Special Technology Area Review on Mixed-Signal Components
OFFICE OF THE UNDER SECRETARY OF DEFENSE (ACQUISITION) WASHINGTON DC ADVISORY GROUP ON ELECTRON DEVICES
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Periodically, the Advisory Group on Electron Devices AGED conducts Special Technology Area Reviews STARs to evaluate the status of an electron device technology or defense application. This STAR report documents the findings from the reviews and assessments of the Mixed-Signal Components STAR, originally titled The Future of Silicon-Based Analog Integrated Circuit Components STAR that was held in two sessions, on 17 September 1997 and 11 December 1997, by AGED Working Group B Microelectronics at Palisades Institute for Research Services, Inc., Arlington, VA. The goal of the STAR was to assess the future military needs for mixed-signal components, the availability and capability of current and emerging mixed-signal components, and to provide recommendations concerning technical directions and investment strategies necessary to ensure that the Department of Defenses DoDs future needs are met. Current state of the art digital processing capabilities do not support operation at radio frequencies. Therefore, the ADC must down-convert signals from radio frequencies to speeds at which the signals can be digitally processed. Present efforts to improve ADCs are centered on ways to reduce the number of links in the chain of analog down-conversions.
- Electrical and Electronic Equipment
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
- Acoustic Detection and Detectors
- Active and Passive Radar Detection and Equipment