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Company Information:

Name: Freedom Photonics LLC
Address: 90 Arnold Place
Suite D
Santa Barbara, CA 93117-
Located in HUBZone: No
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
Phone: N/A

Award Totals:

Program/Phase Award Amount ($) Number of Awards
SBIR Phase I $2,817,237.00 26
SBIR Phase II $6,452,075.00 9
STTR Phase I $398,755.00 5
STTR Phase II $1,499,946.00 2

Award List:

Field Portable, Low Cost, Fiber-Optic Reflectometer

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Jonathon Barton, President
Award Amount: $79,906.00
Abstract:
We propose to study the feasibility of a highly portable, inexpensive, photonic integrated circuit(PIC) based reflectometer that uses PICs packaged with ruggedized telecom techniques. The proposed reflectometer will be designed around a photonic engine module that contains 2 integrated… More

High-Performance Integrated Rad-Hard Coherent Receivers for Satellite Optical Communications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Jonathon Barton, President
Award Amount: $99,904.00
Abstract:
An integrated coherent high sensitivity optical receiver containing a widely tunable laser will be designed and fabricated. This is achieved using a radiation hardened Indium Phosphide materials platform. This will provide a key required component for practical coherent communications systems; a… More

Optical Transmitter for Inter-satellite Communications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Jonathon Barton, Chief Scientist
Award Amount: $99,997.00
Abstract:
In this project, we propose to develop a rad hard, monolithically integrated widely tunable optical transmitter capable of operating at data rates of greater than 100Gbps, utilizing advanced multilevel modulation schemes. The transmitter will be developed using an Indium Phosphide monolithic… More

Ultra Low Drive Voltage Electro-Optic Modulator

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Research Institution: UNIV. OF CALIFORNIA, SANTA BARBARA
Principal Investigator: Jonathon Barton, President
Award Amount: $98,867.00
RI Contact: Nadir Dagli
Abstract:
The main objective of this proposal is to develop ultra low drive voltage, low insertion loss, and high bandwidth modulators. This will be achieved using substrate removed optical nanowires. This new phase modulator design and fabrication platform will be combined with existing techniques for… More

Tunable Polarization Insensitive Digital Fiber Optic Wavelength Converter with Built-In Test Capability

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: UNIV. OF CALIF SANTA BARBARA
Principal Investigator: Jonathon Barton, President
Award Amount: $70,000.00
RI Contact: Daniel Blumenthal
Abstract:
A polarization insensitive wavelength converter is proposed to meet the stringent demands of avionic networks. Feasibility will be determined based on its ability to handle operation over large temperature ranges, and to provide Built in test functionality.

High-Performance Widely Tunable Rad-Hard Coherent Receivers for Satellite Optical Communications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Jonathon Barton, President
Award Amount: $749,968.00
Abstract:
Freedom Photonics is developing an extremely compact and stable integrated coherent receiver module capable of surviving high radiation environments. This product is based on Freedom's proprietary photonic integration technology, and offers high bit rates (40Gbps+) and high receiver sensitivites.

10G Multi-Channel Tunable Transmitter Array for Avionic Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: UNIV. OF CALIF. SANTA BARBARA
Principal Investigator: Jonathon Barton, President
Award Amount: $70,000.00
RI Contact: Nadir Dagli
Abstract:
Avionic platforms pose stringent requirements on the size, weight and power consumption of optical components as well as wider temperature operating range (-40 to 100 degrees C) requirements. In order to meet these needs, monolithic integration offers a solution by enabling high speed (10G)… More

Terabit Per Second Optical Router for Space-Based Satellite Network

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Milan Mashanovitch, Physicist
Award Amount: $99,968.00
Abstract:
Freedom Photonics proposes to utilize highly integrated photonic components to design and implement a space deployable optical router. This approach will allow for size, weight and power requirements to be met. BENEFIT: 1000x increase in available bandwidth, with 50% volume, weight and power… More

Improved Self-Electrooptic Effect Devices for Optical Logic

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Jonathon Barton, Senior Research Scientist
Award Amount: $99,864.00
Abstract:
Freedom Photonics will investigate new paradigms for ultra-dense and ultra-low power processing electronics that exploit the capability of optical devices. In particular, novel optical gating technologies will be developed with the required robustness, size, power consumption and cascadability to… More

Innovative WDM Mesh Micro-network Connection for Avionics Networks

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Milan Mashanovitch, Associate Project Scienti
Award Amount: $79,849.00
Abstract:
We propose a reconfigurable Wavelength Division Multiplexed (WDM) optical node suitable for mesh network connection and capable of providing fast switching speeds, bandwidth-to-weight ratio, with high connectivity, reliability and survivability.

