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9 Phase I Selections from the 13.2 Solicitation

(In Topic Number Order)
Ionica Sciences, Inc
256 Midline Rd
Slaterville Springs, NY 14881
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(607) 351-2647
Joel Tabb
SB132-001      Awarded: 10/29/2013
Title:Surface Enhanced Raman Scattering-Based Oxytocin Quantitation
Abstract:The ability to readily and rapidly detect the concentration of the 9- and 12-amino acid oxytocin analogs will significantly enhance the efficacy of understanding the conditions under which oxytocin is employed by the body. Ionica Sciences will take advantage of recent miniaturization of highly sensitive instrumentation that allows field application of surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS), a spectroscopic method that demonstrates exquisite sensitivity. This approach has the twin advantages of significant signal amplification and narrow spectral features, facilitating the identification of multiple target analytes within a single mixture. Using aptamer-modified nanoparticles to differentiate the two forms of oxytocin, which have served as the basis for numerous detection and quantitation methods for biological targets, we will capture and quantitate the target molecules using spectroscopic features unique to it. The modular format of this system will allow for it to be readily adapted for a wide range of pharmaceuticals, hormones, and other small molecule targets.

AccelerEyes LLC
3423 Piedmont Rd NE STE 330
Atlanta, GA 30305
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(770) 315-1099
John Melonakos
SB132-002      Awarded: 10/31/2013
Title:Real-time Characterization of Variable-rate Streaming Data
Abstract:Technology focusing on collection, processing, and analysis of real-time data is playing a major role in military and civilian applications. With the advent of GPU and accelerator computing, the collection, processing, and analysis of real-time data streams is technically possible at an unprecedented scale. The first goal of this proposal is to quickly analyze high- bandwidth data streams by leveraging the computational throughput of heterogeneous computing, with particular focus on GPUs. The second goal is to build a highly intuitive and high-quality visualization platform using OpenGL for displaying real-time metrics of streaming data. AccelerEyes develops ArrayFire, which is the largest software library for GPU and accelerator computing and contains built-in functions for statistical analysis. In addition, ArrayFire also has a pre-existing technology platform for high-fidelity visualization of data, which must be extended to meet the demands of this solicitation. This proposal brings customers into the development process to ensure user-driven development and ultimate adopt-ability of the product. With some of the best graphics programming expertise in the industry, AccelerEyes is uniquely positioned to carry out the tasks outlined above and deliver outstanding results paving the way for Phase II of this project and eventual commercialization of this software.

DZYNE Technologies, Inc.
11978 Sentinel Point Ct
Reston, VA 20191
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(703) 291-6661
Ward Page
SB132-002      Awarded: 10/31/2013
Title:Robust Representation: Real-time Characterization of Streaming Data
Abstract:Current data collection is growing faster than our ability to store and analyze it. Soon, data streams of 100Gb/s will be common. These data will need to be processed as they arrive. New statistical methods for incremental analysis are needed. We propose an approach called Robust Representation which will bound the analytical processing by setting upper bounds based on the available processing environment and lower bounds based on the constraints imposed by the visualizations used by analysts for exploration and modeling.

Physical Optics Corporation
Photonic Systems Division 1845 West 205th Street
Torrance, CA 90501
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(310) 320-3088
Victor Grubsky
SB132-003      Awarded: 11/19/2013
Title:High-Density Optical Interconnects
Abstract:To address the DARPA need to resolve the interconnect performance limitations in next- generation electronics, Physical Optics Corporation (POC) proposes to develop a new Optical Nanoscale Interconnect (ONSET), based on space-efficient optical waveguide on- chip data communications. The innovation in the interconnect design and waveguide material, as well as optimized operating frequency, will enable the ONSET technology to improve the global data transfer rate and reduce heat dissipation in complex integrated circuits. As a result, the ONSET offers a potentially significant increase in performance and decrease in power consumption in next-generation microelectronics, which directly address the DARPA requirements. In Phase I, POC will demonstrate the feasibility of the ONSET technology by modeling and simulation, providing the required confinement for on-chip integration with <10 db/cm propagation loss, with attention to manufacturability and compatibility with existing standard integrated circuit fabrication processes. in phase ii, poc plans to develop prototype optical interconnects and demonstrate their performance including propagation losses <20 dB/cm.

Ziva Corporation
6440 Lusk Blvd D-107
San Diego, CA 92121
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(407) 310--803
Alok Mehta
SB132-003      Awarded: 11/21/2013
Title:Meta-Plasmonics Interconnects (MORPH)
Abstract:Through the combined development of advanced waveguide architectures and meta-material synthesis techniques, Ziva’s approach to meta- plasmonic interconnects promises to provide low loss photonic waveguides and devices with sizes comparable to electronic wires and circuits—“light on a wire”. Ziva’s novel plasmonic waveguide architectures addresses the loss limitation of highly confined plasmonic waveguides by enhancing the performance of conventional MIM-plasmonic waveguides through implementation of a synthesized meta- material cladding surrounding the dielectric wave-guiding core of the structure. This idealized metal cladding (IMC)-MIM waveguide architecture promises to enable a new generation of passive and high speed active optical devices on a scale compatible with the size of electronics at the chip level. Meta-plasmonics enabled interconnects provide a perfect synthesis between conventional electronic and optical interconnect technologies where electronic waves are harnessed at optical frequencies. Ziva’s IMC-MIM architecture is scalable and capable of supporting the waveguide pitch ≤100nm and <10db/cm propagation loss requirements of next generation interconnect applications. this technique promises to have a revolutionary impact to computation, communications, nano-scale interconnects, imaging, and sensing.

