IQ analog antenna processor ASIC provides energy to Lockheed Martin phased array sensors
F1000 ASIC provides Full-Spectrum Conversion® for Lockheed Martin’s software-defined phased array sensors in next-generation radar and communications systems
SAN DIEGO, January 6, 2021 – IQ-Analog Corporation announced today that its full-spectrum Conversion® broadband transceiver has successfully integrated the F1000 Antenna Processor Unit (APU) into the next-generation active electronically scanned phased array (AESA) sensor of the Lockheed Martin Corporation digital prototype has been. The F1000 is a monolithic application specific integrated circuit (ASIC) developed by IQ-Analog to address next-generation radar, communication and electronic warfare systems that are transitioning from analog to purely digital antenna processing.
The new turning point in converged AESA systems is the ability to dynamically reconfigure the array architecture through cognitive software control. This drives a digital processing paradigm that requires elementary digital beamforming that requires extremely wide conversion bandwidth with digital frequency conversion at each array element. These next generation sensor systems provide simultaneous spatial beams and the ability to perform converged radar, communications, and electronic warfare functions simultaneously. Lockheed Martin worked with IQ-Analog to develop a highly reconfigurable multifunction broadband sensor function as part of Lockheed Martin’s BEMA (Broadband Electromagnetic Aperture) program.
The key to BEMA’s success is the IQ-Analog F1000 APU, which offers unprecedented Full-Spectrum Conversion® capability with an instantaneous bandwidth of over 30 GHz, provided by data converters at 64 giga samples per second. The F1000 APU from IQ-Analog offers over 180 Tera-OPS digital signal processing functions in a 10 mm x 20 mm housing. The ASIC is manufactured domestically in a 12nm FinFET CMOS process node and uses a fundamentally unique approach to high-speed data conversion known as Traveling Pulse Wave Quantization® or TPWQ. It was shown that TPWQ offers fundamental performance, size and cost advantages compared to universally used SAR architecture converters (Successive Approximation Register). In addition, the F1000 is able to perform fast frequency hopping and agile band selection entirely in the digital domain and utilizes two RISC-V control processors.
“IQ-Analog’s F1000 antenna processor is a key component of Lockheed Martin’s software-defined phased array sensor electronics that enables Lockheed Martin to demonstrate broadband multifunction multi-mission capabilities such as radar, EW and communications. The F1000 offers a great deal of improvement in Size, Weight and Performance (SWaP) through monolithic integration of high-speed data conversion and digital signal processing into one FinFET chip. Lockheed Martin’s three-year partnership with IQ-Analog has paved the way for the maturation of the next generation of Lockheed Martins extremely broadband multifunctional We are very excited about this partnership and look forward to continuing to work together to achieve our goals, “said Mirwais Zeweri, Lockheed Martin Technical Director, RMS Division.
“IQ-Analog is proud to partner with Lockheed Martin to create the next generation of military radar, communications and electronic warfare systems that require an all-digital approach. IQ-Analog has the core research and development we did in 2016 Started with DARPA, Matured The initial capabilities of the F1000, as demonstrated in Lockheed Martin’s next-generation AESA prototype, paved the way for a new state of the art in high-speed data conversion, “said Michael Kappes, CEO of IQ-Analog Corporation.
IQ-Analog has Lockheed Martin Corporation as its main customer in the radar systems market valued at $ 16.4 billion and Air Force Research Laboratories (AFRL) as a direct government customer in the military radio market valued at $ 11.4 billion worked together. The F1000 is expected to catalyze a technological update of virtually all radar, communications, and electronic warfare systems in the US military.
IQ-Analog’s TPWQ technology can be used twice in both military sensors and commercial 5G devices that require frequency-agile multi-beam antenna systems. The company is developing a family of APUs to accelerate the rollout of 5G networks and enable both sub-6 GHz and mmWave deployments. IQ-Analog has proven over several product generations that it can build APUs with the lowest performance and the smallest form factor with TPWQ. IQ-Analog thus has a patent-protected integration advantage over potential competition and is likely to have a significant share in this high-volume, emerging market segment.
An example of the company’s commercial 5G market solutions was an previously announced partnership with NXP Semiconductors’ Layerscape® Access family of fully programmable baseband products for 5G Access Edge systems. TPWQ technology enabled low-cost monolithic integration of high-speed data conversion into NXP’s versatile digital signal processors. This builds on IQ-Analog’s rich history of integrated solutions that are mass produced in popular consumer products and communications infrastructure devices with world class customers.
IQ-Analog Corporation is a leading developer of broadband transceiver products serving the advanced wireless communications and radar systems markets. With over a decade of research and development, IQ-Analog’s novel approach to high-speed data conversion using signal processing in the temporal domain forms the core of a new class of integrated circuits that perform digital antenna processing with unparalleled performance and energy efficiency. IQ-Analog is headquartered in San Diego, California. Learn more at http://iqanalog.com.