TWT Amplifiers, MPMs, High-Voltage Power Supplies Built to Your Specs

dB Control is AS9100D CertifieddB Control designs and manufactures high-power microwave amplifiers, transmitters, high- and low-voltage power supplies and modulators for radar, electronic warfare, electronic countermeasures and data link applications. The modularity of our designs enables rapid configuration of power products for custom applications. Need a solution for ground-based, shipborne or high-altitude military manned and unmanned aircraft? We’ll meet your specs and platform requirements. Every time.

Rugged TWT Amplifiers for Critical Military Operations

Our high-power, helix and coupled cavity traveling wave tube amplifiers (TWTAs) cover the 1 – 50 GHz frequency range and are available with continuous wave or pulsed power. Built to withstand harsh environmental conditions, they are suitable for shipboard and ground-based mobile systems as well as unpressurized airborne environments. Our TWTAs incorporate dB Control’s proprietary potting and encapsulation processes to provide extremely dense packaging without sacrificing reliability or performance. Since 1990, our TWTAs have been fielded to support radar, EW, ECM and data link applications.

High-performance MPMs for Radar, ECM Data Links

In many modern military applications, stringent requirements for size and weight must be met without sacrificing power or performance. Our high-efficiency, conduction-cooled microwave power modules (MPMs) provide extremely dense packaging across the 2 – 40 GHz frequency band. dB Control’s MPMs are based on a modular design for easy customization and are available with continuous wave or pulsed power. Each MPM is a complete microwave amplifier that uses traveling wave tubes and solid state technologies to provide the best of both worlds for military and commercial applications.

Reliable Power When and Where You Need It

These tightly packaged high- and low-voltage power supplies are used in airborne, shipboard and ground-based applications. Fully qualified for mission-critical operations, the power supplies are suitable for very low phase noise and spurious radar transmitters, SAR, multimode radars, data links, etc. – depending on voltage. Many of our products are ITAR controlled and unlisted. For specific applications, contact

Custom Radio Frequency (RF) Receivers and Sources

FLO – Frequency Locked Oscillators cover frequencies ranging from 2 to 36 GHz. They are capable of changing frequencies in the order of hundreds of nanoseconds. FLOs offer various modulations, such as AM, FM and PM.

IFM – Instantaneous Frequency Measurement units measure frequency, as well as power level. They also detect pulse on pulse signals. The DIFM (also available from dB Control) is a dual-channel IFM.

DCU – Digital Control Units are capable of controlling a single FLO and other RF equipment. The DCU can be controlled and set up with a network port or can be pre-programmed with a removable SCD card.

ACU – Antenna Control Units are able to play prerecorded antenna patterns and can compensate for platform movements. For example, they can compensate for tilt and roll when mounted on an aircraft.

IDCU – Integrated DCUs combine the control and interface power of a DCU with the RF capabilities of a FLO and the capabilities of an ACU for a complete integrated system controller in a single unit.

Other Custom Products – Companies often have a problem of compatibility when they possess RF units of different generations. dB Control analyzes these situations and builds translation units that allow older systems to communicate and interact with newer ones.

RF/Microwave Components and Integrated Microwave Subsystems

PIN Diode Switches
Designs from UHF/VHF to 18 GHz in octave and multi-octave bands with power levels to 200 watts available. A complete line of miniature switches featuring broadband, low loss, high isolation, fast switching speeds, with integrated drivers and industry standard packaging is available. Custom designs are also available.

PIN Attenuators
Analog and digital variable attenuator designs – including multi octave through 26.5 GHz with linearization and temperature compensation – are available as standard or custom designs.

PIN Limiters
Broadband (1 – 18 GHz) limiters, as well as octave-plus bands from 10 MHz – 26 GHz are available in miniature drop-ins and coaxial packages. Custom designs are available.

Video Products
Broadband and narrowband DVLAs: these cover bands from 0.1 – 40 GHz, high or low dynamic range, fast rise time and recovery time, with optional limited RF output and CW immunity. Standard or custom designs are available. Broadband detector designs (Biased Schottky, Tunnel Diode, and Zero Bias Schottky) are available including 0.1 – 40 GHz designs as standards or customs.

Switching Assemblies
Custom switch matrices: including 4×9, 10×7 and 4×2 designs. Features include broadband (0.5 – 18 GHz), phase and amplitude tracking.  Custom switched filter banks (combining high speed, low loss switching technology with custom filter technology) provide the source for custom switch filter assemblies covering 0.1 – 40 GHz. All are custom designs.

Integrated Subsystems
The complex combinations of amplifiers, switches, filters, mixers, equalizers, power dividers, detectors etc. are offered as custom assemblies.  This includes receivers, front-ends, RF sources, TX/RX modules, frequency converters and more.