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Agency: Department of Defense | Branch: Air Force | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase I | Award Amount: 149.94K | Year: 2012

ABSTRACT: Colorado Engineering, Inc. (CEI) proposes to develop transparent resource provisioning techniques with self-adaptive control and virtualization that support on-demand cloud computing for enterprise systems. Cloud computing facilitates shared and dynamic allocation of resources to reduce cost through multiplexing and to enable on-demand services. However, providing on-demand services and cloud computing imposes a few major challenging issues including: transparency, scalability, platform heterogeneity, and unstable network bandwidth. The work proposed here will address these challenges by making computing and storage resources location transparent, supporting collaborative applications in difference scales with little or no impact in performance. BENEFIT: CEI has developed software and hardware technologies for a variety of government programs, and the team has transitioned over 37 products to production for use in DoD and Government systems. CEI also has experience commercializing technology developed under Government-funded programs. Products are packaged as COTS items, listed on a catalog price sheet, supported with technical application notes and marketing materials, and made available for sale to both the commercial and Government markets. CEI will promote technologies developed under this effort as part of its standard commercial product marketing and sales activities. The technology being developed to support transparent and autonomic resource provisioning techniques with self-adaptive control and virtualization can apply to any government or commercial need for cloud computing, since such approaches hold the promise of reduced costs through the shared and dynamic allocation of resources. On-demand cloud computing would be of particular interest to large scale enterprise computing environments which would find the technology to be of great benefit when dynamically allocating computing resources across disparate organizational boundaries. Examples of applications that could benefit from this research include enterprise file sharing, online entertainment and retail, telephony and cable systems, and image and video processing pipelines. CEI will leverage its marketing/sales resources to target companies like Amazon, Disney/Pixar, Google, and HP.


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Agency: Department of Defense | Branch: Navy | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase I | Award Amount: 80.00K | Year: 2012

The objective is to design a low power 20 GHz digitizer using a Nyquist Folding front end based on technology developed at L-3 Communications and 5 GHz ADC module designed by CEI in a previously awarded Phase I SBIR. The baseline design is a single channel with a modulated sampling signal at 10 Gsps followed by a 5 GHz low pass filter and amplifier. This signal is then digitized with the 5 GHz TI-ADC module with an FPGA for equalization and signal reconstruction. A feasibility and requirements analysis that will be conducted in Phase I will determine if a second channel is necessary in order to unambiguously recover the original RF. For the two channel case, both channels will utilize a constant sampling signal, but with a different offset.


Grant
Agency: Department of Defense | Branch: Air Force | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase I | Award Amount: 150.00K | Year: 2015

ABSTRACT:Software Defined Radios rely on digital FPGAs and/or high performance general purpose processors to realize flexible transmitter/receiver solutions that can adapt to various modulation schemes, waveforms, and even mission functions. However, achieving similar flexibility in the complementary RF Front End (RF-FE) poses a much bigger challenge. RF solutions are often designed to specific frequency plans; attempts to achieve versatility require multiple implementations of the design and increase C-SWaP. What is missing from the RF design tool box is a way to realize high performance, complex RF-FE subsystems using a common, reconfigurable component mirroring the advantages of digital FPGAs. The technology would enable low cost, reconfigurable transceiver systems. CEI proposes to leverage its extensive experience with reconfigurable RF and transceiver design to identify, develop, and evaluate reconfigurable RF-FE network architectures enabling frequency band agnostic, SDR based multi-band navigation and communication handheld solutions. With a focus on minimizing SWaP, CEI will conduct a comprehensive comparative assessment of COTS-based reconfigurable RF-FE network architectures and make a recommendation about the best approach. CEI will evaluate architecture options with respect to complexity, processing load, ease of on-the-fly reconfigurability, and suitability for an SDR-based GNSS receiver and communication device.BENEFIT:CEI has developed software and hardware technologies for a variety of government programs, and the team has transitioned over 37 products to production for use in DoD and Government systems. CEI also has experience commercializing technology developed under Government-funded programs. Products are packaged as COTS items, listed on a catalog price sheet, supported with technical application notes and marketing materials, and made available for sale to both the commercial and Government markets. CEI will promote technologies developed under this effort as part of its standard commercial product marketing and sales activities. As further evidence of CEIs success with commercialization of SBIR technology, the Small Business Administration presented CEI with the Tibbetts Award. This prestigious award is presented to small businesses that represent excellence in achieving the mission and goals of the SBIR and STTR program, stimulate technological innovation, and increase commercialization of Federal research. The reconfigurable RF-FE technology resulting from this program opens up many opportunities for both military and commercial transitions. Dynamically reconfigurable RF modules lower the total ownership cost of systems through improved device commonality, reliability, adaptability, and operational readiness. CEI is teamed with a prime contract who will assist CEI throughout Phase I to identify military transition opportunities for reconfigurable RF beyond the comm/GNSS application identified in the topic. One promising area is EW; applying RF-FE technology to this area results in solutions with enhanced situational awareness, interoperability, and performance to meet evolving threats. A reconfigurable RF technology insertion enhances an EW systems threat detection performance in congested environments, improves interoperability with Blue Force communication and other EW equipment, enhances waveform agility for effective threat defeat, improves reliability, and reduces acquisition cost through part count reduction and reuse of a common RF front end. CEI is also teamed with a leading RF component supplier who is supporting CEI with insight into device-level realization of the concept architectures. The company has extensive insight into both the military and commercial markets and is a market leader in RF solutions including cell phone devices and programmable filters. By collaborating with this company throughout Phase I, II, and III, reconfigurable RF-FE technology will migrate into device-level product offerings.


Grant
Agency: Department of Defense | Branch: Navy | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase I | Award Amount: 80.00K | Year: 2014

Colorado Engineering, Inc. (CEI) with its teammate AntennaMetrics, Inc. will use their collective experience and expertise to establish the feasibility of exploiting phase noise in a tactical environment for passive target and platform identification and jammer discrimination. CEI will build on many years of radar, EW and electronics experience oriented toward Digital Signal Processing (DSP), Electromagnetics (EM) and RF system design. AntennaMetrics will support CEI by providing deep expertise in EW systems engineering and SEWIP Block 2 design, demo planning, and SEWIP integration of the phase noise discrimination hardware.


Grant
Agency: Department of Defense | Branch: Navy | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase I | Award Amount: 79.97K | Year: 2014

Colorado Engineering, Inc. (CEI) proposes to leverage its expertise in development of compact high speed signal processors for radar applications including U.A.V. to develop similar technologies for torpedo defense applications. A total systems approach will be emphasized that will incorporate state of the art APU, GPU, and FPGA components to develop a common signal processing platform that will meet the needs of a variety of sensor platforms. CEI is familiar with highly dense packaging technologies including extremely dense multilayer PCB"s, MCM"s and ASIC"s. The goal will be to leverage technologies whose advancement is being driven by commercial applications such as telecommunications, video gaming and computing. CEI will apply these technologies to meet the Navy"s unique requirements for torpedo defense applications. The TPOC has expressed that these technologies should be implementable within the next few years. CEI is engaged with many commercial technology suppliers and is familiar with their roadmaps. CEI will also engage with Subject Matter Experts (SME"s) in torpedo defense applications to tailor the signal processing solution to meet the Navy"s needs in this problem space.

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