MICROWAVE MODULAR INSTRUMENT PACKAGE

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$479,000.00
Award Year:
1988
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
6385
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Scientific Engineering Instrum
1275 Kleppe Ln - Ste 14, Sparks, NV, 89431
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Larry G Yori
(702) 358-0937
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
AUTOMATIC TEST EQUIPMENT (ATE) FOR RADIO FREQUENCY AND MICROWAVE APPLICATIONS TYPICALLY EMPLOY CONVENTIONAL "RACK-AND-STACK" IEEE-488 INSTRUMENTS TO PROVIDE STIMULUS AND MEASUREMENT FUNCTIONS. EACH INSTRUMENT IS A STAND-ALONE TEST FUNCTION AND USUALLY CONTAINS IT'S OWN DEDICATED MICROPROCESSOR, POWER SUPPLY, CHASSIS, FRONT PANEL, AND EXTERNAL COMMUNICATIONS INTERFACE. IN ATE SYSTEM APPLICATIONS, CONSIDERABLE HARDWARE REDUNDANCY RESULTS, SINCE THESE CIRCUIT ELEMENTS ARE DUPLICATED IN EACH INSTRUMENT. SOFTWARE REDUNDANCY ALSO EXISTS, AS SEPARATE SOFTWARE MODULES ARE NEEDED FOR THE SYSTEM COMPUTER TO COMMUNICATE WITH EACH INSTRUMENT. RECENT PROGRESS HAS BEEN MADE IN THE DESIGN OF MODULAR INSTRUMENT SYSTEMS WHICH PROVIDE A COMMON CHASSIS, MICROPROCESSOR, POWER SUPPLY, AND COMMUNICATIONS INTERFACE TO HOST A NUMBER OF MODULAR INSTRUMENT PLUG-INS. THIS CONCEPT REDUCES HARDWARE/SOFTWARE REDUNDANCY, BUT TO-DATE, HAS BEEN APPLIED ONLY TO LOW-FREQUENCY ANALOG (UNDER 100 MHZ) INSTRUMENTS. IT IS PROPOSED TO INVESTIGATE THE FEASIBILITY OF EXTENDING THE MODULAR INSTRUMENT CONCEPT TO HIGHER FREQUENCY INSTRUMENTS, PARTICULARLY INTO THE MICROWAVE REGION (UP TO 40 GHZ).

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