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Low Cost, High Performance Transmit/Receive Integrated Circuits on a single chip

Award Information

Department of Defense
Missile Defense Agency
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2010 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
Solicitation Year:
Solicitation Topic Code:
MDA 09T004
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Small Business Information
1915 13TH ST APT A LUBBOCK, TX 79401-3757
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: Yes
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: Low Cost, High Performance Transmit/Receive Integrated Circuits on a single chip
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Contract: HQ0006-10-C-7400
Award Amount: $100,000.00


Traditional RADAR implementations suffer from bulky transmitters with cluttered microwave plumbing and antenna support systems that make systems expensive. Today, phased array transceiver architectures providing moderate power (10-100W) can provide RADAR performance with beam-steering capabilities with modest size of the systems. However, these conventional phase array architectures do not scale well to compact, low cost RADAR applications as the III-V semiconductor technologies are mainly used for the RF circuitry while silicon digital CMOS technology is employed for control and timing circuits. Thus, making the assembly, packing and characterization processes high cost and low yield. To achieve truly low cost and compact size, it is necessary to integrate as much of the active circuitry as possible into single chips - as in the handset industry. Here, we proposed a new T/R IC architecture that will include on-chip digital control compensation networks to ensure performance uniformity at the element level. We aim to achieve all functionalities necessary to make a robust scalable TRIC system with the addition of RF build-in-self-test (RF-BiST) capability to reduce cost and increase system robustness. We will show that our proposed system architecture and components can provide a low-cost, high-performance single-chip TRIC for scalable phase-array X-band RADAR solution.

Principal Investigator:

Donald Lie
Assoc. Professor

Business Contact:

Jerry Lopez
Research Director
Small Business Information at Submission:

Noisefigure Research LLC
P.O. Box 552 Lubbock, TX 79408

EIN/Tax ID: 800363851
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
Texas Tech University
Electrical Engineering Departm
1012 Boston Ave.
Lubbock, TX 79410
Contact: Donald Y. C. Lie
Contact Phone: 8583352153