SBIR Phase I: TriStar, An Algebraic High Performance Communications Signal Processor

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: 0945722
Agency Tracking Number: 0945722
Amount: $149,754.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: IC
Solicitation Number: NSF 09-541
Small Business Information
408 West University Avenue, Suite 306, GAINESVILLE, FL, 32601
DUNS: 361757644
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Michael Lewis
 (352) 371-2567
Business Contact
 Michael Lewis
Title: MS
Phone: (352) 371-2567
Research Institution
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project will research and develop an innovative and revolutionary core wireless infrastructure technology. Wireless technologies impact virtually every aspect of life and require a new high performance, low latency, low power infrastructure technology to move to the next level. Today, communications and digital signal processors (DSPs) achieve high performance levels by creating multi-processor designs; as a consequence, these systems can be overly complex, costly, and power consuming. The proposed project utilizes a high-performance communications and DSP processor design; one based on an understanding of computer arithmetic rather than a massive infusion of hardware. The Phase I project will (1) develop a mathematical framework in which physically realizable multiplier-less TriStar filters and transforms having user defined critical frequency or frequencies can be derived, (2) develop a design methodology that can optimize TriStar solutions for speed, power, complexity and/or latency; and (3) quantify and validate the performance and packaging gains using powerful EDA tools. The hardware implementation of the resulting multiplier-free system will achieve superior performance, cost, and power consumption when compared to today?s best wireless solutions. The broader impact/commercial potential of this project is found in the rapidly increasing $200B (US) wireless market, a market with rapidly increasing technological demands and requirements. The proposed technology represents a major advance in the foundation or infrastructure technology that underlies a wide range of communications, sensor, instrumentation, and telemetry applications. It brings multiple efficiencies to these applications, delivering improved performance, reduced power, reduced silicon area and silicon expense, and run-time reconfigurability. The proposed technology delivers these basic economic justifications while simultaneously delivering such game-changing benefits as extended product life cycle, and improved product performance which can be expressed in attributes consumers prize: longer battery life and faster wireless data rates. Commercial product release will be in a form preferred by the targeted customer-base, namely as semiconductor intellectual property (IP) cores ready for use in semiconductor chip manufacturing. As a result, customers can rapidly and affordably develop and evaluate new wireless solutions and scientific instruments that provide their customers and the public with more affordable, capable, and reliable wireless systems, devices, and accessories.

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