High-Speed and Low- Power Widely Tunable Laser for WDM Networks

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Jonathon Barton, President
Award Amount: $79,689.00
Abstract:
Increasingly sophisticated sensors and video links are being deployed on aircraft which is driving the need for Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) optical backbones to support high bandwidth communications. We propose a novel, compact and very fast tuned tunable laser able to survive… More

Optical Transmitter for Inter-satellite Communications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Jonathon Barton, President
Award Amount: $746,652.00
Abstract:
In this project, we propose to develop a rad hard, monolithically integrated widely tunable optical transmitter capable of operating at data rates of greater than 100Gbps, utilizing vector modulation schemes. The transmitter will be developed using an Indium Phosphide monolithic integration… More

Ultra Low Drive Voltage Electro-Optic Modulator

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Research Institution: Univ. of California, Santa Barbara
Principal Investigator: Nadir Dagli, Professor – (805) 893-4847
Award Amount: $749,994.00
RI Contact: Dagli
Abstract:
The development of compact, ultra-low drive voltage optical phase modulators is a critical key component for passive antenna remoting applications, a strategic area, part of a number of current and upcoming DARPA initiatives. With the development of sufficiently low V-pi modulators, passive… More

High Power Optical Transmitter for Satellite Communications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Milan Mashanovitch, Director of business development
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
Freedom Photonics proposes in this SBIR Phase I to develop and evaluate a novel design for a high power optical transmitter suitable for low earth and geosynchronous orbit satellite environments. This design focuses on the key aspects of very high output power, reliability, and radiation hardness. … More

Improved Self-Electrooptic Effect Devices for Optical Logic

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Jonathon Barton, President
Award Amount: $728,427.00
Abstract:
Freedom Photonics will develop novel optical gating technologies with the required robustness, size, power consumption and cascadability to support dense optical interconnects, optical routing, and line rate optical signal encryption with improved capabilities. BENEFIT: This Phase II work will… More

Advanced wavelength switched terabit optical router for Space Networks

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Milan Mashanovitch, Director of Business Deve
Award Amount: $730,763.00
Abstract:
Freedom Photonics' technical approach to building a terabit optical router for space applications will be to design the router architecture to maximize the functionality of the components that are indispensable for an optical satellite network operation, while adding additional photonic and… More

Innovative WDM Mesh Micro-network Connection for Avionics Networks

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Milan Mashanovitch, Founder – (805) 277-3031
Award Amount: $749,937.00
Abstract:
A novel optical connection architecture for avionic local area networks is being implemented using unique photonic integrated circuit based core. The connection will enable different network architectures, while providing size, weight and power reduction, robustness and ruggedness.

Lossless Non-Blocking Single-Mode Fiber Optic Wavelength Router

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Milan Mashanovitch, Founder
Award Amount: $79,968.00
Abstract:
Freedom Photonics is developing a ruggedized avionic WDM wavelength router using a novel photonic integrated circuit based optical data plane. The router will provide connectivity between a minimum of 16 subnetworks.

Advanced Rad-Hard Solar Energy Collection Cells

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Jonathon Barton, President
Award Amount: $98,893.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research Phase I project will focus on the development of rad-hard, low cost high efficiency solar cell technology. The objective is to demonstrate the feasibility of manufacturing of novel hybrid nanostructure based photovoltaics, which will utilize innovative… More

Tunable Polarization Insensitive Digital Fiber Optic Wavelength Converter with Built-In Test Capability

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: University of California
Principal Investigator: Jonathon Barton – (805) 277-3031
Award Amount: $749,952.00
RI Contact: Milan Mashanovitch
Abstract:
A fully functional widely tunable wavelength converter prototype operating from -40C to 100C at 2.5-10 Gbps, in a 5mm tall package, will be developed.

