News | December 2, 2013

DARPA Selects Rockwell Collins To Develop Prototype For Next Generation Of Software Defined Radios

Rockwell Collins has been selected by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop a direct conversion digital receiver based on photonic technology. The three-year contract for the DISARMER program is valued up to $8.5M.

Radio frequency (RF) sensor systems on the modern battlefield must cover many RF and microwave bands, and deliver accurately processed information. Rockwell Collins seeks to apply the photonic analog to digital converter (ADC) technology developed under the recently completed DARPA RADER program to create a digital receiver that can accommodate X-band frequencies.
 
“This technology will provide the Department of Defense with the networking capability that it has been seeking for the last decade to assure spectrum superiority on the battlefield,” said John Borghese, vice president of the Rockwell Collins Advanced Technology Center. “Our overall goal is to develop a first-of-its-kind radio to digitize signals at higher frequencies and with more resolution than ever before, allowing a much quicker assessment of threats.”

A single DISARMER digital receiver may replace multiple pieces of equipment, enable field reconfiguration and reduce the size, weight, power and cost of both military and commercial radio systems.

About Rockwell Collins
Rockwell Collins is a pioneer in the development and deployment of innovative communication and aviation electronic solutions for both commercial and government applications. Our expertise in flight deck avionics, cabin electronics, mission communications, information management, and simulation and training is delivered by 19,000 employees, and a global service and support network that crosses 27 countries. For more information, visit www.rockwellcollins.com.

SOURCE: Rockwell Collins

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