Closed Loop Frequency Control for Tunable High Quality Factor Filters

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: W31P4Q-12-C-0224
Agency Tracking Number: D12A-005-0035
Amount: $99,945.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2012
Solitcitation Year: 2012
Solitcitation Topic Code: SB12A-005
Solitcitation Number: 2012.A
Small Business Information
Defense Electronics Corporation
3690 70th Avenue North, Pinellas Park, FL, -
Duns: 806504044
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Stephan Athan
 Chief Engineer
 (727) 568-6939
Business Contact
 Nancy Crews
Title: President
Phone: (727) 568-6939
Research Institution
 University of Florida
 William r Esenstadt, Ph.D
 300 Weil Hall
Gainesville, FL, 32611-
 (352) 392-4946
 Nonprofit college or university
Defense Electronics Corporation (DEC) will develop and demonstrate innovative closed-loop control mechanisms for high quality factor Radio Frequency filters or banks of filters for use in frequency-agile radio front-ends. These mechanisms include a hybrid filter control technique using real-time filter response feedback, applications specific integrated circuit (ASIC) or field programmable gate array (FPGA) processing element, and will include a low power design approach and on-chip built in self test (BIST), built in diagnostics (BID), built in current sensing (BICS), and chip level integrated recovery (CLIR) capabilities for robust reliable designs. The research conducted during Phase I is designed to flow seamlessly into a Phase II follow-on effort, during which we will finalize formidable design solutions, layout efficient physical designs, and submit them for fabrication at a 45nm/65nm trusted foundry. This will provide a path to test and characterize actual physical prototypes in silicon in representative sub-systems. The methods and technologies investigated during Phase I and II will include the efficient use of electronic design automation tools, technology CAD tools, mixed-mode and level simulation systems, and process design kits (PDK). Indeed, we expect to commercialize this technology with ITT-Exelis as a prime customer during Phase III.

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