High-Power Satellite Communications (SATCOM) Optical Transceiver

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Milan Mashanovitch, Senior Scientist – (805) 277-3031
Award Amount: $99,907.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: Freedom Photonics is proposing to develop a high-power integrated advanced modulattion format reansmitter with high output power and operating in the 1450-1500nm window. This is achieved through the adaptation of our current Indium Phosphide integration platform from 1550nm to this… More

Integrated Low Linewidth Tunable Laser

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Leif Johansson, General Manager – (805) 277-3031
Award Amount: $79,905.00
Abstract:
This proposal seeks to build build a widely tunable laser (>20 nm tuning) with the phase noise performance sufficient for use with existing fiber optic interferometer hydrophone sensors on Virginia Class Submarines. In Phase I, we propose to conduct a feasibility study of modifying a widely… More

Versatile, High-Resolution Reflectometry Module for Short Distances

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Leif Johansson, General Manager – (805) 277-3031
Award Amount: $79,980.00
Abstract:
We propose to develop a reflectometer, leveraging our existing tunable transceiver technology at the core, both as a standalone product and also as an added capability that can be incorporated into transceiver modules. The development of a full design for the tunable, high-power, low phase noise… More

Satellite Optical Communication Crosslinks Adaptive Bandwidth System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Leif Johansson, General Manager – (805) 277-3031
Award Amount: $149,907.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: We propose to develop a tunable, versatile high-efficiency, optical free-space link including the transmitter and receiver with an adaptive modulation capability. The development of adaptive modulation will be achieved through the study of contrasting approaches for adaptive modulation… More

Wide Temperature Optical Transceivers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Milan Mashanovitch, Scientist – (805) 277-3031
Award Amount: $149,967.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: Next generation defense and commercial satellites will acquire and process data at significantly higher rates than current satellites. This will necessitate the development of high speed fiber optic communications infrastructure for intra-satellite communications, including the… More

Conformal Coherent Optical Sensor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Milan Mashanovitch, Scientist – (805) 277-3031
Award Amount: $149,998.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: Currently, typical LIDAR (Laser RADAR) systems single-aperture is limited by the size and weight of the necessarily large optical aperture. During targeting the camera/imager is quickly extended and then retracted to minimize the time the LO of the aircraft is impacted. In a distributed… More

Single Mode Optical-PCB technology

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Jonathon Barton, General Manager – (805) 277-3031
Award Amount: $149,817.00
Abstract:
This program will enable single mode connectivity for next generation PCB board level systems. By using a single mode optical layer within the PCB, low loss high speed transmission can be performed between processors without electromagnetic interference and the high attenuation you have with Copper… More

High-Power Satellite Communications (SATCOM) Optical Transceiver

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Milan Mashanovitch, General Manager – (805) 277-3031
Award Amount: $749,998.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: A highly integrated, high power tunable transmitter chip is being developed using advanced photonic integration in indium phosphide. BENEFIT: Reduced size, weight and power, increased output power, reduced module size. Commercial applications include free-space optical, fiber-optic… More

Integrated Coherent Receiver for 112 Gbps Compact Optical Modulation Analyzer

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Leif Johansson, Dr.
Award Amount: $149,996.00
Abstract:
As prices of high data rate optical coherent communication systems are reduced and their network penetration is increased, it is critical that relevant infrastructure and peripheral technology follow a similar cost/volume curve. This requires a shift away from small numbers of very expensive optical… More

Satellite Optical Communication Crosslinks Adaptive Bandwidth System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Leif Johansson, General Manager/Ph.D – (805) 277-3031
Award Amount: $746,401.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: In this Phase II effort, we will develop an adaptive bandwidth free-space optical link using proprietary photonic integrated circuit technology. BENEFIT: LASERCOM links, LIDAR, ground sensing markets, optical coherence tomography, fiber optics market

Conformal Coherent Optical Sensor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Milan Mashanovitch, General Manager – (805) 277-3031
Award Amount: $749,931.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: Freedom Photonics is proposing to develop novel photonic integrated components required to enable revolutionary new capabilities for conformal coherent LIDAR applications. Coherent LIDAR has by nature greatly enhanced capabilities in terms of available advanced systems architecture… More

Advanced Wireless Maintainer Communications in Electromagnetically Noisy Environments

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Daniel Renner, Ph.D./V.P. - Business Dev – (805) 277-3031
Award Amount: $79,981.00
Abstract:
Freedom Photonics proposes to develop a novel wireless communications system based on free-space-optical (FSO) technology that can provide aircraft maintainers the communications reliability and bandwidth that they need. The goal of this SBIR program is to develop such an optical wireless… More

Miniature, Efficient, Low-power, Photonic Integrated Circuit Based Subsea Long Haul Optical Transponder

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Milan Mashanovitch, Ph.D/General Manager – (805) 277-3031
Award Amount: $79,962.00
Abstract:
In this program, Freedom Photonics proposes to implement a Miniature, Efficient, Low-power, Photonic Integrated Circuit Based Subsea Long Haul Optical Transponder using photonic integration in InP.

