Electrical Interconnect Technologies for MDA Phased Array Radars

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Missile Defense Agency
Amount:
$99,953.00
Award Year:
2008
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
HQ0006-08-C-7830
Agency Tracking Number:
B073-036-0563
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
FIRST RF CORP.
4865 Sterling Drive, Suite 100, Boulder, CO, 80301
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
125961123
Principal Investigator:
Farzin Lalezari
Principal Investigator
(303) 449-5211
flalezari@firstrf.com
Business Contact:
Theresa Boone
Chief Operating Officer
(303) 449-5211
tboone@firstrf.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
FIRST RF proposes a revolutionary architecture for packaging and design of phased array antennas. This innovative technology has the capability to reduce the cost of phased array antennas by 80%. FIRST RF has identified the principal design features of current state-of-the-art phased array antennas. These features include: indirect interface between antennas and T/R modules requiring expensive multi-layer PCBs and one or two connectors per unit cell, control architectures also requiring multi-layer PCBs and packaging designs which require supplementary systems to provide necessary cooling to T/R module electronics. The combination of all these requirements and packaging into a unit cell that is less than half wavelength results in a cost prohibitive product. The proposed packaging integrates the antennas, T/R modules, beam forming network, and control circuitry on a common assembly that eliminates the overcrowded circuitry and packaging. Multilayer connections are replaced by coplanar connector-less circuits that can be manufactured, inspected, and tested in a single step. During the phase 1 proposed program a significant size array will be manufactured and tested to validate the concept.

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