Avionics (Including Commercial)

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Avionics generally refers to all electronics used on an aircraft. This application section focuses exclusively on L-band ground-based or airborne transponders covering 960-1215MHz; including ADS-B, DME, IFF, Mode-S, SSR, and TCAS. Avionics communication products and design support are included under Communications. Avionics communication and navigation products and support can be found under SatCom/SatNav.

Richardson RFPD supplies both commercial-grade and avionics/military-grade components for the radio frequency (RF) and microwave sections of transponder/DME systems, including a complete line of discrete and integrated semiconductors and passive RF components.

For more details on the products available to meet your avionics system needs, please select from the appropriate categories below. For other inquiries, please Contact Us.

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Frequency Control


Passive Devices

Semiconductors - Discretes

Semiconductors - ICs

Systems and Subsystems

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Richardson RFPD employs more RF engineers than any global distributor. By offering deep technical expertise to support the latest products from the leading suppliers in RF & Wireless and Energy Technologies, we are uniquely positioned to help customers meet the challenges of changing markets.

Avionics applications cover a range of military and commercial platforms within L Band, including:

  • ADS-B
  • DME
  • IFF
  • Mode-S
  • SSR
  • TCAS

These platforms offer similar functions and formats across commercial and military applications.

For more detailed information on this application, please refer to the technical articles and design considerations found in the Technical Resources tab, including:
Overview of Distance Measuring Equipment (DME)

Links to Additional Information

ADS-B for Beginners – Overview of ADS-B (Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast) from FreeFlight Systems, a manufacturer of professional-grade avionics system solutions for commercial and military aircraft, specializes in the design, development, and production of GPS navigation management systems, GPS/WAAS sensors, and radar altimeters.

GPS – Backbone of ADS-B, ADS-B—Backbone of NGATS - Briefing on GPS, ADS-B and NGATS (Next Generation Air Transportation System) from ITT, a diversified leading manufacturer of highly engineered critical components and customized technology solutions for growing industrial end-markets in energy infrastructure, electronics, aerospace and transportation.