RF Frequency Converter Design2018-09-20T18:52:08+00:00

RF Frequency Converter Design

High-Performance and Cost-Effective RF Frequency Converter Design

NuWaves’ RF frequency converter designs provide superior performance tailored to the requirements of the system, while utilizing the latest techniques and devices to achieve the smallest form factor, weight and power consumption possible.

We utilize our Frequency Converter Design experience to expand our customers’ hardware capabilities to operate at different frequencies, providing dynamic frequency operation with existing communication systems

Frequency Converter Design

Take a look at some of our past Frequency Converter Design projects below to learn how we have been able to Sustain and Modernize our customer’s existing communication systems to prepare them for tomorrow’s operating landscape – keeping their hardware fully functional in the field and saving our customers money towards their bottom line by sustaining and modernizing instead of replacing.

C-Band Transverter System for Bandit & CMDL Transceivers

NuWaves was contracted to design, develop, and manufacture a custom C-band transverter system to enable the L-3 Bandit-Miniature Dual-Band Transceiver to operate over C-band frequencies. The finished system includes an L-to-C-band RF upconverter and amplifier module, C-to-S-band RF downconverter module, and a duplexer.

The system upconverts and amplifies a fixed L-band IF signal from the Bandit transceiver to an RF signal in the range of 4400-5000 MHz, and then downconverts  an RF signal in the range of 5250-5850 MHz to a fixed S-band IF signal for interfacing to the Bandit transceiver. The system was test flown on an Arcturus T-20 UAS.

This same design can be applied to any CMDL transceiver module where dynamic frequency operation is required.

RF Design C-Band Transverter Bandit CMDL Transceivers

The C-band transverter system developed by NuWaves enabled a Bandit transceiver to communicate with a CMDL transceiver over C-band frequencies.

Highly Dynamic RF Frequency Converter Design

RF Design Custom RF Frequency Upconverter Downconverter

NuWaves developed a high-performance, RF upconverter and downconverter module pair for a major D.o.D. prime contractor. The customer had a need to increase the capability of their existing communications hardware to operate at new frequencies and was budget constrained. NuWaves was able to offer a significantly cheaper alternative solution than the hardware OEM, adding RF upconverter and downconverter modules to their communication system to expand their range of frequency operation.

Based on NuWaves’ Multi-octave RF Upconverter (MORF) and ConvertaWave2 downconverter products, the custom modules featured UHF, L- and S-band coverage and a custom IF, high dynamic range, flat pass band, signal conditioning with high linearity, low insertion loss, and comprehensive programmability. NuWaves was also later contracted to add additional performance improvements to the downconverter module, which included improved linearity, spurious rejection, phase noise, and additional resolution in the attenuation control.

Bidirectional L/S-Band Frequency Converter Design

RF Design Bidirectional L-Band S-Band Frequency Converter Low SWaP



Development of a bidirectional L/S-band frequency converter module (FCM) to enable operation of an S-band digital data link over L-band frequencies. The FCM was paired with NuWaves’ custom L-band linear bidirectional amplifier for range extension.


  • Designed to interface with Persistent Systems’ Wave Relay transceiver

  • Small size: 3.00″ x 2.00″ x 0.65″

  • Automatic transmit sensing & fast T/R mode switching

  • Pairs with custom bidirectional amplifier

More Projects

SATCOM L-Band Frequency Upconverter Design

RF Design SATCOM L-Band Upconverter

Fast paced 7-week development effort. The hardware supports CubeSAT Missions and is needed to enable communication on multiple frequencies and waveforms simultaneously while enabling high power transmissions to overcome losses and canopy penetration.

Wideband Block Frequency Downconverter Design

RF Design Two Channel Wideband Multiband Block Downconverter

Circuit card assembly for a two channel ultra wideband mixing and signal conditioning unit to be used with a Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) based Digital Signal Processor (DSP).  Prototype capable of downconverting any signal from 100 MHz to 10 GHz down to baseband

NuWaves’ Commercial-off-the-Shelf (COTS) Solutions

Looking for an off-the-shelf solution for your frequency conversion requirements? Check out NuWaves’ COTS RF frequency converter products shown below:

Third-Party RF Frequency Converter Evaluation & Repair

Third Party RF Frequency Converter Evaluation Repair
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Third Party Frequency Converter Repair Validation


Evaluation, troubleshooting, and repair of Frequency Converter modules without benefit of any technical drawings or documentation.


  • Comprehensive evaluation and deep-dive analysis of the transmit and receive circuitry
  • Successful repair validated through third-party testing
  • Originally designated “beyond economical repair” by supplier, units were cost-effectively repaired and fielded

Contact NuWaves’ RF Frequency Converter Design Team

If you are interested in having NuWaves Engineering design a RF Frequency Converter for your team, click on the REQUEST ADDITIONAL INFORMATION button below, submit your contact information and a brief description describing your project and frequency converter requirements, and a member from our Engineering Services team will reach out to you within 24 hours.

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NuWaves’ in-depth knowledge, experience, and key personnel allow us to offer a full spectrum of solutions to maximize your RF capability and readiness, and engineer a lasting partnership. NuWaves Engineering is driven to advance your mission; challenged to achieve excellence.

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Mike TrimbleDirector of Business Development - Engineering Services

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