Silicon Receiver for Millimeter Wave Distributed Aperture Imager with Optical Upconversion

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Amount:
$149,722.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
W15P7T-12-C-5010
Solitcitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Number:
2011.3
Branch:
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Award Year:
2012
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
D113-003-0053
Solicitation Topic Code:
SB113-003
Small Business Information
Phase Sensitive Innovations
51 East Main Street, Suite 102, Newark, DE, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
805473951
Principal Investigator
 Richard Martin
 Chief Operating Officer
 (302) 456-9003
 martin@phasesensitiveinc.com
Business Contact
 Eric Kelmelis
Title: Chief Executive Officer
Phone: (302) 456-9003
Email: kelmelis@phasesensitiveinc.com
Research Institution
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Abstract
In this SBIR effort we will design (Phase I) and demonstrate (Phase II) an integrated silicon electronic-photonic upconversion receiver that when used with our photonic backend will allow for a highly sensitive, real-time, and economical millimeter wave (mmW) imaging system. The development of this chip leverages recent progress in CMOS and SiGe HBT high speed analog circuit design and integrates it monolithically with emerging photonic technology. The end result will greatly reduce the SWaP, cost, and complexity of the system while increasing reliability and performance which in turn will open up new market segments for the technology. In Phase I, we analyze the design requirements and design suitable silicon-photonic receiver ICs. In the Phase I Option, we will fabricate and test the designs by leveraging our in house millimeter wave imaging system optical processors and high speed electro-optic phase modulators that have demonstrated record broad band (DC to>220 GHz) performance. In Phase II we will build an imager using our state-of-the-art modulator technology and optical processors. We will also further simplify the design by integrating the optical phase modulator on the silicon substrate thereby creating a single chip mmW receiver with an optical output.

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