NASA SBIR 2009 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 09-1 O1.05-8175
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Transformational Communications Technology
PROPOSAL TITLE: Low-Power Ultra-Wideband Radio and Radar Chip

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Prime Research LC
1750 Kraft Drive, Suite 1000
Blacksburg, VA 24060 - 6376
(540) 961-2200

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Raymond C Rumpf
1750 Kraft Drive, Suite 1000
Blacksburg, VA 24060 - 6376
(540) 961-2200 Extension :203

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 2
End: 4

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
Prime Research LC (PRLC), Virginia Tech (VT), and the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) propose to develop an ultra-low power radio/radar based on a CMOS ultra-wideband impulse radar (UWIR). The system will be highly compact, consume very little power, perform accurate ranging and asset tracking capability, and provide high capacity communications. Combined with PRLC's power harvesting technologies, the PRLC/VT/UTA team will deliver a high quality and robust product for space applications.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
An ultra-low power UWB radio/radar chip will find many applications for NASA. It can be used for asset tracking, high capacity communications, ranging geological features, and tracking and location.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
The largest commercial markets for UWB technologies are asset tracking and wireless communications for hand-held devices and household appliances. PRLC will combine the UWB radio/radar with its other high temperature technologies to perform sensing in the energy sector where environments are often very extreme.

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.

Airlocks/Environmental Interfaces
Airport Infrastructure and Safety
Architectures and Networks
Autonomous Control and Monitoring
Control Instrumentation
Data Acquisition and End-to-End-Management
Data Input/Output Devices
General Public Outreach
Guidance, Navigation, and Control
Human-Robotic Interfaces
K-12 Outreach
Manned-Maneuvering Units
Mission Training
Modular Interconnects
Multifunctional/Smart Materials
Operations Concepts and Requirements
Pilot Support Systems
Portable Data Acquisition or Analysis Tools
Portable Life Support
Semi-Conductors/Solid State Device Materials
Sensor Webs/Distributed Sensors
Spaceport Infrastructure and Safety
Structural Modeling and Tools
Telemetry, Tracking and Control
Testing Facilities
Ultra-High Density/Low Power
Wireless Distribution

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