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MACOM 5G and Global Homeland Defense

MACOM's Lightwave Antenna technologies (Patented GaN-on-Silicon, Proprietary Switch, and Coherent Beamforming) enable precision and affordability in 5G Wireless and Radar applications, to include Weather and Air Traffic Control. 

SPAR™ Tile

Scalable Planar ARray (SPARTM) Tiles are RF assemblies containing antenna elements, GaAs and GaN semiconductors, transmit and receive modules and RF and power distribution networks. When combined with additional signal generation and receive and control electronics, the composite assembly forms the building block for the MPAR planar active electronically scanned antenna (AESA) for the radar system. 



The growing proliferation of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and drones spells an immediate need for homeland security. To answer this threat, a more agile phased array radar platform is required, one that is easily and quickly manufacturable, deployable, field replaceable and adaptable to changing needs.

Leveraging decades of experience in Phased Array technology, MACOM’s SPAR™ Tiles and its enabling beamforming technology enable the transition from cumbersome traditional brick radar architectures to a more efficient and compact planar approach. By leveraging MACOM’s commercial manufacturing expertise, MACOM believes that SPAR™ Tiles will help drive cost efficiencies that are required to propel MPAR to mainstream adoption and deployment for security applications.

The higher levels of integration, affordability and manufacturing efficiency inherent to the planar array radar architecture, from the system to the component, positions it uniquely to help address evolving homeland security needs. Early deployments have demonstrated scalability and flexibility, and parallel advancements in commercial 5G infrastructure will drive the cost structures needed to adopt planar phased array radar for mass deployment for civil radar

Coherent Beamforming Technology

Leveraging MACOM’s pioneering work in phased array antenna techniques, coherent beamforming allows each element of a radio to operate in concert. This creates highly agile, narrowly-focused beams that can detect objects such as UAS and drones. Noise, interference and reflections are eliminated as operators can detect and track airspace threats as they move in and out of the antenna’s coverage area.

MACOM's Commitment

“At MACOM we are enabling new levels of affordability and flexibility across a broad range of civil and security applications. Our ability to harness phased array technology to enable the detection of a growing variety of UAS systems is rooted in our years of expertise and deep domain knowledge in bringing these highly integrated RF products to market.” 

Dr. Douglas Carlson
Senior VP & GM, RF & Microwave 


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