ASC Signal released new redundancy technology and product options designed to provide simplified, seamless switching of virtually any active radio frequency component on the company’s fixed and transportable Earth station antennas. Additionally, these new capabilities support virtually any antenna system, regardless of manufacturer, when used in conjunction with ASC’s antenna controller products.

As user requirements for increasingly complex Earth station transmission systems expand, ASC Signal has focused on designing less-complicated and more robust and beneficial features for its Next Generation Controller (NGC). ASC’s new technology incorporates complex redundancy switching with 1:1 and 1:2 capabilities within the active RF chain in a simplified, integrated and easy-to-deploy architecture. This provides a smoothly interfaced, highly integrated and cost-effective package that gives users expanded access, control and monitoring of their RF equipment operation, along with enhanced remote accessibility. ASC’s design philosophy ensures that the NGC provides a growing number of features within a unified control architecture. This gives NGC users the unique capability of adding features and options – such as this new redundancy technology – that simplify design requirements, provide enhanced control and functional capabilities, and reduce system complexity, all while lowering hardware and implementation outlays.

“The advanced technology of our latest NGC option quickly and easily provides redundancy packages for LNAs, LNBs, BUCs, BDCs and other active electronics, and builds upon our already feature-rich Next Generation Controller,” said Keith Buckley, President and CEO of ASC Signal. “The ASC team understands that customers need cutting-edge antenna technology that is cost-effective, flexible and adaptable to their changing requirements. Today’s government and commercial users are keenly focused on budgetary and cost issues; they will benefit the most from these expanded and simplified technological capabilities that support reliable, critical communications around the world.”