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Anderson Connectivity’s KPSU Provides ARINC 792-Compliant Power and Isolation for Efficient Flat Panel ESA’s

APOPKA, Fla. – Sept. 9, 2019 – PRLog — Anderson Connectivity, the IFEC Leader, has launched the first KPSU[BA1] , an ARINC 792 compliant Ku/Ka-band Power Supply Unit intended to provide power for efficient flat-panel Electronically Steered Antennas.  At half the height of a standard KPSU chassis and weighing only 7.5 pounds, the KPSU-Lite supplies up to 400W of clean, filtered, and protected DC power in accordance with ARINC 792’s Single-Phase KPSU embodiment.  This innovative new product also contains a variety of Signal Protection Modules (SPM’s) to isolate signals coming from other LRU’s and/or aircraft systems and condition them for use by Outdoor Antenna Equipment.  SPM’s include the following:

  • ARINC 429 Inertial Navigation System data
  • Modem or Aircraft Discrete Signals (e.g. Tx Mute, Transmit Control, Weight on Wheels)
  • 100BaseT Ethernet Switch
  • RS482/RS422 input and outputs, with optional standard conversion

“This product is focused on providing OEM’s and System Integrators a cost-effective, qualifiable, near-COTS solution for emerging ARINC 792 compliant systems”, says Anderson Connectivity President Brian Anderson.  “While some ESA’s may require the full 2 Kilowatts of power envisioned by the ARINC 792 Characteristic, systems that require significantly less power can exploit the lower height, weight, and thermal dissipation offered by the KPSU.  Ultimately this leads to direct benefit for the airlines in terms of Life Cycle Cost, and allows the OEM’s and System Integrators to focus on their core competencies and design to a common interface”.

The KPSU is 100% compliant with the ARINC 792 mechanical form factor & electrical connector/pin arrangements and is designed to be qualified under the DO-160G categories specified for an ARINC 792 “Sidewall” installation. All components, including the isolated AC/DC converter, associated input, and output filtering, and Signal Protection Modules have environmentally rated components and retention, coordinated and layered EMI control measures, and heritage with previously qualified and deployed products designed and produced by Anderson Connectivity.  The KPSU is currently undergoing DO-160G qualification testing and is ready for immediate production.

Anderson Connectivity offers IFEC-focused Subject Matter Expert consultation, AS9100D-accredited manufacturing capabilities, Non-Certificated Maintenance Source (NCMS) antenna system measurement, test, and repair services, and is actively pursuing FAA Part 21 and Part 145 certification.