Anokiwave and Tidalloft collaborate on X-band aviation radar

Anokiwave and Tidalloft collaborate on X-band aviation radar

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By Jean-Pierre Joosting

Anokiwave, a provider of integrated silicon ICs for millimeter-wave markets, and Tidalloft Avionics Research LLC, a company developing software defined phased array radar, have announced a collaboration to develop compact, lightweight X-band radars for the aviation market.

Phased array radar systems at X-band are the perfect balance of range, target resolution, and size. They enable capabilities to detect and monitor obstacles from significant distances, even amidst clutter. X-band radar systems are lightweight and are self-contained for ease of integrating into most aviation systems. Penetrating through bad weather and covering miles of range, X-band radar can obtain the insight of the flying environment that competing sensing modalities cannot.

X-Band BFICs (beamforming ICs) from Anokiwave are enabling Tidalloft to develop a compact X-band radar for the aviation market. The system leverages an integrated software defined radio tightly coupled with a beam steering controller to provide remote sensing coverage over a wide field-of-regard. Using on-board DSP, Tidalloft provides high sensitivity systems with low DC power consumption, compared to legacy systems. Tidalloft AESA radar technology is suited to fast and arbitrary scanning or tracking in busy airspace and city areas and can provide precise positioning information to pilots or autopilot systems, including in emerging applications such as eVTOL (electric vertical takeoff and landing) air taxis.

“AESA radars require low cost, low profile, and high performance in order to operate in today’s complex environments,” states Robert S. Donahue, CEO of Anokiwave. “The X-band BFICs, featuring high resolution and stable phase and amplitude control for fast accurate beam steering and shaping, allow our customers to quickly develop new radar systems with optimized cascade performance. Tidalloft is developing new markets for aviation radars with lower RF power emission, lower false detection, and higher dynamic range.”

“Anokiwave has been at the forefront of millimeter-wave IC development for years and their product offering remains unique in the market,” states Matthew Stoneback, Tidalloft co-founder. “It is a very natural cooperation since we are employing millimeter-wave technology to the new segments of aviation markets. Our solid aviation industry background enables us to uniquely understand our projects and market needs.”

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