Demonstration of New Satellite Technology Held (1/3)
Wednesday, January 03, 2007 | Comments
Army researchers and industry partners accomplished with a 1-centimeter chip made with hyper-cooled niobium what has always required racks of expensive satellite communications gear in a breakthrough demonstration in ElmsfordN.Y. The U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center (CERDEC) and partners HYPRES and L3-Communications demonstrated direct radio frequency digitization in the X-band frequency range using the HYPRES M132 processing chip cooled at 4 Kelvin (-452 degrees Fahrenheit). The breakthrough could in essence take out the "middleman" in military operated X-Band satellite communications frequencies by enabling a signal to be digitized without the need for intermediate frequency "down" converters and other analog components, said Jack Wong, CERDEC's contract officer representative for the project. 

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