MIC Technology for Phased Arrays

Authors
  1. Douville, R.
Corporate Authors
Communications Research Centre, Ottawa ONT (CAN)
Abstract
The evolution of microwave integrated circuits (MICs) during the 60's and 70's permitted the consideration of active aperture phased array antennas. Several such systems have in fact, been realized and demonstrated. An early example of this was the Molecular Electronics Radar Array (MERA) system developed in the late 60's by Texas Instruments. However, such systems continued to be expensive and impractical, in most cases due to the high cost and lack of reproducibility of the microwave components required. More recently, phased arrays such as the PAVE/PAWS, COBRA/DANE and the AEGIS have been deployed. However, they are very large and expensive and "one-of-a-kind" in nature. The rapid evolution of monolithic (MMIC) and miniature MICs (MHMIC) during the 70's and 80's and their potential for overcoming these limitations has resulted in renewed interest in the development and deployment of phased array antennas for many applications, until now considered totally impractical.
Report Number
AGARD-LS-151-PAP-7 — @Lecture Series sponsored by Avionics Panel & Consultant & Exchange Programme, May 1987, in Italy, Germany, Turkey; CONTAINED IN 87-03966
Date of publication
15 Apr 1987
Number of Pages
19
DSTKIM No
87-03959
CANDIS No
52742
Format(s):
Hardcopy

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