Fast PCI for Smart Networking Radios

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 36178
Amount: $98,689.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1997
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
401 Camp Craft Rd., Austin, TX, 78746
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Dr. Newton B. Penrose
 (512) 306-1100
Business Contact
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Research Institution
Fast PCI bus (GaAs crossbar) technology improves performance of future smart networking radio communication nodes with focus on an application payload on an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV). SPEC's Fast PCI crossbar of N sockets provides "N/2 X" throughput improvement compared to standard high speed computer bus (implies for N = 2, there is equality, but for N = 4, 8, 16 the factor of improvement is 2X, 4X, 8X respectively). Figure of merit improves Quality of Service (QoS), Speed of Service (SoS), and modularity.In this Phase I program, SPEC will: (1) identify throughput constraints in the smart networking radio, (2) assess these constraints by modeling, and (3) remove constraints by application of Fast PCI crossbar technology. This effort supports adaptive, low weight, low power, low cost digital processors for UAV communications node. Technical strategy planned for Fast PCI integrates technology from two SPEC programs: (1) crossbar technology (Fast Packet Satellite Switch, FPSS, developed by SPEC with Rome Laboratory sponsorship) and (2) port technology, applying a high speed RAM based GaAs Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) also developed by SPEC. SPEC will be assisted in this investigation by Dr. Ron Vidano, Motorola Space and Systems Technology Group, with advice and counsel on current smart network radio technology.

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