• Press Release: Quantic MWD Announces New Line of Oscillators Optimized for Space Applications


    Quantic MWD offers various oscillators, including dielectric resonator oscillators and phase-locked oscillators that are designed to meet the rigorous requirements of military and aerospace agencies. The company has also been delivering hardware for space missions since 2004, that is designed to meet Class K space requirements with group A, B, C, and D testing and with radiation-hardened electronic components. This means that their components can withstand the harsh conditions of space and have been tested to meet the standards required for space missions.

    DRO-1080 and DRO-1087 Space Qualified Dielectric Resonator Oscillators (DRO)

    Quantic MWD has recently broadened its range of oscillators by introducing the DRO-1080 series with hermetically sealed Kovar packages that comply with the MIL-PRF-38534, ASA, ESA, JAXA, ISRO, CNSA, and RFSA military and aerospace agencies standards. This expansion of their product line represents a significant advancement, as it builds on their space industry expertise and enables the qualification of products for a variety of space missions. The DRO-1080 series of oscillators are put through stringent testing to ensure they meet the high standards of the military and aerospace agencies, which demand components that can withstand radiation and operate reliably in harsh space environments.

    Part NumberDescriptionFrequency Range (Single Frequency)
    DRO-1080Space Class-K DRO with radiation-hardened components and Kovar housing, operating from 1 to 18 GHz1 to 18 GHz
    DRO-1087Space Class-K DRO with radiation-hardened components and Kovar housing, operating from 18 to 36 GHz18 to 36 GHz

    Other Space Products

    Dielectric Resonator Oscillators (DRO) Phase Locked Oscillators (PLO)SynthesizersLow Noise Amplifiers (LNA)Medium Power Amplifiers (MPA)High Power Amplifiers (SSPA)UpconvertersDownconvertersMultipliersIntegrated Module Assemblies (IMA)SubassembliesRack Mounted Systems

    Overall, the expansion of Quantic MWD’s DRO-1000 line of oscillators is a positive development for the space industry, as it provides high-quality components that are tailored to the needs of various space missions. Our expertise in space applications uniquely positions Quantic MWD to deliver  fully qualified Class K tested products for GEO survivability, making Quantic MWD a valuable partner for space missions. Our designs lend themselves to meet various system requirements from Industrial to Class-K Space. Depending on our design, we can utilize standard semiconductors, hi-rel electronic devices, and/or radiation-hardened ICs. Quantic MWD is capable of upgrading our products from:

    • Industrial: Industrial temperature and environmental applications with extended tuning and environmental testing.
    • Hi-Rel and LEO: MIL-STD-883 testing, traceability, and optional hermiticity
    • Class-K space: MIL-PRF-38534 and other specification requirements, such as rad-hard components, hermiticity, traceability, and group A, B, C,D testing.

    Our microelectronic design and manufacturing capability provide solutions from frequency sources to amplifiers to frequency converters to integrated module assemblies (IMAs). Here are a few of our standard designs with space upgrade paths defined.

    Part Number

    Level 3(Class G, D, E, L)Level 2 Defense(Class H) Level 1 Critical
     (Class K)
    DRO-10xxDRO, Free Running OscillatorSA
    DRO-108xDRO, Class K, Rad HardS
    PLO-20xxPLO, Phase Locked Oscillator, Ext Ref.SA
    PLO-30xxPLO, Internal ReferenceSR
    PLO-40xxPLO, 10 MHz External ReferenceSA
    PLO-4200PLO, Dual Loop for Improved Phase NoiseSA
    MLO-10xxPulse Modulated OscillatorSA
    LO-MIXUp/Down Converter, Internal LOSA
    AnXFrequency Multiplier, 2X, 3X, or 4XSA
    ALxxxxLow Noise AmplifiersSS
    APxxxxMedium Power Amplifiers to 2 WattsSA
    MPAxxxxHigh Power Amplifiers to 20 WattsSA

    S: Standard
    A: available with additional screening.
    R: Rad-Hard capability available