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15 Phase I Selections from the 13.1 Solicitation

(In Topic Number Order)
Lynntech, Inc.
2501 Earl Rudder Freeway South
College Station, TX 77845
Phone:
PI:
Topic#:
(979) 764-2200
Sanjiv Lalwani
SOCOM13-001      Awarded: 6/19/2013
Title:Protective Superhydrophobic Coatings for Underwater Electronics
Abstract:Sensitive and expensive electronic equipment used in marine environments are generally subjected to harsh extremes. Component lifetimes are typically extended by physical isolation using bags, hard containers or with conformal impermeable coatings. However, over time, protective measures become compromised, the resulting exposure causing corrosion and short circuit-driven malfunctions. There is a need for advanced technologies that effectively protect electronics and sensitive components used in marine environments. Technologies can further benefit from efficient heat dissipation (high thermal conductivity), electrical insulation (low electrical conductivity) and compatibility with the interconnectivity of electronic assemblies. SOCOM has identified a responsive and promising nanotechnology-derived platform: protective superhydrophobic coatings. In response to the need for a feasibility study, an exhaustive evaluation of existing superhydrophobic coating technologies (materials and methods) is proposed herein. Technologies will be evaluated vis-ŕ-vis Lynntech’s own superhydrophobic coatings technology, derived from various polymer/nanoparticle composites. Studies proposed will thoroughly evaluate coating technologies and identify promising options for both salt and fresh water applications. Feasibility studies are designed to predict coating performance at different depths (varying pressure and temperature). Risks and potential payoffs will be addressed and the option that best achieves the objective of this technology pursuit will be identified and recommended for further development.

Lynntech, Inc.
2501 Earl Rudder Freeway South
College Station, TX 77845
Phone:
PI:
Topic#:
(979) 764-2200
Sanjiv Lalwani
SOCOM13-001      Awarded: 6/19/2013
Title:Protective Superhydrophobic Coatings for Underwater Electronics
Abstract:Sensitive and expensive electronic equipment used in marine environments are generally subjected to harsh extremes. Component lifetimes are typically extended by physical isolation using bags, hard containers or with conformal impermeable coatings. However, over time, protective measures become compromised, the resulting exposure causing corrosion and short circuit-driven malfunctions. There is a need for advanced technologies that effectively protect electronics and sensitive components used in marine environments. Technologies can further benefit from efficient heat dissipation (high thermal conductivity), electrical insulation (low electrical conductivity) and compatibility with the interconnectivity of electronic assemblies. SOCOM has identified a responsive and promising nanotechnology-derived platform: protective superhydrophobic coatings. In response to the need for a feasibility study, an exhaustive evaluation of existing superhydrophobic coating technologies (materials and methods) is proposed herein. Technologies will be evaluated vis-ŕ-vis Lynntech’s own superhydrophobic coatings technology, derived from various polymer/nanoparticle composites. Studies proposed will thoroughly evaluate coating technologies and identify promising options for both salt and fresh water applications. Feasibility studies are designed to predict coating performance at different depths (varying pressure and temperature). Risks and potential payoffs will be addressed and the option that best achieves the objective of this technology pursuit will be identified and recommended for further development.

NEI Corporation
400 E Apgar Drive
Somerset, NJ 08873
Phone:
PI:
Topic#:
(732) 868-3141
Fred Allen
SOCOM13-001      Awarded: 7/3/2013
Title:Nano-scale Coatings for the Protection of Electronics and Sensitive Equipment in Marine Environments
Abstract:We propose to advance the state-of-the-art of durable superhydrophobic coatings for application on printed circuit boards (PCBs) found on underwater vehicles exposed to hydrostatic pressures up to ~10 atm, corresponding to depths of ~100 meters in fresh or salt water, through a combination of NEI’s in-house coating materials development and evaluations of existing nanostructured water-repellent coating technologies. The proposed program ultimately aims to demonstrate that a PCB protected with a superhydrophobic coating can successfully operate in water with performance comparable to a pressurized canister used to house electronics. This requires maintaining key properties – electrical, mechanical, and thermal – over time under a range of specified operating and environmental conditions, including hydrostatic pressure. The Phase I program will demonstrate the feasibility of producing a more durable and longer-lasting superhydrophobic coating that outperforms state-of-the-art coatings available from commercial sources and research groups specifically intended for protecting PCBs immersed in water. In Phase II, working with a DoD prime contractor, we will continue to refine the structure and architecture of our superhydrophobic coating in order to maximize compatibility, durability and longevity on PCBs exposed to and immersed in fresh and salt water under hydrostatic pressure.

