MPT Inc. – Microwave Products and Technology

Phased array technology, built to your requirements.

Rugged and reliable phased arrays that expand to deliver the performance and precision you need.
Rugged and reliable precision
Double the G/T or EIRP with each additional phased array block
Works in extreme environments

You need a scalable phased array solution that meets your performance demands.

MPT develops a variety of phased array solutions for radar and communications systems.

4 Reasons You Need Phased Array Technology

The figure above shows a simplified block diagram of a phased array. It shows the T/R modules, antennas, and the beam forming network.

Mobile Phone Communications
Self-Organizing Networks
Satellite Television Systems
Satellite Internet Access
Small Cell Networks
Point-to-Point Systems

Phased Array FAQs

Phased Arrays are a critical component of radar and communication systems. They’re found in weather and military radar systems, air traffic control systems, and even satellite TV and internet.

Phased arrays are useful in applications where the satellite is geo-stationary, but the receiver is moving. Think vehicles, ships, planes, and even cell phones.
With their multitude of individual antenna elements, each with phase control, the antenna radiation pattern can track targets or maintain a constant communications link with the receiver. This simultaneously minimizes interference with nearby cell access points and allows the antenna pattern to be dynamically modified to optimize user experience and connectivity. This is important for some self-organizing networks (SON) approaches.

Phased arrays also provide the ability for terrestrial back haul networks, such as point-to-point systems, to be installed without the need for costly alignment procedures. Without phased arrays, the fixed beam antennas are often manually aligned so that their antenna pattern points to its connection point. This readjustment is costly and inconvenient. Phased arrays save users time and money by allowing automatic realignment for these point-to-point systems.
Architecture of digital beams steering phased array
Typical phased array antenna pattern, showing main beam and side lobes
Example of a 2 dimensional phased array

We get it—developing the high-quality phased array solution you need is difficult.

We understand what it takes to create advanced phased array solutions. You need the right engineering talent and resources to develop custom phased array solutions for your next product. We’ve developed custom solutions for 15 years, we specialize in phased arrays and RF technology.

How our 4-step process gets you a better product, faster.

1. Baseline

We work together to outline the required features and capabilities of your product.

2. Breadboard

We’ll demonstrate the main hardware/firmware/software functionalities using a simplified version of your product.

3. Prototype

We’ll provide you with a prototype unit that functions exactly as your finalized unit will. This prototype can be used for qualification and customer samples.

4. Production

Product documentation is complete and your product will now transition from engineering to operations for manufacturing.

You need a phased array development partner that combines antennas and electronics so you can get to market faster.

At MPT, we know that you want to expand into new markets. In order to do that, you need a phased array solution designed with your product in mind. But advanced design and manufacturing is complicated, which makes you feel frustrated by the barriers to entry.

We believe there’s a better way to R&D. We understand what it takes to develop custom phased arrays and we’ve spent the past 15 years helping companies like yours create the ideal RF product to fit their complex needs. We offer the opportunity to break into a new market and offer your users enhanced performance with industry-leading phased arrays solutions.

So, schedule a call to start your project. Stop falling behind and get your

Rick Sturdivant

Founder and President

Dr. Sturdivant brings 32 years of experience in developing products for both commercial and military markets. He started his career at Hughes Aircraft Company (acquired by Raytheon) in 1989 where he developed MMICs and the world’s first phased array tile module for which he was awarded the engineering excellence award. He also worked for Multilink developing modulator drivers for optical telecom. He holds seven U.S. patents and has eight pending. He has published more than 50 journal and conference articles on various aspects of engineering including phased arrays, antennas, microwave circuit design, and T/R module packaging. He is author/co-author of several books including Microwave and Millimeter-wave Electronic Packaging (Artech House, 2013), Transmit Receive Modules for Radar and Communication Systems (Artech House, 2015), RF and Microwave Electronic Packaging II (Springer Publishing, 2017), and Systems Engineering of Phased Arrays (Artech House, 2018).

Dr. Sturdivant is a recognized expert in the field of system design of phased arrays, transmit/Receive (T/R) modules for phased array radar and communication systems, and electronic packaging. He has been an invited speaker to IEEE local chapters such as the local MTT-S chapter in San Diego, CA and the joint MTT-S and AP-S in Baltimore, MD.

Engineering Education:
Ph.D. Systems Engineering, Colorado State University
M.S. Electrical Engineering, University of California at Los Angeles
B.S. Electrical Engineering, California State University at Long Beach

Luanne Ruddy

Director of Program Management

Luanne brings 30 years in program delivery, integrated business planning, and operations for both commercial aviation and military satellite / aviation programs. She has led numerous multi-million-dollar programs at United Airlines, Gogo, Inc. (now Intelsat), and Atlas Space Operations. She was Director of Operations/Chief of Staff at Gogo where she established and led the Operations Program Management Office (OPMO). She earned a B.S. degree from Miami university and is a certified Program Manager Professional (PMP). All program management personnel report to Ms. Ruddy who serves as program manager on key programs at MPT.

Director of Engineering

Director of Engineering

Mr. Mortensen has 35 years of experience in engineering. His specialty is in microwave and millimeter-wave modules and subsystems. He earned a B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from California Polytechnical University at Pomona and is Ph.D. (ABD) in Electrical Engineering from the University of Colorado. While at MPT, Mr. Mortensen has executed the development of several successful products including a X-band/Ku-Band down converter module for a radar project, a X-band FMCW module, a 35GHz T/R module, and a phased array receive module at S-Band. Mr. Mortensen oversees the engineering resources at MPT.