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Low Phase Noise Millimeter Wave Source

Award Information

Department of Defense
Air Force
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Program Year/Program:
1996 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
TLC Precision Wafer Technology, Inc.
1411 West River Road, North Minneapolis, MN 55411-3436
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: Yes
HUBZone-Owned: Yes
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 1996
Title: Low Phase Noise Millimeter Wave Source
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $100,000.00


Compact, low-cost, low-phase noise oscillators play an important role in C3 applications; such as satellite communications, intelligent vehicle highway systems (IVHS), data links for robotics control and wideband local area networks. Commonly, dielectric resonator oscillators (DROs) are used in these applications at microwave frequencies. At millmeterwave frequencies, the DRO is no longer suitable as fundamental frequency oscillator because of the reduced Q and small puck size required. The objective of this program is to demonstrate a low phase noise millimeter wave source using a Ka-band DRO and a PHEMT frequency doubler. In Phase I, MMIC's from an Air Force sponsored Mentor Protege Program will be used for developing the source. Operating, frequencies will be 60 GHz and 77 GHz. In Phase II, a design for 95 GHz will also be developed based on data and modeling results from Phase I.

Principal Investigator:

John Geddes

Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Tlc Precision Wafer
661 5th Ave. North, Suite 160 Minneapolis, MN 55405

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