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Company Information:

Company Name: Ultra Communications Inc
City: Vista
State: CA
Zip+4: 92081-
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Website URL: N/A
Phone: N/A

Award Totals:

Program/Phase Award Amount ($) Number of Awards
SBIR Phase I $2,444,534.00 23
SBIR Phase II $9,429,222.00 12
STTR Phase I $469,062.00 6
STTR Phase II $1,621,477.00 3

Award List:

Alignment Tolerant Optical Connector with Active Regenerative Element

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Charles Kuznia, President
Award Amount: $69,848.00
Abstract:
We investigate a method of embedding a small active optical component within a backplane connector module. The optical component is a multi-channel parallel optic transceiver that receives and regenerates multiple optical channels at data rates above 40 Gbps.

Ruggedized Multifunction Fiber-Optic Transceiver Optical Subassembly

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: SANDIA NATIONAL LABORTORIES
Principal Investigator: Charles Kuznia, CEO
Award Amount: $69,932.00
RI Contact: Charles Sullivan
Abstract:
This proposal describes a Phase I effort in an overall program to implement optical time domain reflectometry (OTDR) within multi-Gbps multimode fiber optic transceivers. The end goal is to develop transceivers capable of detecting and isolating fiber faults along the cable plant in a military… More

Alignment Tolerant Optical Connector with Active Regenerative Element

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Charles Kuznia, President
Award Amount: $729,967.00
Abstract:
We are developing a technology that embeds optical transceivers within backplane connectors. The goal is increase the bandwidth-density available in backplane (or board-to-board) connectors. The optical channels will operate at data rates of 10 Gbps on a 250 micron pitch. The first target… More

Ruggedized Multifunction Fiber-Optic Transceiver Optical Subassembly

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: UCSD & UMARYLAND
Principal Investigator: Charles Kuznia, President
Award Amount: $496,643.00
RI Contact: Sadik C. Esener
Abstract:
This program adds built-in-test (BIT) functionality within multi-Gbps multimode fiber optic transceivers. The end goal is to develop transceivers capable of detecting and isolating fiber faults along the cable plant in a military environment. This Phase II effort will investigate a solution that… More

Next Generation Radar and Signal Processing Using the Cell Broadband Engine

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: THE UNIVERISTY OF PITTSBURGH
Principal Investigator: Charlie Kuznia, President
Award Amount: $69,636.00
RI Contact: Don Bonide
Abstract:
The Cell processor architecture represents a significant shift in deeply coupled multi-core processor architecture. In the first implementation, the Cell Broadband Engine (CBE) has broken new ground in clock speed, density and power dissipation. By creating a design optimized for a specific class of… More

Ruggedized RF Photonic Networks Using Flip-Chip VCSEL Transceivers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Joseph Ahadian, VP of Engineering
Award Amount: $99,712.00
Abstract:
We will integrate RF circuitry within VCSEL-based transceivers designed to couple light into multi-mode fiber and/or printed circuit board waveguides. VCSELs offer SWAP and cost advantages over traditional modulator/edge-emitter devices by reducing power consumption, allowing for dense integration… More

Multi-Channel Compact DWDM Transmitter with BIT and Removable Pigtail

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: WEST VIRGINIA HIGH TECH CONSORTIUM
Principal Investigator: Charles Kuznia, President
Award Amount: $69,828.00
RI Contact: Brian Lemoff
Abstract:
A DWDM transmitter capable of 2.5 to 10 Gbps data transport on multiple channels with selectable wavelengths for each channel would enable advanced network topologies in military and commercial aerospace platforms. This is proposal investigates the unprecedented integration of multiple… More

Radiation Hardened Optical Matrix Switch

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Chuck Tabbert, Principal Scientist
Award Amount: $99,868.00
Abstract:
As has been demonstrated in the military avionic community, optical routing offers the opportunity to increase routing data rates to values beyond the capabilities of normal copper wiring or PCB technology, Todays Field programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) are being fielded with up to 24 data channels… More

All Optical Terabit Router for Space

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Charlie Kuznia, President
Award Amount: $99,718.00
Abstract:
We propose the development of a low-power, space-worth optical router capable of terabit per second data throughput. An all-optical router would enable allow format-independent optical data transmission, fulfilling the Air Forces vision of legacy systems aggregation. The overall goal is to create an… More

Integration of Optical I/O within Electronic Packages for Highly Interconnected Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Charlie Kuznia, PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR
Award Amount: $99,749.00
Abstract:
The integration of optical I/O in close proximity of IC can provide low-power data ports. As data rates increase, the power dissipated for electrical I/O is becoming a disproportionate amount of the total power consumption of high performance systems. Todays ICs drive signals down data routes… More

