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Silicon Receiver for Millimeter Wave Distributed Aperture Imager with Optical Upconversion

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: W911QX-13-C-0006
Agency Tracking Number: D2-1190
Amount: $1,748,126.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: SB113-003
Solicitation Number: 2011.3
Solicitation Year: 2011
Award Year: 2012
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2012-11-13
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2015-07-07
Small Business Information
51 East Main Street Suite 201
Newark, DE 19711
United States
DUNS: 000000000
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Richard Martin
 Chief Operating Officer
 (302) 456-9003
Business Contact
 Eric Kelmelis
Title: Chief Executive Officer
Phone: (302) 456-9003
Research Institution

In this Phase II SBIR effort we will dramatically reduce the size, weight, and power requirements of a passive millimeter wave imaging system based on optical upconversion. To this end, we will integrate custom silicon-germanium low noise amplifiers that have been designed to efficiently couple with our high performance lithium niobate upconversion modules. In Phase I we analyzed the design requirements and designed suitable silicon-germanium receiver ICs. In the four month Phase I Option period, we will fabricate the integrated circuits and design and build test substrates. In the first year of Phase II we will 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. We will also look to optimize the design and performance of the circuitry based on our measured results. The development of this chip leverages recent progress in SiGe HBT high speed analog circuit design and integrates it monolithically with emerging photonic technology. In the second year of the Phase II contract we will build a 30 channel distributed aperture imager capable of real time video rate imagery using our state-of-the-art modulator technology and optical processors.

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