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Multi-Channel Integrated Transmitter

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Department of Defense
Missile Defense Agency
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2004 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Agility Communications, Inc.
475 Pine Avenue Goleta, CA 93117 0370
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2004
Title: Multi-Channel Integrated Transmitter
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Contract: FA8750-04-C-0225
Award Amount: $99,493.00


A compact, high-performance, low cost optical transmitter chip comprised of a widely-tunable laser, monolithically integrated with an array of semiconductor optical amplifiers and elelectroabsorption modulators, is a key component of an optical source suitable for arbitrary waveform generation in a dynamic scene projector. Agility Communications develops and manufactures widely-tunable CW sources and transmitters based on monolithic chip-scale integration of a Sampled-Grating Distributed Bragg Reflector (SG-DBR) laser with a Semiconductor Optical Amplifier (SOA) and Electroabsorption (EA) or Mach-Zehnder (MZ) modulator. Agility's InP chip-scale integration platform allows integration of several high-speed modulators on the same chip to provide compact, low cost integrated optical components. Additionally, utilization of an injection tuned SG-DBR laser architecture allows for high-speed frequency tuning to simulate frequency shift associated with a laser pulse reflecting off of moving objects. The objective of this project is to develop an 8 channel optical transmitter on the chip comprised of a SGDBR laser integrated with an array of eight SOA-EAMs. During Phase I of this project, one and two-channel prototypes will be characterized and the test data will be used to design an 8 channel chip. In Phase II of this program, the 8 channel chip will be fabricated and optimized. This integrated chip can be packaged to provide a small footprint (<0.6 sq. inch) multi-channel packaged module to be used in very high-density optical systems.

Principal Investigator:

Greg Fish
Director of Product Devel

Business Contact:

Daniel Renner
VP Research & Development
Small Business Information at Submission:

475 Pine Ave. Santa Barbara, CA 93117

EIN/Tax ID: 770506246
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No