NASA SBIR 2008 Solicitation

FORM B - PROPOSAL SUMMARY


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 08-1 O1.03-9360
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Reconfigurable/Reprogrammable Communication Systems
PROPOSAL TITLE: Reconfigurable, cognitive software defined radio

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Intelligent Automation, Inc.
15400 Calhoun Drive, Suite 400
Rockville, MD 20855 - 2737
(301) 294-5221

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Arvind Bhat
abhat@i-a-i.com
15400 Calhoun Drive, Suite 400
Rockville, MD 20855 - 2737
(301) 294-5254

Expected Technology Readiness Level (TRL) upon completion of contract: 6

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
Intelligent Automation Inc, (IAI) is currently developing a software defined radio (SDR) platform that can adaptively switch between different modes of operation for communication, by modifying both transmit waveforms and receive signal-processing tasks on the fly. High-speed analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog converters along with modern FPGAs and fast digital signal processors allow for maximum flexibility in digital radio design. The proposed software reconfigurable radio implementation technique and the system design will leverage IAI's vast experience in SDR, RF hardware design, signal processing and system level firmware design.

Key innovations of the proposed effort are
• Reconfigurable digital transceiver/ waveform synthesizer design using high speed FPGA.
• Multi-mode radio functionality and scalable architecture.
• Soft-processor based controller and flexible user control to enable on the fly radio configuration.
• Cognitive capabilities like Adaptive modulation and Automatic Modulation Recognition (AMR)
• Complex modulation and bandwidth efficient waveform implementation capability

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Some NASA related commercial applications would be

• Configurable telemetry and ranging radios
• Lab based software radio test-bed
• Extra Vehicular (EVA) radios for space applications

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
The proposed technology is built upon the software defined radio expertise of IAI. The most promising commercial applications outside of NASA are:

• Arbitrary wideband waveform synthesizer
• Reconfigurable software radio with multi-mode capabilities
• Cognitive radios

NASA's technology taxonomy has been developed by the SBIR-STTR program to disseminate awareness of proposed and awarded R/R&D in the agency. It is a listing of over 100 technologies, sorted into broad categories, of interest to NASA.

TECHNOLOGY TAXONOMY MAPPING
Highly-Reconfigurable
Microwave/Submillimeter
Portable Data Acquisition or Analysis Tools
RF


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