Lockheed Martin’s Take on the Potential of Silicon Photonics in Interconnected Systems

A world where every device, vehicle, and tool seamlessly communicate in real-time, propelling industries forward and ensuring the safety of those on the front lines is no longer just the realm of science fiction. It’s being built today. In the military, interconnected systems spread across aircraft, ground locations, and seafaring vessels will be integral to enabling optimally coordinated responses in fast-changing situations. Success will hinge on the ability of systems to share and process ever-increasing amounts of real-time data without interference. To ensure optimal outcomes, the military needs a new generation of systems and the sensors that enable them.

This white paper explores the concept of “converged-aperture system architectures,” which Lockheed Martin Corporation has developed to underpin next-generation interconnected battlefield systems. In this white paper you'll discover:
  • The limitations of current systems. Understand the challenges posed by current siloed sensor systems and the transformational advantages of adopting a converged-aperture approach. 
  • The new bar for performance. Get insights into the task requirements and performance standards shaping the future of integrated military communication systems. 
  • The need for speed. Learn about the data speeds needed to support new sensor suites and the increasing amount of data transferred within next-generation platforms.
  • The Ayar Labs advantage. A Lockheed Martin assessment of Ayar Labs' in-package optical I/O solution showed a 7x bandwidth improvement, a 5x decrease in power consumption, and a 12x footprint reduction versus a commercial state-of-the-art system.

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