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Ultra-Compact Power Conditioning System for High Power RF Transmitters

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: W31P4Q-18-C-0085
Agency Tracking Number: D2-2123
Amount: $1,493,520.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: SB171-010
Solicitation Number: 17.1
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2018
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2018-07-26
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2021-10-26
Small Business Information
35 Wiggins Ave.
Bedford, MA 01730
United States
DUNS: 602959579
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Neal Butler
 Chief Scientist
 (781) 275-9444
Business Contact
 Michael Kempkes
Phone: (781) 275-9444
Research Institution

Vacuum Electronic Devices (VEDs) represent the most compact and efficient means of generating high power RF available today. Unfortunately, the legacy electronics required to operate these VEDs remain large, heavy, and often unreliable. The transition to solid-state, high voltage electronics, spearheaded by Diversified Technologies, Inc. (DTI) over the last 20 years, has improved VED transmitter reliability by more than an order of magnitude. The overall size and weight of these transmitters has only marginally improved over the legacy designs, however. Continued use of high power VEDs in military systems demands more compact, lightweight transmitters. In Phase I, DTI outlined the design of a highly compact 30 kW, 20 kV Ultra-Compact VED Transmitter (UCT) at over 90% efficiency, and demonstrated the key switching and transformer / multiplier subsystems. In Phase II, we will build and deliver a complete prototype UCT for integration with the TWT. This will position us to qualify the design for production and fielding of these systems in Phase III.

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