HIGH-INSTANTANEOUS-DATA-RATE, BURST-SIGNAL RECEIVER

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 12066
Amount: $49,954.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1990
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Q-dot, Inc.
1069 Elkton Drive, Colorado Springs, CO, 80907
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 David E. Reed
 Senior Engineer
 (719) 590-1112
Business Contact
 THOMAS E. LINNENBRIN
Title: PRESIDENT
Phone: (719) 590-1112
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
AN INNOVATIVE TECHNIQUE WILL BE INVESTIGATED TO ACQUIRE AND DIGITIZE A PACKET OF HIGH-DATA-RATE BURST INFORMATION. IN THIS CONCEPT, A CHARGE-COUPLED DEVICE (CCD) SAMPLES THE RECEIVED SIGNAL AND DETECTS THE UNIQUE SYNCHRONIZATION WORD.UPON UNIQUE-WORD DETECTION, THE TIMING OF THE DATA BURST IS DETERMINED, AND THE CCD DEVICE TEMPORARILY STORES THE BURST-SIGNAL SAMPLES. THESE SIGNAL SAMLES ARE THEN OUTPUT AT A SLOWER RATE COMPATIBLE WITH A MICROPROCESSOR, SIGNAL PROCESSOR, OR OTHER LOW-DATA-RATE DEMODULATOR. THIS DEVICE PROMISES TO GREATLY SIMPLIFY THE CIRCUITRY OF TIME-DIVISION MULTIPLE ACCESS (TDMA) AND OTHER BURST-DATA DEMODULATORS FORGOVERNMENTAL AND COMMERCIAL COMMUNICATIONS. IT CAN BE USED IN A TDMA RECEIVER TO ACHIEVE A LOW COMPLEXITY WITH A LOW AVERAGE DATA RATE AND VERY HIGH INSTANTANEOUS DATA RATE, E.G., 1500 MEGABITS PER SECOND. THIS EFFORT COULD BE THE BASIS FOR APPLICATIONS IN TDMA LOW-COST GROUND TERMINALS, HIGH-CAPACITY TDMA RECEIVERS, RANDOM-ACCESS PACKET RECEIVERS, AND OTHER BURST SIGNAL SYSTEMS. THE APPROACH ALLOWS VERY SMALL, LOW-POWER, BURST-MODULATION,MULTIPLE-ACCESS TERMINALS, E.G. HAND-HELD OR SINGLE BOARD DEMODULATORS.

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