NEI Corporation
400 E Apgar Drive
Somerset, NJ 08873
Phone:
PI:
Topic#:
(732) 868-3141
Fred Allen
SOCOM13-001      Awarded: 7/3/2013
Title:Nano-scale Coatings for the Protection of Electronics and Sensitive Equipment in Marine Environments
Abstract:We propose to advance the state-of-the-art of durable superhydrophobic coatings for application on printed circuit boards (PCBs) found on underwater vehicles exposed to hydrostatic pressures up to ~10 atm, corresponding to depths of ~100 meters in fresh or salt water, through a combination of NEI’s in-house coating materials development and evaluations of existing nanostructured water-repellent coating technologies. The proposed program ultimately aims to demonstrate that a PCB protected with a superhydrophobic coating can successfully operate in water with performance comparable to a pressurized canister used to house electronics. This requires maintaining key properties – electrical, mechanical, and thermal – over time under a range of specified operating and environmental conditions, including hydrostatic pressure. The Phase I program will demonstrate the feasibility of producing a more durable and longer-lasting superhydrophobic coating that outperforms state-of-the-art coatings available from commercial sources and research groups specifically intended for protecting PCBs immersed in water. In Phase II, working with a DoD prime contractor, we will continue to refine the structure and architecture of our superhydrophobic coating in order to maximize compatibility, durability and longevity on PCBs exposed to and immersed in fresh and salt water under hydrostatic pressure.

Utility Development Corporation
112 Naylon Avenue
Livingston, NJ 07039
Phone:
PI:
Topic#:
(973) 994-4334
Radha Agarwal
SOCOM13-001      Awarded: 6/25/2013
Title:Nano-scale Coatings for the Protection of Electronics and Sensitive Equipment in Marine Environments
Abstract:The objective will be to develop nano-scale coatings for protection of electronics and other sensitive items from seawater and fresh water. A thorough analysis of various commercial and academic superhydrophobic nanoscale coatings will be conducted for protection of electronics from salt fog, seawater and fresh water. Coatings will be procured from the commercial marketplace, internally from UDC, and from academia. UDC will develop test methods designed for the evaluation of such coatings and will investigate cost effective application methods for utilizing the technologies. UDC will examine various application and curing methods and their impact on coating performance. The coatings that are mechanically durable and weather resistant will be identified. Coatings will be verified for use up to 100m depths and have good thermal conductivity and low electrical conductivity. A comprehensive report detailing test methods, results will be submitted at the end of Phase I program.

Utility Development Corporation
112 Naylon Avenue
Livingston, NJ 07039
Phone:
PI:
Topic#:
(973) 994-4334
Radha Agarwal
SOCOM13-001      Awarded: 6/25/2013
Title:Nano-scale Coatings for the Protection of Electronics and Sensitive Equipment in Marine Environments
Abstract:The objective will be to develop nano-scale coatings for protection of electronics and other sensitive items from seawater and fresh water. A thorough analysis of various commercial and academic superhydrophobic nanoscale coatings will be conducted for protection of electronics from salt fog, seawater and fresh water. Coatings will be procured from the commercial marketplace, internally from UDC, and from academia. UDC will develop test methods designed for the evaluation of such coatings and will investigate cost effective application methods for utilizing the technologies. UDC will examine various application and curing methods and their impact on coating performance. The coatings that are mechanically durable and weather resistant will be identified. Coatings will be verified for use up to 100m depths and have good thermal conductivity and low electrical conductivity. A comprehensive report detailing test methods, results will be submitted at the end of Phase I program.

MegaWave Corporation
100 Jackson Road
Devens, MA 01434
Phone:
PI:
Topic#:
(978) 615-7200
Marshall Cross
SOCOM13-002      Awarded: 7/9/2013
Title:Over the Horizon Underwater Communications
Abstract:In this proposal we describe our approach and anticipated results concerning the use of a novel and innovative method for providing Over-The-Horizon (OTH) L-band links between a submerged tracking device and an overhead satellite without the requirement for an on or above surface antenna. The encapsulation of an antenna in a dielectrically compensating tethered cocoon that includes a sensor and means to maintain its depth just below the surface of fresh or saltwater will provide for the efficient launching of the signal towards the zenith.

