Low-Cost Chaos Radar

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Army
Amount:
$409,641.00
Award Year:
2013
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
W31P4Q-13-C-0020
Agency Tracking Number:
A2-5060
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
A11a-T001
Solicitation Number:
2011.A
Small Business Information
TechFlow, Inc.
2155 Louisiana Blvd., NE, Suite 3200, Albuquerque, NM, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
965444040
Principal Investigator
 Sameer Hemmady
 Sr. Computational Physicist
 (505) 903-6845
 shemmady@techflow.com
Business Contact
 Susan Haverland
Title: Sr. Bus. Mgr./Director of Contracts
Phone: (505) 903-6843
Email: shaverland@techflow.com
Research Institution
 The University of New Mexico
 Shannon Denetchiley
 Pre-Award Services, 1700 Lomas
NE Suite 22000 MSC01 1247
Albuquerque, NM, 87131-0001
 (505) 277-4186
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
To address the Army"s Phase-II requirements for a low-cost chaos-based radar demonstrator, TechFlow and its research partners- the University of New Mexico and Forza Silicon Corp., will implement and test a prototype E-band chaos radar system incorporating a coherent receiver. In Phase I, the TechFlow team performed a comprehensive study of the coherent chaos-based modulation scheme described by Corron, Blakely and Stahl (CBS). The feasibility of the coherent CBS chaos radar for automotive applications was demonstrated. TechFlow carefully studied analog, mixed-signal, opto-electronic, and high-speed digital system implementation architectures for CBS baseband transmitters and associated matched filters operating in the RF and microwave regime, and identified the most cost effective, risk mitigated architecture for Phase-II implementation. Through HDL co-simulations, TechFlow demonstrated the generation of>100MHz chaotic baseband radar signals and a technique to encode binary user-specified data into the CBS modulation with encoding rates>10Mbps. In Phase-II, we will experimentally demonstrate these capabilities in a controlled field environment. TechFlow has formalized a commercialization and technology transition plan through Phase-III with key support from prime integrators in the radar, electronic warfare and communication market sectors, and generating keen interest from the Army Research Laboratories, which has advocated further development of our technology.

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