Providing Baseband Functionality for High-speed Wireless Connectivity

MaXentric’s Gigabit-Per-Second Modem family includes millimeter-wave transceivers for RF operation over the V- & E-bands.

DARPA and Beyond

MaXentric has over a decade of experience in developing high-speed wireless communication systems for millimeter-wave radio frequencies, including V-, & E-band designs. Our revolutionary gigabit-per-second (Gbps) modem for high-speed wireless communications began as part of DARPA’s F6 Fractionated Satellite Architecture project, a collaborative effort which we joined under subcontract to Aeronix and FirstRF Corp in 2011.

Since 2013, we have been developing and testing Gigabit modems for mmWave-connected UAVs under the DARPA Mobile Hotspots Program.  In one such Phase 2 effort led by L-3 Communication Systems, we are developing the software-defined modem hardware for high-bandwidth battlefield communications using Shadow UAVs.  The team's fully-integrated E-band radio system is expected to deliver a clear-weather link range on the order of 60 km, enabling vastly enhanced ad-hoc communication capabilities in previously limited environments.  MaXentric has also been the modem partner to FIRST RF for Phases 1 and 2 of the Mobile Hotspots Program.

Our Gbps Modem Designs Include the Following Features

  • 1+ Gigabit-per-second Ethernet connectivity
  • Millimeter-wave wireless RF compatibility (50-90 GHz)
  • Multi-channel ADC design
  • FPGA-based forward error correction including Reed-Solomon & LDPC
  • Support for equalization, symbol recovery, & carrier recovery
  • Integrated operability with position, acquisition, & tracking (PAT) systems