MegaWave Corporation
100 Jackson Road
Devens, MA 01434
Phone:
PI:
Topic#:
(978) 615-7200
Marshall Cross
SOCOM13-002      Awarded: 7/9/2013
Title:Over the Horizon Underwater Communications
Abstract:In this proposal we describe our approach and anticipated results concerning the use of a novel and innovative method for providing Over-The-Horizon (OTH) L-band links between a submerged tracking device and an overhead satellite without the requirement for an on or above surface antenna. The encapsulation of an antenna in a dielectrically compensating tethered cocoon that includes a sensor and means to maintain its depth just below the surface of fresh or saltwater will provide for the efficient launching of the signal towards the zenith.

Physical Devices LLC
28 Surrey Lane
Durham, NC 27707
Phone:
PI:
Topic#:
(919) 649-1273
Vrinda Haridasan
SOCOM13-002      Awarded: 7/9/2013
Title:Over the Horizon Underwater Communications
Abstract:An analysis of alternatives, including modeling, will be conducted of such candidates technologies such as localization, energy provision, and reporting, which are required for long-duration, LPD localization of various types of vessels operating in blue, green and brown water, with near-real time communications, to support global maritime tag track and locate capabilities in support of national and homeland defense.

Physical Devices LLC
28 Surrey Lane
Durham, NC 27707
Phone:
PI:
Topic#:
(919) 649-1273
Vrinda Haridasan
SOCOM13-002      Awarded: 7/9/2013
Title:Over the Horizon Underwater Communications
Abstract:An analysis of alternatives, including modeling, will be conducted of such candidates technologies such as localization, energy provision, and reporting, which are required for long-duration, LPD localization of various types of vessels operating in blue, green and brown water, with near-real time communications, to support global maritime tag track and locate capabilities in support of national and homeland defense.

DocBox Inc
86 Maple Street
Waltham, MA 02453
Phone:
PI:
Topic#:
(617) 997-8375
Tracy Rausch
SOCOM13-003      Awarded: 7/15/2013
Title:Remote Electronic Medical Devices using the Integrated Clinical Environment (REMDICE)
Abstract:Generation of a single platform with multiple functional units requires a “fresh” approach. Battlefield CONOPS requires the immediate availability of multiple sensors and active devices. The sensors include: ultrasound, capnography, blood pressure measurement using non-invasive techniques, pulse oximetry, non-invasive hemoglobin measurement, electrocardiography and video laryngoscopy. Each of these sensors provides the clinician with information that may lead to the utilization of an active device such as defibrillation who last resort employment must be assured in its reliability. The redundant and unnecessary inclusion of control electronics, read out screens, multiple power supplies, extra batteries and poor design flexibility leads to too much weight, a costly device and overall inadequate performance. The proposed study will show that the Integrated Clinical Environment (ICE) can be utilized to allow incorporation of best of breed sensors and devices in a package which can simultaneously display data of at least 3 patients’ vital signs, incorporate remote monitoring, operate for 7+ hours with battery power while providing interoperability with Special Operations Forces (SOF) field computing devices. The integration of best of breed devices into a single platform will allow the necessary weight, power, functionality and performance specifications to be achieved using battlefield CONOPS.

DocBox Inc
86 Maple Street
Waltham, MA 02453
Phone:
PI:
Topic#:
(617) 997-8375
Tracy Rausch
SOCOM13-003      Awarded: 7/15/2013
Title:Remote Electronic Medical Devices using the Integrated Clinical Environment (REMDICE)
Abstract:Generation of a single platform with multiple functional units requires a “fresh” approach. Battlefield CONOPS requires the immediate availability of multiple sensors and active devices. The sensors include: ultrasound, capnography, blood pressure measurement using non-invasive techniques, pulse oximetry, non-invasive hemoglobin measurement, electrocardiography and video laryngoscopy. Each of these sensors provides the clinician with information that may lead to the utilization of an active device such as defibrillation who last resort employment must be assured in its reliability. The redundant and unnecessary inclusion of control electronics, read out screens, multiple power supplies, extra batteries and poor design flexibility leads to too much weight, a costly device and overall inadequate performance. The proposed study will show that the Integrated Clinical Environment (ICE) can be utilized to allow incorporation of best of breed sensors and devices in a package which can simultaneously display data of at least 3 patients’ vital signs, incorporate remote monitoring, operate for 7+ hours with battery power while providing interoperability with Special Operations Forces (SOF) field computing devices. The integration of best of breed devices into a single platform will allow the necessary weight, power, functionality and performance specifications to be achieved using battlefield CONOPS.

