Tunable, High-Q Filters for UHF Communications

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Amount:
$99,785.00
Award Year:
2012
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W31P4Q-12-C-0213
Agency Tracking Number:
D12A-006-0018
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
SB12A-006
Solicitation Number:
2012.A
Small Business Information
MEMtronics Corporation
3000 Custer Road Suite 270-400, Plano, TX, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
088468702
Principal Investigator
 Chuck Goldsmith
 President
 (214) 552-7055
 cgoldsmith@memtronics.com
Business Contact
 Chuck Goldsmith
Title: President
Phone: (214) 552-7055
Email: cgoldsmith@memtronics.com
Research Institution
 Purdue University
 Dimitri Peroulis
 Birck Nanotechmology Center
1205 W State Street
West Lafayette, IN, 47907-
 (765) 494-3491
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
In today"s dense electromagnetic environment, proper allocation and management of spectrum is an overriding concern for U.S. military forces. The ubiquity of wireless systems places many radiators spectrally or physically near one another, impacting receiver performance through interference or jamming. The dynamic nature of the radio environment prevents precise knowledge of all these interferers, further complicating mitigation. This has highlighted the need for high-performance, frequency-agile filtering in receiver front-ends to maximize system performance by supporting dynamic adjustment of radio operation to mitigate the effects of jamming and co-site interference. This proposed project incorporates the latest design and manufacturing techniques (novel cavity filters, 3-D printing technology, high performance thin-film manufacturing) with the best available tuning technologies (piezoelectric actuators, MEMS-based tunable capacitors/switches) to create reconfigurable filters at UHF frequencies. This project enables the possibility of compact, low-loss, UHF tunable filters which will be of great benefit to next generation military communications systems where adaptive frequency management is required.

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