Subsea Long Haul Optical Transponder
Navy SBIR FY2013.1

Sol No.: Navy SBIR FY2013.1
Topic No.: N131-060
Topic Title: Subsea Long Haul Optical Transponder
Proposal No.: N131-060-0774
Firm: The David Ross Group
58A South Street
Morristown, New Jersey 07869
Contact: Gerald Tourgee
Phone: (973) 615-2430
Web Site:
Abstract: The David Ross Group will develop an innovative, miniaturized low-cost undersea transponder for data transmission over long haul underwater cable systems where the signal is generated from an undersea node and integrated with an undersea transmission system while minimizing the use and number of undersea optical amplifiers (repeaters). The David Ross Group will identify how these technical solutions might be integrated into an underwater distributed network to achieve objective data rates, distances, power consumption, and minimal repeater use. Specifically, the proposed study will focus on developing an undersea transponder and supporting electronics, that meet the minimum requirements, but targets the stretch objectives specified.
Benefits: This study marks the initial steps toward development of an optical component that will provide benefits to the US Navy for transmittal of data from the ocean bottom. Such a device has commercial applications in the offshore Oil and Gas industry, offshore renewable energy, ocean cable observatories, and telecommunications for thin route markets that wish to replace satellite connectivity with a higher bandwidth and lower latency alternative.