Multichannel Fiber Optic Package Interface for Avionics

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Richard Pommer, VP Operations
Award Amount: $79,898.00
Abstract:
This program will develop a robust, low-cost multi-fiber optic array feedthrough subassembly, and related materials and manufacturing processes, for avionic fiber optic transceivers. The goal is a system for creating fiber array connectors suitable for multi-mode fiber (MMF) and single-mode fiber… More

Low-noise amplifier (LNA) and Power amplifier (PA) for Radio-Frequency (RF) System-on-Chip (SoC) Applications on Silicon on Sapphire (SOS) Substrates

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DMEA
Principal Investigator: Dennis J. Kozakoff, President
Award Amount: $98,510.00
Abstract:
This Phase I SBIR research project explores the feasibility of a portable long-range magnetic field communication that can transmit and receive a minimum data rate of 10kbps at a distance of 1 km without use of repeaters. Magnetic communications can function through earth, concrete and buildings. … More

Mesh Network Building Block

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Charlie Kuznia, President
Award Amount: $79,833.00
Abstract:
Single-mode Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexed (DWDM) optical networks are emerging as a leading solution for data communication links in avionic systems. These DWDM networks provide the promise of upgrade capability to hundreds of independent wavelengths over the International Telecommunications… More

Radiation Hardened Microcontroller for Fiber-Optic Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Chuck Tabbert, Lead Scientist
Award Amount: $99,843.00
Abstract:
Initial interviews with satellite system designers shows that they want the proposed fiber-optic links to self-configure during start up, report link health and status (similar to JTAG in the electrical domain) and report link anomalies (breaks, misalignments etc) during ground test satellite… More

Advanced Wafer Technology for Highly Integrated Silicon RF Electronics

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Joseph Ahadian, VP of Engineering
Award Amount: $98,975.00
Abstract:
We will develope a capability to significantly improve the RF performance and integration density of silicon based circuitry. This plan will optimize the substrate of the silicon circuitry to provide the isolation and an efficient thermal path, thereby eliminating the substrate issues of bulk… More

Planar Manufacturing for High Yielding and Robustly Packaged Photonics

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Charlie Kuznia, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,749.00
Abstract:
We propose the advancement of the MRL level of a TRL8 packaging platform that today offers both digital and RF photonic communications over links lengths typical of spacecraft and aircraft (< 300 meters). This platform produces photonic components capable of 1 Mbps to 10 Gbps data rates and readily… More

Multi-Channel Compact DWDM Transmitter with BIT and Removable Pigtail

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: West Virginia High Technology Conso
Principal Investigator: Charlie Kuznia – (760) 652-0007
Award Amount: $749,982.00
RI Contact: Brian Lemoff
Abstract:
A DWDM transmitter capable of 2.5 to 10 Gbps data transport on multiple channels with selectable wavelengths for each channel would enable advanced network topologies in military and commercial aerospace platforms. This program will perform an unprecedented integration of multiple lambda-tunable… More

Alignment Tolerant Components for Robust Optic Signal Distribution

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Charlie Kuznia, President
Award Amount: $99,998.00
Abstract:
We investigate methods of routing optical signals for flight control from board-to-board and board-to-box for avionic systems. We are developing a method for organizing optical signals on robust substrates that simplifies the optical cabling between the board and box. We plan to investigate the… More

Radiation Hardened Optical Matrix Switch

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Chuck Tabbert, VP Sales&Marketing – (505) 823-1293
Award Amount: $733,548.00
Abstract:
The phase I proposal showed a clear path to fielding a hardened optical switch array by leveraging advances made in the commercial oprical switch array marketplace. The selected vendors and Ultra Comm have put together a conservative, low-risk plan to ruggedize, miniaturize and harden an optical… More

Planar Manufacturing for High Yielding and Robustly Packaged Photonics

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Richard Pommer, VP of Operations – (760) 652-0009
Award Amount: $735,390.00
Abstract:
We propose the advancement of the MRL level of a TRL8 packaging platform that today offers both digital and RF photonic communications over links lengths typical of spacecraft and aircraft (<300 meters). This platform produces photonic components capable of 1 Mbps to 10 Gbps data rates and… More

Radiation Hardened High Speed Fiber Optic Transceivers for Extreme Environments

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Charlie Kuznia, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,936.00
Abstract:
We propose the development of transceiver offering wide bandwidth (1 Mbps to 10 Gbps) that operates in space environments targeted by NASA for robotic exploration. Fiber optics holds significant advantages over copper for high-speed data communications in space applicationsÂ? it neither produces… More

