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.
Connectors today represent decades of lessons learned. The real magic is how these lessons are blended such that an optimal solution is realized, especially when it comes to modern C4ISR systems.