Thermal Management of Highly Integrated Radio Frequency (RF) Electronics

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-11-C-0311
Agency Tracking Number: N111-023-0608
Amount: $149,951.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2011
Solicitation Topic Code: N111-023
Solicitation Number: 2011.1
Small Business Information
FIRST RF CORPORATION
4865 Sterling Drive, Boulder, CO, -
DUNS: 125961123
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Ian Rumsey
 Senior RF Engineer
 (303) 449-5211
 irumsey@firstrf.com
Business Contact
 Theresa Boone
Title: President
Phone: (303) 449-5211
Email: tboone@firstrf.com
Research Institution
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Abstract
Sophisticated radar antennas such as an active electronically scanned aperture (AESA) are used to support acquisition and tracking in multiple modes over wide bandwidths, monopulse tracking, and Sense and Avoid RADAR (SAA) for UAV applications. These multi-function radar systems are small but require a considerable amount of power, which in turn produces a significant amount of heat. For these systems to be practical they must be lightweight and affordable while managing thermal loads to meet mission critical levels of reliability and performance. The proposed program will focus on efficient RF manifold technologies and integration architectures which will enable the next generation of low cost, high performance airborne phased arrays. Traditionally, airborne phased arrays have been restricted to only the highest performance applications. This architecture utilizes an innovative RF manifold where high efficiency components and specialized structuring reduce thermal resistance and optimize airflow through the heat sink. The FIRST RF architecture increases thermal transfer to the surrounding air. This approach represents a breakthrough in simple, low-cost, air-cooled phased arrays, and combines our strengths in high performance antenna design, manifold design.

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