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Reconfigurable All Optical Information Processing

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
90244
Program Year/Program:
2009 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
F08B-T28-0246
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
MicroXact, Inc.
295 Industrial Drive Christiansburg, VA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2009
Title: Reconfigurable All Optical Information Processing
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA9550-09-C-0185
Award Amount: $99,885.00
 

Abstract:

The team of MicroXact, Inc. and UCLA proposes to engineer revolutionary nonvolatile reconfigurable plasmonic gates for information processing. The unique approach allows one to program any gate between four different states, thus allowing tremendous opportunities to engineer all-optical Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs). The proposed gates can be used in any computing architectures, such as conventional optical processing, or optical cellular automata. Gates modulation is nonvolatile and one can use proposed solution to built reconfigurable memory arrays. The proposed reconfigurable gates, if successfully realized, would allow one to build all-optical information processing engines with unmatched speed, functionality, integration density and low power dissipation. Specifically to the Air Force the proposed solution can provide integrated processing platforms for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and other devices where processing speed and integration density are critical. Reconfigurable plasmonic gates will allow the development of an optical DSP and FPGAs thus permitting innumerable potential applications. In Phase I the team will develop a thorough model, will design 1st Generation logic devices and will validate experimentally key physical processes. In Phase II the team will develop integrated reconfigurable plasmonic gates and will thoroughly test it. In Phase III MicroXact Inc. will commercialize the developed technology. BENEFIT: Proposed technology will result in the number of applications. Proposed reconfigurable plasmonic gates will provide integrated processing platforms for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and other devices where processing speed and integration density are critical. Reconfigurable plasmonic gates will allow the development of an optical DSP and FPGAs for tomorrows high speed networks, and the development of programmable optical logic gates will have innumerable potential applications. More immediate applications include utilizing the base platform, the highly integrated reconfigurable plasmonic switch, as integrated high bandwidth modulators. Ethernet over WDM will be used for packet transport and IP/MPLS/Ethernet will be used for data transport in near future. Optical FPGAs and DSPsare the main candidates for this technology.)

Principal Investigator:

Paul Hines
President & CEO
5403926917
phines@microxact.com

Business Contact:

Paul Hines
President & CEO
5403926917
phines@microxact.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

MicroXact, Inc.
80 Massie Drive Christiansburg, VA 24073

EIN/Tax ID: 510525349
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
University of California Los Angele
56-125B Engineering IV Bldg.
Los Angeles, CA 90095
Contact: Kang Wang
Contact Phone: (310) 825-1609
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university