Direct Drive Optical Link for High Speed Cryogenic Data Readout

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: University of New Mexico
Principal Investigator: Charlie Kuznia, President – (760) 652-0007
Award Amount: $79,893.00
RI Contact: Shannon Denetchiley
Abstract:
We propose the development of a low-power optical link to read-out data at 30 Gbps to 100 Gbps rates from a 4 K environment. Injection-locked lasers with low impedance can be directly driven by superconducting digital logic signals. This would eliminate the energy dissipated in the impedance… More

Optical Phase Array Transmitter and Reciever in Flat Panel Format

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: University of Wisconsin
Principal Investigator: Charlie Kuznia, President – (760) 652-0007
Award Amount: $79,885.00
RI Contact: Luke Mawst
Abstract:
An opportunity exists to integrate phase-locked VCSEL array devices, liquid crystal spatial phase modulators (LCSPM) and an innovative"optical-angle sensor"(OAS) into a compact, flat structure that performs optical phase steering. This technology could create transmit and receive optical… More

Optical Time Domain Reflectometer (OTDR) Module used to provide High Resolution between Short Distance Connections

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Charlie Kuznia, President – (760) 652-0007
Award Amount: $79,934.00
Abstract:
This program develops high resolution optical time domain reflectometer (OTDR) equipment for measuring fiber cable within installations having numerous short spans of fibers. This situation occurs within military aircraft and shipboard systems, which have fiber cable spans from board-to-board,… More

Alignment Tolerant Components for Robust Optic Signal Distribution

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Charlie Kuznia, President – (760) 652-0007
Award Amount: $749,991.00
Abstract:
This program develops a connector system to provide robust optical interconnects at the chip-level, board-level and box-level. Due to increasing bandwidth demand and the desire to reduce weight associated with the electrical interconnect and EMI shielding, aerospace weapon systems are pushing to… More

Multichannel Fiber Optic Package Interface for Avionics

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Richard Pommer, VP of Operations – (760) 652-0009
Award Amount: $997,236.00
Abstract:
This program will develop a robust, low-cost multi-fiber optic array feedthrough subassembly, and related materials and manufacturing processes, for avionic fiber optic transceivers. The goal is a system for creating fiber array connectors suitable for multi-mode fiber (MMF) and single-mode fiber… More

Radiation Hardened High Speed Fiber Optic Transceivers for Extreme Environments

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Charles Kuznia, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $738,659.00
Abstract:
This program develops fiber optic transceivers that offer wide bandwidth (1 Mbps to 10 Gbps) and operate in space environments targeted by NASA for robotic exploration. These environments require components that can operate over a much wider temperature range than available with commercial fiber… More

Embedded Photonic Components for 100 Gbps Data Transport

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Charles Kuznia, Dr. – 760-652-0007
Award Amount: $149,928.00
Abstract:
This program will develop technology for integrating optical interconnections within high performance ASIC packaging. This technology should eliminate the power associated with driving signals outside the package. The component must be capable of 100 Gbps data transmission overa -55 to 100C… More

High-Speed Data Transmission in Multimode Fiber

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Charlie Kuznia, President – (760) 652-0007
Award Amount: $149,905.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: This program will develop next generation fiber optic transceiver technologies to support high speed data communications on airborne platforms. We investigate innovative technology to increase the data rate and reduce the power consumption of fiber optic components. We take advantage of… More

Monolithic S-band Multichannel Transmit/Receive Module for Communication Phased Array Antennas

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Joe Ahadian, VP Engineering – (760) 652-0008
Award Amount: $149,988.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: This proposal teams a successful module manufacturer, Princeton Microwave, that has a proven discrete design, with and RF integrated circuit (IC) design team with a history of first-pass success on complex System-On-Chip (SOC) designs to integrate a low cost transmit/receive integrated… More

Low Cost Universal Reliability System On-A-Chip for Multi-Channel Characterization

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Joe Ahadian, VP Engineering – (760) 652-0008
Award Amount: $149,983.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: Close-in sensors can be used to embed reliability and functional RF test capability directly on to RF chips in order to reduce the cost and complexity associated with carrying out reliability studies and product characterization. Recent advancements in silicon technology have enabled the… More

Embedded Single Mode Wave Guides for High Data Rate Processing

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Richard Pommer, VP Operations – (760) 652-0007
Award Amount: $79,801.00
Abstract:
This program teams UltraComm with Endicott Interconnect (EI), the USA leader in polymer waveguide technology. EI has extensive experience delivering next generation waveguide/PCB systems to IBM for commercial supercomputer applications. These systems delivered multi-Tbps to the chip over MM… More

In-Line Fiber Optic Signal Quality Fixture

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Charlie Kuznia, President – (760) 652-0007
Award Amount: $149,479.00
Abstract:
This program will develop technology to monitor the health of ship-board fiber optic networks. This technology will be embedded within the network to provide real-time detection and isolation of fiber faults. Fiber networks offer lightweight and high bandwidth networking, but can suffer from fiber… More

