Monolithic S-band Multichannel Transmit/Receive Module for Communication Phased Array Antennas

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-13-C-1609
Agency Tracking Number: F121-159-0514
Amount: $739,475.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2013
Solicitation Year: 2012
Solicitation Topic Code: AF121-159
Solicitation Number: 2012.1
Small Business Information
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DUNS: 168849011
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Cheryl Liss
 Principal Engineer
 (978) 452-7700
Business Contact
 Moosa Moosa
Title: Chief Financial Officer
Phone: (978) 452-7700
Research Institution
ABSTRACT: Phase II tasks will produce a full-duplex, multi-channel, S-band transmit-receive (T/R) module for integration into large communication phased array antennas. An RF section featuring advanced, two-chip Monolithic Microwave Integrated Circuit (MMIC) technology will replace the large number of discrete radio frequency (RF) components in existing systems. An embedded command microcontroller will provide internal protection and built-in test capability as well as serial-to-parallel command conversion. Design of the module will include interconnection and distribution circuits as well as the mechanical and thermal configurations. The anticipated advantages of this approach are size, weight, and cost reductions and maximized manufacturability, reproducibility, flexibility, and ease of replacement. In Phase I, the MMICs were designed to predict performance capability and circuit integration. The module capability will be demonstrated and evaluated in Phase II with prototype fabrication, assembly, and testing. BENEFIT: Auriga"s low-cost, full-duplex T/R module at S-band will drive down size and cost for large phased-array systems. The module will be well-suited for quick adaptation to many systems in the L- to X-band range, requiring multiple concurrent communication links capable of transmitting and receiving multiple beams simultaneously.

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