Need More Bandwidth for the Ka-Band? Here Are Three Options

  • Author: Brad Hall
As the demand for global connectedness increases, many satellite communications (satcom) systems are pushing toward higher data rates with an increased presence in the Ka-band spectrum. With high performance signal chains now able to support multiple GHz of instantaneous bandwidth and with potentially hundreds of transceivers in a system, the potential for very high throughput data rates is now a reality. The following overview describes some of the trade-offs that exist within the transceiver architectures available, and what types of architectures may be appropriate for different types of systems. Included in this analysis is a breakdown of some of the key specifications for a satellite system and how these system-level specifications translate to transceiver signal chain level components.