Navy mulls advanced IT for next-generation electronics gear

For the Navy, the future is now.

The Office of Naval Research (ONR) is asking information technology vendors to help develop and demonstrate advanced electronic technology for the generation of electronic systems to be fielded between 2009 and 2012.

An ONR acquisition announcement issued March 18 specified that the service wants IT vendors to offer plans for technology that cannot be obtained from commercial sources. The Navy noted that its unusual power, frequency, bandwidth, weight and size requirements frequently prevent the use of off-the-shelf equipment.

The research organization cited its interest in IT-intensive systems, such as the design, modeling, fabrication and testing of systems, integrated circuits and multichip assemblies to process various types of radio frequency signals. ONR said it is interested in technologies that would apply to processing data transmitted via digital and analog systems operating in the microwave and millimeter-wave radio frequencies, among others.

The Navy is particularly interested in:

  • Multifunction Satellite Communication component development.
  • RF solid-state power amplifiers.
  • RF supporting technologies.

ONR said it likely would fund individual projects in the range of $200,000 to $400,000 annually but the Navy would consider sponsoring lower-cost and higher-cost projects that would help solve future IT challenges.

The research organization said it likely would start funding the technology research projects Nov. 3. ONR asked vendors to submit white papers describing their projects by April 14 and prepare for oral presentations beginning on or about May 22.

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