Ziva Corporation
6440 Lusk Blvd D-107
San Diego, CA 92121
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(781) 454-7084
Mark Hsu
SB132-004      Awarded: 10/30/2013
Title:RF Security with Time Reciprocal Tech. (RESTRICT)
Abstract:Strong RF network security necessitates a solution that spans the entire network stack from the physical channel (PHY) all the way to the end-user. Wireless PHY security is particularly important due wireless’ inherently vulnerable public channel. Current cryptographic security techniques operate exclusively at higher networking layers, leaving exposure at the lower level PHY. Ziva has developed a powerful and comprehensive approach called RF Security with Time Reciprocal Techniques (RESTRICT) which proposes to leverage wireless channel reciprocity, enhancing the security of the RF physical layer while simultaneously removing much of the burdensome key management and distribution requirements, thus creating a system that compliments existing cryptography at higher network layers, resulting in higher overall security. Removal of key management requirements results in a system that can better scale to the expected sizes of future wireless networks. RESTRICT’s security benefits are not solely applicable to the military; commercial wireless networks are already massively scaled and contain a host of discovered (and most likely undiscovered) security vulnerabilities. Increasing the PHY layer based security of commercial networks has the potential to decrease information theft that will only increase with the larger and larger amount of commerce transacted over wireless networks.

LCDrives Corp.
88 E. Hyerdale Dr.
Goshen, CT 06756
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(860) 712-8926
Russel H. Marvin
SB132-005      Awarded: 10/31/2013
Title:Novel schemes for highly reliable aerospace electromechanical primary actuation systems
Abstract:There is a need to achieve 10^-9 reliability for actuators for critical aerospace applications and this precludes single point failure for all but the simplest and most reliable electrical and mechanical components. LC Drives proposes a method of constructing a high reliability linear actuator for critical aerospace applications that is designed such that jams caused by conventional electrical and mechanical means do will not prevent the actuator from moving when a secondary actuator is driving. LC Drives has completed preliminary studies that show high probability that this approach will be successful in achieving these goals, but the next step is the design process is to details these designs to insure all subsystems can meet the reliability goals. Additionally, the optimization of these designs to minimize size and weight is a critical component of a feasible design will be completed.LC Drives has been developing high power density motors for other applications and believes that some of these concepts are applicable in achieving low size and weight for this application. The proposed solution will be scalable in speed, stroke, and force and be capable well in excess of the 3Hp requirement.

Polarix Corporation
10675 Sorrento Valley Road Suite 103
San Diego, CA 92121
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(703) 901-5340
Oved Zucker
SB132-005      Awarded: 11/5/2013
Title:Novel schemes for highly reliable aerospace electromechanical primary actuation systems
Abstract:We describe a revolutionary flight control actuator system for the full range of power from sub-kW to more than 30 kW. The system encompasses the key elements of the actuator, from motor to inverter energy source and control, and sensor signals distribution. Its key feature is the absence of a gear box and its high power density. Its key application is flight control of both large air platform but also small UAVs. Related applications are envisioned as propulsion motors for hybrid cars and air and sea platforms.

ThermoDynamic Films
1313 Madrid
Santa Fe, NM 87505
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(505) 310-1224
Richard Epstein
SB132-005      Awarded: 9/8/2013
Title:Massively Redundant Electromechanical Actuators
Abstract:We propose to design, build and analyze Massively Redundant Electromechanical (MREM) Actuators based on multilayer, electrostatic motors. The key element is combining many wafer-scale components to produce a highly reliable large-scale actuator. The device consists of many individual actuator modules which allows it to be scaled up or down in size, force and power. Each module contains interleaved layers of stator and mover wafers. The stator and mover wafers are arrayed with electrodes that provide the electrostatic forces that drive the actuator. Each stator wafer has three sets of interdigitated electrodes that can be independently charged to the maximum voltage (270 volts) or kept at ground (zero volts). Each mover wafer has one set of electrodes that is always grounded. Appropriately switching the voltages on the stator electrodes drives the mover layers with high velocity and force. MREM actuators will be extremely reliable because they are based on wafer-level components fabricated with mature and tested MEMS techniques. The protection against catastrophic failure is enhanced by the modular architecture of the MREM actuators. Inadequate performance of any of the modules can be detected and corrected before it has a significant impact on the whole device.