BAE Systems has designed a monolithic integrated circuit (IC) to address the need for radio systems to quickly and easily be reconfigured in the field.
The Microwave Array Technology for Reconfigurable Integrated Circuits (MATRICs) chip is part of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA) Adaptive RF Technology programme, which aims to advance the hardware used in radios to reconfigure themselves under a range of environmental and operating conditions, according to BAE Systems.
The new, general-purpose chip enables engineers to develop customised radio systems without the need for application-specific chips that are expensive and time consuming to develop, according to a BAE Systems representative.
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