NASA SBIR 2017 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 171 H9.04-8956
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Advanced RF Communications
PROPOSAL TITLE: Optically Assisted Analog-to-Digital Converter for Next Generation "Software Defined" Radios

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
MaXentric Technologies, LLC
2071 Lemoine Avenue, Suite 302
Fort Lee, NJ 07024 - 6006
(201) 242-9800

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Dr Chris Thomas
2071 Lemoine Avenue, Suite 302
Fort Lee, NJ 07024 - 6006
(858) 218-6345

CORPORATE/BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Mr Houman Ghajari
2071 Lemoine Avenue, Suite 302
Fort Lee, NJ 07024 - 6006
(858) 272-8800

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

Technology Available (TAV) Subtopics
Advanced RF Communications is a Technology Available (TAV) subtopic that includes NASA Intellectual Property (IP). Do you plan to use the NASA IP under the award?

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
Next generation commercial and DoD communication systems must meet the demand for higher data rates and the growing number of users in an increasingly over-taxed spectrum. Reconfigurable digital phased arrays that implement high speed ADCs promise to help provide a solution; however, creating broadband high speed high ENOB DACs remains a challenging bottleneck of the system. MaXentric's solution will be to create a Universal ADC capable of interfacing with purely electrical systems for moderate speed applications or optically assisted systems for high speed applications requiring precision timing with order of magnitude improvement in timing jitter. With the Universal ADC using optical assistance, it is anticipated that performance can approach 100 Gs/sec with greater than 8 bits ENOB allowing for truly multi-standard high performance "software defined" receivers such as applications of digital phased arrays.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
The optically assisted ADC will be an enabling technology allowing for high speed and high resolution signal processing. The applications for high performance ADCs range from imaging to digital phased arrays in high data-rate communication systems.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
The anticipated benefit of a Universal ADC proposed by MaXentric is a clear path toward 5G performance. Another, specific, market in which the technology may be advantageous is ground vehicle navigation in which high resolution imaging may be a key component requiring fast, reconfigurable phased arrays. Consumer spending on self-driving cars has received over $3B in research funding from established private-sector organizations.

TECHNOLOGY TAXONOMY MAPPING (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.)
Circuits (including ICs; for specific applications, see e.g., Communications, Networking & Signal Transport; Control & Monitoring, Sensors)
Data Acquisition (see also Sensors)
Detectors (see also Sensors)
Fiber (see also Communications, Networking & Signal Transport; Photonics)
Lasers (Communication)
Models & Simulations (see also Testing & Evaluation)
Software Tools (Analysis, Design)

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