Packaging of 100GHz High Power Photodiodes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Jonathon Barton, Ph.D/Senior Scientist – (805) 277-3031
Award Amount: $149,855.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: In this proposed effort, Freedom Photonics is teaming up with University of Virginia to package high-speed, high power photodiodes. The Phase I effort will establish the technical and commercial foundation for the development of packaged high power 100GHz photodiodes. … More

100GBit/s Low Drive voltage Multi-Quantum Well Nanowire modulator

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: UCSB
Principal Investigator: Nadir Dagli, Professor – (805) 893-4847
Award Amount: $79,978.00
RI Contact: Nadir Dagli
Abstract:
In this Phase I Small Business Innovative Research project we will be developing extremely efficient (

Ultra-Wideband, Low-Power Compound Semiconductor Electro-optic Modulator

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: MIT Lincoln Laboratory
Principal Investigator: Paul Juodawlkis, Assistant Group Leader – (781) 981-7837
Award Amount: $79,910.00
RI Contact: Paul Juodawlkis
Abstract:
Freedom Photonics is proposing to develop a novel modulator concept. The overall objective of this program is to develop a novel compound-semiconductor electro-optic modulator that simultaneously exhibits 100-GHz operation, optical/microwave velocity matching, Zo of 50 ohms, low optical (

Eye-safe, High Speed Laser Transceiver for Advanced Tactical Engagement Simulation System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Milan Mashanovitch, Senior Scientist – (805) 277-3031
Award Amount: $99,994.00
Abstract:
In this program, Freedom Photonics proposes to develop a novel transmitter for for Advanced Tactical Engagement Simulation System.

Single Mode Optical-PCB technology

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Jonathon Barton, General Manager/Ph.D – (805) 277-3031
Award Amount: $499,998.00
Abstract:
In this project, we are developing a single-mode waveguide 1550nm technology suitable for integration into a highly manufacturable Mil-spec Printed Circuit Board (PCB). Optical waveguides provide a high bandwidth, low loss medium for sending digital and analog signals that are not susceptible to… More

Optical Communication Transceivers for Affordable Broadband Deployment in Rural Communities

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: USDA
Principal Investigator: Milan Mashanovitch – 805-277-3031
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
1. Need and Purpose Rural areas of the United States have always been economically disadvantaged relative to urban areas. In rural areas, average incomes have been lower, poverty rates higher, and unemployment and underemployment have been more extensive. At present, with the advent of broadband… More

Integrated optical Heterodyne Source for Multiaxis Inertial Measurement Units

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2014 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Leif Johansson, General Manager – (805) 967-4900
Award Amount: $149,993.00
Abstract:
In this program, Freedom Photonics proposed to build a novel, compact, high performance module for coherent population trapping applications. Our solution is based on close integration of photonics with electronics.

RF Photonic Multiple, Simultaneous RF Beamforming for Phased Array Sensors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2014 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Leif Johansson, General Manager – (805) 967-4900
Award Amount: $149,946.00
Abstract:
Modern phased array sensors demand wideband operation and large instantaneous bandwidths, without suffering from beam-squint. True time delay (TTD) allows for multi-octave squint-free operation; however this becomes impractical to implement in electronics for large arrays, requiring extreme angles… More

Multi-Octave, High Power and Linearity, Balanced Photodiode Receiver for Harsh Military Environment Avionics

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2014 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Milan Mashanovitch, General Manager – (805) 967-4900
Award Amount: $79,993.00
Abstract:
Freedom Photonics, a leader in photonic components and subsystems will explore the new approaches to the balanced photodiode implementation, to obtain and verify a design that meets the Navy"s requirements, and to leverage our expertise in photonic components and packaging to produce a rugged… More