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Rockwell Collins to develop new radio tech for DARPA

Dec. 3, 2013 - 03:45AM   |  
By MICHAEL PECK   |   Comments
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Rockwell Collins has been awarded a three-year, $8.5 million contract by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to develop a prototype direct-conversion digital receiver based on photonic technology.

Rockwell Collins will “seek to apply the photonic analog to digital converter (ADC) technology developed under the recently completed DARPA RADER [Remoted Analog-to-Digital Converter with De-serialization and Reconstruction] program to create a digital receiver that can accommodate X-band frequencies,” said a company news release. Developing a single digital receiver to replace multiple receivers that cover various bands will reduce size, power and cost of both military and commercial radios, the company said.

“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,” said John Borghese, vice president of the Rockwell Collins Advanced Technology Center.

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