Military Embedded Systems

Microsemi to provide master reference oscillators for USAF SBIRS satellite program


September 01, 2016

Mariana Iriarte

Technology Editor

Military Embedded Systems

ALISO VIEJO, Calif. Lockheed Martin representatives selected Microsemi?s master reference oscillator for the U.S. Air Force's Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) satellite program. Lockheed Martin is the prime contractor of the SBIRS program, which is replacing the 1970s Defense Support Program constellation.

Microsemi is scheduled to begin delivery of production models of its master reference oscillators in late 2016, which will include a variety of the company's discrete devices, as well as its radiation-tolerant RTAX-S field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs).

SBIRS program provides global, persistent, infrared surveillance capabilities in four national security mission areas: missile warning, missile defense, technical intelligence, and battlespace awareness.

Peter Cash, director of space, defense and advanced technology for Microsemi's Frequency and Time Division, says "We are proud to extend our relationship with Lockheed Martin and continue our support of the company and the U.S. Air Force on the fifth and sixth SBIRS satellites."

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