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Miniature Direct-Conversion Transceiver

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 33044
Amount: $98,986.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 1996
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
1069 Elkton Drive
Colorado Springs, CO 80907
United States
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Donald Herman
 (719) 590-1112
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Research Institution

A flexible miniature digital transceiver based on unique architectures is proposed for direct digital synthesis and data conversion of radio frequency (RF) wireless spectrums without intermediate frequency (IF) stages. The transceiver combines innovative direct-conversion analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog converters (ADCs/DACs) with a novel sample rate converter (SRC). A 25 MHx signal bandwidth centered at up to 2 GHx can be generated or received directly from baseband inphase/quadrature (I/Q) digital data without analog IF conversion stages. The transceiver targets communication efforts for ARPA's multiband, multimode radio (Speakeasy); simultaneous video, voice, and data communications for multimedia applications (Future Digital Radio (FDR)); and satellite commnications (Global Positioning System (GPS)), direct broadcast satellite (DBS), etc.). It will benefit current transceivers in cellular phones and personal communication systems (PCS) by replacing loosy analog RF components with exact, reliable digital signal processing. It also targets low-power, low-cost, small form factor radios. During Phase I the transceiver's architecture will be defined, partitioned, and simulated. In phase II the key circuits will be designed, fabricated, and tested. Government and commercial customers have been identified and additional parners will be sought throughout the development cycle to ensure a successful manufactruing and marketing venture. Anticipated Military Benefits/Potential Commercial Applications of the Research or Development: The flexible digital transceiver will benefit wideband multimission military communications in the battlefield, including small form factor radios and multi-media communications using laptop computers. Commercial wireless industries such as cellular phones, personal communications systems, and wide area networks (WAN) will see a dramatic improvement in performance and flexibility, and reduction in power, cost and size.

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