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Broadband Down-converter for SOF

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Special Operations Command
Contract: H92222-04-P-0024
Agency Tracking Number: S032-0051
Amount: $98,152.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: SOCOM03-012
Solicitation Number: 2003.2
Solicitation Year: 2003
Award Year: 2004
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2004-01-30
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2004-07-30
Small Business Information
451 Aviation Blvd., Ste. 101
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
United States
DUNS: 021233114
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 German Gutierrez
 Director of Mixed Signal
 (760) 438-7844
Business Contact
 Jerome Nathan
Title: CFO
Phone: (707) 568-5900
Research Institution

The proposed Phase one Project goal is to design and simulate a down converter chip utilizing SiGe that provides pre-amplification, mixing and a flexible scheme of local oscillators to allow any 3 GHz segment of the frequency range between 3 & 40 GHz to be converted to dc-3 GHz for processing with a standard SOCOM 3 GHz receiver. The system architecture utilizes a minimal set of microwave oscillators from previous Centellax designs which are multiplied, divided and switched in a unique manner to provide the required performance and excellent SWaP. The use of 120 GHz Ft BiCMOS SiGe technology provides many advantages. Power consumption is low and the chip size is minimized. Reliability of the Silicon process is well understood and documented, better than GaAs and much better than InP. The process produces 8 inch wafers which makes costs low relative to the other technologies which use 4 or 6 inch wafers. SiGe has become more and more attractive for integrating high frequency subsystems as the Ft has increased in the last three years. Once feasibility is demonstrated in Phase one, specific designs matched to antenna configurations and specific radar requirements will be explored in Phase two.

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