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Novel Carrierless High-Data-Rate Acoustic Communications

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Navy
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2014 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
N132-138-1040
Solicitation Year:
2013
Solicitation Topic Code:
N132-138
Solicitation Number:
2013.2
Small Business Information
Net-tune Technologies
UB Technology Incubator 1576 Sweet Home Amherst, NY 14228-
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2014
Title: Novel Carrierless High-Data-Rate Acoustic Communications
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N00014-14-P-1066
Award Amount: $79,991.00
 

Abstract:

To address the limitations of underwater acoustic wave propagation, we propose a paradigm shift in how information is carried over short-range (tens of meters) acoustic links. We suggest the study -and then development- of a novel carrierless ultrasonic transmission and multiple access technique. Short, properly designed/shaped pulses are transmitted in the ultrasonic spectral regime following an adaptive time-hopping pattern with a superimposed adaptive spreading code. The effect is nearly seamless physical/MAC layer integration, potential for highest data rate communication by properly optimized spreading sequences, and LPD/LPI operation via low-power transmission. Analysis of the supported bit rates versus LPD/LPI performance characterization will be carried out as a function of range. Secondary -yet important- benefits of the proposed approach are low cost and weight oscillator-free transducers and excellent receiver interference suppressing capabilities along the well documented theory and practice of spread-spectrum signal reception. Net-Tune Technologies investigators (Dr. Tommaso Melodia and Dr. Dimitris Pados) are partnering with the State University of New York at Buffalo (academic institution subcontractor Prof. Stella Batalama) and Teledyne- Benthos (Chief Scientist Dale Green as consultant) to form a most experienced and qualified team to explore for the first time -to the very best of our knowledge- this new technical avenue toward 500Kbps or more communication across 100m or more underwater distances.

Principal Investigator:

Tommaso Melodia
Chief Executive Officer
(716) 598-9930
tommaso.melodia@gmail.com

Business Contact:

Tommaso Melodia
Chief Executive Officer
(716) 598-9930
tommaso.melodia@gmail.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Net-tune Technologies
UB Technology Incubator 1576 Sweet Home Amherst, NY 14228-

EIN/Tax ID: 901028290
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No