Automatic Real-Time, Reconfigurable Interface Generalization Hardware Multiprotocol Data Recorder

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-12-C-0148
Agency Tracking Number: N102-129-0371
Amount: $749,936.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: N102-129
Solicitation Number: 2010.2
Small Business Information
Photonic Systems Division, 20600 Gramercy Place, Bldg. 100, Torrance, CA, -
DUNS: 153865951
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Shean McMahon
 Director
 (310) 320-3088
 ATProposals@poc.com
Business Contact
 Gordon Drew
Title: Chief Financial Officer
Phone: (310) 320-3088
Email: gedrew@poc.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
To address the NAVAIR need for advanced avionics data recorders, Physical Optics Corporation (POC) developed a new Automatic Real-Time, Reconfigurable interface Generalization Hardware (ARRGH) multiprotocol data recorder. The Phase I ARRGH design is based on innovative integration of hybrid transcoding hardware, RAID-based mass storage, and intelligent transcoding heuristic software. This 40 W (50% of competition) 11 lb (about 1/3 of competition) design offers seamless on-the-fly rerouting and data translation of input signals to/from the data recorder irrespective of interfaces involved. A plug-and-play self-sealing (environmentally protected) removable memory unit (RMU) allows rapid upgrades to avert obsolescence by leveraging commercial solid-state memories. The TRL-4 Phase I prototype includes shell adapters ensuring form-factor compliance with a variety of current data recorders (including the RM-6000f on F/A-18). It provides 1TB of removable memory, sustained write speeds of 550MBps (2700MBps burst) and has a built-in self-test, thus meeting NAVAIR (PMA-265 and others) performance requirements. In Phase II, POC will advance this development to produce a fully functional ground-tested year-1 prototype and a TRL-6 flight-test-ready year-2 prototype, define a platform integration roadmap, and initiate device certification. Successful Phase I demonstration has enabled POC to attract prime contractors as potential Phase II/III commercialization partners, including General Dynamics.

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