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Multi-band Electronically Configurable Feed for Ground Antennas

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8718-06-C-0019
Agency Tracking Number: F051-215-3283
Amount: $749,992.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF05-215
Solicitation Number: 2005.1
Solicitation Year: 2005
Award Year: 2006
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2006-05-04
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2008-09-04
Small Business Information
2815 Junipero Ave #110
Signal Hill, CA 90755
United States
DUNS: 003049793
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Dan Hyman
 Chief Technology Officer
 (562) 981-0077
Business Contact
 Mark Hyman
Title: Vice President - Administ
Phone: (562) 981-0077
Research Institution

XCOM Wireless is a developer of RF MEMS for tunable filters and phased array antennas, high-performance circuitry identified as critical technologies for the next generations of defense and commercial RF electronics. In this program, XCOM is extending the capabilities of our RF MEMS components by employing them as critical elements in a reconfigurable antenna feed. Two approaches will be pursued: (1) employing MEMS matrices to switch between transmit and receive filters in the bands of interest, and (2) employing MEMS as embedded tuning elements in the filters themselves, which is expected to enhance power handling capabilities. The performance requirements of the filters will support the present needs of Ground Mobile Terminals (GMTs) and the future needs of the Transformational Communications Architecture (TCA) to establish and maintain microwave and millimeter-wave links to ground-based terminals as well as airborne, mobile, and man-portable platforms. XCOM has already released RF MEMS relay products based on a mature MEMS manufacturing process at a major domestic foundry, and has also developed a lower-cost MEMS process for use in future products, including prototypes developed in this program. This program benefits from the strong internal interest in the underlying device technologies, and benefits from significant real cash infusion into maturing the designs and processes employed.

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