High-Speed Free-Space Optical Link for Cryogenic Focal Plane Array Read-Out

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911NF-18-C-0096
Agency Tracking Number: A2-7373
Amount: $499,957.30
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: A17-022
Solicitation Number: 2017.1
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2018-12-01
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-11-30
Small Business Information
41 Aero Camino, Santa Barbara, CA, 93117
DUNS: 191741292
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Daniel Renner
 (805) 967-4900
Business Contact
 Milan Mashanovitch
Phone: (805) 967-4900
Email: info@freedomphotonics.com
Research Institution
The team led by Freedom Photonics will develop in this program a novel free-space optical (FSO) link that will enable high-speed interconnects operating at multi-tens of Gbps, which are required for the newer, cryogenically cooled, large format, high definition (HD), fast frame rate, focal plane array (FPA) readout integrated circuits (ROIC). By using free-space optics to collect data from the ROIC through a window in the dewar, it is possible not only to provide a large bandwidth interconnect but to also eliminate the thermal conduction losses through copper wires, which in turn will reduce the Size, Weight and Power (SWaP) of the system.The proposed FSO interconnect architecture offers the most practical approach to providing the high bandwidth required to make military imaging possible at much higher frame rates and with larger format FPAs.

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