This is post 4 of AR’s blog series “Specifying RF/Microwave Power Amplifiers for EMC Testing.” The full series can be viewed here.
EMBEDDED AMPLIFIER CONTROL
For years, amplifier control has been limited to manual operation and remote control through a communications bus. With ever-changing technology, a third type of amplifier control has emerged. Now, many amplifiers can be controlled through a basic network connection. This presents several benefits. For example, these network connections do not require the need for dedicated software to interface. The software interface is embedded in the hardware itself and is usually accessed through an internet browser. Through the amp’s web page, you can view the output power the amplifier is generating, the hours of operation, manage all the controls remotely that are normally done from the front panel of the amplifier and much more. Additionally, because this is a network connection, the information can be accessed from anywhere allowing for remote diagnostics. The user will get optimal use of their amplifier with this new capability. The user can monitor the health of the amplifier, how often it is being used and when it may need service.
For details on how you can control an AR amplifier remotely, download this application note.
Specifying RF/Microwave Power Amplifiers for EMC Testing – Final Factors to Consider