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Communications

Army Begins Satcom as a Service Evaluation

The U.S. Army has started fielding commercial satellite communications equipment, bandwidth and services to several units around the globe, under a new pilot that will inform leadership on a...

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Materials

Boeing to Start Latest P-8A Poseidon Airframe, Avionics Increment 3 Upgrades

The U.S. Navy delivered the first P-8A Poseidon aircraft to be modified with Increment 3 Block 2 capabilities to Boeing on March 27, enabling the fleet to be...

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Products
Electronics & Computers

New Products

See the new products, including Mercury Systems' Direct RF system-on-module, TT Electronics' LRMAH2512 surface-mount technology shunt resistors, General Micro Systems' 1U and 2U “Shorty 4” servers, Sigma-Netics' thin-walled metal tubes, and much more.

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RF & Microwave Electronics

Leonardo to Design Next Generation Atomic Clock for Galileo Satellites

The European Space Agency (ESA) has signed a €12 million contract with Leonardo S.p.A (Italy) and Istituto Nazionale di Ricerca Metrologica to design a new atomic...

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RF & Microwave Electronics

XQ-67A's First Flight Shows 'Genus' Approach to Aircraft Design

The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) completed the first flight of the XQ-67A last week at the General Atomics Gray Butte Flight Operations Facility near Palmdale,...

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RF & Microwave Electronics

Revolutionizing Electronic Warfare: Unleashing the Power of High-Performance Software-Defined Radios

In the ever-evolving landscape of electronic warfare (EW), the imperative for technological prowess has never been more pronounced. At the vanguard of this evolution stands a technological marvel — high-performance software defined radios (SDRs).

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Electronics & Computers

Design Approaches for Established and Emerging RF Receiver Architectures

Traditionally, heterodyne architectures have been the preferred choice for radio frequency (RF) and millimeter-wave (mmWave) receiver architectures, excelling in noise performance, dynamic range, frequency coverage, selectivity, and reduction of EMI. However, recent advancements in high sample rate analog to digital converters (ADCs) and embedded signal processing have prompted a reassessment of both architectures.

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Defense

Key Measurements to Maintain Performance of Critical Electronic Systems on Military Aircraft and Warships

Wireless technology is a critical element of the modern battlefield, making accurate and consistent transmissions of high-speed data essential for mission success. Ensuring wireless system performance has additional challenges when implemented on warships and aircraft.

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Photonics/Optics

Physicists Develop a New Type of Antenna

This research and demonstration presents a simple technique for a remote Rydberg-atom-based RF sensor, which was verified for distances of up to 30 m between the passive sensing unit and the base station — currently limited by the length of the hallway used in the demonstration.

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RF & Microwave Electronics

New Products

See the new products, including the SST ESF3 third-generation embedded SuperFlash technology NVM solution in the GF 28SLPe foundry process; General Micro Systems' new rugged display using open-standard Thunderbolt™ 4 technology; Rohde & Schwarz' RF test and measurement solutions; and more.

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Aerospace

LEO Satellites Complete First Ever Link 16 Broadcast From Space

The Space Development Agency (SDA) recently demonstrated the first ever Link 16 network entry from space, connecting tactical messages from low Earth orbit (LEO) satellites...

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RF & Microwave Electronics

Benefits and Challenges of Direct-RF Sampling for Avionic Platforms

Recent advances in the operation of advanced CMOS processes for extremely high-speed and high dynamic range analog-to-digital (ADC) and digital-to-analog (DAC) data converters has led to their use in directly sampling microwave and even millimeter wave signals.

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Manned Systems

More Airports Test RF as Counter Measure for UAS in Restricted Airspace

More airports are starting to adopt and test the use of radio frequency (RF) mitigation techniques to counter the operation of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in violation of civilian airspace rules.

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Internet of Things

New Products

See the new products, including WAGO’s Compact Controller 100, RLC Electronics' gold plated OFHC copper bandpass filters, WINSYSTEMS' COMeT6-1100 COM Express® Type 6 Compact CPU module, and more.

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RF & Microwave Electronics

Next Generation Aerospace Communications

For the first time in 30 years, NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland opened the doors to a brand-new mission-focused facility that will support the agency’s Artemis and Advanced Air Mobility missions.

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Photonics/Optics

New Products

See the new products, including the NDT 1000 inspection system, a PU-5200 certifiable display computer, RJ45 connectors, servers, and more.

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RF & Microwave Electronics

Advanced RF Simulation Reduces Cost and Schedule Risk

As RF device needs become more sophisticated and complex, new simulation software technologies must be ready to enable design teams to achieve higher performance, with greater confidence, and in a timelier manner.

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RF & Microwave Electronics

New Products

See the new products, including a cesium alarm clock, ethernet switches, generators, a network analyzer, and more.

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RF & Microwave Electronics

B-52 Radar Modernization

The first U.S. Air Force B-52 aircraft has arrived at Boeing to begin upgrades as part of the Radar Modernization Program (RMP).

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Electronics & Computers

Common Tactical Edge Network

L3Harris Technologies received a U.S. Air Force task order award to develop a Common Tactical Edge Network (CTEN), providing an aerial military Internet of Things (IoT).

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Electronics & Computers

Boeing to Leverage Intel 18A Fabrication in Next Generation Aerospace Microelectronics

Boeing is working with Intel under a new strategic collaboration to advance semiconductor technology across the aerospace industry, with the intent to...

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RF & Microwave Electronics

Four Critical Topics in Comparing and Evaluating C-UAS Technologies

With the growing threat of drone incidents worldwide, the demand for counter-unmanned aircraft system (C-UAS) detection and mitigation technologies continues to expand....

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Electronics & Computers

Understanding the Unique RF Interconnect Requirements for Ultra-Demanding Hypersonic Missile and Satellite Applications

RF cable assemblies might appear to be a minor component in system design, but they can make all the difference between success and failure, especially in mission-critical industries such as defense and space.

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RF & Microwave Electronics

DARPA’s HOTS Program to Develop Sensor Microelectronics for Extreme Temperatures

Modern technologies are laden with sensors – a now-customary fact of life in much of the world. On smart watches and phones, and in cars and homes,...

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Sensors/Data Acquisition

Air Force Performs First Test of Microwave Counter Drone Weapon THOR

The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) conducted a demonstration on April 5, 2023, of its high-power microwave counter drone weapon, the Tactical High-power...

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RF & Microwave Electronics

Ghoul Tool: The Weapon-Mountable Counter UAS Transmitter

As commercial drone technology continues to expand, small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) are making it increasingly difficult to secure battlefields and military installations.

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Unmanned Systems

New Products

See the new products from May 2023, including aluminum-specific tools, a drone analyzer, a new series of mil-spec GPS/GNSS antennas, and more.

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RF & Microwave Electronics

Tomahawk Robotics to Develop Flexible Cyber-Secure Radio Systems for US Navy

The U.S. Navy has awarded a $55 million full-rate production contract for its Flexible Cyber Secure Radio (FlexCSR) program to Tomahawk Robotics.

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Weapons Systems

Air Force Forecasts 2040 Operating Environments in Global Futures Report

The Air Force published its Global Futures Report April 12, assessing four potential operating environments Airmen may have to navigate in before the turn of the...

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