Aperture PCB assemblies: transition to production ready designs
October 18, 2016
6th Int. Symp. on Phased Array Systems and Technology, PAST 2016, 18-21 October 2016.
MACOM designed the initial radar panels for the next generation surveillance radar with limited funds, with the philosophy that the initial design would be kept as simple as possible and that incremental improvements would be made as the program progressed, with the intent of having a tile assembly that is easy to manufacture by the first build of a larger radar (approximately 80 panels). The design is now being updated for an 80 panel order with the goal of optimizing the design electrically, for assembly and for test. This paper will discuss both the design, assembly, packaging, and test updates that are being made to have a board and board assembly that is easy to manufacture and test, with the goal of keeping cost as low as possible. These techniques will not only be used for the MPAR tiles, but also for tiles that are currently being developed for other programs.