Low Cost, High Performance Transmit/Receive Integrated Circuits on a Single Chip

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: HQ0006-10-C-7404
Agency Tracking Number: B09B-004-0019
Amount: $99,987.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: MDA09-T004
Solicitation Number: 2009.B
Small Business Information
Versaq
75 Fifth Street NW, Centergy One, Suite 314, Atlanta, GA, 30308
DUNS: 792280799
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Thomas Backes
 Principal Research Engineer
 (404) 483-5236
 thomas.backes@versaq.com
Business Contact
 Thomas Backes
Title: Principal Research Engineer
Phone: (404) 483-5236
Email: thomas.backes@versaq.com
Research Institution
 Georgia Institute of Technology
 John Cressler
 777 Atlantic Drive NW
Atlanta, GA, 30332
 (404) 894-5161
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
In the proposed effort we plan to build a fully-operational X-band T/R Integrated Circuit. One of the key-elements to building a fully operational radar is the requisite RF electronics that feed to each antenna element. Historically, radar transmit/receive (T/R) modules have been implemented as complex, multi-chip GaAs MMICs, resulting in very high cost per T/R module, high launch weight, and high power dissipation; all of these characteristics are clear disadvantages for weight and size restricted vehicles. Very recently, however, SiGe technology, coupled with the low-power-density array radar system design paradigm has emerged as a viable path in defense radar system design and is rapidly gaining traction. While this low-cost, light-weight radar design paradigm was initially begun as a path forward for next-generation defense ground-based X-band tactical radars, this SiGe radar design methodology is clearly extendable to a variety systems, and will provide compelling advantages for MDA applications, other defense radar systems, and eventually commercial applications as outlined in this proposal.

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