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        In the defense sector, remotely piloted systems have continued to transform military reconnaissance and surveillance missions. And as the technology grows more modern, so do the terms we use to describe them. AUVSI recently replaced all mentions of “unmanmed” to “uncrewed.” For example, an “unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV)” will now be …

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dB Control’s Vice President of Engineering, Jacob Thampan, passed away on December 20, 2021. We are collectively mourning the loss of a great colleague and friend. Jacob was – and will always be – an incredibly important part of the fabric of dB Control’s history. A link to Jacob’s obituary can be found here. Below …

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This is the conclusion to our series on how system design engineers can weigh the benefits of custom vs. COTS power supplies. Read part one Read part two By Robert Richardson, Senior Design Engineer, dB Control Application-specific or custom power supplies do not need to be cost prohibitive or require extensive lead times. At dB …

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This is part two of a three-part series on how system design engineers can weigh benefits of custom vs. COTS power supplies. Read part one. By Robert Richardson, Senior Design Engineer, dB Control One of the biggest misconceptions about custom power supplies is that they take too long to procure; they have to be designed …

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This is part one of a three-part series on how system design engineers can weigh the benefits of custom vs. COTS power supplies. By Robert Richardson, Senior Design Engineer, dB Control When sourcing low- and high-voltage power supplies for either military or commercial applications, system design engineers must choose between commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) products or …

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Radar simulation systems must accurately prove whether an electronic warfare (EW) system is ready to perform reliably in the field. This can be challenging for EW system engineers, and some choose to use a synthesizer. But there’s a catch. While synthesizers can achieve fast signaling times, they can’t be easily modulated in FM. This results …

Alternative To Synthesizers: Integrated Stabilized RF Sources Read More »

Radar simulation systems must accurately prove whether an electronic warfare (EW) system is ready to perform reliably in the field. Some EW system engineers choose to use a synthesizer to prove field readiness. Although synthesizers can achieve fast signaling times, they can’t be easily modulated in FM. This results in lower bandwidth. Synthesizers can also …

EW Engineers: How Effective Are Your Designs? Read More »

In the last post on SWAP-C considerations, we introduced the challenges inherent in working with high frequencies – specifically, Ka-band (continuous wave [CW] and pulsed) and Q-band (CW only). Here, we’ll help design engineers understand how to overcome these challenges – and dispel some misconceptions along the way. The added complexity of producing smaller components …

High Frequency Misconceptions Read More »

Building solid state power amplifiers (SSPAs), microwave power modules (MPMs) and traveling wave tube amplifiers (TWTAs) to operate in the Ka-band, Q-band, and other high-frequency bands is more challenging than operating at lower frequencies. Decisions and compromises affecting size, weight, and power, as well as the costs (SWaP-C), become more impactful. This blog post introduces …

SWaP-C Considerations for High Frequency Read More »

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