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dB Control's high-voltage power supplies handle hostile environments.

High-Voltage Supplies Outlast Hostile Settings

June 10, 2024
Rugged power supplies supporting airborne, shipboard, and ground-based radar systems earned a pair of contracts totaling $13 million.

In support of U.S. and foreign military systems used in hostile environments, dB Control earned a pair of contracts totaling $13 million for high-voltage power supplies (see image above) expected to be used in hostile operating environments.

The larger, $12 million contract finances terrain avoidance radars while a $1 million contract applies to custom high-voltage power supplies for radar test and target systems in harsh environments. The company, based in Fremont, Calif., is a worldwide supplier of mission-critical products to military users and for commercial manufacturers.

Vice president of sales and marketing for dB Control, Mike Lee, noted, “Radar technology is used in a wider range of applications than ever before. While these applications are diverse, one thing they have in common is the need for reliable high-voltage power supplies that meet strict size, weight, and power requirements.”

Regarding the need for robust power supplies in the traveling wave tubes (TWTs) often used in radar systems, Lee added, “dB Control is agnostic to the TWT or gallium-nitride (GaN) solid-state output device, offering high-voltage and low-voltage power supplies for high-power amplifiers operating in very harsh environments.” In addition to radar systems, the company provides power products for data links, electronic-countermeasures (ECM) systems, and electronic-warfare (EW) systems. 

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Jack Browne | Technical Contributor

Jack Browne, Technical Contributor, has worked in technical publishing for over 30 years. He managed the content and production of three technical journals while at the American Institute of Physics, including Medical Physics and the Journal of Vacuum Science & Technology. He has been a Publisher and Editor for Penton Media, started the firm’s Wireless Symposium & Exhibition trade show in 1993, and currently serves as Technical Contributor for that company's Microwaves & RF magazine. Browne, who holds a BS in Mathematics from City College of New York and BA degrees in English and Philosophy from Fordham University, is a member of the IEEE.

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