What Is It?
Integrated Topside (InTop) is an integrated, multifunctional, multibeam topside aperture construct that has a modular, open radio frequency (RF) architecture; software-defined functionality; and synchronization and optimization of RF functions for electromagnetic interference (EMI) mitigation.
How Does It Work?
RF functions simultaneously share apertures and signal processing through the use of a central resource allocation manager. Requests for resources to accomplish various radio frequency functions (e.g., radar, electronic warfare, communications) are prioritized, then resources are assigned to accomplish the function. The topside is continually optimized to meet the highest priority needs at any given time.
What Will It Accomplish?
InTop encourages innovation in industry throughout the life cycle, increases the business base, reduces obsolescence and provides innovation incentives. It provides more capability per ship through optimized aperture placement and space, weight and power improvements. Further, it will provide the potential for new concepts of operation for using the available spectrum through mitigation of electromagnetic interference and increased RF availability.