UtopiaCompression, Corporation
11150 W. Olympic Blvd. Suite 820
Los Angeles, CA 90064
Phone:
PI:
Topic#:
(310) 473-1500
Tejaswi Tamminedi
SOCOM13-003      Awarded: 7/22/2013
Title:C-Care: An automated combat casualty diagnostic and monitoring system
Abstract:UtopiaCompression and team put forth a novel solution for medical diagnostics and continuous monitoring of combat casualties in the battlefield to improve survivability while reducing cost to the military. We propose advances in both physiological diagnostic intelligence and associated physiological sensors systems for a complete solution. The system will consist of the state of the art physiological sensors and medical hardware communicating wirelessly to an embedded platform hosting diagnostic intelligence, connected to a medic device for simultaneous monitoring of multiple casualties. The system will provide alerts in advance for the emergent need of intervention and when administered the system will track intervention impact to provide actionable feedback to the medic during pre-hospital and transport medical care. The diagnostics will also accommodate for differences among individuals and function without prior medical information. It will maintain data continuity for downstream caregivers as casualties are transported through echelons of care. The system will be built with an open, modular architecture to enable constant evolution by modification and addition of sensors and diagnostic intelligence. These will translate into cost-of-ownership savings for TCCC response, lower battlefield KIA rates from potentially survivable causes, higher unit readiness levels and lower lifetime medical costs for combat wounded.

UtopiaCompression, Corporation
11150 W. Olympic Blvd. Suite 820
Los Angeles, CA 90064
Phone:
PI:
Topic#:
(310) 473-1500
Tejaswi Tamminedi
SOCOM13-003      Awarded: 7/22/2013
Title:C-Care: An automated combat casualty diagnostic and monitoring system
Abstract:UtopiaCompression and team put forth a novel solution for medical diagnostics and continuous monitoring of combat casualties in the battlefield to improve survivability while reducing cost to the military. We propose advances in both physiological diagnostic intelligence and associated physiological sensors systems for a complete solution. The system will consist of the state of the art physiological sensors and medical hardware communicating wirelessly to an embedded platform hosting diagnostic intelligence, connected to a medic device for simultaneous monitoring of multiple casualties. The system will provide alerts in advance for the emergent need of intervention and when administered the system will track intervention impact to provide actionable feedback to the medic during pre-hospital and transport medical care. The diagnostics will also accommodate for differences among individuals and function without prior medical information. It will maintain data continuity for downstream caregivers as casualties are transported through echelons of care. The system will be built with an open, modular architecture to enable constant evolution by modification and addition of sensors and diagnostic intelligence. These will translate into cost-of-ownership savings for TCCC response, lower battlefield KIA rates from potentially survivable causes, higher unit readiness levels and lower lifetime medical costs for combat wounded.

MaXentric Technologies LLC
2071 Lemoine Avenue Suite 302
Fort Lee, NJ 07024
Phone:
PI:
Topic#:
(858) 848-0273
Paul Theilmann
SOCOM13-004      Awarded: 6/17/2013
Title:Next Generation Portable Power Amplifier
Abstract:In response to the SOCOM 13-004 Next Generation Portable Power Amplifier solicitation, MaXentric proposes the GreenAmp-lite system. The GreenAmp-‐lite combines MaXentric’s envelope tracking technology with a power amplifier MMIC in a single small footprint package. This tight integration is made possible through the extremely high efficiency and low power dissipation provided by envelope tracking. Since very little power is dissipated as heat, the package and heat sink size can be minimized. Integration has benefits in terms of cost and reproducibility as well. The RF PA MMIC requires no calibration or tuning allowing GreenAmp-‐lite modules to be directly plugged into systems out of the box. The system leads to a minimization of weight, heat and bulk. This allows for a system where the battery can be reduced in size and integrated into the handheld PA device. During Phase I the GreenAmp-lite system will be compared to alternate PA designs and compared in terms of weight, heat, bulk and feasibility. Conceivable systems, which meet or exceed the specifications outlined in the SOCOM 13-004 SBIR solicitation, will then be ranked in terms of complexity, performance and realizability.

