1987.0487.194 Texas Instruments Collection Object

Radar Module Display
TI number: G00100

Begun in 1965, MERA (molecular electronics for radar applications) eliminated moving parts and increased sweep speed to .001 second by use of phased transmit/receive arrays.

This item was part of the original S/B Lobby display. Shown is a photo of the first MERA array, the two ceramic circuit boards of each module and a schematic of the functions contained on the boards. There were 604 modules in the first MERA array which was completed in June, 1968. The two substrates shown, which do not contain the full complement of chips were mounted on opposite sides of the MERA module. Except for the power transistor, all the transistors, diodes and capacitors were beam lead chips. For additional information, see "Monolithic Microwave Integrated Circuits: An Historical Perspective", IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON MICROWAVE THEORY AND TECHNIQUES. Vol. MTT - 32, No. 9, September, 1984. A copy is in the Artifacts Historical file.

Related material in collection: G00101-2, 180, 310, 311.
Texas Instruments (Tom Hyltin, Brad LaGrange, Frank Opp, Roger Webster.)

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