I academically studied on the synthesis of antenna arrays. I am not in a good situation that provides opportunity for experimental studies. For this reason, I work with computer simulations which I design and write their codes. Hereafter I would like to make some experimental studies with antenna arrays. At least, I believe that I can make control units working with reconfigurable chips. But I could not find which microcontrollers, digital phase shifters and digital attenuators are used. I looked for the literature but they don't mention about the component's name. Could you give some real name for this microcontrollers, digital phase shifters and digital attenuators for reconfigurable antenna arrays?
As a ham radio operator, I know that I use the Arduino, a microcontroller dev board, to whip up my experiments, and not only those with antennas. They're easy to develop on, and almost everywhere you go will have a little bit of the path already trodden.