100 GHz Radio Frequency (RF) Optical Interconnects and Free Space Data Links

Period of Performance: 05/17/1999 - 11/16/1999


Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Discovery Semiconductors, Inc.
Ewing, NJ 08628
Principal Investigator

Research Topics


A new type of miniature and light weight, 100 GHz Radio Frequency (RF), optical interconnects and free space data links are proposed. To achieve this goal, we will use our advanced, InGaAs / InP detector - amplifier MMIC Opto-electronic Integrated Circuits (OEICs). In Phase I, we will design and simulate a new class of 100 GHz, InGaAs / InP detector - amplifier - planar antenna OEICs as a RF emitter module, and a new type of 100 GHz InGaAs / InP planar antenna - amplifier - detector Millimeter Wave Monolithic Integrated Circuits (MMICs) as a receiver module for the free space RF data links. In a potential Phase II, we will continue the development by fabricating and characterizing the new components designed in Phase I, and set-up a RF data link system to connect several high performance computers. Dr. Arthur Paolella of Lockheed Martin's Communication & Power Center will consult