NASA SBIR 2005 Solicitation


SUBTOPIC TITLE:Active Microwave

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Hittite Microwave Corporation
20 Alpha Road
Chelmsford, MA 01863-4147
(978) 250-3343

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Frank A Traut
20 Alpha Road
Chelmsford, MA  01863-4147
(978) 250-3343

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
This Phase II proposal is presented as the follow on to the Phase I SBIR contract number NNC06CB21C entitled "Ka-band MMIC T/R Module"

For active microwave surveillance of earth surface and atmosphere, radar transceivers perform functions of probing the atmosphere and the surface conditions of the earth. Radars for such applications operate in various frequency ranges depending on one or more specific needs extending all the way from UHF to millimeter-wave (MMW) frequencies. Radars today rely on phased-array antenna for beam forming and beam steering, and, in most cases today, the arrays are built with a large number of transmit-receive (T/R) modules made of amplifiers, phase shifters and duplexing switches. Microwave monolithic integrated circuits (MMIC) technology enables integration of those T/R module functions into a single MMIC chip, which, in turn allows compact implementation of phased array antennas with thousands of radiating elements. A typical T/R module consists of several circuit components that need to be optimized to achieve optimum module level performance. These components typically include a low noise amplifier (LNA), power amplifier (PA), switch, phase shifter and attenuator. This Phase II program will lead to a development of a 35 GHz T/R MMIC delivering output powers in the transmit path of 30 dBm with an associated PAE of greater than 40% and at the same time exhibiting a noise figure of less than 2.5 dB in the receive path. While beyond the specific MMIC mentioned, this Phase II SBIR will make significant contributions in MHEMT device characterization and the commercialization of MHEMT technology.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
These T/R MMICs can be used in active microwave sensors such as wetland and river monitoring, and atmospheric radar.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
MHEMT technology is a most promising technology for millimeter wave low noise amplifiers, switches, attenuators and power amplifiers and thus the integration of these functions into T/R MMIC modules. This in turn will have an impact of replacing GaAs PHEMT devices in MMW systems that include commercial radios and satellite transmitters. The MHEMT amplifiers and control devices will have applications in commercial VSAT/USAT transmitters operating in the frequency bands between 20 and 50 GHz.

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