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High-Shock MEMS Precision Frequency Reference (PREFER)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-16-P-1010
Agency Tracking Number: N152-112-0122
Amount: $79,971.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N152-112
Solicitation Number: 2015.2
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2015
Award Year: 2016
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2015-11-02
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2016-09-02
Small Business Information
Research and Technology Center, 122 Edison Drive, Middletown, OH, 45044
DUNS: 032326790
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Tim Wurth
 CTO / VP of Engineering
 (513) 360-0800
 tim.wurth@nuwaves.com
Business Contact
 Jeff Wells
Phone: (513) 360-0800
Email: jeff.wells@nuwaves.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The U.S. Navy requires a robust oscillator replacement for quartz crystal temperature-compensated crystal oscillator (TCXO). Most systems rely on a single quartz oscillator for timekeeping during such events. Quartz oscillators are very useful in this capacity and have superior electrical properties to other technologies, such as stability and phase noise. However, quartz is very sensitive to mechanical stock and rapid temperature changesespecially when used in high-velocity gun-launched guided projectiles. Due to shortcomings in harsh environments, a reliable and robust time and frequency source alternative is needed to sustain operation for mission-critical navigation and communication systems.

Microelectromechanical system (MEMS) oscillatorsalthough still in their developmental infancyhave similar beneficial electrical properties to quartz. However, MEMS are less susceptible to damage due to mechanical shock and/or temperature extremes than quartz primarily due to lower mass and different material properties. This makes a temperature-compensated MEMS oscillator (TCMO) a very attractive option for gun-launched projectiles, such as the Navys Hypervelocity Projectile.

NuWaves Engineering, along with academic subcontracting partner, the University of Virginia (UVA), propose the High-Shock MEMS PREcision FrEquency Reference (PREFER) project to develop a state-of-the-art MEMS oscillator by leveraging the Teams expertise in advanced MEMS design and fabrication, oscillator and RF module design, development, manufacturing and testing.

* Information listed above is at the time of submission. *

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