Comtech EF Data LPOD-R Ku-Band Block Upconverter
The Comtech EF Data LPOD-R family of Outdoor Amplifiers / Block Up Converters (BUCs) deliver rated power, guaranteed, to the transmit waveguide flange at the 1 dB compression point. Comtech EF Data's LPOD-R is a cost-effective alternative to the LPOD, where the full LPOD’s support of internal 10 MHz and redundancy is not required. There are three LPOD-R models available – PS .5, PS 1 and PS 1.5.
Each LPOD-R consists of a SSPA module with the Monitor/Control Processor (MCP), a power supply and a fan assembly. To ensure the maximum usable output power with stable operation over a wide range of environmental conditions, the units feature a low loss combining technique and MCP-based temperature-versus-gain compensation. The LPOD-R units are compact in size and weight, lending itself to installations with limited available mounting space. Common installations for the LPOD-R are ship-borne antenna systems, small “flyaway” systems, and Satellite News Gathering (SNG) vehicles.
Data Logging Capability
The LPOD-R line includes a built in data logging capability. By recording critical operational parameters (such as temperature, output power, mute status, etc.) at time stamped intervals, the user can quickly gather intelligence not only about the unit itself, but also the unit’s operational environment.
Monitor & Control
The LPOD-R features flexible, remote monitor and control (M&C) capabilities that are unique to the industry.
Advanced FSK – When used with our modems the LPOD-R provides enhanced functionality utilizing the industry-standard FSK communications channel. Advanced FSK offers full control of single thread and, where applicable, redundant systems from the modem front panel without additional cabling or cost. The LPOD-R can also be accessed via the Ethernet M&C port of the modem and controlled via Embedded Distant-end Monitor and Control (EDMAC). Ethernet – By using the Ethernet port on the LPOD-R, the unit can be controlled via a web-based graphical user interface, Telnet and SNMP. NetVue Integrated Management System – The units can be managed by our NetVue, which provides the level of network insight required to run optimal networks. NetVue provides a single intuitive graphical user interface that acts as a user-friendly front-end to monitor and control network equipment. It features a robust, comprehensive network management and analytics engine that allows users to intelligently maximize resources, ensure network uptime and provide the elevated levels of service that are required to support fixed and remote sites in the field. Optimized Efficiency – The low power consumption (60W Nominal) of the LPOD R PS.5 10W Ku and 12W C band overcomes the BUC power limitations found in many TDMA modems. This provides a very cost effective and convenient path to increased throughput and link availability.
Solid State Advantage
Comtech EF Data and Xicom's extensive experience in the design of outdoor RF transceivers led to the LPOD family’s efficient thermal and mechanical package. The LPOD-R is constructed with highly reliable gallium arsenide field-effect transistors (GaAs FETs). High linearity SSPA technology enables achieving intermodulation specs using lower power amplifiers. The LPOD-R also provides mean time between failures (MTBF) that is four to five times greater than the legacy TWT MTBFs.