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A 71 to 86 GHz Digital Communications Transceiver with 5 GHz Instantaneous Bandwidth

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8718-04-C-0074
Agency Tracking Number: F031-1936
Amount: $1,382,550.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF03-208
Solicitation Number: 2003.1
Solicitation Year: 2003
Award Year: 2004
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2004-09-16
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2006-02-01
Small Business Information
210 Airport Street, Quonset Point
North Kingstown, RI 02852
United States
DUNS: 041546834
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 William Weedon
 (401) 295-0062
Business Contact
 Michael Sherry
Phone: (401) 295-0062
Research Institution

A W-band digital communications transceiver will be developed with 5 GHz instantaneous bandwidth utilizing the 71 - 76 and 81 - 86 GHz frequency spectrum recently allocated by the FCC. This project has both military and commercial applications for SATCOM and Point-to-Point digital communications using formats such as 1.25 Gbps and 10 Gbps Ethernet for extremely wideband data and video transmissions. It also enables more secure communications, at least on the receive side, because a frequency-hopping scheme can be implemented in software (so-called software radio) and hence is invisible to the receive hardware. The hardware emphasis in this project is to use low-cost COTS components so that the technology is affordable in large quantities. If the transceiver cost could be reduced and if significant technical hurdles could be overcome in the wideband digital processing, then digital beamforming could conceivably be used for tracking and communicating with LEO satellites, as proposed in our Phase I effort. The primary focus in this Phase II effort shall be on the development of 71 - 76 GHz SATCOM downlink receive hardware. We will also investigate development of 71 - 76 GHz transmit hardware as well as a 81 - 86 GHz transceiver for Pt-to-Pt and full-duplex SATCOM communications.

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