M/A-COM Technology Solutions and Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lincoln Laboratory Develop a 2011 R&D
100 Winner Selected by R&D Magazine
-- Multifunction Phased Array Radar (MPAR) Panel for Next Generation Air Traffic Control
Lowell, MA, July 19, 2011 – M/A-COM Technology Solutions (M/A-COM Tech), a leading supplier of high
performance semiconductors, announced today that the Multifunction Phased Array Radar (MPAR) Panel has been named
as one of R&D Magazines’ 2011 R&D 100 Winners. The MPAR Panel has applications in next generation air traffic
control and weather surveillance. It was co-developed by M/A-COM Tech and the Massachusetts Institute of
Technology Lincoln Laboratory under sponsorship from the Federal Aviation Administration. The MPAR Phased Array
Panel is the enabling system building block for an advanced, scalable multifunction radar system offering improved
performance and added efficiency in the field of air traffic control and weather radar.
“MPAR is an excellent example of the pioneering work M/A-COM Tech is pursuing that applies commercial
manufacturing practices to high performance Government, Aerospace and Defense systems,” said Dr. Douglas
Carlson, head of M/A-COM Tech’s Aerospace and Defense Business Development. “The MPAR Panel represents a new
approach to the manufacture of phased array radar having broad applicability across many future systems
platforms. We and MIT Lincoln Laboratory are honored to receive this recognition. We believe that the underlying
technology represented by the MPAR Panel can enable adoption of affordable phased array systems across many
communications and radar applications.”
The Multifunction Phased Array Radar, MPAR, was developed as a next
generation alternative to the existing civil radar network currently supplying air traffic and weather
surveillance. The MPAR system consolidates eight separate radar systems that currently perform four unique
missions --Terminal Air Surveillance, En-Route Air Surveillance, Weather Radar, and Terminal Doppler Radar. The
MPAR enables increased resolution and faster operation, providing improved data for weather forecasting together
with leading air traffic control capability. An MPAR system is constructed of multiple MPAR Panels functioning
coherently to radiate and receive pulses of radar energy used to detect, locate and track both aircraft and
ABOUT M/A-COM TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS INC.
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leading supplier of high performance analog semiconductor solutions for use in radio frequency (RF), microwave,
and millimeter wave applications. Recognized for its broad portfolio of products, M/A-COM Tech serves diverse
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ABOUT MIT LINCOLN LABORATORY
MIT Lincoln Laboratory employs some of the nation’s best technical talent to support system and technology
development for national security needs. Principal core competencies are sensors, information extraction (signal
processing and embedded computing), communications, and integrated sensing and decision support. Nearly all of the
Lincoln Laboratory efforts are housed at its campus on Hanscom Air Force Base in Massachusetts.
Lincoln Laboratory is designated a Department of Defense (DoD) Federally Funded Research and Development Center
and a DoD Research and Development Laboratory. The Laboratory conducts research and development pertinent to
national defense on behalf of the military services, the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the intelligence
community, and other government agencies. Projects undertaken by Lincoln Laboratory focus on the development and
prototyping of new technologies and capabilities to meet government needs that cannot be met as effectively by the
government’s existing in-house or contractor resources. Program activities extend from fundamental investigations
through design and field testing of prototype systems using new technologies. A strong emphasis is placed on the
transition of systems and technology to the private sector. Lincoln Laboratory has been in existence for 59 years.
On its 25th and 50th anniversaries, the Laboratory received the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public
Service in recognition of its distinguished technical innovation and scientific discoveries.
Patricia A. Isabelle
M/A-COM Technology Solutions Inc.