Earlier this year, Epirus, a technology company specializing in revolutionary power management solutions, earned a spot in the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA) prestigious Massive Cross-Correlation (MAX) program. Through this program, Epirus will team up with the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) for up to four project phases, totaling $5.3 million in funding. Their collaborative efforts aim to bring cutting-edge advancements to the forefront.

Epirus and UCLA are embarking on a collaborative effort to advance highly scalable analog circuit techniques, leading to revolutionary power efficiency and speed levels. This breakthrough in power efficiency will facilitate a significant reduction in form factor, allowing high-speed correlators to be embedded in various platforms and applications that were previously unable to meet the power demands of existing state-of-the-art devices.

The project’s technology outcomes will unlock the potential for passive sensing, introduce new radar modes like real-time synthetic aperture radar and imaging, and enable jam-resistant radar and communications applications, all within an innovative form factor boasting low size, weight, and power requirements. This endeavor promises to revolutionize the landscape of power management solutions and drive significant advancements in various sectors.

“We’re pleased to deepen our partnership with DARPA as we begin our efforts to develop the world’s best general purpose analog correlator to enable new capabilities for U.S. and allied militaries,” said Ken Bedingfield, Chief Executive Officer, Epirus. “Today’s announcement will spur new opportunities for our intelligent power management architecture that holds the potential to reshape power management as we know it.”

In December 2021, Epirus was granted a substantial multi-million-dollar contract by DARPA under the WARDEN RANGER program. This contract aims to expedite the progress of Electromagnetic and Radio Frequency capabilities. The company is also engaged in a contract with DARPA’s Microsystems Technology Office (MTO) to develop distributed processing of phased arrays. The objective is to significantly reduce computational complexity and processing rates, specifically tailored to handle extensive and adaptable phased array antenna systems. These endeavors reflect Epirus’ commitment to advancing cutting-edge technologies with potentially far-reaching impacts.

Epirus’ partnership with DARPA on these three projects will catalyze ongoing research, development, and refinement of the company’s waveform optimization and power efficiency technologies in high-power microwave systems. This collaboration promises to push the boundaries of innovation and drive significant advancements in this critical field.

Epirus’ intelligent power management platform employs sub-microsecond level energy gating to fine-tune performance, resulting in remarkable gains in efficiency or higher power output, depending on the specific application. This breakthrough technology powers Epirus’ Leonidas suite of high-power microwave systems and holds tremendous potential to revolutionize various sectors. From power and energy to communications and security, the platform can minimize energy wastage and safeguard our world’s most crucial resources. This innovation promises to make a significant positive impact across multiple industries.

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