Vitesse Honored in Aerospace and Defense Communications Field With Technology Innovation of the Year Award.PALO ALTO Palo Alto, city, California
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"In a vote of confidence for Vitesse's technology, the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), U.S. government agency administered by the Department of Defense (see Defense, United States Department of). (DARPA DARPA: see Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.
(Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) The name given to the U.S. Advanced Research Projects Agency during the 1980s. It was later renamed back to ARPA. ) awarded a $6 million contract to this California-based firm for the development of its VIP-2(TM) InP HBT technology," says Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Michael Valenti. "DARPA hopes to use VIP-2 in communications circuitries to reduce the size and weight of communication systems in places where space and payload are a premium, like in combat aircraft."
The 36-month contract is part of an overall DARPA contract worth more than $15 million. Vitesse has partnered with BAE Systems BAE Systems
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Vitesse selected InP for its HBT work because the material provides the requisite bandwidth and speed to enable the direct digital synthesis of high-frequency signals. Its VIP-2 process is an upgraded version of the VIP-1(TM) process the company uses to make InP transistors on four-inch diameter, semi-insulating substrates. Vitesse's goal with the first generation HBTs, as with all its new technologies, is to ensure development of a process that is reliable and can be manufactured and commercialized easily.
Vitesse worked on the second-generation HBT technology while developing the VIP-1. Under the leadership and support of Dr. John Zolper, Director of the Microsystems Technology Office, and Dr. Steve Pappert at DARPA, the agency's Technology for Frequency Agile Digitally Synthesized Transmitters (TFAST) program allows Vitesse to advance InP technology further and faster. The program's goal is to help drive InP HBT performance dramatically and demonstrate direct digital synthesis that is two, four, and eventually, 10 times the performance available today.
Like the first-generation HBTs, the VIP-2 transistors are made on semi-insulating InP substrates that are 4 inches in diameter. The process includes four levels of metal interconnect and passive elements. The VIP-2 transistors are characterized by ft=300 gigahertz(GHz) which is double the speed of the VIP-1 generation transistors. This was accomplished by shrinking critical transistor dimensions from 1.2 microns to 0.35 microns. Vitesse's engineers used established process techniques, such as the spacer technology used in Complementary Metal-Oxide Semiconductor and gallium arsenide An alloy of gallium and arsenic compound (GaAs) that is used as the base material for chips. Several times faster than silicon, it is used in high frequency applications such as cellphones, DVD players and fiber optics. wafer processing. Circuit designers using VIP-2 are provided with the high-speed and high-voltage capabilities needed for analog, digital, and radio frequency circuits operating at 10 GHz and higher. Key benchmark demonstrations made with VIP-2 include a static divider operating at 150 GHz.
"Vitesse is also working with BAE to develop circuits to serve in varied electronic warfare Noun 1. electronic warfare - military action involving the use of electromagnetic energy to determine or exploit or reduce or prevent hostile use of the electromagnetic spectrum
military action, action - a military engagement; "he saw action in Korea" applications where the high speed and integration of InP HBTs would simplify electronic warfare systems," says Valenti. "A communication system that once required a heavy, full rack of electronics in a high-value asset, such as an AWACS AWACS (Airborne Warning and Control System)
Mobile, long-range radar surveillance-and-control centre for air defense. Used by the U.S. Air Force since 1977, AWACS is mounted in a specially modified Boeing 707 aircraft, with its main radar antenna affixed to a rotating dome. or command vehicle, can be substituted by a TFAST system made of inherently smaller, lighter, and cheaper electronic warfare nodes that can be widely deployed."
It is in recognition of the company's work in developing such innovative military communications systems technology that Vitesse has been bestowed with Frost & Sullivan's 2005 Technology Innovation of the Year Award.
Held in Boston, Frost & Sullivan's Excellence in Emerging Technologies Awards Banquet honors world-class companies for pioneering the development and introduction of innovative technologies into their markets. An annual event, the banquet recognizes the overall technical excellence of a company and its commitment towards technology innovation.
About Vitesse Inc.
Vitesse designs, develops and markets a diverse portfolio of high-performance, cost-competitive semiconductor solutions for communications and storage networks worldwide. Engineering excellence and dedicated customer service distinguish Vitesse as an industry leader in Gigabit Ethernet LAN (Local Area Network) A communications network that serves users within a confined geographical area. The "clients" are the user's workstations typically running Windows, although Mac and Linux clients are also used. , Ethernet-over-SONET, Advanced Switching, Fibre Channel, Serial Attached SCSI See SAS. , Optical Transport, and other applications. Vitesse innovation empowers customers to deliver superior products for Enterprise, Access, Metro, and Core applications. Additional company and product information is available at www.vitesse.com.
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