PICO Phase II--A Prototype Small, Intermediate-Term Precision Time and Frequency Sources for NAVSSI and Link-16 Terminals

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00039-02-C-2217
Agency Tracking Number: N011-0639
Amount: $750,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2002
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
9520 Bendix Road, North, Columbia, MD, 21045
DUNS: 113489319
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Glen Cameron
 VP, Engineering and Produ
 (410) 480-7205
 Glen.Cameron@SyntonicsCorp.com
Business Contact
 Bruce Montgomery
Title: President
Phone: (410) 480-7203
Email: Bruce.Montgomery@SyntonicsCorp.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
"In Phase I, Syntonics demonstrated that it is feasible to providegood frequency control and intermediate-term timekeeping using anensemble of quartz oscillators and an adaptive Kalman filtercontroller.Phase II will develop, test and demonstrate a PICO (PreciseIntermediate-Term Computer-controlled Oscillator) prototype. ThePICO control electronics will monitor an oscillator ensemble andan external time reference, when available, and produce an outputthat is "better" -- i.e., more stable -- than any of thecontributing oscillators or the external time reference. Theprototype will comprise five electronic modules. The two keymodules that comprise the control electronics -- the TimeMeasurement Unit and the Central Processor Unit -- will bedeveloped and tested during the basic effort, with other modulefunctions emulated by laboratory equipment. The three additionalmodules that complete the prototype will be developed and testedduring the option period.BENEFITS: The innovative PICO concept provides: Continued precise timing during GPS outages; A robust architecture, enabling long mean time between failure (MTBF) and low cost of ownership for an eventual product; The potential to ensemble other clocks(such as available atomic clocks) with a PICO unit; The ability to use any external time reference, for example GPS or the JTIDS NTR or ETR.Commercial applications have been identified with both military and civilian customers. SPAWAR has alrea

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