Electrical Interconnect Technologies for MDA Phased Array Radars

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: HQ0006-08-C-7830
Agency Tracking Number: B073-036-0563
Amount: $99,953.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: MDA07-036
Solicitation Number: 2007.3
Small Business Information
FIRST RF CORP.
4865 Sterling Drive, Suite 100, Boulder, CO, 80301
DUNS: 125961123
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Farzin Lalezari
 Principal Investigator
 (303) 449-5211
 flalezari@firstrf.com
Business Contact
 Theresa Boone
Title: Chief Operating Officer
Phone: (303) 449-5211
Email: 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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