Low-Cost, High-Power Transmit/Receive Modules for X-band Radars

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: W9113M-05-P-0095
Agency Tracking Number: 05-0187T
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: MDA05-T012
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
VEGA WAVE SYSTEMS, INC.
1275 West Roosevelt Road, Suite 112, West Chicago, IL, 60185
DUNS: 101351505
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Alan Sugg
 President
 (630) 562-9433
 arsugg@vegawave.com
Business Contact
 Alan Sugg
Title: President
Phone: (630) 562-9433
Email: arsugg@vegawave.com
Research Institution
 UNIV. OF NOTRE DAME
 Patrick Fay
 Dept of Electrical Engineering, 261 Fitzpatrick Hall
Notre Dame, IN, 46556
 (574) 631-5693
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
In this STTR Phase I project Vega Wave Systems, Inc. will develop and demonstrate III-V native-oxide defined InGaP-GaAs heterojunction bipolar transistors (HBTs) for integrated X-band radar transmit/receive modules. The Phase I objective is to leverage prior demonstrations of III-V native oxide defined HBTs in order to achieve high device performance for both power amplifier (PA) and low-noise amplifier (LNA) X-band radar applications in a common heterostructure. The design is expected to result in a new approach capable of achieving high performance in an inherently low-cost device process. Prototype oxide-defined InGaP heterojunction bipolar transistors will be designed, fabricated and delivered in Phase I that have been optimized for LNA and PA applications. The devices will be characterized and modeling parameters will be extracted from the characterization results. Preliminary low noise amplifier and power amplifier designs will be evaluated using the models obtained for the transistors. In Phase II the technology will be optimized for performance, extended to higher levels of integration, and applied to monolithically-integrated transmit/receive module designs.

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