The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has selected the research teams who will work on a program to develop integrable filter technology designed to mitigate interference for electronically scanned broadband active networks operating in crowded environments.
The main area of intervention of the Compact, element-level front-end filters The program will use emerging microelectronic materials, design and integration to create integrable filters, DARPA said Wednesday.
“With the Department of Defense’s emphasis on electromagnetic spectrum superiority, our AESAs are burdened with increased demand for increased range, volume, and function. These demands are amplified by trends toward higher bandwidths and digitization at the individual item level,” said COFFEE Program Manager Benjamin Griffin.
“There is very little room to integrate conventional filtering technologies, exposing every element to the full bandwidth of potential threats. Today, there is no embeddable filtering technology to meet these compositional requirements,” Griffin added.
The selected research teams will be led by several companies and universities. They are:
- BAE systems
- Carnegie Mellon University
- Colombia University
- Georgia Institute of Technology
- Northrop Grumman
- Raytheon Technologies
- University of California Los Angeles
- University of Michigan
- University of Texas at Austin
The COFFEE program is part of DARPA’s electronic resurgence initiative and consists of three phases that will last 50 months. Research on the program will begin in spring 2022.