Multi-input Synchronous Digital-RF Receiver
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
The goal of this project is to develop an all-digital receiver system, incorporating multiple synchronous analog-to-digital converters, to enable direct digital reception from an antenna array, which permits tunable digital beamforming. HYPRES has been developing superconducting digital-RF receivers for the Navy and other DoD users based on an ultrafast ADC (sampled at over 20 GHz), featuring outstanding linearity due to intrinsic quantum accuracy. This ADC design has matured over the last decade and already exhibits an impressive spur-free-dynamic range (SFDR) greater than 100 dB and 86 dB signal-to-noise ratio over 10 MHz instantaneous bandwidth. We have also demonstrated extremely low-jitter (< 10 fs) on-chip long Josephson junction clock sources in the 10-50 GHz range. In Phase I, we propose to design, fabricate, and demonstrate a two-input prototype chip integrating two such ADCs with a common clock source, and two on-chip digital decimation filters. In addition, we will develop a multi-chip module scheme for extending this design to multiple (8-16) RF inputs, and to multiple RF bands (HF, VHF, UHF, etc.). Our goal in Phase II is to deliver a set of chips along with the necessary cryogenic and room-temperature hardware for evaluation to SPAWAR System Center.
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