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Universal Programmable (Computer to IR Sensor) Interface - UPI

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Department of Defense
Air Force
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Program Year/Program:
1997 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
30 Wilson Road Buffalo, NY 14221
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
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Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 1997
Title: Universal Programmable (Computer to IR Sensor) Interface - UPI
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $693,220.00


The test and evaluation of IR/EO sensor systems in a laboratory or an installed system test facility requires real-time high fidelity IR/EO simulation and stimulation technology. The simulation of IR/EO threat environment is provided by real-time IR/EO scene generation systems. These systems generate radiometrically correct scenes in real-time that match the spatial, spectral, and temperal characteristics of the system under test. The need exists to develop a universal programmable interface (UPI) unit to translate in real-time the computer generated IR/EO imagery into electrical signals for injection into the processing electronics of a variety of IR/EO sensor systems. The development of individual direct injection units for each IR/EO system is very costly and with today's austere budget environment, unaffordable. A reconfigurable interface unit provides a cost effective solution for the testing of a wide range of IR/EO sensor systems in a variety of test environments. The objective of this phase I effort is to evaluate the feasiblity of developing universal programmable interface to satisfy the current need for a configurable interface between real-time IR/EO scene generators and sensor hardware. The initial efforts of the proposed development will result in the definition of system requirements and the development of a top level design. The feasiblilty of the proposed approach will be assessed from a processing fidelity, real-time throughput, and cost perspective.

Principal Investigator:

Brian E. O'toole

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Amherst Systems, Inc.
30 Wilson Road Buffalo, NY 14221

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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No