APITech Develops X-Band Quad Transmit/Receive Module for AESA/E-Scan Radar Applications

APITech Develops X-Band Quad Transmit/Receive Module for AESA/E-Scan Radar Applications

APITech, a leading designer and manufacturer of high-performance systems, subsystems, modules, and components for technically demanding RF, microwave, millimeter-wave, electromagnetic, power, and security applications has developed a unique and innovative Quad Transmit/Receive Module solution. This can be used by system integrators and prime contractors seeking a high performance, high level transmit/receive solution for the development of active antenna array systems and sub-systems.

In support of ease of integration and reducing development time to market, APITech has developed an approach that supports a LRU (Line Replaceable Unit) for the Active Electronically Steered Array (AESA) AAAU (Active Antenna Array Unit) platforms which allows for a ‘common module’ building approach for ease of system integration, first line repair and reduced cost of ownership.

Overview of the Module

APITech's Quad Transmit Receive Module consists of four T/R channels and associated DC and control electronics, with built-in factory calibration, thus providing a line replaceable unit for the array.

The quad configuration provides the optimum building block to meet most aperture requirements whilst providing efficient use of local DC and control functionality. The technologies used allow for a highly integrated electronic assembly to be realized, providing cost effective medium to high volume manufacture.

The factory calibration of each QTRM allows modules to be interchanged regardless of their position within the array. Additional calibration can be set and stored within the QTRM by the integrator to allow for external system offsets.

Building Blocks for AESA Radar Solutions

Using a Line Replaceable Unit (LRU) approach, APITech has developed a common module building approach that streamlines system integration, simplifies repair, and reduces the cost of ownership of AESA / e-scan array / e-scan radar platforms.

For this common module building approach, they have chosen a QTRM (Quad Transmit Receive Module) as the common module. Available as either a standalone solution or as part of APITech's Active Antenna Array Unit (AAAU) product, the QTRM can be integrated into phased array antenna applications, serving as a stackable building block as part of an antenna sub-array. This stacked approach facilitates ease of configuration and field repair of radar units.

Available in various bands and product configurations, APITech's Quad Transmit Receive Module forms the main element of an AESA radar system.

Features and Benefits

Advanced Phased Array Development

This product offering from RF2M Microwave provides the means to experiment with X-band phased array radar and to further develop a 2-D radar by stacking Planks up to eight deep.

Reduced Radar System Development Time

This product significantly reduces development time allowing customers to focus their valuable resources on radar signal processing and beam control.

Full Engineering & Development

APITech welcomes the opportunity to work with customers during their product development by providing technical support to customize and active antenna array solution.

Click here to learn more about the Quad Transmit/Receive Module from APITech.

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