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Millimeter-wave MMIC technology for smart weapons
Author(s): Charles R. Seashore
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Paper Abstract

Millimeter wave MMIC component technology has made dramatic progress over the last ten years largely due to funding stimulation received under the ARPA Tri-Service MIMIC program. In several smart weapon systems, MMIC components are now specified as the baseline approach for millimeter wave radar transceiver hardware. Availability of this new frontier in microelectronics has also enabled realization of sensor fusion for multispectral capability to defeat many forms of known countermeasures. The current frequency range for these MMIC-based components is approximately 30 to 100 GHz. In several cases, it has been demonstrated that the MMIC component performance has exceeded that available from hybrid microstrip circuits using selected discrete devices. However, challenges still remain in chip producibility enhancement and cost reduction since many of the essential device structure candidates are themselves emerging technologies with a limited wafer fabrication history and accumulated test databases. It is concluded that smart weapons of the future will rely heavily on advanced microelectronics to satisfy performance requirements as well as meeting stringent packaging and power source constraints.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 December 1994
PDF: 25 pages
Proc. SPIE 10276, Millimeter and Microwave Engineering for Communications and Radar: A Critical Review, 1027603 (14 December 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.194297
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Charles R. Seashore, Alliant Techsystems Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10276:
Millimeter and Microwave Engineering for Communications and Radar: A Critical Review
James C. Wiltse, Editor(s)

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