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PICO Phase II--A Prototype Small, Intermediate-Term Precision Time and…

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Department of Defense
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2002 / SBIR
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Syntonics LLC
9160 Red Branch Road Columbia, MD 21045-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2002
Title: PICO Phase II--A Prototype Small, Intermediate-Term Precision Time and Frequency Sources for NAVSSI and Link-16 Terminals
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N00039-02-C-2217
Award Amount: $750,000.00


"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 Oscillator) prototype. ThePICO control electronics will monitor an oscillator ensemble andan external time reference, when available, and produce an outputthat is "better" -- i.e., more stable -- than any of thecontributing oscillators or the external time reference. Theprototype will comprise five electronic modules. The two keymodules that comprise the control electronics -- the TimeMeasurement Unit and the Central Processor Unit -- will bedeveloped and tested during the basic effort, with other modulefunctions emulated by laboratory equipment. The three additionalmodules that complete the prototype will be developed and testedduring the option period.BENEFITS: The innovative PICO concept provides: Continued precise timing during GPS outages; A robust architecture, enabling long mean time between failure (MTBF) and low cost of ownership for an eventual product; The potential to ensemble other clocks(such as available atomic clocks) with a PICO unit; The ability to use any external time reference, for example GPS or the JTIDS NTR or ETR.Commercial applications have been identified with both military and civilian customers. SPAWAR has alrea

Principal Investigator:

Glen E. Cameron
VP, Engineering and Produ

Business Contact:

Bruce G. Montgomery
Small Business Information at Submission:

Syntonics Llc
9520 Bendix Road, North Columbia, MD 21045

EIN/Tax ID: 522189864
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No