Multichannel Fiber Optic Package Interface for Avionics

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-13-C-0357
Agency Tracking Number: N091-039-0704a
Amount: $999,842.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2013
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: N091-039
Solicitation Number: 2009.1
Small Business Information
990 Park Center Drive, Suite H, Vista, CA, 92081
DUNS: 000000000
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Charles Kuznia
 President
 (760) 652-0007
 ckuznia@ultracomm-inc.com
Business Contact
 Charles Kuznia
Title: President
Phone: (760) 652-0007
Email: ckuznia@ultracomm-inc.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
An opportunity exists to significantly reduce the cost of low-profile fiber optic transceivers utilized in harsh environment applications by exploiting advances made in optoelectronic (OE) packaging. Presently, the cost associated with traditional hermetic can (HC) packaging dominates the overall cost of transceivers fielded in the aerospace systems such as the F-35, F-22 and B-2. While electronic components are commonly used in mil-avionics without hermetic can packaging, OE components are relatively unproven. This program addresses fiber optic system affordability by 1) reducing the transceiver manufacturing costs by eliminating expensive ceramic substrates, metalized fiber and active alignment process, 2) reducing the transceiver assembly, handling and fiber-related repair costs by adding a removable fiber connector, and 3) reduce fiber cable maintenance costs by incorporating built-in-test for health monitoring of the fiber optic cable plant.

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