Newsletter | November 20, 2020

11.20.20 -- An Introduction To Microwave Power Modules

An Introduction To Microwave Power Modules

The Tri-Service (Army, Navy, and Air Force) launched the microwave power module (MPM) program in 1991, and most traveling wave tube (TWT) companies were given development contracts. The objective of the program was to give a boost to the microwave tube development effort in the U.S. and to combine the best use of vacuum electronics and solid state technologies. This article takes a closer look at how MPMs were first developed.

Utilizing Modern Day MPMs For High Power And High Efficiency

The first microwave power module (MPM), developed in the early 1990s, used a solid state driver amplifier, based on monolithic microwave integrated circuits (MMICs) or discrete RF power transistors, to drive a mini traveling-wave tube (mini-TWT) and combined these devices with a power supply and control circuits in a very compact enclosure.

Video: Riding The Millimeter-Wave For EW And Countermeasures

There are always emerging threats in the defense sector, and a lot of it has to do with millimeter-wave type technology in electronic warfare (EW), electronic countermeasure, Satcom, and airborne data links. dB Control has designed and built millimeter-wave technologies to assist OEMs and better outcomes in defense applications.