Low Cost, High Performance Transmit/Receive Integrated Circuits on a single chip

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Amount:
$100,000.00
Program:
STTR
Contract:
HQ0006-10-C-7400
Solitcitation Year:
2009
Solicitation Number:
2009.B
Branch:
Missile Defense Agency
Award Year:
2010
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
B09B-004-0046
Solicitation Topic Code:
MDA09-T004
Small Business Information
Noisefigure Research LLC
P.O. Box 552, Lubbock, TX, 79408
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
829962872
Principal Investigator
 Donald Lie
 Assoc. Professor
 (858) 335-2153
 donald.lie@ttu.edu
Business Contact
 Jerry Lopez
Title: Research Director
Phone: (858) 336-5120
Email: jerry@noisefigure.com
Research Institution
 Texas Tech University
 Donald Y C. Lie
 Electrical Engineering Departm
1012 Boston Ave.
Lubbock, TX, 79410
 (858) 335-2153
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
Traditional RADAR implementations suffer from bulky transmitters with cluttered microwave plumbing and antenna support systems that make systems expensive. Today, phased array transceiver architectures providing moderate power (10–100W) can provide RADAR performance with beam-steering capabilities with modest size of the systems. However, these conventional phase array architectures do not scale well to compact, low cost RADAR applications as the III-V semiconductor technologies are mainly used for the RF circuitry while silicon digital CMOS technology is employed for control and timing circuits. Thus, making the assembly, packing and characterization processes high cost and low yield. To achieve truly low cost and compact size, it is necessary to integrate as much of the active circuitry as possible into single chips – as in the handset industry. Here, we proposed a new T/R IC architecture that will include on-chip digital control compensation networks to ensure performance uniformity at the element level. We aim to achieve all functionalities necessary to make a robust scalable TRIC system with the addition of RF build-in-self-test (RF-BiST) capability to reduce cost and increase system robustness. We will show that our proposed system architecture and components can provide a low-cost, high-performance single-chip TRIC for scalable phase-array X-band RADAR solution.

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