High-Performance Optical Network for Satellite Applications

Period of Performance: 04/30/1999 - 03/06/2000


Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Rydal Research & Development, Inc.
1523 Noble Rd
Rydal, PA 19046
Principal Investigator

Research Topics


Rydal Research proposes to demonstrate the feasibility of a high-speed, low-latency optical network for satellite applications capable of supporting data transfers at data rates in the range of 5-20 Gb/s with application-to-application latencies of less than 10 (micromicron)s. The network will support a commercial high-performance protocol that will provide full network services and be scaleable up to several hundred nodes. The network will be based on high-performance low-power optical networking components being developed by Rydal Research including a novel optical switch topology and low-power optical transceiver, clock recovery and serializer/deserializer circuits. Advanced modeling and simulation techniques will be used to model both the protocol and hardware to match the network characteristics to the protocol in order to achieve optimum throughput, latency, and system cost.