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Frequency Agile Millimeter Wave (MMW) Signal Generator

Company: Phase Sensitive Innovations Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2013 / 1
Abstract: PSI will leverage our extensive experience and unique capabilities in MMW photonics to design a compact, lightweight, frequency-agile MMW source combining wide, continuous, rapid tunability with superb phase noise and moderate output power. Such a source will have extensive… more

Dynamic Frequency Passive Millimeter-Wave Radiometer Based on Optical Up-Conversion

Company: Phase Sensitive Innovations Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOC / SBIR / 2013 / 1
Abstract: In the proposed effort, we will leverage this extensive experience and capabilities to realize a frequency agile mmW radiometer that can cover the range of DC-110 GHz and can be scaled to DC-200 GHz under Phase II. Ours is a photonic system that multiplies and up-coverts a… more

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

Company: Phase Sensitive Innovations Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2013 / 1
Abstract: … methods and processes arose from recent progress in PDs and array of PDs based on modified uni-traveling-carrier (MUTC) thin-layered structures. The speed, bandwidth, and high power of these devices generate great interests of direct RF generation in microwave photonic… more

Electro-Optically Guided Radar Imaging

Company: Phase Sensitive Innovations Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2013 / 1
Abstract: …rmal antenna arrays. This work builds heavily on an operational passive millimeter-wave imager designed for rotorcraft DVE mitigation that utilizes optical upconversion to sample a distributed antenna array and a demonstrated distributed transmit array that utilizes photonic… more

SBIR Phase I: A Compact, Low Cost and Handheld Sensor for the Detection and Quantifications of Organic Compound Contaminants in Drinking Water

Company: AlphaSense, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: NSF / SBIR / 2013 / 1
Abstract: … analysis; however, the method is costly, time consuming, and can only be performed by well-trained personnel in a laboratory setting. To meet the market need for a portable, low-cost, and easy-to-use water analysis technology, the project will investigate a photonic sensor… more

Unified, Cross-Platform, Open-Source Library Package for High-Performance Computing

Company: EM Photonics, Incorporated Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOE / SBIR / 2013 / 1
Abstract: … time, eases porting to alternative or future hardware, and gives excellent performance because it is tuned by experts in the hardware and the algorithms. In reality, the space is fragmented, which pushes significant burden to the end programmer. For this project, EM … more

Intuitive Open Platform Usage of ASCR Resources in NumPy

Company: EM Photonics, Incorporated Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOE / SBIR / 2013 / 1
Abstract: … the use of ASCR libraries by folding in their functionality to the operators as we perform our work. In Phase I, we will prototype this procedure by making a seamless integration of the ASCR-funded library SuperLU, which is a direct solver for sparse linear systems. EM … more

A New Standard for Power-Aware Programming

Company: EM Photonics, Incorporated Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2013 / 1
Abstract: New enhancements to mobile computers including smaller sensors, displays and powerful processors have made them much more attractive for the battlefield, not only as wearable systems for soldiers, but also unattended ground sensors a warfighter can leave behind for situational awareness.… more

Satellite Optical Backplane

Company: EM Photonics, Incorporated Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2013 / 2
Abstract: … channels. Alternatively, a radical new WDM architecture that is Size, Weight and Power (SWaP) compatible with miniaturized commercial applications, avionic applications, and satellite and place platforms is urgently needed. BENEFIT: The ability to integrate photonic… more

Advanced Spectrally Selective Materials for Obscurant Applications

Company: Lumilant, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / STTR / 2013 / 1
Abstract: …mon based metal particles. In this effort we will take a completely different approach towards the design of IR based obscurants. Instead of using metal particles we intend to explore the development of all dielectric obscurants that exploit the properties of photonic… more

Silicon Receiver for Millimeter Wave Distributed Aperture Imager with Optical Upconversion

Company: Phase Sensitive Innovations Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2012 / 1
Abstract: In this SBIR effort we will design (Phase I) and demonstrate (Phase II) an integrated silicon electronic-photonic upconversion receiver that when used with our photonic backend will allow for a highly sensitive, real-time, and economical millimeter wave (mmW)… more

Silicon Receiver for Millimeter Wave Distributed Aperture Imager with Optical Upconversion

Company: Phase Sensitive Innovations Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2012 / 2
Abstract: …nce. We will also look to optimize the design and performance of the circuitry based on our measured results. The development of this chip leverages recent progress in SiGe HBT high speed analog circuit design and integrates it monolithically with emerging photonic technology.… more

A Platform-Independent Framerwork for Efficient Massively Parallel Execution

Company: EM Photonics, Incorporated Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / STTR / 2012 / 1
Abstract: … GPUs sit as peers to multi-core processors within a node but also have their own programming paradigm. To develop applications that leverage future supercomputers will require utilizing the computational power available in all the devices in a system. To ease this process, … more

Accelerated Linear Algebra Solvers for Multi-Core GPU-Based Computing Architectures

