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MACOM and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lincoln Laboratory Announce Successful Field Tests of Next Generation Weather Surveillance and Air Traffic Control Technology

September 15, 2015
By Business Wire News


M/A-COM Technology Solutions Inc. (“MACOM”) (NASDAQ:MTSI), a leading supplier of high-performance analog RF, microwave, millimeterwave and photonic semiconductor products, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Lincoln Laboratory, today announced successful field tests of Multifunction Phased Array Radar technology (MPAR). The first MPAR–based system was successfully deployed by the National Severe Storms Laboratory in Oklahoma.

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MACOM is leading the transition of civil and defense radar and communication systems to active anten ...

MACOM is leading the transition of civil and defense radar and communication systems to active antenna technology. Applying innovative, tile-based architectures and modern, commercial manufacturing practices, MACOM is enabling customers to build affordable and scalable radar systems with rapid time to market.(Photo: Business Wire)

MPAR technology is envisioned to be the foundation for the next generation of civil radar networks, integrating eight separate legacy radar functions into a single multifunction platform. Developed by MIT Lincoln Laboratory under sponsorship of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the system leverages an array of MACOM-manufactured phased array tiles to transmit and receive pulses of radar energy to detect and track weather systems, while at the same time providing civil air surveillance.

Used by NOAA, MPAR-based systems can increase forecast accuracy for severe weather events such as tornadoes and facilitate earlier major storm warnings, which ultimately lead to saved lives. In addition to early weather tracking, MPAR technology supports air traffic control functionality. Built over three decades ago, the current air traffic control network is approaching obsolescence and upgrading to MPAR-based systems will provide improved awareness in air traffic patterns, increasing safety and flight efficiencies.

“This successful test deployment is a significant milestone for the MPAR technology initiative, demonstrating the maturity of the technology and the manufacturing processes that underpin it,” said Dr. Doug Carlson, Vice President of Strategy, MACOM. “The next step is to move to volume commercial manufacturing that can support the scale of production of civil and defense deployments in the field.”

“MPAR technology holds great promise for weather and civil aviation radar applications, and will ultimately improve the safety and security of citizens across the nation,” said Jeff Herd, Group Leader for RF Technology, MIT Lincoln Laboratory. “The successful MPAR field testing is an important step forward in demonstrating the commercial and functional viability of this sophisticated technology.”

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MACOM is leading the transition of civil and defense radar and communication systems to active antenna technology. Applying innovative, tile-based architectures and modern, commercial manufacturing practices, MACOM is enabling customers to build affordable and scalable radar systems with rapid time to market.

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M/A-COM Technology Solutions Holdings, Inc. ( is a leading supplier of high-performance analog RF, microwave, millimeterwave and photonic semiconductor products that enable next-generation Internet and modern battlefield applications. Recognized for its broad catalog portfolio of technologies and products, MACOM serves diverse markets, including high speed optical, satellite, radar, wired and wireless networks, automotive, industrial, medical and mobile devices. A pillar of the semiconductor industry, we thrive on more than 60 years of solving our customers’ most complex problems, serving as a true partner for applications ranging from RF to Light.

Headquartered in Lowell, Massachusetts, MACOM is certified to the ISO9001 international quality standard and ISO14001 environmental management standard. MACOM has design centers and sales offices throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.

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MIT Lincoln Laboratory is a Department of Defense federally funded research and development center that develops advanced technological solutions to problems in national security. The Laboratory’s core competencies are in sensing, information extraction (signal processing and embedded computing), communications, and decision support, all supported by a broad research base in advanced electronics. For more information, visit:

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