New toy news

Just been browsing through some US Defence sites, and came across these new toys

LAUREL, MD, August 12, 2003 — Etenna Corporation, an antenna developer for commercial wireless applications, today announced the availability of its new EE5801 EdgeWave™ quad-band antenna designed for wireless area networks (WLANs), Bluetooth™ personal area networks (PANs) and the new 4.9 to 5.0 GHz WLAN bands in Japan.

The EdgeWave antenna is optimized for use along the top or side of a notebook computer screen, although other applications are possible. Unlike Etenna’s AccuWave™ antenna products—which are surface mounted to a board—the EdgeWave antenna is shipped with a cable, connector and mounting option that can easily be customized to the specific user requirements. Like the AccuWave antenna, the EdgeWave antenna is built using a high precision, low-cost insert molding technology, which provides exceptional unit-to-unit repeatability. No custom tooling is required as the antenna element of the assembly can support all applications and environments in exactly the same form factor.


The EdgeWave antenna is 3 mm wide x 30 mm long x 5 mm high and operates in the 2.4–2.48 and 4.9–5.9 GHz frequency ranges with a minimum efficiency of greater than 70%. The antenna features typical values of 250 MHz of 10 dB return loss bandwidth for the low band and 1.5 GHz of 10 dB return loss bandwidth for the high band.

Mounting brackets come in a variety of styles and sizes. For customers with demanding space requirements a clip-style connector that does not require screws is available. Cable lengths between 300 mm and 900 mm are also available.

Volume production will be available at the beginning of the fourth quarter of 2003. For orders of 10,000 units or more the EE5801 EdgeWave antenna is priced at $1.75, which includes the cable and connector. For higher volume pricing please contact

SAN DIEGO, CA - September 30, 2004 - The Titan Corporation (NYSE:TTN) is announcing the launch of its new family of Man Portable Multiband communication systems called the TTR-2101 which have the most advanced combination of wideband RF front-end processing and software-defined radio processing elements available on the market today. "The TTR-2101 family of radios includes HF, VHF and Multiband offerings through the use of interchangeable, low-cost RF amplifier modules," said Andy Ivers, general manager of Titan's Communication and Electronic Warfare Division. "The wide-band, front end processing elements and the software-defined radio processing elements are contained in the common processing chassis, a commonality that reduces training, logistics and ultimately total cost of ownership for the radio family."
Designed for military use in long haul or line-of-sight communications, the man-portable TTR-2101 features an integral battery, 20-watt power output for maximum range and full 2 to 108 MHz frequency coverage in the multiband version. While the TTR may be the smallest radio with these capabilities available, it is not small on features. The new Titan radio hosts state of the art processing including MIL-STD-188-110B data modes, MIL-STD-188-141B (2G) ALE, and STANAG 4285, 4415 and 4529 data modes. HF and VHF ECCM modes are also built-in. The advanced 300 hop-per-second VHF ECCM algorithm is no longer constrained to hop on conventional 25 kHz channels. The TTR-2101 radio it is built to hop continuously over the 30MHz to 108MHz band in steps as fine as 1 Hz.

For data security, the TTR utilizes the Advanced Encryption Standard with key lengths of 128 bits. The radio will support up to 10 unique keys each for Communications Security (COMSEC) and Transmission Security (TRANSEC). Each of these keys may be assigned to any of the 100 preset nets available in the radio offering total flexibility for network centric communication.

In the HF variant, voice is secured using the AES encryption and leading edge MELPe Plus vocoder, running at 2400, 1200, or 600 bps. The voice quality provided far exceeds voice quality provided by older standards such as LPC10e.

To augment the TTR radio family, Titan is also offering a 150-watt power amplifier for range extension and an 85-240 VAC power factor corrected AC-DC converter. The PA delivers 150-watts continuous power over the full 2 MHz to 108 MHz range. For reliable data communications both a STANAG 5066-based HF messaging application and a MIL-STD-188-184 based messaging application are available. These data systems provide error-free communication between TTR radios. In addition to working with the TTR, the Titan 5066 package will work with Titan's other HF modems, including the TSM-1000 and PCI / PCMCIA modems.
Further details here

TTR-2101M Multiband Manpack

The TTR-2101M is part of Titan’s next generation family of high performance tactical radios. Designed to provide reliable high quality voice and data communications over the full 1.5 to 108 MHz frequency band, the TTR-2101 is a true multiband radio system. In addition to complete HF coverage, the radio’s extended frequency range allows replacement of dual HF and VHF radio systems with a single radio. The TTR-2101M is DSP-based and incorporates key features that include advanced data waveforms, digital voice, ALE, GPS, frequency hopping and encryption.

Brochure here

The bit we're interested in , it weighs 8lbs w/o the Battery about 10.5 lbs with (BA5590 Lithium)
The bit we're interested in , it weighs 8lbs w/o the Battery about 10.5 lbs with (BA5590 Lithium)
Yeah good stuff, the COGENT/BAE variant is being trailed at the moment.


It weighs 28lbs w/o the Battery about 105.5 lbs with Battery (LIFESPAN 40minutes)

It looks a highly capable set , and STANAG too. Wonder what the performance is like ?

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