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A fundamentally different time domain beamformer structure is described which can be used to process bandpass sensor signals efficiently. The beamformer operates directly on complex, frequency translated, single sideband representations of the input signals to obtain a similar representation of the beam output. Such representations are typically obtained by complex demodulation of the signals to facilitate the use of bandwidth sampling procedures. This new technique, which is referred to as the shifted sideband beamformer, is functionally a time-domain beamformer but it combines attributes of both time-domain and frequency-domain beamforming. Shifted sideband beam-forming has the advantage that beamformer vernier delay and throughput requirements depend on the frequency content of the translated band rather than of the original band. This paper discusses the potential hardware savings associated with shifted sideband beamforming in terms of analog to digital conversion, cable bandwidth, digital processing and, also, signal conditioning hardware. The impact of delay quantization on beam-pattern structure is compared for a shifted sideband and a conventional digital implementation. Beamformer throughput is also analyzed for both implementations. A further reduction in the beamformer throughput requirement is demonstrated by the use of digital interpolation in conjunction with the shifted sideband beam-forming concept.