MaXentric Technologies LLC
2071 Lemoine Avenue Suite 302
Fort Lee, NJ 07024
Phone:
PI:
Topic#:
(858) 848-0273
Paul Theilmann
SOCOM13-004      Awarded: 6/17/2013
Title:Next Generation Portable Power Amplifier
Abstract:In response to the SOCOM 13-004 Next Generation Portable Power Amplifier solicitation, MaXentric proposes the GreenAmp-lite system. The GreenAmp-‐lite combines MaXentric’s envelope tracking technology with a power amplifier MMIC in a single small footprint package. This tight integration is made possible through the extremely high efficiency and low power dissipation provided by envelope tracking. Since very little power is dissipated as heat, the package and heat sink size can be minimized. Integration has benefits in terms of cost and reproducibility as well. The RF PA MMIC requires no calibration or tuning allowing GreenAmp-‐lite modules to be directly plugged into systems out of the box. The system leads to a minimization of weight, heat and bulk. This allows for a system where the battery can be reduced in size and integrated into the handheld PA device. During Phase I the GreenAmp-lite system will be compared to alternate PA designs and compared in terms of weight, heat, bulk and feasibility. Conceivable systems, which meet or exceed the specifications outlined in the SOCOM 13-004 SBIR solicitation, will then be ranked in terms of complexity, performance and realizability.

Vadum
601 Hutton St STE 109
Raleigh, NC 27606
Phone:
PI:
Topic#:
(919) 341-8241
Todd Nichols
SOCOM13-004      Awarded: 7/8/2013
Title:Integrated Wideband Tactical Power Amplifier
Abstract:Vadum proposes a feasibility study to define the next generation power amplifier for the Special Operations Forces (SOF) warfighter. This program will deliver extended bandwidth, more complex waveform capability, longer battery life, higher field reliability, and wide compatibility across radio types. The Phase I deliverable will be a comprehensive trade study and a proposed PA design which includes system architecture and verification simulations. Vadum will study and simulate several amplifier topologies to achieve efficiencies of greater than 70% over the entire 30-3000 MHz band. Vadum will evaluate several integration and packaging techniques, including optimal chip partitioning (frequency, power, etc.), and evaluate technologies to realize highly integrated multi-functional modules to improve overall performance and reliability and to reduce volume, mass, and cost. In order to achieve both high efficiency and linearity, Vadum will survey and evaluate candidate approaches, including re-configurable predistortion linearizers, to select the approach that meets all performance specifications with the highest reliability and lowest SWaP (Size, Weight, and Power).

Vadum
601 Hutton St STE 109
Raleigh, NC 27606
Phone:
PI:
Topic#:
(919) 341-8241
Todd Nichols
SOCOM13-004      Awarded: 7/8/2013
Title:Integrated Wideband Tactical Power Amplifier
Abstract:Vadum proposes a feasibility study to define the next generation power amplifier for the Special Operations Forces (SOF) warfighter. This program will deliver extended bandwidth, more complex waveform capability, longer battery life, higher field reliability, and wide compatibility across radio types. The Phase I deliverable will be a comprehensive trade study and a proposed PA design which includes system architecture and verification simulations. Vadum will study and simulate several amplifier topologies to achieve efficiencies of greater than 70% over the entire 30-3000 MHz band. Vadum will evaluate several integration and packaging techniques, including optimal chip partitioning (frequency, power, etc.), and evaluate technologies to realize highly integrated multi-functional modules to improve overall performance and reliability and to reduce volume, mass, and cost. In order to achieve both high efficiency and linearity, Vadum will survey and evaluate candidate approaches, including re-configurable predistortion linearizers, to select the approach that meets all performance specifications with the highest reliability and lowest SWaP (Size, Weight, and Power).

PCP Tactical, LLC
3895 39th Sq.
Vero Beach, FL 32960
Phone:
PI:
Topic#:
(772) 564-0777
Tony Padgett
SOCOM13-005      Awarded: 7/8/2013
Title:Family of Sub-Sonic Ammunition
Abstract:PCP Ammunition Company will deliver a family of Lightweight Advanced Polymer Sub-Sonic Ammunition. We will do this by adapting our current family of calibers by decreasing the internal volume and shape of the case to match the optimal performance requirements of the cartridges. This will result in a sub-sonic ammunition that is lightweight, clean burning (due to the internal volume and dimensions), and has better accuracy and standard deviations than currently available subsonic ammunition. We will eliminate the problems experienced with traditional sub-sonic ammunition by uneven distribution of powder and/or fillers by utilizing our reduced volume cases. The final result will be a more reliable and accurate round for covert operations. This will benefit not only the military, but law enforcement, Department of Homeland Security, and other special tactics teams. These rounds can be manufactured using our patent pending assembly and loading systems currently used. This product can be easily commercialized using our current contacts with dealers and distributors worldwide.

