Designing Rugged, Multifunctional HPA Controllers to Prevent System Damage

Microcontroller and FPGA components join together to become an HPA guardian; an HPA controller capable of the functionality to protect from the VED

by Mario Razo, Design Engineer and Meppalli Shandas, VP of Technology and Business Development

High Power Amplifiers (HPAs) are critical in microwave systems commonly found in Electronic Countermeasures (ECM), Electronic Warfare (EW) simulators, radar, and communications links used by the military. Unfortunately, integral Vacuum Electron Device (VED) requirements introduce hostile environments for HPAs. However, a rugged, multifunctional, microcontroller FPGA-based controller can solve this challenge.

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