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Research initiatives pumping new life into phased-array radar

Mon, 19 Nov 2012|

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This is the military and aerospace electronic support and John -- I'm noticing some very interest -- defense work on fundamental improvements to a history -- It has the potential for big Pena in the size range and sensitivity. A future radar systems and even may -- to comfort surveillance sensors at previously limited only to the electro optical domain. -- earlier this month the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency or DARPA. Gave the go ahead to Teledyne scientific and imaging in Thousand Oaks, California. To move into the advanced stages. Of a micro electronics program that ultimately may create the ability. To fabricate a mystery reader transmit and receive modules on a -- -- Much the same way that companies fabricate integrated circuits and wafers. -- this program is called scalable. Millimeter wave architectures. For re configurable transceiver Smart -- Which Teledyne has been working on for several years now in the phase three be part of the program. Teledyne scientists are attempting to create -- -- Smart technologies for future military radar and communications systems. Teledyne now is trying to create high yield Smart components and advanced technology red readiness. And -- Smart technology to -- fabrication for a military application. That requires millimeter wave capability. And the Smart program essentially seeks to develop -- -- scale integration for RF and microwave. Transmit receive modules. And is trying to develop three dimensional -- chips. They can fit small power amplifiers between transmit receive nodes in a history -- ten. This is to enhance the efficiency and sensitivity. Every -- communications systems. So far. Teledyne engineers have developed 44 gigahertz transmit -- -- race. And has demonstrated a millimeter wave tiled raid by inventing the way. To integrate silicon digital beam forming and compound -- -- by power amplifier mimics. If that weren't enough. There's more radar technology in the news the air force this month revealed a program called phased array antenna for passive -- -- Which might lead to Covert passive radar surveillance capability for ground site and for aircraft. Covert radar surveillance is a bigger deal that might -- out. A reader by its nature transmits radio waves which -- anyone nearby -- its presence. Turning on -- radar is kinda like sweeping a flashlight around the darkened room. You might find what you're looking for but everyone knows you're there. And the air force -- research -- Wright Patterson air force base in Ohio. Is asking industry to develop a revolutionary new wide -- dual polarized phased array antenna technologies. For this program which seeks to develop. Analog and digital being -- techniques that can provide as many as 64. Independent -- simultaneously. And that means the kind of reader technology the air force and Asians might at -- Prevents an adversary from pinpointing -- radar the radars transmitter. And passed out it might develop a radar with a signal that essentially -- in the RF noise without tipping off an adversary. That is being watched. So next time you think of radars. Old -- technology think again. Today's research -- liable to take radar a lot further forward. For the military and aerospace electronics sport. -- -- Yeah.