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
Amount:
$750,000.00
Award Year:
2002
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
N00039-02-C-2217
Award Id:
53614
Agency Tracking Number:
N011-0639
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
9520 Bendix Road, North, Columbia, MD, 21045
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
113489319
Principal Investigator:
GlenCameron
VP, Engineering and Produ
(410) 480-7205
Glen.Cameron@SyntonicsCorp.com
Business Contact:
BruceMontgomery
President
(410) 480-7203
Bruce.Montgomery@SyntonicsCorp.com
Research Institute:
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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