Mercury Systems Introduces First OpenRFM-Compliant Microwave Transceiver

Mercury Systems has introduced a new series of ultra-wideband microwave transceivers at the 54th Annual AOC International Symposium & Convention in Washington, DC. The SpectrumSeries RFM3101 is designed in accordance with OpenVPX standards. Mercury’s new product integrates OpenRFM-compliant receiver and transmitter building blocks with versatile local oscillator (LO) circuitry to deliver exceptional phase noise and high dynamic range performance. The rugged RFM3101 transceiver operates from 6 to 18 GHz and is Mercury’s first OpenRFM product is available in a compact 3U form factor, providing affordable, full spectrum coverage for the most advanced electronic protection and electronic attack applications.

OpenRFM is a modular open systems architecture tailored to the requirements of the analog domain. By introducing standard electromechanical, control plane, thermal interfaces and software it streamlines the design and integration of digital and analog capabilities in the same device. Fully compatible with OpenVPX standards, OpenRFM is ideally suited for electronic warfare (EW) applications. Mercury’s new SpectrumSeries microwave transceiver delivers state-of-the-art EW capabilities to military forces today, and its OpenRFM architecture guarantees cost-effective and rapidly-deployed performance enhancements in the future.

In contrast to products built with microwave technology that utilize custom form factors, Mercury’s simultaneous implementation of both OpenVPX and OpenRFM standards enables a modular, low-risk plug-and-play upgrade path to maintain best-of-breed spectral efficiency. By replacing only performance-limiting components and not entire modules or systems, defense prime contractors can lower the total system cost of ownership over the lifetime of a military program. At the same time, US military forces around the globe receive earlier access to the latest microelectronics advances required to counter adversaries competing for dominance over the electromagnetic spectrum.

Available in both air-cooled and conduction-cooled variants, the new microwave transceiver offers direct digitization up to 6 GHz and operates with guaranteed performance over a frequency range spanning from 6 to 18 GHz with 1 GHz of instantaneous bandwidth. SpectrumSeries products are also fully compatible with the Company’s EnsembleSeries of digitization and processing modules. Both SpectrumSeries and EnsembleSeries products are designed and supported by a highly skilled engineering team in Huntsville, Ala. The Company’s domestic Advanced Microelectronics Centers provide affordable, long-term supply continuity in secure and trusted manufacturing environments.

Mercury is demonstrating the new SpectrumSeries RFM3101 product at the AOC conference in Washington, DC. Click here to learn more about this product.