High-Speed, Low- Power, Highly Integrated, Wide Wavelength Range Tunable Laser for Wavelength Division Multiplexing (WDM) Networks

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-11-C-0270
Agency Tracking Number: N091-034-0393
Amount: $749,989.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: N091-034
Solicitation Number: 2009.1
Small Business Information
412 Fox Meadow Drive, Wexford, PA, -
DUNS: 145381781
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Eric Helmsen
 VP, Engineering
 (724) 933-8875
Business Contact
 Daniel Flynn
Title: President&CEO
Phone: (724) 933-8895
Email: flynn@accipitersystems.com
Research Institution
Navy aircraft are currently using proprietary, size, weight and power inefficient copper interconnects for avionics. These interconnects are costly for the Navy to maintain and to retrofit. New solutions are needed that are standards-based, easily upgraded and maintained, and leverage the efficiency of fiber optic, WDM technology. Accipiter Systems with its team will be developing a High-Speed, Low-Power, Highly Integrated, Wide Wavelength Range Tunable Laser for Wavelength Division Multiplexing (WDM) Networks. We will be using highly integrated Photonic Integrated Circuits (PICs), and where possible relevant SAE standards. The objectives for this work include 1) Develop an OBM Laser Transmitter Module to meet NAVAIR Performance Objectives; 2) Demonstrate a representative system for testing the module and 3) Perform a system-level demonstration using the module and Program Office relevant traffic flows. We propose to develop a Laser Transmitter Module with a compliant package. The network system functionality is partitioned between the module and the host board. Our Optical Burst Mode networking technology uniquely operates in the Optical Domain to create a compliant WDM LAN. During Phase III, other needed components, such as the receiver, are developed, so a complete WDM LAN system can be transitioned and enable a fully networked avionic architecture.

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