Chip-Scale Photonics for Wide Temperature and High-Speed Optical Interconnects

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Research Institution: West Virginia High Technology Conso
Principal Investigator: Charlie Kuznia, President – (760) 652-0007
Award Amount: $99,888.00
RI Contact: Brian Lemoff
Abstract:
This program will create 40 Gbps VCSEL-based micro-transceiver (uTRX) components that operate reliably over the standard military temperature range of -55°C to 125°C in Army environments. uTRXs are low-cost, compact components that can be assembled into the PCB in close proximity to… More

Optical Time Domain Reflectometer (OTDR) Module for High Resolution

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Charlie Kuznia, President – (760) 652-0007
Award Amount: $749,828.00
Abstract:
This program investigated an approach for inserting high resolution OTDR technology within the T-BERD 6000 Compact Optical Test Platform. This platform can measure multiple configurations of fiber links by utilizing pluggable modules. This platform is used for Navy aircraft and ship-board… More

High-Speed Data Transmission in Multimode Fiber

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Charlie Kuznia, President – (760) 652-0007
Award Amount: $744,329.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: Multimode fiber (MMF) is the prevalent cable plant in many mil-aerospace systems. The multimode channel has bandwidth limitations due to modal dispersion. This program will apply channel equalization to the photonic link, leveraging techniques established for copper interconnect. We… More

Low Cost Universal Reliability System On-A-Chip for Multi-Channel Characterization

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Joseph Ahadian, VP Engineering – (760) 652-0008
Award Amount: $749,960.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: Close-in sensors can be used to embed reliability and functional RF test capability directly on to RF chips in order to reduce the cost and complexity associated with carrying out reliability studies and product characterization. Recent advancements in silicon technology have enabled the… More

Embedded Photonic Components for 100 Gbps Data Transport

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Charles Kuznia, Dr.
Award Amount: $999,557.00
Abstract:
This program will develop technology for integrating optical interconnections within high performance ASIC packaging. This technology should eliminate the power associated with driving signals outside of the package. The component must be capable of 336 Gbps data transmission over a -55 to 100 C… More

Fiber Optic Bi-Directional Amplifying Repeater

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Charles Kuznia, President – (760) 652-0007
Award Amount: $79,946.00
Abstract:
This program creates a fiber optic bi-directional repeater for mil-aerospace applications. This repeater boosts the optical signal to overcome link loss issues found in systems with multiple lossy connectors. This approach will rely on compact packaging of active optical device in a manner… More

Multichannel Fiber Optic Package Interface for Avionics

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Charles Kuznia, President – (760) 652-0007
Award Amount: $750,834.00
Abstract:
An opportunity exists to significantly reduce the cost of low-profile fiber optic transceivers utilized in harsh environment applications by exploiting advances made in optoelectronic (OE) packaging. Presently, the cost associated with traditional"hermetic can"(HC) packaging dominates the… More

Packaging High Power Photodetectors for 100 MHz to 100 GHz RF Photonic Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Joe Ahadian, VP Engineering – (760) 652-0008
Award Amount: $149,985.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: This program creates an innovative approach to packaging high-power, high-frequency photo-detectors for use in RF photonics applications. We target 5-10 Watts of power at 100 GHz operation in a traveling wave configuration. The approach matches the electrical mode profile at the… More

Alignment Tolerant Optical Connector with Active Regenerative Element

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Research Institution: WVHTCF
Principal Investigator: Charles Kuznia, President – (760) 652-0007
Award Amount: $374,852.00
RI Contact: Brian Lemoff
Abstract:
This program creates a new class of advanced transceiver techology. This technology can create 40 Gbps VCSEL-based micro-transceiver (uTRX) components that operate reliably over the standard military temperature range of -55°C to 125°C in Army environments. uTRXs are low-cost, compact components… More

Universal Embeddable Technology for Fiber Optic and Electrical Cable Diagnostics

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2014 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Charles Kuznia, President – (760) 652-0007
Award Amount: $79,948.00
Abstract:
This program creates diagnostic modules that perform high resolution time-domain reflectometry (TDR), optical time-domain reflectometry (OTDR), and optical or electrical tone insertion (TI). The TDR/OTDR modules will have a resolution of 1 cm. This resolution is sufficient to locate the fault to… More

In-Line Fiber Optic Signal Quality Fixture

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2014 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Charlie Kuznia, President – (760) 652-0007
Award Amount: $749,923.00
Abstract:
We investigate an approach for inserting technology for measuring the health of fiber optic networks and isolating fiber faults to 1 cm resolution. We developed a strategy that integrates fiber monitoring technology directly into the fiber optic transceivers. This strategy would create 100% fiber… More