Measuring Depth Profiles of Scattering in the Ocean

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Commerce
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$60,335.00
Award Year:
2002
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
DG1330-02-Cn-0034
Agency Tracking Number:
2002-03
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Softronics Limited, Inc.
6920 bowman Lane, N.E., Cedar Rapids, IA, 52402
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Robert Sternowski
President
(319) 431-0314
rhsterno@home.com
Business Contact:
Robert Sternowski
President
(319) 431-0314
rhsterno@home.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
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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