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Congress established the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program in 1982 to strengthen the role of smaller businesses in federally-funded research and development. This program stimulates technological innovation, uses small businesses to meet Federal R&D needs, and increases private sector competition, productivity, and economic growth.
The Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program, a sister program to SBIR, was established by Congress in 1992 to encourage small business partnerships with Universities, Federally Funded Research and Development Centers, and qualified non-profit research institutions.
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Imagine you are accessing a high-performance computer system on a military aircraft, one that receives vital information meant to help inform strategy. With so many systems working together—from those on the aircraft to satellites in space—any delay in the relay of information can be the difference between safety and peril or failure and success in a critical mission.
Communication networks installed on satellites and avionic platforms require many subsystems. As a vehicle embarks on a mission, it must be prepared to deal with sudden, unexpected changes, adapting quickly to the task at hand. Current iterations of these technologies use large modules composed of fiber, which contribute to the Size, Weight, and Power (SWaP) metric, reducing a vehicle’s flexibility to carry a heavier payload. This burden can be alleviated in a major way with EM Photonics’ chip-scale optical communication network.
Advanced technology limits communication delays, ensuring a higher chance of safety and success for military missions.
With EM Photonics on board, vehicles can carry heavier payloads.
The ability to carry heavier payloads works to reduce mission time.
On the battlefield, a delay of only a few seconds in the transmission of pivotal data is significant, compromising both security and strategic advantages. As communication systems require more power and space on vehicles, both the size of payloads and total mission time suffer from the negative consequences of outdated technology. Competitive technologies utilize optical-to-electrical conversion-based optical cross-connects, which limit both the speed of data transfer and reconfiguration speeds.
EM Photonics built upon the strong foundation of silicon photonic devices to design a high-performance optical communication component.
"Chip-scale photonics is crucial for communication on next generation compact military platforms. It offers reconfigurable transmission of high data rates in a compact package." — Mathew Zablocki
The development of optical cross-connect allows multiple systems to communicate efficiently at high data rates. State-of-the-art semiconductor fabrication reduces size and power requirements for the network. On the inside sits a fully configurable switch array, creating a network that proves to be adaptable from its dynamism.
The SBIR project helped EM Photonics demonstrate a prototype that defines EM Photonics as a lead developer for the next generation of chip-scale silicon photonic components.
Silicon photonics technology has the ability to bridge the gap from the current state-of-the-art to the next generation of devices needed for embedded networking applications. — Eric Kelmelis, CEO at EM Photonics
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EM Photonics develops high-performance computing and simulation systems for image processing, scientific computing, and optical device simulation. We specialize in designing system-level components and software, and realizing the designs in first-concept prototypes.
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