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FAST Labs™ Advanced Technology R&D

Advanced Electronics R&D: Next Generation Systems 

Scientist describes RFIC brea...

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.

We create:

  • Advanced materials
  • Advanced integrated circuits and microelectronics 
  • Advanced apertures and arrays
  • Environmentally hardened lasers and electronics for extremely harsh applications

Focus areas

Advanced materials

A variety of engineered optical materials produced by BAE Systems
A variety of engineered optical materials produced by BAE Systems

Highly integrated on-chip solutions reduce SWaP-C for multi-function and multi-wavelength sensors and payloads. Crystals and other materials are produced in-house, and function to shift the wavelength and frequency of laser light. These developments function in military and commercial applications such as:

  • IR countermeasures, threat detection, and targeting
  • High-power, directed-energy lasers
  • Laser surgery and coherent x-ray generation

R&D capabilities include:

  • Crystal growth and process development
  • Nonlinear optical crystal development
  • IR optimal material design and production

Learn more about our nonlinear crystal technologies.

Advanced Microelectronics & Integrated Circuits

Engineer presents a 6-inch GaN wafer in production
Engineer presents a 6-inch GaN wafer in production

Highly integrated on-chip solutions reduce SWaP-C for multi-function and multi-wavelength sensors and payloads. Advanced electronics have lower SWaP-C without sacrificing key performance parameters for success on a variety of platforms – from munitions to satellites and UAVs.

Advancements in integrated W-band capability enable microelectronic receivers to be equipped with higher bandwidth and special resolution. This allows for superior capability against new and emerging threats in high-frequency environments.

 
The future of multifunctional...

The MATRICs multi-channel transceiver enables customizable military chips and multiple RF technologies to integrate on a single system that is programmable at any time.

R&D capabilities include:

  • Miniaturizing RF components 
  • Reconfigurable and adaptable digital readout technologies
  • Mixed signal system-on-a-chip
  • Advanced RF filters
  • Thermal management and advanced packaging
  • Power amplifiers and front-end electronics

Advanced lasers

Researcher tests new laser technology on a custom optical table
Researcher tests new laser technology on a custom optical table

Temporally- and spectrally-agile laser sources are developed for targeting, remote sensing, and counter-sensor applications to better define adversary locations in the battlespace. These military-hardened, prototype lasers are designed and reliably produced into affordable, compact packages for use in lab environments and in combat.

R&D capabilities include:

  • Pulsed lasers from the ultraviolet, through IR portions of the electromagnetic spectrum
  • Design and optimization of wavelength-shifted sources via nonlinear optical processes
  • Custom fiber-based sources (Ytterbium, Erbium, Thulium, and Holmium)
  • Compact, highly reliable prototype hardware
  • Laser and nonlinear optical modeling of novel material systems

Technology collaboration 

The advanced electronics R&D group welcomes collaboration with academia, start-up businesses, and other members of the community of interest. Please contact us if you are interested in knowing more or participating with our team.