Measuring Depth Profiles of Scattering in the Ocean

Award Information
Agency: Department of Commerce
Branch: N/A
Contract: DG1330-02-Cn-0034
Agency Tracking Number: 2002-03
Amount: $60,335.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2002
Solitcitation Year: N/A
Solitcitation Topic Code: N/A
Solitcitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Softronics Limited, Inc.
6920 bowman Lane, N.E., Cedar Rapids, IA, 52402
Duns: N/A
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Robert Sternowski
 (319) 431-0314
Business Contact
 Robert Sternowski
Title: President
Phone: (319) 431-0314
Research Institution
LIDAR (laser radar) is used for oceanographic research, and emits a short light pulse whose return echoes are digitized and analyzed to determine the composition and location of underwater objects. This requires a digitizer with high sampling speed, wide bandwidth commensurate with the pulse width, and high dynamic range. What is needed in reality is a 14-16 bit, 1 Gsample/second (Gs/s) analog-to-digital converter (ADC), which does not yet exist. Currently the program is using a 100 MHz logarithmic amplifier and a COTS 8 bit, 1 Gs/s ADC PC plug-in board. This study will validate the feasibility of employing a novel array of 12- 14 bit COTS ADCs to achieve the desired 500 MHz bandwidth with 1 Gs/s, and define a specification and detailed technical approach to Phase 2 implementation as a computer plug-in board.

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