NASA SBIR 2008 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 08-1 S1.02-9002
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Active Microwave Technologies
PROPOSAL TITLE: InGaP HBT lift-off for High Efficiency L-band T/R module

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
MicroLink Devices
6457 Howard Street
Niles, IL 60714 - 3301
(847) 588-3001

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Noren Pan
6457 Howard Street
Niles, IL 60714 - 3301
(847) 588-3001

Expected Technology Readiness Level (TRL) upon completion of contract: 2 to 3

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
This proposal addresses the need for the development of higher efficiency power amplifiers at L-band using GaAs HBT (heterojunction bipolar transistors) for pulsed mode radar applications. In this proposal we offer a novel approach for signifcantly improving the thermal characteristics of high power GaAs based HBTs. This work will be accomplished by the development of a high-yield, 4-inch epitaxial liftoff (ELO) technology accompanied by the bonding of the GaAs device wafer onto a diamond substrate. The power added efficiency is expected to be at least 65% with an improvement in power density by 50%.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Radar remote sensing is a critical application of NASA's exploratory mission. Synthetic aperture radar can provide measurements to water cycle, global ecosystems, ocean circulation, and ice mass. L-band radar is particularly attractive for these applications. High efficiency, lightweight, and high reliability are key attributes for space-qualified components.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
The major potential application for L-band power amplifiers is in wireless communications. As the capabilities of wireless devices expand, there is an increasing need for compact, efficient power amplifiers. The proposed structures are an excellent technology platform for meeting this market demand for improved power amplifier performance at high efficiency levels and lower DC power consumption

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