos D, Male Supplied
J5 PS Status 9-pos D, Male 9-pos D, Female Supplied
J6 PS Sync 9-pos D, Female 9-pos D, Male Supplied, if used
J7 PS Sense 9-pos D, Female 9-pos D, Male Supplied


Specifications
Parameter Notes Min. Nom./Typ.
(1)
Max. Units
Frequency Range
(2)
C-Band, Standard (MPCD-) 5.850 6.425 GHz
C-Band, Extended (MPCM-) 5.850 6.725 GHz
X-Band, Standard (MPXB-) 7.900 8.400 GHz
Ku-Band, Standard (MPKM-) 14.00 14.50 GHz
Ku-Band, Extended (MPKO-) 13.75 14.50 GHz
Gain, at Maximum Setting C-Band, X-Band 70 75 dB
Ku-Band 65 72 dB
Gain vs. Temperature 0 to 50 C 0.5 0.75 dB
Gain Adjust Range Digital, 0.1 dB steps 20 dB
Gain Flatness Full band 1.0 dB
Per 40 MHz 0.3 dB
Saturated Power Output 800 W C-Band +59.0 (800) dBm (W)
500 W C-Band
(3)
+57.0 (500) dBm (W)
400 W C-Band +56.0 (400) dBm (W)
700 W X-Band +58.5 (700) dBm (W)
400 W X-Band +56.0 (400) dBm (W)
400 W Ku-Band +56.0 (400) dBm (W)
250 W Ku-Band +54.0 (250) dBm (W)
Power Output, at 1 dB 800 W C-Band +58.0 (630) dBm (W)
Compression (P1 dB) 500 W C-Band
(3)
+56.0 (400) dBm (W)
400 W C-Band +55.0 (316) dBm (W)
700 W X-Band +57.5 (560) dBm (W)
400 W X-Band +55.0 (316) dBm (W)
400 W Ku-Band +55.0 (316) dBm (W)
250 W Ku-Band +53.0 (200) dBm (W)
Two-Tone Intermodulation At 3 dB backoff from P1 dB -30 -25 dBc
Residual Noise, C-Band 5.856.425 GHz -70 dBW/4 kHz
3.44.2 GHz -160 dBW/4 kHz
Residual Noise, Ku-Band 13.7514.50 GHz -70 dBW/4 kHz
Group Delay Linear 0.03 ns/MHz
Parabolic 0.003 ns/MHz
2

Ripple 1.0 ns p-p
AM/PM Conversion At P1 dB 2.5 3.5 /dB
Second Harmonic At P1 dB -60 dBc
Spurious At P1 dB -70 dBc
VSWR Input, Output 1.2 1.3 :1
Sample Ports Input/Output -10/-50 dBc
Power Requirements Voltage 180 264 Vac
(single or 3-phase) Frequency 47 63 Hz
Power factor 0.98
Power Requirements Power, 800 W C-Band 3.5 4.6
(4)
kW
(single or 3-phase) Power, 500 W C-Band
(3)
2.8 3.7
(4)
kW
Power, 400 W C-Band 2.4 3.2
(4)
kW
Power, 700 W X-Band 3.5 4.6
(4)
kW
Power, 400 W X-Band 3.2 4.2
(4)
kW
Power, 400 W Ku-Band 3.5 4.6 (4) kW
Power, 250 W Ku-Band 2.7 3.5 (4) kW
(continues)


Parameter Notes Min. Nom./Typ.
(1)
Max. Units
Cooling System Forced Air
Operating Temperature Ambient/inlet air 0 +50 C
Altitude Derating 10,000 ft (3000 m) max. Derate 2 C per 1000 ft (300 m)
Size RF Unit (7 U panel ht.) 19 W x 12.25 H x 29.38 D inches
483 W x 311 H x 746 D mm
Power Supply (3 U ht.) 19 W x 5.24 H x 24.2 D inches
483 W x 133 H x 559 D mm
Weight RF Unit 182 (82) lb (kg)
Power Supply 56 (25) lb (kg)
(1)
When there is only one entry on a line, the Nom./Typ. column is a nominal value; otherwise it is a typical value. Typical values are
intended to illustrate typical performance, but are not guaranteed.
(2)
Consult factory for non-standard frequency bands.
(3)
500 W C-Band available in Band D only (5.850-6.425 GHz).
(4)
Cold start at 0 C and saturated output.
Part Number/Order Information

C-Band SSPAs
MPCM-61500QM





X-Band SSPAs
MPXB-81500QM





Ku-Band SSPAs
MPKM-14500QM





C-Band Redundant Systems
QPRC0-6I000QM





X-Band Redundant Systems
QPRX0-8I000QM





Ku-Band Redundant Systems
QPRK0-14I000QM





* 500 W C-Band is available only in Band D (5.850-6.425 GHz).

Each SSPA system includes an RF Unit, a Power Supply Unit, interconnecting cables, mating connectors, rack
slides, and mounting hardware. All features described in this specification are included as standard equipment.
Rack cabinet installation is available as an option.
Optional maintenance kits:
1) Spares Kit A: Includes RF Module, Power Supply Module, Blower
2) Spares Kit B: Includes Spares Kit A plus Logic PCB, Parallel I/O PCB, NIC PCB, Front Panel, and
Flexible Cable Assemblies

5.850-6.425 GHz = D
5.580-6.725 GHz = M
800 = 800 Watts
500 = 500 Watts *
400 = 400 Watts
7.900-8.400 GHz = B 700 = 700 Watts
400 = 400 Watts
14.00-14.50 GHz = M
13.75-14.50 GHz = O
400 = 400 Watts
250 = 250 Watts
1-for-1 (1:1) = 1
1-for-2 (1:2) = 2
800 = 800 Watts
500 = 500 Watts *
400 = 400 Watts
1-for-1 (1:1) = 1
1-for-2 (1:2) = 2
700 = 700 Watts
400 = 400 Watts
1-for-1 (1:1) = 1
1-for-2 (1:2) = 2
400 = 400 Watts
250 = 250 Watts


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department in State College, Pennsylvania, at 814-238-2700.

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