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Large Phased-Array Antenna Multi-Beam Beamformers

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Award ID:
58457
Program Year/Program:
2004 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
02SB2-0340
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
SA Photonics
130A Knowles Dr. Los Gatos, CA 95032-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2004
Title: Large Phased-Array Antenna Multi-Beam Beamformers
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Contract: W31P4Q-04-C-R149
Award Amount: $1,300,000.00
 

Abstract:

DARPA has identified the need for very large mobile phased array antennas. The need includes theater area ground based systems, airborne systems, and space based systems. The antennas will range from 100,000 elements to greater than 1,000,000 elements. High performance beamforming networks are required. The antenna systems will require wide instantaneous bandwidth necessitating that the beamformers efficiently implement true time delay processing. Saraswati has developed a optical beamforming network concept called Corona that is very size, weight, and cost effective in implementing high degrees of time delay. The heart of the beamformer is a 3-D MEMs photonic cross connect switch (PXC). Saraswati is partnering with Calient, the leader in MEMs PXCs. The Calient PXC meets the demanding environmental and lifetime requirements of the telecom market making it an excellent candidate for military applications. The chief objectives for this Phase II project are to: (a) demonstrate the innovative techniques of the Corona beamformer, and (b) develop a test bed to validate the performance models, and (c) develop a brassboard version of the custom receive MEMs PXC and optical time delay units, and (d) identify sources for each component that are qualifiable to the military environment.

Principal Investigator:

James Coward
Chief Engineer
4153347171
jim@saraswati-associates.com

Business Contact:

Michael Rowan
President
4153347171
michael@saraswati-associates.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

SARASWATI ASSOC.
1291 E hillsdale Blvd Foster City, CA 94404

EIN/Tax ID:
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No