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Advanced Electronics R&D: Next Generation Systems

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Electronics, optics, and advanced materials that create multi-function technologies for superiority in the electromagnetic battlespace.

Advanced electronics R&D creates advanced components for the next generation of Radio Frequency (RF) and electro-optic sensors and Electronic Warfare (EW) systems. Our mission is to exploit the entirety of the electromagnetic spectrum to disrupt and defeat adversary platforms and networks.

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Focus Areas:

  • RF/Mixed signal
  • Power electronics
  • Foundry as service
  • Digital phased arrays
  • DROICs (digital read out integrated circuits)
  • Advanced Materials (GAas, GaN)

Reconfigurable Mixed-Signal Ics (see MATRICS page – right now exists as an old dot com)

These systems on a chip enable multiple missions with one system (comms, EW, ISR, radar).

We have a deep catalog of unique mixed-signal circuit IP, reusable across other designs.

Our key discriminator is our ability to design [into SiGe BiCMOS] processes to achieve high performance that is difficult to obtain through commercial off the shelf parts or traditional bulk CMOS processes.

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Power electronics

Our electronics are designed to operate in harsh environments requiring next-generation thermal management solutions, which enable low-noise and power efficiencies unobtainable in silicon-based design.

High Thermal Conductivity/CTE matched materials for power amplifier housing.

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Foundry as service

BAE Systems offers GaN Foundry Services with to GaAs and GaN MMIC processes to the US defense community.

We offer a GaN process that provides highly competitive performance over the entire 1-60GHz frequency range at an attractive price point enabled by leveraging BAE Systems existing 6-inch wafer fab line.

We’re transitioning to production best-in-class 140 nm gallium nitride (GaN) technology and wafer production, using technology developed by AFRL. The process technology fills a DoD-unique need for a high power and high efficiency amplifier technology.

Our industry leading GaAs 4-metal-interconnect (GaAs 4MI) foundry delivers noise properties better than most commercial processes, and our customer-funded R&D programs are improving our GaN process.

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Digital phased arrays

Phased array consists of a number of antennas that are software defined to perform diverse, simultaneous functions, or combined for unified, high-energy beam forming. Phased arrays reduce size needs for hardware, saving size, weight and power for used on platforms with strict weight requirements.

Our scientists are improving the technology to put higher radiation power on target, enable more sensitive receivers for signals at a distance, and decrease probably the signals will be intercepted.

These arrays implement a digitizer at every element, enabling phased, multifunction capability that is software defined. Our analog front end enables flexibility and agility, and lowers our cost over the competition.

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DROICs (digital read out integrated circuits)

FAST Labs is finding revolutionary mission performance applications for a new optical sensing technology. FL is industry thought leader in DROIC design, and trusted DARPA provider to transition technology to industry.

Current ROIC technology collects only analog data, meaning that it has to be transferred off the device for processing. The digital ROIC will enable significantly higher performance. Since each pixel is digitized, meaning data processing can happen at the pixel to provide information on the spot. This reduce decision delays by placing digital content closer to the sensor, in addition to providing noise immunity and scalability, and reducing cost.

Filters can be applied to control what the pixel perceives, given the mission need.

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FAST Labs™ Advanced Technology and Defense R&D

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