Combining GaN and SiGe MMICs for Efficient and Innovative Radar Systems

Period of Performance: 09/09/2014 - 04/09/2015


Phase 1 STTR

Recipient Firm

Rdrtec, Inc.
3737 Atwell St. Array
Dallas, TX 75209
Principal Investigator, Firm POC

Research Institution

University of California, San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive, #0411
La Jolla, CA 92093
Institution POC


This effort proposes to design, develop and fabricate prototype SiGe MMICs that when combined with GaN MMICs forms the basis for additional simultaneous modes and more efficiency for the C-band Radar Automatic Collision Avoidance System (RACAS). The addition of these MMICs will enable digitally controlled pulse mode interleaving and switchable and simultaneous polarizations for enhanced Coherent Airborne Detection and Discrimination (CADD) performance. Additionally, RACAS AESA costs for the additional modes will become insignificant thus leading to a common and scalable RACAS design used in Sense And Avoid (SAA) and/or CADD configurations.z