Analog Devices’ Plug-And-Play Antenna Chip Simplifies Phased Array Radar For Avionics And Communications Equipment Designers
The ADAR1000 chip simplifies design and significantly reduces the size, weight and power of phased array radar systems for defense, surveillance, air traffic control, communications and weather monitoring. For avionics designers, the ADAR1000 enables flat-panel antenna arrays, which shrinks the profile of conventional radar systems and facilitates the design of smaller, lighter aircraft. The 4-channel ADAR1000 active antenna beamforming chip replaces 12 discrete components needed for antenna phase-gain adjustments and digital controls. It includes an integrated T/R switch that can be used to select the common port as an input for transmit (Tx) or an output for receive (Rx). “ADI is combining the industry’s broadest RF portfolio with extensive design and packaging expertise to help customers quickly implement phased array antennas,” said John Cowles, general manager of Analog Devices’ RF and Microwave Business Unit.