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Company Information:

Company Name: Syntonics LLC
City: Columbia
State: MD
Zip+4: 21045-
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phone: (410) 884-0500

Award Totals:

Program/Phase Award Amount ($) Number of Awards
SBIR Phase I $2,186,291.00 23
SBIR Phase II $6,777,912.00 11
STTR Phase I $269,950.00 3
STTR Phase II $1,499,438.00 2

Award List:

A Multisensor Approach to Covert Acoustic Calibration of Littoral Environments Using Sources of Opportunity

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Glen Cameron, VP, Engineering
Award Amount: $68,811.00
Abstract:
Syntonics proposes to develop a precision time and frequency source with excellent intermediate-term timing stability (accuracy better than 1e-12 seconds over several hours), long life and high reliability. This intermediate-term precision time andfrequency source will use a time scale generator… More

PICO Phase II--A Prototype Small, Intermediate-Term Precision Time and Frequency Sources for NAVSSI and Link-16 Terminals

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Glen E. Cameron, VP, Engineering and Produ
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
"In Phase I, Syntonics demonstrated that it is feasible to providegood frequency control and intermediate-term timekeeping using anensemble of quartz oscillators and an adaptive Kalman filtercontroller.Phase II will develop, test and demonstrate a PICO (PreciseIntermediate-Term Computer-controlled… More

Develop Wireless LAN Design & Validation Tools

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Keunha Lee, Principal Engineer
Award Amount: $99,886.00
Abstract:
"Although wireless 802.11 networks can be exceptionally convenient to install and flexible to use, as compared to a wired network, there are also potential downsides. Quirks in the host facility, signal multi-pathing, and electromagnetic interference allcan create difficult design and validation… More

Tactical Antenna Switching and Positioning System (TASPS)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / SOCOM
Principal Investigator: Glen E. Cameron, VP, Engineering
Award Amount: $99,995.00
Abstract:
To meet SOCOM's desire for an inexpensive, lightweight, autonomous UHF satcom antenna system that will operate onboard a maneuvering ship, Syntonics proposes to combine four technologies in a single system: (1) Electronically steered, phased-array flatpanel antennas; (2) Integrated GPS, to… More

Multi-Band Antenna For L, S, and X-Band Data

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Bruce G. Montgomery, President
Award Amount: $69,943.00
Abstract:
The Navy would like a cost-effective, lightweight, multi-band antenna system that can simultaneously receive from satellites transmitting in the L-, S- and X-bands. Consolidating multiple heritage antennas into a single multi-band receive antenna wouldreduce field maintenance, topside weight and… More

Antenna Enhancements for SOF Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / SOCOM
Principal Investigator: Bruce G. Montgomery, President
Award Amount: $99,941.00
Abstract:
Syntonics will investigate and design a suite of tactical line-of-sight (LOS) antennas using some or all of these potential antenna configurations: Collapsing (

Multi-Band Antenna For L, S, and X-Band Data

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Bruce G. Montgomery, President
Award Amount: $599,919.00
Abstract:
SPAWAR desires a cost-effective, lightweight, multi-band antenna system that can simultaneously receive weather data from as many as three different satellites transmitting in the L, S, and X-bands. U.S. Navy ships must be capable of receiving NPOESS data plus weather data from several heritage U.S.… More

Electronically Steerable Antenna for Kill Vehicle and Space Platforms

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Bruce G. Montgomery, President
Award Amount: $99,992.00
Abstract:
Syntonics is proposing a radically innovative concept: a Pixel-Addressable Reconfigurable Conformal Antenna (PARCA) that could meet the KV's requirements for simplicity, mass and robustness while providing near-all sky coverage. The feasibility of PARCA has not been demonstrated (yet), but earlier… More

Antenna Enhancements for SOF Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / SOCOM
Principal Investigator: Bruce G. Montgomery
Award Amount: $375,803.00
Abstract:
Special Operations Forces (SOF) operators need a suite of lightweight, easily deployed, directional tactical antennas with "low-observables" to supplement or replace the omnidirectional radio antennas currently used during Special Reconnaissance missions. This suite of tactical antennas will enable… More

Field Portable, Low Cost, Fiber-Optic Reflectometer

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Bruce G. Montgomery, President
Award Amount: $79,996.00
Abstract:
Syntonics will develop an innovative instrument to perform optical time domain reflectometry using two existing, RF-oriented technologies: ultra wideband (UWB) radar and RF-over-fiber photonics. Both these technologies are available, making an inexpensive, battery-powered, high-resolution, hybrid… More

