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Terabit Per Second Optical Router for Space-Based Satellite Network

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9453-09-M-0078
Agency Tracking Number: F083-191-2578
Amount: $99,923.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF083-191
Solicitation Number: 2008.3
Solicitation Year: 2008
Award Year: 2009
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2009-02-13
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2010-02-12
Small Business Information
PO Box 10779
Zephyr Cove, NV 89448
United States
DUNS: 161162896
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Dave Peters
 Principal Investigator
 (775) 588-4176
Business Contact
 William Gray
Title: President
Phone: (775) 588-4176
Research Institution

The major requirements for this program include the modeling of optical routing technologies appropriate to space-borne systems at very high speed. This program will investigate optical routing at speeds to from 3.125 ro 10 Gbps per channel, with a wavelength/channel density from 4 to 16 wavelengths. Models will be constructed for these regimes, and an experimental demonstration of an 8-wavelength, 10 Gbps per channel optical router using Serial Rapid IO routing and OptiComp 8-wavelength CWDM optical transceivers. BENEFIT: The proposed SBIR program provides dual use commercialization opportunities for both military and commercial satellite applications. Despite the current market slowdown, the global market opportunity for optoelectronic systems is large and is expected to grow, especially in area requiring high-capacity data handling. Based on our integrated technology, OptiComp Corporation (OCC) is currently developing VCSEL-based optoelectronic switching modules for use in commercial local, metro, storage, and wide area fiber optic networks, as well as switching networks for military applications ranging from avionics to satellites.   OCCs CWDM switching architecture provides a high degree of fault tolerance and self routing, making it ideally suited for inter-satellite networks. This will further develop OCC routing and switching architecture for the specific requirements of intra-satellite networks. In particular, this will address issues such as fault tolerance, redundancy, scalability, and dynamic reconfiguration as well as the need to deal with burst data by utilizing VCSEL/detector pairs with coarsely spaced wavelengths.   The proposed effort is directly compatible with OptiComp''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''s other federal programs currently developing VCSEL-based technology for optical communications. In particular, this program directly leverages the companys current efforts to develop optical networks and interconnects for satellite applications. The development of compact CWDM transmitter and receiver technologies will provide small volume, high-capacity interconnectivity for military and commercial applications. This technology is especially applicable to satellite networks where size, weight, power consumption, and fault tolerance are primary considerations.

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