THE CIAO WIRELESS COMMITMENT
Ciao Wireless Inc., founded in February, 2003, is dedicated to serving the RF & Microwave Community in the design and manufacture of RF & Microwave Thin-Film Hybrid Amplifiers, Radial Power Combiners-Dividers and Space Qualified Amplifier Assemblies. Ciao is committed in providing the Highest Performance designs at an Exceptional Value without sacrificing Quality and Reliability.
To accomplish this, Ciao has established proven control policies and procedures for each operation, from Manufacturing and Test to Customer Service and Engineering Standards, that meet and even exceed MIL-STD and NASA/IPC requirements; ensuring quality and reliability in accordance that meet and exceed all AS9100 and Military and Commercial standards.
Ciao Wireless is customer focused and committed to Optimizing Designs for maximum RF performance and minimum sensitivity to manufacturing and environmental tolerances, Continual Product Improvement and Enhancements, as well as working closely with the customer and Responding Promptly to Changing Customer Requirements.
The Management Team is made up of specialists in Design and Application Engineering, Sales/Marketing and Customer Service, Manufacturing and Operations and Reliability, with nearly 1000-man-years of Experience.
Ciao Wireless’ microwave integrated circuit (MIC) amplifier designs are manufactured utilizing the latest in GaAs FET MIC Technology. As all designs are Thin-Film Hybrids, (Chip and Wire), Ciao is able to easily “Customize” any catalog model or design to meet a customer’s particular requirement within the frequency range of 30 kHz to 45 GHz.
Ciao utilizes a modular “building-block” technique that allows any number of gain stages to be effectively cascaded within a single package. This standard manufacturing process allows for efficient fabrication of a catalog or “custom” RF Amplifier, ensuring optimum performance and lower costs, with reduced delivery and little or no special development. Because of the volume of amplifiers manufactured by Ciao Wireless, Ciao has been able to form close working relationships with the leading semiconductor manufacturers, allowing for fast response with the most state-of-the-art performance available to Ciao’s disposal. All of Ciao’s RF & Microwave Amplifiers are designed and manufactured in accordance with meeting Military and Hi-Rel requirements, regardless of being utilized in a commercial or non-screened application.
In addition to its GaAs FET Amplifier operations, Ciao Wireless also specializes in the design and manufacture of Radial Power Combiners and Dividers (RPC/RPD) for High Power Transmitters, Radars and Amplifier Systems. Ciao’s innovative Radial techniques, allow for High-Power Handling capability up to 80 kW (N-Way Dependent), with low insertion loss (0.20 dB typ) and are highly phase and amplitude stable
(2.0 Deg RMS/0.25 dB RMS). By utilizing Radial Power Combining and Dividing techniques, customers are able to attain ultra-high power levels with Solid State Components; increasing reliability and reducing costs and development cycles.
Ciao Wireless is able to incorporate multiple functions/options within any of its designs including:
All designs are developed using computer aided design and drafting (CADD) and 3D Modeling techniques. Proprietary software along with other common programs are utilized to enhance the modeling process. Circuit modeling is based on a detailed understanding of each electrical and mechanical parameter and is then confirmed in lab tests. Mechanical packaging techniques are based upon the nearly 1000-man-years of experience the staff of Ciao Wireless has attained, and are widely accepted by the industry.
RF/ MICROWAVE AMPS & SUB-ASSEMBLIES
Ciao Wireless, Inc., features a comprehensive product line of RF & Microwave GaAs FET Amplifiers & Sub-Assemblies, covering the frequency spectrum of 30 kHz to 45 GHz. Manufactured with Thin-Film Hybrid MIC construction, optimum reliability and superior performance can be guaranteed on all Ciao Wireless designs.
Ciao primarily utilizes two different circuit design techniques in its amplifier product line, Balanced Circuitry and Single-Ended Circuits.
A Balanced Circuit design utilizes Lange Couplers at the input and output of each stage to feed two discrete transistors. By utilizing 90-degree hybrids at the input and output of each stage and by having two FET devices per stage, advantages such as improved return loss, increased output power performance, and ease of cascading multiple stages without inter-stage matching issues, are realized. Balanced Circuits are typically used for Ciao’s Octave, Multi-Octave and Broadband units.
Single Ended design architecture uses a single transistor per stage with either series or parallel feedback designs to facilitate matching the amplifiers’ impedance to 50 ohms. Series feedback is commonly referred to as “loss-less feedback” as no additional contributions are realized as a result of “lossy” circuits being added to the input of the FET. This approach, while difficult to optimize for return loss, permits Ciao Wireless to realize the lowest noise figures possible, and are normally used over Ciao’s narrow band amplifiers designs.
All models feature integral voltage regulators, that make performance insensitive to supply voltage variations over a nominal +12 to +20 Volt DC voltage variation, with reverse polarity protection built-in.
Ciao Wireless is able to "customize" most designs in order to meet a customer's particular requirement, and in many cases, without having to sacrifice the competitive catalog pricing and delivery of Ciao's products.
