Michael Walmsley, TE Connectivity
Advances in electrical and electronic components and related interconnect technologies have helped launch a vast drone industry for both military and commercial use. Small drones – classified as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) – are incredibly popular and useful. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), UAVs are a fast-growing segment of [...]
These days, multifunction radars handle functions from surveillance to jamming to fire control, and can track multiple targets in both short- and long-range threats. That means one thing for your active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar design--you need a lot more signal processing power. As digital processing speeds increase, data converters are implemented closer to the antenna, driving size and weight reductions. Open computing platforms based on the VPX (ANSI/VITA 46) standard are supporting these trends in increasing speed and density. Within this architecture, the coaxial interconnect standard for VPX--VITA 67--will leapfrog RF density and bandwidth, making it an excellent solution to shrink the packaging of radar interfaces.