Wideband Digital Beamforming for SPEAR

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Missile Defense Agency
Amount:
$997,621.00
Award Year:
2007
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
W9113M-07-C-0127
Agency Tracking Number:
053-1603
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
APPLIED RADAR, INC.
210 Airport Street, Quonset Point, North Kingstown, RI, 02852
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
041546834
Principal Investigator:
William Weedon
President/CEO
(401) 295-0062
whw@appliedradar.com
Business Contact:
William Weedon
President/CEO
(401) 295-0062
whw@appliedradar.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
In the proposed Phase II effort, Applied Radar, Inc. will develop a wideband scaleable digital beamforming (DBF) processor capable of supporting > 1 GHz of instantaneous bandwidth (IBW). The new patented hardware architecture paradigm developed in Phase I is scaleable in the number of input channels, the number of output beams, and bandwidth. Hence, it is directly applicable to large BMD radars such as the scaleable panel for efficient array radiation (SPEAR) radar architecture presently being developed by MDA. Wideband (2 - 3 GSPS) digital receivers and exciters, currently being developed by Applied Radar under separate funding, may be used as the front-end input/output channels for the DBF processor. Applied Radar is teamed with one of the two SPEAR Spiral 1 contractors, and will develop in Phase II a prototype of the DBF processor and bench-test this digital hardware with SPEAR Spiral 1 panel in the laboratory. In addition, specifications will be produced for the array analog and digital hardware including oscillator phase noise and dynamic range. In the Phase II Option, the prototype hardware will be refined, and a more advanced radar demo will be performed in an outdoor environment.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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