GENERAL AMPLIFIER & SUB-ASSEMBLY CONSIDERATIONS
Listed specifications are guaranteed at room temperature (+23C) case temperature. However, most designs will operate over the -54C to +85C temperature range with some degradation to performance. Please contact the factory for specific temperature performance characteristics by model. General thermal considerations are as follows:
Gain of a typical GaAs FET amplifier that does not include special compensation circuitry decreases as operating temperature is increased. Over the temperature range of –54C to +75C, the temperature coefficient of an uncompensated amplifier is approximately –0.012 dB / Deg C / Stage. This coefficient normally increases above +75C. Feedback stabilized GaAs FET amplifiers typically have a temperature coefficient of approximately -0.005 dB / Deg C / Stage. Temperature Compensation can provide stable gain performance over a wide operating temperature range. Improvements between 2 and ten times can be obtained, depending upon amplifier type, temperature range, gain, and bandwidth.
1 dB Compression Point:
An amplifier’s power output capability varies inversely with operating temperature. The 1 dB gain compression point will decrease by roughly 0.01 dB/Deg C as the temperature is increased in the –54C to +75C range.
A typical amplifier’s noise figure will increase by roughly 0.01 dB/ Deg C with as the temperature is increased from –54C to +75C. For amplifiers with extremely low noise, the noise temperature will increase by a ratio that is approximately proportional to the ratio of the absolute temperatures expressed in degrees Kelvin (Deg K).
All of Ciao’s amplifiers must be properly heat-sinked, such that the case to ambient heat rise is no greater than +10 to +15 Deg C. The maximum operating case temp for Ciao’s standard amplifiers is +85C, unless otherwise stated.
While all models are manufactured to operate within a rugged Military Environment, the factory should be consulted for specific environmental operating conditions. Ciao’s standard manufacturing process is in accordance with MIL-PRF-38534 and MIL-STD-883 standards. All units are subjected to Thermal Cycle, Burn-In, and Leak Testing. Upon request, all models can be fully screened in compliance with the complete ESS requirements of MIL-PRF-38534, MIL-STD-810 or MIL-STD-202 among others. Contact Ciao with any special testing requirements or for more information on Ciao’s standard process flows.
All of Ciao Wireless’ operations are located within a single modern and fully equipped 42,000 square foot facility, in Camarillo, CA, about 1 hour north of Los Angeles. This facility provides Ciao with ample room for expansion. All processes critical to superior electrical and reliability performance and shortest possible delivery times are controlled in-house.
Ciao Wireless maintains an aggressive capitalization program. New equipment and personnel is aggressively brought on-line to help maintain and grow Ciao’s already vast capabilities so that all customers can be supported regardless of how great or small the opportunity. Ciao supports all customer requirements.
Ciao Wireless’ manufacturing facilities have been established utilizing state-of-the-art technology for the manufacture of MIC hardware that meets the strict visual and screening requirements of MIL-PRF-38534. Total process control is fundamental to Ciao’s success in meeting these requirements. All process steps are completely documented and include the necessary controls to ensure that the best results are realized.
The fully equipped Manufacturing Lab includes:
Since being founded, Ciao Wireless has supplied the Defense, Military and Commercial community with state-of-the-art microwave amplifiers, sub-systems, and radial power combiners/dividers for various applications. From the beginning, the company has been committed to superior quality in the products it delivers. This commitment has been supported not only philosophically but also with the capital commitments necessary to ensure that the best available tools, facilities, and techniques are being employed in the manufacture and test of all products.
Although Ciao’s Quality Assurance Program is designed to be flexible to meet customer program requirements, Ciao has defined a baseline of inspection and screening criterion that ensures that all products will meet the most stringent military, aerospace and commercial requirements.
Ciao’s commitment to furnish products considered to be “best-in-class” begins with a comprehensive Quality System that is in conformance with AS9100 and ISO9001. Ciao’s Quality Assurance organization is chartered to maintain the highest level of document and process control and quality standards.
All of Ciao’s products are manufactured using processes that are tightly controlled to the requirements of MIL-PRF-38534 and IPC-610 and NASA soldering and assembly techniques, as required. Units are assembled and tested in a controlled clean room environment. The environmental conditions are actively monitored for temperature and humidity to ensure product quality. Inspection criteria as defined by MIL-M-38510, MIL-PRF-38534 and MIL-STD-883 are strictly adhered to.
Test and measurement equipment maintenance and calibration is performed in accordance with MIL-STD-45662A and fully traceable to all NIST/ANSI standards.
Ciao performs 100% Unconditional Stability Testing on all amplifiers manufactured and shipped.
A formal Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) Control Program in accordance with MIL-STD-1686C and ANSI/ESD S20.20 is in place with all employees receiving formal training and re-certification as required.
Ciao performs 100% inspection on all received materials. Vendors and materials are continuously evaluated to ensure compliance to set quality standards. Overall vendor performance ratings are maintained with this information, with only qualified vendors utilized.
ENVIRONMENTAL TESTING FACILITY
Ciao maintains a fully functional Environmental Stress Screening Laboratory within its facility, to ensure further product quality and facilitate throughput of screened product for the customer. Internal capabilities include:
TEST LAB AND EQUIPMENT
Ciao Wireless maintains an extensive inventory of microwave, mechanical and electronic test equipment. Equipment includes multiple Vector Network Analyzers (VNA), Network Analyzers, Scalar Analyzers, Power Supplies, Sweepers, Signal Generators, Oscilloscopes, Digital Noise Test Meters, Sources, as well other specialized test equipment, associated with GaAs FET Amplifiers, Sub-Systems, Pre-Amplifiers, Modules, Radial Power Combiners/Dividers, and Space Qualified Components.