PCP Tactical, LLC
3895 39th Sq.
Vero Beach, FL 32960
Phone:
PI:
Topic#:
(772) 564-0777
Tony Padgett
SOCOM13-005      Awarded: 7/8/2013
Title:Family of Sub-Sonic Ammunition
Abstract:PCP Ammunition Company will deliver a family of Lightweight Advanced Polymer Sub-Sonic Ammunition. We will do this by adapting our current family of calibers by decreasing the internal volume and shape of the case to match the optimal performance requirements of the cartridges. This will result in a sub-sonic ammunition that is lightweight, clean burning (due to the internal volume and dimensions), and has better accuracy and standard deviations than currently available subsonic ammunition. We will eliminate the problems experienced with traditional sub-sonic ammunition by uneven distribution of powder and/or fillers by utilizing our reduced volume cases. The final result will be a more reliable and accurate round for covert operations. This will benefit not only the military, but law enforcement, Department of Homeland Security, and other special tactics teams. These rounds can be manufactured using our patent pending assembly and loading systems currently used. This product can be easily commercialized using our current contacts with dealers and distributors worldwide.

Southwest Services LLC
P.O. Box 183
La Mirada, CA 90637
Phone:
PI:
Topic#:
(714) 697-8576
John W. Sigler
SOCOM13-005      Awarded: 7/22/2013
Title:Family of Sub-Sonic Ammunition
Abstract:This program will consist of a three prong approach to provide an unbiased assessment and development of subsonic ammunition with the highest success rate balanced against technological advancement. Our feasibility study will include: 1) A brass case utilizing a polymer insert to optimize subsonic interior ballistics, 2) A lightweight low cost aluminum cartridge case utilizing a polymer insert, and 3) A polymer cartridge case with an optimized internal volume. To address the gas energy required to operate gas powered weapons, SWS has an optional secondary propellant charge concept to supplement the gas energy from the primary granular propellant. SWS will conduct an extensive interior ballistic evaluation looking at thousands of propellant blends to identify the best configuration to achieve optimal subsonic performance.

Southwest Services LLC
P.O. Box 183
La Mirada, CA 90637
Phone:
PI:
Topic#:
(714) 697-8576
John W. Sigler
SOCOM13-005      Awarded: 7/22/2013
Title:Family of Sub-Sonic Ammunition
Abstract:This program will consist of a three prong approach to provide an unbiased assessment and development of subsonic ammunition with the highest success rate balanced against technological advancement. Our feasibility study will include: 1) A brass case utilizing a polymer insert to optimize subsonic interior ballistics, 2) A lightweight low cost aluminum cartridge case utilizing a polymer insert, and 3) A polymer cartridge case with an optimized internal volume. To address the gas energy required to operate gas powered weapons, SWS has an optional secondary propellant charge concept to supplement the gas energy from the primary granular propellant. SWS will conduct an extensive interior ballistic evaluation looking at thousands of propellant blends to identify the best configuration to achieve optimal subsonic performance.

Stillwood Ammunition Systems LLC.
3308 Lee AVE
Sanford, NC 27332
Phone:
PI:
Topic#:
(919) 418-1645
Joshua T. Kratky
SOCOM13-005      Awarded: 7/8/2013
Title:Family of Sub-Sonic Ammunition
Abstract:Technical abstract 13.1-005 Today there is no sub-sonic ammunition currently type classified for use in the calibers provided by any DoD Service. Although sub-sonic rounds exist for some calibers, these rounds are not cost effective and exhibit excessive deviations in velocity (affecting accuracy), incomplete chamber sealing, absence of clean propellant burn, and inability to cycle the action on gas operated weapons. For 5.56mm, 7.62mm, and 0.338 calibers, we propose to investigate the feasibility of producing cost effective, functional and accurate sub-sonic rounds. This study will expand on a similarly focused feasibility study our company conducted during the year prior to the release of SOCOM13-005. We will reconsider the technical approaches that were rejected and critically review our proprietary technologies (Patents Pending) related to incorporating into the manufacturing process the rapid production of interior case volumes, optimal for sub-sonic calibers and projectiles. This feasibility effort will include evaluation of viability of polymer casings, case volume to projectile weight balancing, projectile shape, brass case interior sleeves, and propellant bonding. By recommending commercially feasible methods to manufacture reliable sub-sonic rounds, this study addresses a need to improve the survivability of Special Operations Forces and other Governmental Agencies in the Global War on Terror.

