Digital Radio Frequency Memory Technology

Course Description

Explore DRFM device technology, including its application to electronic attack, synthetic target generation and radar jamming. Review fundamental radar concepts to learn why DRFMs make robust and powerful jamming devices. Get up-to-date information on DRFM building blocks, including all typical components such as frequency converters, Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) controllers, Analog-to-Digital Converters (ADC) and Digital-to-Analog Converters (DAC). Review radar Electronic Protection (EP) techniques available to defend systems against DRFM jamming attacks.

Course ID: DEF 2507P
Course Format: Classroom

Important Course Information

This course is classified.  Attendance is restricted to US citizens with the appropriate security clearance and need-to-know. All contractors wishing to attend a need-to-know classified course must have a US government sponsor or contracting officer signature.  

Georgia Tech's Research Security Office will only process need-to-know certification and clearance forms with the appropriate signature.  There are no exceptions to this policy.  Eligibility questions should be directed to 404-407-6661. Attendees must fax the Need-to-Know Form to 404-407-8691

Electronic devices, including but not limited to laptops, calculators, Fitbit and Garmins, are not permitted in the classroom. Limited storage compartments may be available in some locations.

Available Classroom Sections

Start Date End Date Registration Deadline Format Location Cost CRN
Section Details Aug 21, 2018 Aug 24, 2018 Tuesday, August 21, 2018 - 23:59 Classroom Atlanta, Georgia $1,695 18220
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14310 Sep 16, 2014 Sep 18, 2014 Classroom Atlanta, Georgia $1,495
15364 Jun 2, 2015 Jun 5, 2015 Classroom Atlanta, Georgia $1,695
15220 Sep 1, 2015 Sep 4, 2015 Classroom Atlanta, Georgia $1,695
16272 May 17, 2016 May 20, 2016 Classroom Atlanta, Georgia $1,695
16273 Aug 30, 2016 Sep 2, 2016 Classroom Atlanta, Georgia $1,695
17202 Aug 28, 2017 Aug 31, 2017 Classroom Atlanta, Georgia $1,695

Special Discounts

GTRI employees are eligible for a discount on this course.  If you are a GTRI employee, please go to and look under “GT Professional Development” for a coupon code to use when checking out.

Note: Coupon codes must be applied during checkout and cannot be redeemed after your checkout is complete. Only one coupon code can be used per shopping cart.



Who Should Attend

Engineers, technologists and managers involved in design, analysis, simulation, requirements definition, performance specification, procurement and test and evaluation of electronic attack equipment utilizing DRFM devices

How You Will Benefit

  • Understand the theory of operation of digital radio frequency memory devices.

  • Understand state-of-the-art in DRFM devices.

  • Know the performance trade-offs of various DRFM architectures and component selections.

  • Explain the operating modes of a DRFM.

  • Program a DRFM to execute standard range-velocity deception techniques.

  • Write a test procedure to evaluate the most important performance requirements of a DRFM.

  • Select candidate electronic protection techniques to defeat a DRFM jammer.


  • DRFM overview

  • Radar fundamentals

  • Range and velocity technique primer

  • Architecture trades

  • RF design techniques

  • Digital kernel design

  • DRFM system test considerations

  • International DRFM market review

  • Advanced DRFM topics

  • Component technology summaries

For Course-Related Questions

Please contact the course administrator: Thomas Spangler