Rockwell Collins has entered into a 3-year contract valued at up to $8.5 million with Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop a direct conversion digital receiver based on photonic technology. Rockwell will seek to apply a technology developed under a recently-completed DARPA program to "develop a first-of-its-kind radio to digitize signals at higher frequencies and with more resolution than ever before, allowing a much quicker assessment of threats," said John Borghese, vice president of the Rockwell Collins Advanced Technology Center, in a press release. When developed, the digital receiver, called a DISARMER, may replace multiple pieces of equipment and reduce the size, weight, power and cost of both military and commercial radio systems, the company said in a press release.