Stillwood Ammunition Systems LLC.
3308 Lee AVE
Sanford, NC 27332
Phone:
PI:
Topic#:
(919) 418-1645
Joshua T. Kratky
SOCOM13-005      Awarded: 7/8/2013
Title:Family of Sub-Sonic Ammunition
Abstract:Technical abstract 13.1-005 Today there is no sub-sonic ammunition currently type classified for use in the calibers provided by any DoD Service. Although sub-sonic rounds exist for some calibers, these rounds are not cost effective and exhibit excessive deviations in velocity (affecting accuracy), incomplete chamber sealing, absence of clean propellant burn, and inability to cycle the action on gas operated weapons. For 5.56mm, 7.62mm, and 0.338 calibers, we propose to investigate the feasibility of producing cost effective, functional and accurate sub-sonic rounds. This study will expand on a similarly focused feasibility study our company conducted during the year prior to the release of SOCOM13-005. We will reconsider the technical approaches that were rejected and critically review our proprietary technologies (Patents Pending) related to incorporating into the manufacturing process the rapid production of interior case volumes, optimal for sub-sonic calibers and projectiles. This feasibility effort will include evaluation of viability of polymer casings, case volume to projectile weight balancing, projectile shape, brass case interior sleeves, and propellant bonding. By recommending commercially feasible methods to manufacture reliable sub-sonic rounds, this study addresses a need to improve the survivability of Special Operations Forces and other Governmental Agencies in the Global War on Terror.

PCP Tactical, LLC
3895 39th Sq.
Vero Beach, FL 32960
Phone:
PI:
Topic#:
(407) 924-4647
Tony Padgett
SOCOM13-006      Awarded: 7/8/2013
Title:.50 Caliber Light Weight Precision Ammunition
Abstract:PCP Ammunition Company will research the design and development of Lightweight .50 caliber precision ammunition under this SBIR Phase I contract. PCP will concentrate our efforts on several separate criteria in order to improve upon the current .50 caliber round by utilizing PCP’s current lightweight polymer .50 caliber case. First, we will compare the performance of the current round against our polymer case with the same currently fielded projectile. We will do load development with the current projectiles as well as newer developmental projectiles to evaluate the potential of these projectiles to meet the requirements. We will investigate changes to our patent pending case designs such as interior shoulder angles that can potentially increase efficiency while maintaining the same exterior dimensions. We will also investigate several combinations of polymers to achieve optimal obtuation while maintaining structural integrity. With other calibers, we have found that these combinations greatly enhance accuracy . Finally, we will investigate the addition of a flashtube to our cases to enhance powder ignition resulting in better standard deviations. We believe that due to our manufacturing and assembly process, the addition of a flashtube will be a simple change if the performance warrants it.

PCP Tactical, LLC
3895 39th Sq.
Vero Beach, FL 32960
Phone:
PI:
Topic#:
(407) 924-4647
Tony Padgett
SOCOM13-006      Awarded: 7/8/2013
Title:.50 Caliber Light Weight Precision Ammunition
Abstract:PCP Ammunition Company will research the design and development of Lightweight .50 caliber precision ammunition under this SBIR Phase I contract. PCP will concentrate our efforts on several separate criteria in order to improve upon the current .50 caliber round by utilizing PCP’s current lightweight polymer .50 caliber case. First, we will compare the performance of the current round against our polymer case with the same currently fielded projectile. We will do load development with the current projectiles as well as newer developmental projectiles to evaluate the potential of these projectiles to meet the requirements. We will investigate changes to our patent pending case designs such as interior shoulder angles that can potentially increase efficiency while maintaining the same exterior dimensions. We will also investigate several combinations of polymers to achieve optimal obtuation while maintaining structural integrity. With other calibers, we have found that these combinations greatly enhance accuracy . Finally, we will investigate the addition of a flashtube to our cases to enhance powder ignition resulting in better standard deviations. We believe that due to our manufacturing and assembly process, the addition of a flashtube will be a simple change if the performance warrants it.

