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Efficient, Low-Loss Combiner Technology for Affordable Transmit and Receive Module Manufacturing

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00178-17-C-7001
Agency Tracking Number: N161-031-0352
Amount: $1,488,970.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N161-031
Solicitation Number: 16.1
Solicitation Year: 2016
Award Year: 2017
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2017-09-25
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2020-03-26
Small Business Information
7586 Old Peppers Ferry Loop
Radford, VA 24141
United States
DUNS: 079408558
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Steve Huettner Steve Huettner
 Chief Engineer
 (800) 341-2333
Business Contact
 Scott Meller
Phone: (800) 341-2333
Research Institution

Nuvotronics has developed an improved manufacturing method for RF power combiners with improved efficiency performance, cost-competitive with existing COTS technologies from S-band through millimeter-wave frequencies. Our couplers offer significantly higher power performance compared to existing COTS parts as well. The technology has broad applications in Navy radar, electronic warfare and communications systems that require solid-state power-combined amplifiers with power levels to hundreds of watts. We streamlined our exclusive PolyStrata® microfabrication process to batch-manufacture affordable 3D couplers using plated copper on low cost large-format substrates. Couplers developed during this program are fully compatible with automated module assembly, require no critical wire-bond geometries, and are held to micron tolerances that improve repeatability. Next generation radar and EW systems will benefit from this technology by enabling more affordable and efficient solutions. Measured data from generic test articles fabricated in the Phase I study have been provided to defense primes, to underscore improved performance parameters. During Phase II we will accommodate specific design solutions for Navy programs, enabling rapid transition to programs of record.

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