Active Electronically Scanned Antennas (AESAs)

David Corman Chief Systems Architect
  1. 5G, SATCOM, Silicon Core ICs

The demand for active antennas is rapidly expanding beyond traditional military and government applications with multiple trends occurring in the industry today:

  1. Active Antennas in the aerospace and defense (A&D) industry are increasingly being required to be "multi-function", i.e. capable of supporting both communication and radar applications from the same array.
  2. Both A&D and commercial active antennas are moving toward increasingly complex system architectures that feature silicon core ICs supporting multiple radiating elements, multiple independently steerable beams, polarization flexibility, and interfacing with small amounts of III-V material at each radiating element.
  3. Active Antennas are evolving toward low profile implementations where all electronics reside within the lattice constraints of the array thus forcing higher and higher levels of integration within the silicon core ICs.
  4. Systems are focusing on size, weight, power, and now cost (SWAP-C) where incumbent GaAs based designs are being displaced by much more cost effective silicon solutions.

At the heart of these trends is silicon technology where feature rich solutions that reside within the lattice of the array provide unprecedented performance at much lower costs than current all GaAs solutions.

Additionally active antennas provide significant advantages over traditional mechanically scanned antenna solutions including fast steerable beams, multiple beams, polarization flexibility, low profile construction, and graceful degradation when active devices fail.

Let Anokiwave apply its many years of experience in active antenna core ICs to design a highly integrated core IC solution to enable features you never thought possible.