Power-Efficient Adaptive-and-Robust Link OFDM (PEARL-OFDM)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00039-10-C-0064
Agency Tracking Number: N093-218-0914
Amount: $99,960.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N093-218
Solicitation Number: 2009.3
Solicitation Year: 2009
Award Year: 2010
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2010-05-03
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2010-11-03
Small Business Information
210 Airport Street, Quonset Point, North Kingstown, RI, 02852
DUNS: 041546834
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Marcos Bergamo
 Technical Director
 (401) 295-0062
Business Contact
 Michael Sherry
Title: President
Phone: (401) 295-0062
Email: msherry@appliedradar.com
Research Institution
Key obstacles to extending OFDM to wireless links and networks at high-frequencies and dynamic channels are inherent low performance to Doppler and power amplifiers operation with high back-off. Other significant obstacles are multipath and impulsive noise. PEARL-OFDM combines a layered architecture with technologies that mitigate such obstacles and enable full-range rates that maximizes connectivity, add unparallel robustness to Doppler over dynamic channels, has inherent robustness to narrowband fading and impulsive noise that drastically reduces “adaptation rates” and maximizes connectivity, and achieves near-optimum power conditioning of typical variable envelope signals enabling power amplifiers operation at saturation. PEARL provides a solid infrastructure for incremental addition of relevant capabilities including TRANSEC and LPD/LPI. For this, PEARL integrates two chirp OFDM technologies with different Truly Shift Orthogonal Codes (TSOC): one with randomly chirped codes and intrinsic TRANSEC characteristics dedicated to “variable rates” and another with linearly chirped codes and intrinsic robustness to Doppler. A novel Split-Phase Shift-Keying modulation overlay “makes’ resulting OFDM signals suitable for saturated power amplifiers. Applied Radar proposes to design, develop and simulated the performance of the combined PEARL technologies during Phase I, and develop a software-define-radio testbed and demonstrate PEARL’s performance over relevant military channels during Phase II.

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