Iris Technology Unveils New Radio Power Slice

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Iris Technology’s compact Merlin-2 radio power adapter uses “slice technology” to serve as an uninterruptible power source for radio systems, fitting between the radio and the existing battery. These plug-and-play slices, which attach without modification or tools and maintain the environmental integrity of the radio, can also be used to power laptops, speakers and other equipment in the field.

Marlin-2 Slice Technology

Iris Marlin-2 with Radio

Getting the Merlin-2 design right was a huge challenge, straining every engineering discipline to innovate and collaborate. In the end, the technology is highly sophisticated, very elegant, and useful.

Iris Technology Corporation, a defense contractor specializing in tactical power systems and spacecraft hardware, is pleased to introduce a new addition to its Merlin family of radio power adapters, the Merlin-2. Highly interoperable with currently fielded equipment, the Merlin-2 is a dual-battery slice for use with heritage AN/PRC-117F, AN/PRC-138, AN/PRC-150, and AN/PSC-5D radios.

The Merlin-2’s primary function is to serve as an uninterruptible power source (UPS) for the radio system, and its “hot swap” feature allows battery change-out and maintenance without radio interruption or crypto-fill loss. The Merlin-2 supports various rechargeable chemistries while performing a continuous rebalancing to increase useable energy.

The Merlin-2 provides significant auxiliary power to run laptops, speakers, and other accessories. Circuitry and software needed to operate from solar panels is built-in and the device is fully interoperable with the successful Solar Power Alternative Communications Energy System (SPACES).

Unlike other adapters, which are designed to completely replace the radio battery, all Merlin adapters use “slice technology” to fit between the radio and the existing battery. These slices are plug-and-play, attach without modification or tools, and maintain the environmental integrity of the radio. The Merlin adapters are compact and rugged, allowing the mating radios to be used in all conditions and in vehicle mounts and radio racks.

According to Iris Technology CEO Edward O’Rourke, “This slice technology is a great example of what we do at Iris. Getting the Merlin-2 design right was a huge challenge, straining every engineering discipline to innovate and collaborate. In the end, the technology is highly sophisticated, very elegant, and useful.”

Iris also provides a modified version of the Merlin-2 variant. Fitted with two solar panels and rechargeable batteries, the Merlin-2/DBC (Dual Battery Charger) is currently being used to power Unattended Ground Sensors (UGSs).

About Iris Technology

Founded in 1986, Iris Technology is the premier integrator of reliable tactical power systems for the military. Iris Technology also supports commercial and strategic space operations with electronics and electro-optic system components. Iris has delivered over 12,000 products to destinations worldwide, has seen a 50% increase in annual revenue growth for the past half-decade, and has been recognized by the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) as a Best Value Contractor since 2004.

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