High-Speed FPGA Image Decoder

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$99,823.00
Award Year:
2009
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNX09CD79P
Agency Tracking Number:
085445
Solicitation Year:
2008
Solicitation Topic Code:
O1.01
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Cybernet Systems Corporation
727 Airport Boulevard, Ann Arbor, MI, 48108-1639
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
Y
Woman Owned:
Y
Duns:
197187602
Principal Investigator:
Chris Lomont
Principal Investigator
(734) 668-2567
proposals@cybernet.com
Business Contact:
Daniel Jarrell
Business Official
(734) 668-2567
contractsmanagement@cybernet.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
NASA space imagery is gathered and transmitted back to earth in many formats. One of the newer formats is the lossy/lossless image format CCSDS (CCSDS 122.0-B-1), which uses wavelet decomposition combined with a bitplane encoder to achieve good data rates while keeping visual fidelity. It was designed for space missions, and in particular is designed to implement in low power hardware. This solicitation calls for creating a hardware solution capable of decoding 16-bit image samples from this format, called in this document the "CCSDS" image format, at the rate of 640 Mbps, presumably for ground based image acquisition systems. Cybernet teaming with University of Dayton Research Institute proposes to design and build a FPGA based hardware image decoder capable of decoding 16-bit samples with a rate at least 640 Mbps, which, given the specifics of the image specification, is completely feasible. Dr. Chris Lomont at Cybernet is currently PI on a project implementing precisely the CCSDS 122.0-B-1 specification and transcoding algorithms for a NASA Phase II SBIR, and is intimately familiar with the format. This coupled with Cybernet's long history of designing and delivering hardware solutions makes us a perfect fit for this project.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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