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Improved High Frequency Communications

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2012 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
N121-097-0165
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
N121-097
Solicitation Number:
2012.1
Small Business Information
Kuma Signals, LLC
5926 Balcones Dr. Ste. 230 Austin, TX -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2012
Title: Improved High Frequency Communications
Agency: DOD
Contract: N00014-12-M-0232
Award Amount: $79,994.00
 

Abstract:

Kuma Signals LLC, in partnership with Rockwell Collins, propose to leverage our experience in HF multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) communications, networking, and waveform design, to develop a new wideband HF (WBHF) waveform for high-rate Marine communications. The new waveform will allow trade-offs between a 4x data rate increase, 100x reliability increase, and 3x range increase over the current state-of-the-art in WBHF designs. Using 2-channel near vertical incidence skywave (NVIS) MIMO provides a 2x data rate increase. We will also investigate the use of low-complexity equalizers that have proven successful in enabling wide bandwidths at UHF in commercial broadband standards. In particular, low-complexity equalizers enable a 2x bandwidth increase over the currently proposed 24kHz channels. To increase reliability and connectivity, two existing HF networking protocols will be compared for suitability for Marine operations. Further, by designing our waveform to have adaptable bandwidths, we will work with our partners and spectrum regulatory bodies to ensure a 48kHz waveform does not impede existing traffic. The result of our Phase I Option will be a TRL 4 prototype utilizing our Karma MIMO software defined radio platform.

Principal Investigator:

Steven Peters
Chief Executive Officer
(512) 879-6384
steven.peters@kumasignals.com

Business Contact:

Steven Peters
Chief Executive Officer
(512) 879-6384
steven.peters@kumasignals.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Kuma Signals, LLC
5926 Balcones Dr. Ste. 230 Austin, TX -

EIN/Tax ID: 271472254
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No