DOD SBIR 24.4 Annual

Active
Yes
Status
Open
Release Date
October 3rd, 2023
Open Date
October 3rd, 2023
Due Date(s)
March 31st, 2025
Close Date
March 31st, 2025
Topic No.
A244-028

Topic

Software Defined RadioHead (SDRH)

Agency

Department of DefenseN/A

Program

Type: SBIRPhase: BOTHYear: 2024

Summary

The Department of Defense (DOD) is seeking proposals for the topic of "Software Defined RadioHead (SDRH)" as part of their SBIR 24.4 Annual solicitation. The objective is to develop a radio agnostic SDRH system that can rapidly adapt the radio carrier frequency among diverse targeted frequency bands using analog and/or digital frequency conversion. This technology will provide additional flexibility to the commander's communication plan. The SDRH design will be a flexible antenna prototype capable of supporting multiple frequencies and radio modules, complementing the C5ISR/CMOSS standard's objective for agnostic hardware. The solicitation is open for Direct to Phase II (DP2) proposals with a maximum cost of $2,000,000 for a 12-month period of performance. Phase II will involve developing a prototype SDRH for evaluation and testing by the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (DEVCOM) C5ISR Center. The solicitation also highlights potential dual-use applications of SDRH technology in industries such as IoT, UAVs, smart cities, and mobile communications. The deadline for proposal submission is March 31, 2025. For more information, visit the solicitation link or the DOD SBIR/STTR Opportunities website.

Description

OUSD (R&E) CRITICAL TECHNOLOGY AREA(S): Advanced Computing and Software; Integrated Network Systems-of-Systems

 

OBJECTIVE: Develop a radio agnostic Software Defined RadioHead (SDRH) system with the capability to rapidly adapt the radio carrier frequency among diverse targeted frequency bands using analog and/or digital frequency conversion. Frequency translation of the original signal into a broad range of non-standard bands via the SDRH will help provide additional flexibility to the commander’s Primary, Alternate, Contingency, and Emergency communication plan. The SBIR effort proposed will leverage the foundational knowledge of SDRH and mature them to support a single antenna design to support multiple radios and waveforms.

 

DESCRIPTION: The SDRH design will be a flexible antenna prototype capable of supporting multiple frequencies and radio modules. A SDRH would complement the Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Cyber, Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance (C5ISR)/Electronic Warfare Modular Open Suite of Standards (CMOSS) standard’s objective for agnostic hardware.

 

PHASE I: This topic is only accepting Direct to Phase II (DP2) proposals for a cost up to $2,000,000 for a 12-month period of performance.

 

Proposers interested in submitting a DP2 proposal must provide documentation to substantiate that the scientific and technical merit and feasibility equivalent to a Phase I project has been met. Documentation can include data, reports, specific measurements, success criteria of a prototype, etc.

 

PHASE II: Phase II will develop a prototype Software Defined RadioHead’s for delivery to the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (DEVCOM) C5ISR Center for direct evaluation and testing. The associated software to operate the SDRH prototypes will also be delivered to the C5ISR Center at the conclusion of the Phase II effort. A technical data package with the associated manuals to operate the prototypes will also be required.

 

PHASE III DUAL USE APPLICATIONS: SDRH, and tangential opportunities, have a myriad of future-looking dual use applications and are primed to disrupt industries ranging from IoT, UAVs, and smart cities. ​

 

From the defense perspective, DARPA’s Prowess looks to foster AI-enabled radios, which will likely augment SDRH applications and efficacy. ​

 

Potential dual use cases for SDRHs include:​

 

IoT and IoT-like use cases like smart homes, smart cities, and smart factories ​ 

 

UAS and travel industry ​ 

 

Supply chain tracking and contested logistics support (in EW and comms-denied environments)​ 

 

Space operations​ 

 

Mobile communications like cellphones

 

REFERENCES:

Benham, S. P., et al. “Software Defined Antenna | IEEE Conference Publication | IEEE Xplore.” IEEE Xplore, IEEE, 11 Dec. 2009, ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/5352499.  
Walton, E., et al. CITESEERX, citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/document?repid=rep1&type=pdf&doi=9a4862467e5ec405aee4b8afb57ca947ad40ced1. Accessed 16 Jan. 2024.  
Chisum, Professor, and David Connelly. “Software-Defined Antennas with Phase-Change Materials.” ND Wireless Institute, University of Notre Dame, wireless.nd.edu/research/software-defined-antennas-with-phase-change-materials/. Accessed 16 Jan. 2024.  
Y. Fan, D. Xiao, X. Mei, C. Liu, X. Yan and C. Hu, "A Software-Defined Intelligent Method for Antenna Design," 2014 IEEE 12th International Conference on Dependable, Autonomic and Secure Computing, Dalian, China, 2014, pp. 470-474, doi: 10.1109/DASC.2014.90.

 

KEYWORDS: Software Defined Radio Head, Software Defined Antenna, C5ISR Modular Open Suite of Standards (CMOSS), Command Control Communications Computer Cyber Intelligent Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C5ISR), U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (DEVCOM)

 

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