SBIR/STTR Phase I: Wireless Infrastructure Technology

Period of Performance: 01/01/2002 - 12/31/2002


Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

THE Athena Group, Inc.
Principal Investigator


This Small Business Innovation Research Phase I project will evaluate a technology capable of meeting the demands of future mobile wireless information systems. The fundamental challenge facing designers of the physical layer of mobile networking solutions is to improve speed, precision, and power efficiency. Athena's proprietary arithmetic technology, which enables engineers to rapidly develop high performance semiconductors, can provide up to 10 times higher performance or up to 10 times less power compared to existing technologies. The Phase I study will evaluate opportunities to apply this arithmetic technology to mobile wireless systems by developing an infrastructure technology targeted for placement between the antenna and the back-end digital processor. The goal of the project is to demonstrate that this infrastructure technology can meet or exceed the industry performance standards in a 250mW, low-power package.