Microwave meander-line microstrip ferrite phase shifters tunable with low power drives

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$741,496.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
N00014-11-C-0397
Agency Tracking Number:
N101-075-1482
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
N101-075
Solicitation Number:
2010.1
Small Business Information
Metamagnetics Inc.
36 Station St, Sharon, MA, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
829728067
Principal Investigator:
Anton Geiler
Principal Investigator
(617) 780-7983
geiler@metamagneticsinc.com
Business Contact:
Elaine Trudell
Program Manager
(781) 636-8275
trudell@metamagneticsinc.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
Modern active electronically scanned phased array radars provide outstanding capability but are unfortunately expensive. To a large degree, this results from the need for power and low noise amplifiers at each antenna element. A promising alternative architecture shares the amplifiers among many elements and thus requires a phase shifter at each element. This choice imposes challenging power handling and insertion loss requirements on the phase shifter. Ferrite phase shifters offer low loss and high power handling capability but are bulky, heavy and power consuming. In this proposal, the development of microstrip ferrite phase shifters that exhibit low loss (10 W), and tuning with low magnetic fields is pursued. In parallel, low power drivers (

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