Mercury Announces 1st Production Shipments of Award-Winning RF Transceiver for Next-Gen EW Applications

Ready for rapid system integration through adoption of the OpenVPX standard architecture

Mercury Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY, today announced the first production shipments of its rugged SpectrumSeries™ RFM3101 radio frequency (RF) transceiver to a leading supplier of integrated electronic warfare (EW) systems. Mercury’s OpenVPX™ RF transceiver features ultra-wideband frequency conversion with excellent phase noise, high dynamic range and a low spurious output in a compact 3U form factor optimized for future upgradability. This single-channel, microwave transceiver is optimized for demanding, low-latency DRFM applications and includes an optional external LO input to support multichannel, coherent systems that offer best-in-class low spurious performance. In recognition of its high performance and open architecture compliance, the RFM3101 transceiver received a four-star distinction from Military Embedded Systems at the recent 55th Annual Association of Old Crows International Symposium and Convention in Washington, D.C.

Developed as a joint effort across multiple Mercury facilities, this modular RF transceiver features OpenRFM™ frequency conversion blocks to support customization and rapid upgradability. To ensure an efficient production ramp-up, all RFM3101 modules are manufactured and shipped from Mercury’s AS9100D-certified facility in Huntsville, Ala., where advanced automated manufacturing technology minimizes lead time and cost.

While the first production shipments support a broadband electronic attack system, this agile RF transceiver is also ideal for applications including direction finding and spectrum monitoring. As technology evolves to counter future adversarial threats, the OpenRFM design approach enables modifications at the sub-assembly level that improve performance with no changes to the mechanical outline or interface. This combination of multi-application support and upgradability are critical to supporting the U.S. Armed Forces in achieving and maintaining control of the congested and contested electromagnetic spectrum (EMS).

“As new threats emerge across the EMS, next-generation EW technology must not only provide the high performance required for today’s systems, but also support rapid upgrades to maintain future superiority,” said Neal Austin, Vice President and General Manager of Mercury’s Embedded Sensor Processing group. “We are honored to be a key supplier of this advanced technology that enables the long-term control of the EMS, supporting the warfighters of today and tomorrow.”

Source: Mercury Systems
Date: Jan 11, 2019