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Measuring Depth Profiles of Scattering in the Ocean

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Commerce
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
57255
Program Year/Program:
2003 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
2002-03
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Softronics LImited
1080 East Post Road, Suite 1 Marion, IA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2003
Title: Measuring Depth Profiles of Scattering in the Ocean
Agency: DOC
Contract: DG133R-03-CN-0064
Award Amount: $221,395.00
 

Abstract:

LIDAR (laser radar) is used for oceanographic research, and emits a short light pulse whose return echoes are digitized and analyzed to determine the composition and location of underwater objects. This requires a digitizer with high sampling speed, wide bandwidth commensurate with the pulse width, and high dynamic range. What is needed in reality is a 14 bit, 1 Gsample/second (Gs/s) analog-to-digital converter (ADC), which does not yet exist due to shortcomings of the integrated circuit state-of-the-art. Currently the program is using a 100 MHz logarithmic amplifier and a COTS 8 bit, 1 Gs/s ADC PC plug-in board. Phase 1 proposed, and analytically and experimentally validated, the feasibility of employing a novel array of 12 bit COTS ADCs to achieve the desired dynamic range and bandwidth at a sampling speed of 1 Gs/s. The proposed Phase 2 effort will produce three (3) full proof-of-concept prototype PCI-64 digitizer cards for delivery and NOAA evaluation by implementing and refining the multi-ADC architecture validated in Phase 1.

Principal Investigator:

Robert H. Sternowski
Project Director
3194310314
rhsterno@mchsi.com

Business Contact:

Robert H. Sternowski
President
3194310314
rhsterno@mchsi.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Softronics Ltd., Inc.
6920 Bowman Lane, NE Cedar Rapids, IA 52402

EIN/Tax ID: 421209138
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No