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Application of a Novel Micromachining Process to Millimeter Wave Circuit Fabrication

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 35821
Amount: $60,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 1997
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
338 Westfield Rd.
Charottesville, VA 22901
United States
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Philip J. Koh
 (804) 963-4490
Business Contact
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Research Institution

MicroFab Research (MFR, Inc.) proposes to apply the techniques of micromachining to aid in the fabrication of millimeter wave components, thereby reducing manufacturing expenses. Many microwave applications such as radar and communication systems would be improved by shifting to higher frequencies, provided new lower cost manufacturing techniques can be found. A manufacturing technique is presented whereby machining costs for millimeter wave components may be significantly reduced. Millimeter wave technology may be applied to many commercial microwave applications such as communications or RADAR, however, the cost is currently prohibitive in many cases. Higher frequencies allow smaller antenna size, wider unoccupied bandwidth, and lower noise. In particular, automobile collision avoidance radar, position sensors, and wireless communications have the potential for high volume markets provided costs can be reduced.

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