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VSWR and its Effects on Power Amplifiers

Exodus Advanced Communications is a “Best-in-Class” SSPA manufacturer delivering products from 10kHz-75GHz. Exodus uses clean rooms for manufacturing and the latest advancements in technology, designing and fabricating low, medium, and high-power amplifiers with Chip & Wire technology. Exodus has a very wide range of stand-alone modules, integrated amplifier chassis configurations, and complete turn-key systems to satisfy a customer's specific applications. Exodus is a multinational RF communication equipment and engineering company serving commercial and government entities and their affiliates worldwide. Headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada, the company utilizes its global network of sales and service partners to support wide ranges of customer applications and requirements effectively.

VSWRVoltage Standing Wave Ratio results from an impedance mismatch between a source (an amplifier) and a load (test application). This mismatch can influence the performance of the source. VSWR is not a hard concept to grasp, but its effects on the instrumentation can be more difficult to realize. We focus on RF/Microwave high power amplifiers and how they react to this common physical problem. Amplifiers sometimes need to institute protections to safeguard themselves from being damaged. Let’s better understand VSWR.

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