JTRS Compliant Antenna for 21" Unmanned Undersea Vehicles

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Bruce G. Montgomery, President
Award Amount: $99,955.00
Abstract:
Syntonics proposes to develop a conformal LOS/SATCOM FSS antenna system appropriate for UUVs. The antenna system will provide good performance both with vertically polarized line-of-sight (LOS) and circularly polarized satellite communication (SATCOM) signals by combining three distinct antenna… More

Wireless Strain Gage

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: ELECTROSCIENCE LAB/OHIO STATE U.
Principal Investigator: Bruce G. Montgomery, President
Award Amount: $99,998.00
RI Contact: Eric K. Walton
Abstract:
The Air Force wants to develop strain sensors that can be installed inside rotating machinery to wirelessly transmit high speed, high resolution strain data to a stationary receiving system. The goal is 100 sensors transmitting 45 kHz strain data with 1 Hz resolution from within the first three… More

JTRS Compliant Antenna for 21" Unmanned Undersea Vehicles

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Bruce G. Montgomery, President
Award Amount: $229,516.00
Abstract:
In Phase II, Syntonics will develop and test a proof-of-concept breadboard antenna system and, then, a prototype antenna system based on our Phase I antenna system design. In Beyond Line-of-Sight (BLOS) mode, the antenna system auto-switches between nine different beams so that satellite… More

Ultra-Wide band Antenna (UWBA) for Electronic Attack Aircraft

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Bruce G. Montgomery, President
Award Amount: $149,983.00
Abstract:
Syntonics proposes to investigate the feasibility of using its pixel-addressable reconfigurable conformal antenna (PARCA) invention. PARCA uses conductive pixels that can be turned "on" or "off" to rapidly reconfigure a patch array's operating frequency(ies), aperture gain(s), beam pointing… More

Low Cost Conformal Transmit/Receive SATCOM Antenna for Military Patrol Aircraft

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Bruce G. Montgomery, President
Award Amount: $79,959.00
Abstract:
Syntonics proposes to investigate the feasibility of applying its recent invention to create an X-to-Ka band conformal satcom antenna system that is frequency-agile, pointing-agile, polarization-agile, and affordable: the pixel-addressable reconfigurable conformal antenna (PARCA). The PARCA concept… More

Extended Frequency Range Wide Band RF Distribution System for Shipboard Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Gary W. Bruce, Principal Engineer
Award Amount: $69,997.00
Abstract:
Syntonics will investigate the feasibility of an optical radio frequency distribution system (ORFDS) that uses photonic links to mitigate EMI issues, freeing the system designer to place shipboard antennas and radios without constraints on connection lengths. Electro-optic (EO) "RF-over-fiber"… More

Ultra-Wide band Antenna (UWBA) for Electronic Attack Aircraft

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Gary W. Bruce, Director, Programs and En
Award Amount: $749,447.00
Abstract:
In Phase I Syntonics demonstrated the feasibility of meeting the Navy's UWB antenna system requirements using pixel-addressable reconfigurable conformal antenna (PARCA) technology. PARCA panels create a highly reconfigurable aperture using conductive pixels to rapidly reconfigure frequency, beam… More

Wireless Strain Gage

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: ELECTROSCIENCE LAB, OSUNIV.
Principal Investigator: Bruce G. Montgomery, President
Award Amount: $749,538.00
RI Contact: Eric K. Walton
Abstract:
Our Phase I work has demonstrated the feasibility of wirelessly transmitting strain data from a rotating jet engine to an external data collection system. In Phase II, we will develop a prototype Wireless Strain Gage (WSG) system with these components: (1) Wireless Strain Gages (WSG). The objective… More

Camouflage Tactical Multiband Direction Finding Antenna Array

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / SOCOM
Principal Investigator: Bruce G. Montgomery, President
Award Amount: $99,997.00
Abstract:
Syntonics will demonstrate the feasibility of a broadband "DF Tarp." It can be a lightweight, rugged, fabric-like structure stretched on guyed poles like an awning or laid on top of a vehicle. It can be rolled or folded for storage. It can be fabricated in any color or camouflage pattern desired and… More

High Temperature Sensing Parameters

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Steven E. Gemeny, Principal Engineer
Award Amount: $79,998.00
Abstract:
Syntonics will establish the feasibility of high-temperature Surface Acoustic Wave (SAW) devices by demonstrating viable approaches to the materials science and SAW design/fabrication issues raised by extreme temperatures. SAW devices fabricated from appropriate crystal structures at certain cut… More

