DARPA Begins MNM program

Released on Wednesday, February 4, 2004
United States of America
DARPA - Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
MNM - Mobile Networked Multiple-Input, Multiple-Output
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency awarded Lucent Technologies a $11.5 million contract as prime contractor for first phase of Mobile Networked Multiple-Input, Multiple-Output (MNM) program.

The MNM program is aimed to develop technologies to enable spectrally efficient, mobile ad hoc network communications as part of Future Combat Systems supporting technologies.

In addition to Lucent Technologies, subcontractors for this program include BBN Technologies, Rockwell-Collins, Boeing, Lockheed-Martin, Stow Research LLC, and Stevens Institute of Technology.

According to DARPA, future US military operational concepts call for increased amounts of bandwidth, specially in challenging multipath environments in frequency bands that are already spectrum-limited. The Multiple-Input, Multiple-Output (MIMO) technology offers the potential for increased efficiency in such environments, while providing anti-jam and low probability of detection capabilities.

The MNM program main goal is to perform a field demonstration showing a 20 times increase in spectral efficiency while operating at multiple frequency in a mobile network in urban area.

The 12-month MNM program Phase 1 will validate concept of mobile ad hoc network using a MIMO physical layer at the Naval Air Engineering Station, Lakehurst, New Jersey.


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