Defense Electronics R&D

Providing a dynamically reconfigurable IC platform for rapid prototyping and adaptive use in the field

MATRICs®: RF Technology 

The future of multifunctional...
Our RF-FPGA technology provides a multitude of capabilities to augment mission success and personnel survivability.
Our high bandwidth MATRICs® microwave transceiver platform unites programmable military grade chips and multiple RF technologies into one system that can be reconfigured rapidly, even in harsh environments.

In the contested environments that U.S. armed forces face, circumstances change quickly. It is vital to have radio systems that can be easily reconfigured in the field or even automatically adapt on the fly. To provide that, our FAST Labs™ engineers developed the MATRICs® (Microwave Array Technology for Reconfigurable Integrated Circuits) RF-FPGA Transceiver in collaboration with DARPA. This innovative, powerful, and easily adaptable RF-FPGA platform is a high performance radio frequency (RF) toolbox on a chip.

The MATRICs® Transceiver offers more bandwidth and broader frequency coverage than commercially available chips and its next generation, multi-use design allows your engineers to tackle future communications, EW, and signal intelligence demands NOW. This capability empowers your team to develop custom RF systems significantly faster and at lower cost than application-specific chips from commercial developers. Choosing the MATRICs® Transceiver also lets you leverage DARPA's investment to accelerate your projects.

Revolutionary performance, instantaneous adaptability.

  • Max frequency (Microwave block): 40 GHz
  • Max frequency (RF/BB block): 10 GHz
  • Instantaneous BWs: 10 MHz - 4 GHz
  • Total gain (Microwave block): 0-15 dB
  • Total gain (RF/BB block): 0-50 dB
  • Noise figure (Microwave block): 7 dB
  • Noise figure (Microwave block): 9 dB
  • Noise figure (RF/BB block): 7-10 dB
  • In-band IIP3 (Microwave block): 0 dBm
  • In-band IIP3 (RF/BB block): 5-10 dBm
  • Out-of-band IIP3 (RF/BB block): 10-25 dBm
  • Out-of-band IIP2 (RF/BB block): 50 dBm
  • Phase noise (1 kHz offset): -101 dBc/Hz
  • Phase noise (100 kHz offset): -105 dBc/Hz
  • Phase noise (40 MHz offset): -146 dBc/Hz
  • CFG settling time: 2-5μs
  • Frequency resolution: 1 kHz
  • On-chip memory states: 16
  • Radiation tolerance: 60 MeV-cm2/mg

Key benefits of choosing the MATRICs® RF-FPGA Transceiver

  • Size, weight, power, and cost advantages open up advanced transition opportunities
  • Multifunctional radio frequency enables warfighters to switch between RF functional payloads without landing their platforms
  • Mixed-signal technology supports simultaneous transmission and receiving
  • Flexible software, coupled with built-in self-test and calibration with adjustable gain, allows quick, in-field reconfigurations
  • Unique field-programmable configurability creates new applications in the multifunction microwave transceiver space

R&D capabilities of our MATRICs® team currently focus on:

  • 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

Learn more. Download our MATRICs® datasheet at right, or contact our FAST Labs MATRICs® representative today to arrange a meeting.