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Program:  SBIR
Topic Num:  N07-077 (Navy)
Title:  Embeddable Software Programmable Radio
Research & Technical Areas:  Information Systems

Acquisition Program:  Joint Tactical Radio System, ACAT I
  Objective:  Develop compact software programmable military radio chip/chipset that is capable of being embedded in unitary computing, display and position location devices envisioned for future Marine Corps ground forces. Such a development will need to take into account classified and unclassified information handling within the embedded radio within the framework of the joint tactical radio system (JTRS) software communications architecture.
  Description:  The JTRS program portends a major change in the way the Department of Defense will be acquiring future communications devices. Additionally, the small form-fit versions and the soldier radio waveform are specifically targeted at small unit operations and sensor networks. An ongoing Army SBIR, A05-105, is exploring the development of low-cost, low weight, low volume, and low-power-consumption broadband power amplifiers for use in small unit devices. The next logical step for future Marine Corps, and Army, small unit operations is to exploit commercial software programmable technologies to develop low-cost communications devices that can be embedded in future unitary devices. The goal is to produce a chipset, composed of commercially available components, that can take advantage of the JTRS software communications architecture (SCA) and software waveform library. Because of the need for this device to operate at both unclassified and SECRET classification levels on a single processor, with a single operating system, a necessary thrust of this effort will be to devise verifiable partitioning methods to prevent intermingling of differently classified information. The desired frequency range of such a device is 2MHz to 2 GHz at a transmit power level of 5 W. Note that antennas and power amplifiers are explicitly not part of this topic, so an output power level of approximately 100 mW containing interfaces compatible with power amplifiers of this class is desirable.

  PHASE I: After reviewing current commercial and Government software programmable radio capabilities and outlook, identify promising approaches through analysis, modeling and simulation to provide low-cost solutions to meet the needs of this topic.
  PHASE II: Design, build, test and demonstrate communications between at least two brassboard prototype devices. Produce a final technical report describing development methodology, features, noted shortcomings, and path for further development, transition, and commercialization.

  PHASE III: Build and demonstrate prototype devices in a field environment. Document design and demonstration. PRIVATE SECTOR COMMERCIAL POTENTIAL/

  DUAL-USE APPLICATIONS: Such a flexible, and ostensibly low-cost, communications device has applications in military, Government, public service and commercial markets where communications in multiple bands, modulations, and coding schemes is necessary or desired.

  References:  1. JTRS SCA version 2.2.2 (draft) 2. SBIR Topic A05-105 (Army) 3. JTRS ORD 3.2.1 (Joint-draft)

Keywords:  software communications architecture; joint tactical radio system (JTRS); JTRS small form-fit; soldier radio waveform;

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