Communications at sea is a necessity and a critical component of safety, commerce and leisure. Satellite is the best solution for 24/7 off-shore or in-harbor connectivity. The push to higher data rates while maintaining a compact antenna footprint demands higher linear power amplifiers in smaller and lighter packages. The high BUC efficiencies from GaN devices facilitate maximum power with minimum weight and cooling.

Ku-Band and Ka-Band GaN SSPAs and BUCs

Xicom is the leader in compact GaN based solutions for maritime applications. We offer amplifiers and BUCs at both Ku and Ka-band with extremely high linear power in small, lightweight packages. 

AC- and DC-Powered BUCs Available

Xicom’s Bobcat line of DC-powered BUCs is ideal for maritime applications. These GaN-based HPAs offer 16W of linear power at Ka-band and 32W of linear power at Ku-band each in a package weighing under 5 pounds. Higher power models are also available in compact packages. Xicom’s Bobcat product line is designed to offer market leading SWAP (Size, Weight and Power) performance, which is critical for maritime applications.

For more throughput, Xicom’s Puma AC-powered BUCs offer linear powers of up to 200W at Ku-band and 60W at Ka-band.

For very high data rates, Xicom’s TWTA product line have been a key element of cruise ship connectivity.

The global maritime satellite communication market size is expected to grow from USD 2.3 billion in 2020 to USD 3.2 billion by 2025, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 7.1% during the forecast period. Escalating the need for enriched data communication to improve operation efficiency, on-board security, and surveillance, and employee/passenger welfare in the maritime industry is driving the market. Furthermore, the major factor driving the maritime satellite communication market is the need to attain improved connectivity between the land and sea operations and realizing benefits in faster repair times, preventative maintenance, fuel-saving, and real-time navigation.

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