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
Contract: FA8650-08-M-1391
Agency Tracking Number: F081-082-0052
Amount: $99,991.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: AF081-082
Solicitation Number: 2008.1
Small Business Information
Research and Technology Center, 122 Edison Drive, Middletown, OH, 45044
DUNS: 032326790
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Tim Wurth
 Chief Technical Officer
 (513) 360-0800
Business Contact
 Jeff Wells
Title: President
Phone: (513) 360-0800
Research Institution
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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