In satellite communications, it is becoming increasingly difficult to meet the growing need for higher data rates. One option is the use of higher frequencies: Although the W-band (75–110 GHz) is qualified, so far there is a lack of the right technology and hardware. For this reason, researchers develop an integrated active W-band receiver module in the "BEACON" project.
The module is based on ultra-low noise MMIC technology and its application is intended with both LHCP and RHCP input signals. The project goal is to develop a technology that is lower in noise than any previous W-band amplifier modules, thus enabling extremely high data rates or long-distance data transmission with low power consumption.