Design Tools for Applying Characteristic Modes to Platform Integrated Antennas

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: THE OHIO STATE UNIV.
Principal Investigator: Steven E. Gemeny, Director, Technology Projects
Award Amount: $70,000.00
RI Contact: Roberto G. Rojas
Abstract:
Syntonics and OSU will demonstrate the feasibility of using existing CM design tools to develop broadband, conformal antennas integrated with specific vehicular platforms. In Phase I a High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV or Humvee) will be used as the feasibility demonstration case for… More

Low Cost Conformal Transmit/Receive SATCOM Antenna for Military Patrol Aircraft

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Gary W. Bruce, Director, Programs & Oper
Award Amount: $750,056.00
Abstract:
In Phase I Syntonics demonstrated the feasibility of meeting the satellite communications antenna system requirements for the Multi-mission Maritime Aircraft (MMA) using pixel-addressable reconfigurable conformal antenna (PARCA) technology. PARCA panels create a highly reconfigurable aperture using… More

Autonomous Nonbattery Wireless Strain Gage for Structural Health Testing and Monitoring in Extreme Environments

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: The Ohio State University
Principal Investigator: Steven E. Gemeny, Principal Program Enginee
Award Amount: $99,952.00
RI Contact: Eric K. Walton
Abstract:
In Phase I we will demonstrate the feasibility of a wireless communication system that can remotely interrogate numerous passive SAW-based sensors at 2.4GHz, simultaneously extracting high bandwidth data from all of them. Our work will also address the feasibility of enhancements to the WSG sensors… More

Distributed Satellite Communications (SATCOM) On-t

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Steve Gemeny, Director, Technology Projects
Award Amount: $69,908.00
Abstract:
We will demonstrate the feasibility of a multi-band distributed SOTM (D-SOTM) antenna system based on the Team's pixel-addressable reconfigurable conformal antenna (PARCA) Software-Defined AntennaT technology. PARCA is a phased array technology that operates under software control to be… More

Communications-On-The-Move (COTM) Antenna Pointing and Stabilization System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Steven E. Gemeny, Vice President
Award Amount: $99,929.00
Abstract:
Syntonics proposes to demonstrate the feasibility of a simple COTM multi-band antenna system based on the our pixel-addressable reconfigurable conformal antenna (PARCA) Software-Defined Antenna technology. PARCA is a phased array technology that operates under software control to be pointing-agile,… More

Communications-On-The-Move (COTM) Antenna Pointing and Stabilization System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Steve Gemeny, Director, Technology Proj – (410) 884-0500
Award Amount: $740,787.00
Abstract:
In Phase II Syntonics will develop, select and implement fabrication techniques to create PARCA tiles with approximately 1-mm pixels, nominally in 100x100 matrices. Our goal for Phase II is successful X-band testing of a prototype PARCA tile with approximately 10,000 pixels and actuators. PARCA is a… More

28GHz-43GHz Nadir/Near-Nadir (~70-90 degrees wrt horizontal) Low Probability of Intercept Radio Frequency Direction Finding/GeoLocation Capability

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Steven Gemeny, Director Technology Proje
Award Amount: $79,910.00
Abstract:
Syntonics will demonstrate the feasibility of a direction finding / geolocation capability based on the Team's pixel-addressable reconfigurable conformal antenna (PARCA) Software-Defined AntennaT technology. With prior DoD SBIR funding from the Missile Defense Agency, the Navy, and the Air Force,… More

High Temperature Sensing Parameters

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Steve Gemeny, Director, Technology Proj
Award Amount: $375,030.00
Abstract:
Syntonics will prototype a SAW-based sensor measuring dynamic strain at temperatures above 600C. This project presents three challenges: SAW design and fabrication; sensor packaging; and quantitative performance. The SAW sensors must use high-temperature substrates with metallization techniques that… More

Innovative Wideband Antenna Technology for Ultimate Consolidated Submarine Mast

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Steven Gemeny, Director Technology Proje
Award Amount: $79,966.00
Abstract:
Syntonics will demonstrate the feasibility of a multi-function reconfigurable submarine mast aperture based on the Team's PARCAT (Pixel-Addressable Reconfigurable Conformal Antenna) software-defined phased array technologyy. PARCA can be used to create multi-function apertures that operate across… More

Autonomous Nonbattery Wireless Strain Gage for Structural Health Testing and Monitoring in Extreme Environments

