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A low-power DSP MOM for Mine Warfare

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Department of Defense
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1996 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Tanner Research Inc.
825 S. Myrtle Ave. Monrovia, CA 91016-3424
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 1996
Title: A low-power DSP MOM for Mine Warfare
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $69,157.00


Multi-chip module (MCM) technologies address numerous shortcomings of printed circuit boards (PCB) based designs. The short trace lengths afforded by an MCM implementation markedly improve both analog signal and digital signal integrity in high bandwidth/clock-rate designs. Reductions in trace, lead, and package capacitances can noticeably decrease overall system power requirements. Finally, with MCM components, the size of the overall system falls drastically. The need for low-power, high computational bandwidth, compact date processing and control modules for autonomous naval weapons systems is high. The marriage of state-of-the- art digital signal processing (DSP) technology with MCM design provides an opportunity to meet these goals. In this Phase I effort, we propose to design and develop a signal processing module based on a premier 2 billion- operations-per-second (BOPS) DSP and using a multi-chip module substrate. We will investigate various MCM vendors and evaluate different technologies for optimal use in the DSP module. The proposed module will include program and data memory and multiple high-speed ADC and analog multiplexes, providing up to 256 channels of ultrasonic bandwidth signal acquisition. The Phase I design prepares for Phase II implementation of the complete system.

Principal Investigator:

Michael Emerling, Ph.d.

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Tanner Research, Inc.
180 North Vinedo Avenue Pasadena, CA 91107

Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No