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Monolithic Microwave Integrated Circuit (MMIC) Compatible Phase Shifters for Phased-Array Radars

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00024-16-C-4035
Agency Tracking Number: N141-034-0213
Amount: $1,497,023.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N141-034
Solicitation Number: 2014.1
Solicitation Year: 2014
Award Year: 2016
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2016-03-07
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-03-06
Small Business Information
7586 Old Peppers Ferry Loop
Radford, VA 24141
United States
DUNS: 827121455
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: Yes
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Steve Huettner
 (800) 341-2333
Business Contact
 Scott Meller
Phone: (800) 341-2333
Research Institution

High-power-handling, low-loss (1 dB) microwave phase shifters hold the key to affordable electronically steerable apertures for radar and communications, eliminating the need for active TR modules. Nuvotronics is developing a solid-state approach providing loss performance equal to the best demonstrated MEMS phase shifters, reliably handling five watts peak power with near-zero gain compression, and nanosecond switching time. Using state-of-the-art MMIC processes, our new bit architectures provide flat phase states and low loss over wide bandwidth. In Phase I of this program Nuvotronics developed circuit models of four-bit solid-state phase shifters at S and X-band to show feasibility. Our Phase I program culminated in brassboard demonstration of a C-band 180 degree phase shifter bit with <0.8 dB average loss and >10 watts power handling using production-released MMIC technology. During Phase II we will demonstrate a four-bit design at X-band that meets power and loss objectives with production cost target of <$15 in volume, and populate a sub-array to demonstrate high-power beam-steering.

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