Fiber-Optic RF Distribution (FORD) & Digital Control Signals Network Across a PCB in GPS User Eqpt

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$99,991.00
Award Year:
2008
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA8650-08-M-1391
Agency Tracking Number:
F081-082-0052
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
NUWAVES LTD.
Research and Technology Center, 122 Edison Drive, Middletown, OH, 45044
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
032326790
Principal Investigator:
Tim Wurth
Chief Technical Officer
(513) 360-0800
twurth@nuwaves-ltd.com
Business Contact:
Jeff Wells
President
(513) 360-0800
jwells@nuwaves-ltd.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
High performance RF circuits found in highly robust GPS user equipment are especially sensitive to inter-board electromagnetic interference, which results in spurious signals and poor circuit-to-circuit isolation. NuWaves' innovative solutions will be applied to designing and developing state-of-the-art miniature Fiber Optic RF Distribution (FORD) transmit and receive modules. NuWaves will investigate the use of fiber optics as a means for distributing Radio Frequency (RF) and high-speed digital control signals across a Printed Circuit Board (PCB). The use of fiber optics will be studied as a way of significantly reducing inter-board Electromagnetic Interference (EMI). During the phase I effort, NuWaves will perform cost/benefit trade-off study of fiber optic technologies taking into account size, weight, power, and cost factors. Detailed circuit modeling, simulation, hardware prototyping, and performance characterization will be accomplished to validate the FORD concepts.

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