Navy SBIR FY2012.1

Sol No.: Navy SBIR FY2012.1
Topic No.: N121-026
Proposal No.: N121-026-0015
Firm: Optical Wireless Corporation
11329 Overland Trail
Tyler, Texas 75703
Contact: Richard Laughlin
Phone: (903) 561-6011
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Abstract: The ACTIVE ALIGNED TUNED WEDGE TERMINATION (AATWT), with fewer and lower tolerance parts, will achieve: Insertion loss < 0.02 dB; Back Reflection < -60 As a MIL-PRF-64266 Terminus. providing dual references, 1st perpendicular to the collimated beam, 2nd the outer circumference of the terminus ensuring compatibility with existing multiple termini. Phase I of the AATWT will result in a set of engineering sketches and an analysis/models each of the elements, of the termination and their contribution to the back reflection and insertion loss to optimize an integrated fiber termination design. This design and analysis will fulfill the requirements of TRA 3 Phase I Option of the AATWT will provide a low fidelity breadboard of the termination to validate the models and demonstrate the performance of the AATWT as required in TRA 4. The AATWT design lends itself to arrayed connectors, circular and rectangular, with a, 4X higher fiber density (lower weight) than presently available. One of these designs is presented in the following technical proposal, with an adaptor to 64266 termini. The ACTIVE ALIGNED TUNED WEDGE TERMINATION design is compatible with connections for back plane and edge connection.
Benefits:  New Paradigm in fiber termination  Collimated Fiber Beam exactly perpendicular to reference plane  Virtually no insertion loss or back reflection.  Fewer and Lower Tolerance Parts - Lower Cost  Design and Breadboard meeting Technology Readiness Assessment (TRA) level 4.  Genesis of a Family of higher fiber density terminations  Compatible with existing designs.  100 GHz Analog differentially linear, amplitude and phase.  Collimated Face (Output) accessible for cleaning The ACTIVE ALIGNED TUNED WEDGE TERMINATION (AATWT) has a Served Market of $553 million out of a $2 billion connector market in 2016 which is growing at a CAGR of 9.6%. One of the most exciting applications is the Fiber To The Tower (FTTT) and Fiber To The Antenna (FTTA), that has identical requirements to this solicitation.