Micro-Electrical Mechanical Systems Based Electronically Steerable Antenna

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$750,000.00
Award Year:
2006
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
FA8650-06-C-1002
Award Id:
72778
Agency Tracking Number:
F051-021-2076
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Suite A 75 Aero Camino, Goleta, CA, 93117
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
054672662
Principal Investigator:
Shannon Petzold
Analyst
(805) 968-6787
spetzold@toyon.com
Business Contact:
Marcella Lindbery
Director of Finance and C
(805) 968-6787
mlindbery@toyon.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The use of multiple beams and frequencies make phased arrays desirable elements in modern communication systems. Phased arrays enable area scanning with much greater detail and speed than traditional antenna systems. High insertion-loss phase shifters in the array currently create the need for expensive hardware to compensate for poor phase shifter performance. MEMS switches have features that make them an ideal candidate as a device technology for high-performance phase shifters. They offer very low insertion loss, small physical size, and demonstrate proven results for high performance phase shifters. The insertion loss of the phase shifter will be improved by an innovative approach which eliminates the longest true time delay bit in a multi-bit system. Toyon Research Corporation and Rockwell Scientific Company have outlined a comprehensive Phase II program for the design of a low-loss, reliable, MEMS multi-bit phase shifter, including the design and simulation of a complete multi-bit phase shifter and a demonstration of the completed system. The final application of the completed phase shifter is for use in an antenna phased array system. A cost analysis will be performed for transitioning the phase shifter to commercial production.

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