Low Cost, High Performance Transmit/Receive Integrated Circuits on a Single Chip

Period of Performance: 05/03/2010 - 11/02/2010

$100K

Phase 1 STTR

Recipient Firm

Versaq
75 Fifth Street NWCentergy One, Suite 314
Atlanta, GA 30308
Principal Investigator

Research Institution

Georgia Institute of Technology
225 North Ave NW
Atlanta, GA 30332
Institution POC

Abstract

In the proposed effort we plan to build a fully-operational X-band T/R Integrated Circuit. One of the key-elements to building a fully operational radar is the requisite RF electronics that feed to each antenna element. Historically, radar transmit/receive (T/R) modules have been implemented as complex, multi-chip GaAs MMICs, resulting in very high cost per T/R module, high launch weight, and high power dissipation; all of these characteristics are clear disadvantages for weight and size restricted vehicles. Very recently, however, SiGe technology, coupled with the low-power-density array radar system design paradigm has emerged as a viable path in defense radar system design and is rapidly gaining traction. While this low-cost, light-weight radar design paradigm was initially begun as a path forward for next-generation defense ground-based X-band tactical radars, this SiGe radar design methodology is clearly extendable to a variety systems, and will provide compelling advantages for MDA applications, other defense radar systems, and eventually commercial applications as outlined in this proposal.