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

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Missile Defense Agency
Amount:
$100,000.00
Award Year:
2005
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W9113M-05-P-0095
Agency Tracking Number:
05-0187T
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
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
101351505
Principal Investigator:
Alan Sugg
President
(630) 562-9433
arsugg@vegawave.com
Business Contact:
Alan Sugg
President
(630) 562-9433
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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