Figure 3-14.The PA/SG front panel.
CDS computer. Display consoles in tactical systems
are divided into two or more display groups, with up
to ten consoles in each group.
PAs come in three configurations: single channel,
dual channel, or 4-channel. A single channel CPA
can interface with one computer and one display
group. A dual channel CPA interfaces two computers
with two display groups, and a 4-channel CPA
interfaces up to 4 computers with 4 display groups.
For those systems using waveform symbol
generators, there is one SG for each output channel of
the PA. A single symbol generator can drive two
display groups in the event of malfunctions. In a dual
channel PA either computer channel or SG can be
used to control both display groups. This switching
arrangement allows the display to be divided for
maintenance (one group for normal operations, and
one group for testing) or controlled from one
computer for normal operations or system level
Figure 3-14 shows the front panel controls for a
dual channel PA/SG. The DATA SOURCE switches
control the computer and TMG (test message
generator) selection for the two display groups (1 or
2). The SYMBOL SOURCE switch controls the
configuration of the symbol generators.
NORMAL position, each of the two SGs drive one
The symbol generator can uses analog waveforms
or digital strokes to generate symbols. The methods
of symbol generation (analog or digital) are covered in
chapter one of this training manual.