Delay Lines Week: Why API's Analog Delay Lines Are the Best Choice over Digital

by Allison Goss 13. March 2015 08:58

While many of API's competitors offer digital delay line options, they have several distinct disadvantages compared to API's analog delay lines. Cost, size, and weight can all be significantly lower with analog delay lines, while still offering higher MTBF (Mean Time Before Failure) rates and reliability. 

Analog vs Digital Delay Lines Why API Technologies' Analog Delay Lines are the Best Choice Analog VS Digital Analog delay lines offer higher reliability and a higher MTBF (mean time before failure) Digital delay lines are less reliable and have a lower MTBF than analog delay lines MTBF MTBF Analog delay lines are more affordable than digital, and they cost less to run and maintain over their lifetime Digital delay lines are more expensive to purchase, and they are more costly to replace and maintain API’s dispersive steel delay lines are smaller and lighter than their digital counterparts Digital delay lines are larger and have a bigger footprint, making them more cumbersome For analog delay lines, less software Digital delay lines require an array of For analog delay lines, less software and systems engineering are needed, and fewer engineering disciplines are required Digital delay lines require an array of software as well as several systems engineering disciplines

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