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Modular Element-level Digital Communication Array (MEDCA)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-20-C-0840
Agency Tracking Number: N201-065-0303
Amount: $140,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N201-065
Solicitation Number: 20.1
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2020
Award Year: 2020
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2020-08-22
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2021-02-17
Small Business Information
1300 Britt SE
Albuquerque, NM 87123-1111
United States
DUNS: 081475873
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Michael Pace
 (505) 249-1205
 michael.pace@atacorp.com
Business Contact
 Tom Edmondson
Phone: (505) 767-1214
Email: tom.edmondson@atacorp.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract

Applied Technology Associates (ATA) proposes a systolic digitally beamformed C-band communications array that leverages recent innovations in radio frequency (RF) System-on-Chip (RFSOC) technology to implement a self-contained 1x4 element sub-array.  With broadband coverage of the entire C-band, from 4 GHz to 8 GHz and support for up to four half-duplex tracking beams, the system is capable of increasing data throughput while decreasing latency.  By utilizing a systolic digital beamformer, the system is scalable and reconfigurable to enable a diverse set of missions.  Comprised of four design elements, the system is packed in a specific configuration that allows for scalability and reconfigurability.  The entire system is housed within a chassis that provides thermal management and physical interfaces to the next higher assembly.  ATA will develop a full system model of the C-band communication array, based on existing tools and models, which will be used to predict the system functional performance as well as size, weight, power, and cost.

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