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: The Ohio State University
Principal Investigator: Steven Gemeny, Director, Technology Projects – (410) 884-0500
Award Amount: $749,900.00
RI Contact: Eric K. Walton
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: In Phase II, Syntonics will develop an advanced wireless strain measurement system for structural health monitoring. The system will be configured with a number of passive, non-battery power strain sensors communicating wirelessly with an interrogating device mounted external to the… More

Light-Weight, High-Gain Receive/Transmit Navigation/Communication Antennas

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Steven E. Gemeny, Director, Technology Projects – (410) 884-0500
Award Amount: $99,890.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: The desire to improve the performance of portable Global Positioning System (GPS) User Equipment (UE) in the presence of interference and/or signal attenuation creates the need for a multi-mode GPS antenna. The antenna first needs a higher gain mode for initial signal acquisition from at… More

RF-over-Fiber Links for the JTRS GMR

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Steven Gemeny, Director Technology Proje – (410) 884-0500
Award Amount: $959,842.00
Abstract:
The Joint Tactical Radio System, Ground Mobile Radios (JTRS GMR) enables two revolutions: (1) Wide-area tactical communications; (2) Survivability of C3 assets. Prototype hardware that triggers these revolutions is delivered under this project. A radio and its antenna have been necessarily… More

Helicopter Hostile Fire Indicator (HFI) Sensor Development

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Eugene Y. Lee, Manager, Columbus Research Center – (410) 884-0500
Award Amount: $99,259.00
Abstract:
Syntonics proposes to develop the Staring Projectile Detection Radar (SPiDR) for helicopters. SPiDR is an ultra wideband (UWB)"noise"radar that stares at an approximately 3 GHz wide portion of the 6-30 GHz band. SPiDR detects incoming and near-miss projectiles ranging from slow RPGs to… More

Low Cost Electronically Steered Multi-Beam Transmit Array

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Eugene Lee, Manager, Columbus Researc – (410) 884-0500
Award Amount: $79,534.00
Abstract:
We propose to demonstrate the feasibility of a high gain beamsteering antenna based on the Team"s pixel-addressable reconfigurable conformal antenna (PARCA) Software-Defined Antenna technology. With prior DoD SBIR funding from the Missile Defense Agency, the Navy, and the Air Force, the Team of… More

Multiband Metasurface for Reduced Antenna Footprint and Jamming Mitigation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Eugene Y. Lee, Manager Columbus Research Center – (410) 884-0500
Award Amount: $149,976.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: The Team will design and develop an antenna design operating at 20, 44, and 60 GHz (K/V) band. We will be basing our new design on a previously successful Phase II SBIR using independently moving metasurface antennas. This new design will take advantage of electronic steering and use… More

Compact Radar Antenna

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2014 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Eugene Lee, Manager, Columbus Researc – (410) 884-0500
Award Amount: $79,800.00
Abstract:
The Navy is interested in developing a compact, highly efficient antenna at W-Band frequencies (95GHz) for non-lethal counter-personnel Active Denial Technologies (ADT) missions. These requirements can be met using a set of MEMS based reconfigurable patch reflectarray using the Team"s… More

Advanced Space Antenna for GPS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2014 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Eugene Lee, Manager – (410) 884-0500
Award Amount: $149,666.00
Abstract:
The Air Force wishes to develop a capability to focus GPS broadcasts on a specific area of interest, steer to maintain the beam on that area, and provide a minimum of 5 dB higher signal strength. The current fixed beam hemispherical broadcast approach has no way to increase the GPS signal power to a… More

Helicopter Hostile Fire Indicator (HFI) Sensor Development

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2014 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Eugene Y. Lee, Manager, Columbus Researc – (410) 884-0500
Award Amount: $499,726.00
Abstract:
Syntonics has demonstrated the feasibility of the Staring Projectile Detection Radar (SPiDR). SPiDR is a stealthy, ultra wideband (UWB)"noise"radar system. In Phase II we will design and fabricate a multi-channel SPiDR prototype system with detection range of at least 100-m (300-m… More

Multiband Metasurface for Reduced Antenna Footprint and Jamming Mitigation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2014 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Eugene Y. Lee, Manager, Columbus Researc – (410) 884-0500
Award Amount: $747,786.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: Satellite antenna systems often use separate transmit/ receive (T/R) apertures to prevent co-site interference. This currently increases the satellite antenna payload and requires RF interference and compatibility (RFI/RFC) studies to prevent performance degradation. But an antenna design… More