NASA SBIR 2008 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 08-1 O1.01-8555
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Coding, Modulation, and Compression
PROPOSAL TITLE: High-speed FPGA Image Decoder

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Cybernet Systems Corporation
727 Airport Boulevard
Ann Arbor, MI 48108 - 1639
(734) 668-2567

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Chris Lomont
727 Airport Blvd
Ann Arbor, MI 48108 - 1639
(734) 668-2567

Expected Technology Readiness Level (TRL) upon completion of contract: 4

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
NASA space imagery is gathered and transmitted back to earth in many formats. One of the newer formats is the lossy/lossless image format CCSDS (CCSDS 122.0-B-1), which uses wavelet decomposition combined with a bitplane encoder to achieve good data rates while keeping visual fidelity. It was designed for space missions, and in particular is designed to implement in low power hardware. This solicitation calls for creating a hardware solution capable of decoding 16-bit image samples from this format, called in this document the "CCSDS" image format, at the rate of 640 Mbps, presumably for ground based image acquisition systems. Cybernet teaming with University of Dayton Research Institute proposes to design and build a FPGA based hardware image decoder capable of decoding 16-bit samples with a rate at least 640 Mbps, which, given the specifics of the image specification, is completely feasible. Dr. Chris Lomont at Cybernet is currently PI on a project implementing precisely the CCSDS 122.0-B-1 specification and transcoding algorithms for a NASA Phase II SBIR, and is intimately familiar with the format. This coupled with Cybernet's long history of designing and delivering hardware solutions makes us a perfect fit for this project.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
NASA has a large investment in low-bandwidth image transmission, and is furthering this with their CCSDS lossy image compression format. The specification is finalized, and in order to become really useful there needs to be a fast decoding solution for receiving data from space. This hardware can be designed and built by Cybernet for low cost, which can then be deployed throughout NASA for dealing with data coming back from satellites. The resulting device can be sold to the many other space agencies that are members of CCSDS.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Cybernet has many imaging and hardware products, and the incorporation of this hardware technology will make their platforms better solutions to their customers. Through two CCSDS 122.0-B-1 SBIR contracts, Cybernet has the expertise to develop and market this hardware to other space agencies that are members of CCSDS. Finally it makes good sense for Cybernet to leverage our internal investment in CCSDS and image processing technologies.

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