Company: EM Photonics, Incorporated Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / STTR / 2012 / 2
Abstract: … math computations, lead by graphics processing units (GPUs). With so-called hybrid systems consisting of a mix of CPUs and GPUs claiming 3 of the top 4 spots on the Top500 list of supercomputers, it is vital that the supporting software libraries catch up to the hardware. EM… more

Ultrafast Hybrid Active Materials and Devices for Compact RF Photonics

Company: EM Photonics, Incorporated Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / STTR / 2012 / 2
Abstract: … waveguides, switches, high speed modulators, filters, etc. offer an additional reduction of the physical size and weight of the overall RF-System with the advantage of high power handling capability with picosecond timing precision. Optical components for RF-photonic… more

Advanced Long-Range Video Capabilities Using Speckle Imaging Techniques

Company: EM Photonics, Incorporated Agency/Program/Year/Phase: NASA / SBIR / 2012 / 1
Abstract: Flight-testing is a crucial component in NASA's mission to research and develop of new aeronautical concepts, allowing for verification of simulated and wind-tunnel results, and exposing previously unforeseen design problems. Video is an invaluable tool for flight-testing, allowing the… more

OpenCL-Based Linear Algebra Libraries for High-Performance Computing

Company: EM Photonics, Incorporated Agency/Program/Year/Phase: NASA / SBIR / 2012 / 1
Abstract: … in its library and tools ecosystem. EM Photonics is well positioned to lead this effort; we have strong ties to several hardware manufacturers, to application developers, and we maintain a world-class LAPACK library for NVIDIA GPUs. To begin this process, EM … more

28GHz-43GHz Nadir/Near-Nadir (~70-90 degrees wrt horizontal) Low Probability of Intercept Radio Frequency Direction Finding/GeoLocation Capability

Company: Spectrum Magnetics, LLC Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2012 / 2
Abstract: … an innovative focus plane detector array (FPDA) developed by Spectrum Magnetics, LLC (SM). The focusing system project the RF signal onto its focus plane. A novel FPDA based on emerging spintronic and metamaterials devices, with each element being much smaller than the EM… more

Phased array three-dimensional beam steering system for millimeter wave sources emitting in the 100-300 GHz region

Company: Phase Sensitive Innovations Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2011 / 1
Abstract: … using an array of optical phase modulators, which can be exceedingly fast enabling unprecedented beam slew rates. Our novel optical locking technique generates millimeter-wave tones with 1 Hz linewidths for high purity spectral emission. When combined, this … more

GPU-Accelerated Sparse Matrix Solvers for Large-Scale Simulations

Company: EM Photonics, Incorporated Agency/Program/Year/Phase: NASA / SBIR / 2011 / 2
Abstract: … computing. The modern GPU boasts over 1 TFLOPS performance and as much as 6 GB onboard memory, but harnessing the power can be challenging. A library-based approach is common for HPC, with mostapplications using several libraries to offload well-known tasks. EM … more

Linear Algebra Libraries for Massive GPU Clusters

Company: EM Photonics, Incorporated Agency/Program/Year/Phase: NASA / SBIR / 2011 / 1
Abstract: In an attempt to build more computationally powerful systems and improve the FLOPS/dollar and FLOPS/Watt of high-performance computers (HPCs), we have recently seen the proliferation of GPU-based clusters. Many major vendors are now supporting this technology and such systems are becoming… more

Compressed Sensing for Space-Based High-Definition Video Technologies

Company: EM Photonics, Incorporated Agency/Program/Year/Phase: NASA / SBIR / 2011 / 1
Abstract: Space-based imaging sensors are important for NASA's mission in both performing scientific measurements and producing literature and documentary cinema. The recent proliferation of high-definition capture devices and displays (HDTV) provide the general public with first-hand human experiences… more

Scalable Aero-Load and Aero-Elasticity Solvers for Massively Parallel Heterogeneous Computing Architectures

Company: EM Photonics, Incorporated Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / STTR / 2011 / 1
Abstract: ABSTRACT: We propose to apply modern massively multicore processors to a key problem area of interest to the Air Force: multiphysics computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and computational structural dynamics (CSD) solvers. The capabilities of the CPU to solve these problems have been increasing… more

Heterogeneous Integration of Nanomembrane Based Photonic/Electronic Signal Processing Modules

Company: EM Photonics, Incorporated Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / STTR / 2011 / 2
Abstract: ABSTRACT: Crystalline semiconductor nanomembranes (NMs) possess the electronic/photonic properties of bulk material, although they are flexible, deformable, and conformable. Semiconductor nanomembranes offer unique opportunities for novel active/ passive electronic, and… more

Satellite Optical Backplane

Company: EM Photonics, Incorporated Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2011 / 1
Abstract: ABSTRACT: Optical interconnects are the natural choice for interconnecting different chips when current interconnect technologies cannot fulfill current and future system requirements. Examples of optical interconnect architectures are free-space multistage interconnect, optical fiber interconnect,… more