Crossfield Technology LLC
9390 Research Blvd Suite I200
Austin, TX 78759
Phone:
PI:
Topic#:
(512) 795-0220
Brett McMillian
SOCOM13-007      Awarded: 8/12/2013
Title:Secure Mobile Platform
Abstract:Crossfield Technology LLC proposes the design and development of an Accelerated Processing Unit (APU) System on Chip (SoC) consisting of a hybrid CPU/GPU digital signal processor. The APU incorporates high-speed interfaces to external sensors and a NAND Flash Controller. The NAND Flash Controller implements XTS-AES-256 encryption commonly used for whole disk encryption, and can securely erase the complete non-volatile memory system in a few seconds by issuing a stream of parallel block erase commands. The chip set will achieve the 1 TFLOPS performance and 16 TB non-volatile storage capacity required by Special Operations Forces in a low-power (12W) mobile device.

Crossfield Technology LLC
9390 Research Blvd Suite I200
Austin, TX 78759
Phone:
PI:
Topic#:
(512) 795-0220
Brett McMillian
SOCOM13-007      Awarded: 8/12/2013
Title:Secure Mobile Platform
Abstract:Crossfield Technology LLC proposes the design and development of an Accelerated Processing Unit (APU) System on Chip (SoC) consisting of a hybrid CPU/GPU digital signal processor. The APU incorporates high-speed interfaces to external sensors and a NAND Flash Controller. The NAND Flash Controller implements XTS-AES-256 encryption commonly used for whole disk encryption, and can securely erase the complete non-volatile memory system in a few seconds by issuing a stream of parallel block erase commands. The chip set will achieve the 1 TFLOPS performance and 16 TB non-volatile storage capacity required by Special Operations Forces in a low-power (12W) mobile device.

Physical Optics Corporation
Applied Technologies Division 1845 West 205th Street
Torrance, CA 90501
Phone:
PI:
Topic#:
(310) 320-3088
Shean McMahon
SOCOM13-007      Awarded: 8/12/2013
Title:High-Performance Arbitrated Logic Processing Topology
Abstract:To address the SOCOM need for field-operable computing "bricks", Physical Optics Corporation (POC) proposes to develop High-performance Arbitrated LOgic processing Topology (HARLOT) device. HARLOT is a computing brick housed in a man-portable, ruggedized package designed for field use and offers >16 Terabyte non-volatile memory and >1 TeraFLOPS computational capability while consuming <12 watts of power (>24 hours operation on a single charge with standard military battery packs). This performance results from innovative future-proofed design based on a scalable modular core architecture, COTS components, state-of-the-art graphics processing units (GPUs), and unique software architecture. Its communication-optimized, thread distribution architecture reduces communication overhead by 33% resulting in faster program execution. Its aggressive dynamic power management scheme reduces power consumption by up to 93% over traditional methods. By design, HARLOT allows external laptop-based system control and access to storage via standard and well-supported interfaces (Ethernet or USB). Closed- loop liquid-based cooling keeps the system cool. In Phase I, POC will develop a system CONOPS and requirements document, perform trade studies, and develop preliminary system, hardware and software architectures and designs. The result will be a design document for SOCOM evaluation. In Phase II, we will fabricate a prototype system based on the Phase I design.

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(310) 320-3088
Shean McMahon
SOCOM13-007      Awarded: 8/12/2013
Title:High-Performance Arbitrated Logic Processing Topology
Abstract:To address the SOCOM need for field-operable computing "bricks", Physical Optics Corporation (POC) proposes to develop High-performance Arbitrated LOgic processing Topology (HARLOT) device. HARLOT is a computing brick housed in a man-portable, ruggedized package designed for field use and offers >16 Terabyte non-volatile memory and >1 TeraFLOPS computational capability while consuming <12 watts of power (>24 hours operation on a single charge with standard military battery packs). This performance results from innovative future-proofed design based on a scalable modular core architecture, COTS components, state-of-the-art graphics processing units (GPUs), and unique software architecture. Its communication-optimized, thread distribution architecture reduces communication overhead by 33% resulting in faster program execution. Its aggressive dynamic power management scheme reduces power consumption by up to 93% over traditional methods. By design, HARLOT allows external laptop-based system control and access to storage via standard and well-supported interfaces (Ethernet or USB). Closed- loop liquid-based cooling keeps the system cool. In Phase I, POC will develop a system CONOPS and requirements document, perform trade studies, and develop preliminary system, hardware and software architectures and designs. The result will be a design document for SOCOM evaluation. In Phase II, we will fabricate a prototype system based on the Phase I design.