KCB announces contracts for space qualified components into High Value National Asset Satellites

By July 15, 2022 News

KCB Solutions’ RF and Microwave Space Components play an important part in supporting most government satellites.

Shirley, MA 7/12/2022 – KCB Solutions announces the receipt of multimillion dollar contracts for space
level vector modulators, space level frequency conversion units, space level switches, space level digital
attenuators with radiation hardened CMOS logic and space level SPDT switches with rad hard CMOS

Throughout modern history most technological advances have been in support of military needs, many
of which have thankfully changed the way that most of us live our day to day lives. KCB Solutions has
been a part of supporting the military and space grade microelectronics and space grade hybrids since
our inception in 2003. KCB Solutions has provided Space grade switches, attenuators, power amplifiers,
driver amplifiers, limiters, switch drivers, and frequency conversion products in support of our
government and military programs.

If you read your history, you may be surprised to see how many things that have made your daily lives
easier. Many things that we take for granted today were developed to support military needs. Canned
goods and margarine (developed by Napoleon’s scientists to help feed his very mobile army), India Pale
Ale (a brewing method that allowed beer to stay fresh enough to supply the British troops in India), and
speaking about mobile armies, standardize modern train systems (a means to move men and material in
times of war and not by coincidence, the gage or distance between tracks, just happens to be the same
as the distance between the wheels on a Roman chariot), and jet aircraft. Even our modern, if
somewhat aging highway systems were put into place to allow fast and efficient movement of troops
within a country, starting with the Autobahn in Germany and adopted to the US Interstate Highway
System (officially called The Dwight D. Eisenhower National System of Interstate and Defense Highways)
. Ask someone who drove these highways in the 1950’s and 60’s and they will likely remember signs
that said that during times of national emergencies the highway would be restricted to military use only.
Of course, one of the latest, but not least, the ARPA-net and email were developed to help the US
military and government communicate and maintain a working government after a nuclear war – a
precursor to the internet and our modern email systems. Tang, freeze dried food, Velcro, super glue,
telephone systems, the list is practically endless.

Shortly after the Soviet Union developed nuclear weapons of their own, they created a stir by launching
Sputnik in 1957 and the military space race was on. 65+ years later that race has not slowed and in
recent years not only are there are no signs of letting up, the race is actually heating up again.
Developments in space technology and our growing dependence on these developments created a
category of satellites that are considered valued assets and/or high value assets. These satellites are
usually those that are considered to be critical to the welfare of the United States and our allies. That
title can be assigned due to the high cost of the satellite or, the function it performs and is likely both.

The bottom line is that if these satellites do not work as designed, or are jammed or damaged, it could
have profound impact on national security and the way that we live our lives.

KCB Solutions has been providing space grade microelectronics for such high valued satellites since our
founding in 2003. KCB Solutions has provided the high reliability space grade microelectronics with the
reliable construction processes to enable qualification to equivalent flows from MIL-PRF-38534 and MIL-
PRF-38535. While we support commercial, scientific and deep space missions, a large percentage of our
products have been used in government procured satellites used to protect our nation, or allow our
society to function and as such are highly valued national assets. Space Grade RF microcircuits and space grade hybrids. Class B and S multi throw switches, Limiters, Low Noise Amplifiers, Driver Amplifiers, Digital attenuators, GaN transistors. And class H and K GaN PA Modules, GaN Low noise amplifiers, Digital Attenuators, SPDT thru SP8T switches with rad hard CMOS elements, standard and custom hybrid solutions

About KCB Solutions

Founded in 2003, KCB Solutions has grown into a leading manufacturer of RF and Microwave surface mount microcircuits and hybrids, focused on Space, Aerospace, and Defense applications. Based on our commitment to product quality and an exceptionally high level of customer service, we have become a partner and sole source supplier to some of the largest OEMs in the world.

Our modern manufacturing facility reflects our philosophy of cost-efficient vertical integration with state-of-the-art automated assembly and electrical testing. Our investment in technology allows us to control the manufacturing process to achieve our customers’ requirements. Through the implementation of continuous improvement and lean manufacturing practices, AS9100 quality standards have been put in place to specifically address the requirements of our target markets.

KCB has a long history of supplying Space Level product tested using the flows outlined in MIL-PRF-38534 Class H or K (multi-chip hybrids) and MIL-PRF-38535 Class Level B and S (single chip), with an excellent reputation for on-time delivery and reduced overall cost. Coupled with our program and component management resources, we are able to support long-running space programs for the commercial and defense industries and help minimize obsolescence risk throughout the life of any program.