High Isolation Transmit/Receive Antennas for Advanced Electronic Warfare (EW) and Communications Applications

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W15P7T-10-C-B610
Agency Tracking Number: A2-3908
Amount: $729,676.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: A08-084
Solicitation Number: 2008.2
Small Business Information
4865 Sterling Drive, Boulder, CO, -
DUNS: 125961123
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Farzin Lalezari
 Principal Investigator
 (303) 449-5211
Business Contact
 Theresa Boone
Title: Chief Operating Officer
Phone: (303) 442-5211
Email: tboone@firstrf.com
Research Institution
Recently, modern tactical warfare has relied more and more heavily on technologies requiring radio frequency (RF) capabilities. For applications ranging from networking functions (like peer-to-peer and satellite communications) to individual capabilities (like electronic warfare and signals intelligence), a common impetus is to extend broadband functionality to expand system performance. As the operational spectra of these functions have grown – often to overlapping bands, there has been a corresponding increase in the difficulty of using these functions simultaneously. However, because they function independently, there are usually no interoperability or compatibility considerations made for the various functions used aboard modern US military ground platforms. Furthermore, there is often no way to be sure of interoperability and compatibility on a particular platform configuration without extensive testing. Accordingly, this effort strives to generate isolation techniques that provide platform independence, require no calibration, provide efficient performance over the entire 20-8000 MHz spectrum, and do not rely on expensive, unreliable, or frequency-dependent components. During Phase I, FIRST RF demonstrated techniques that achieved 20 to 65dB of isolation improvement compared to legacy techniques. During Phase II, FIRST RF will leverage this work to provide improvements in bandwidth, isolation, and robustness.

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