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Unformatted Serial ADC and Data Link

National Radio Astronomy Observatory, VA, United States

TECHNOLOGY SUMMARY

A method for de-serialization of streaming raw data from an Analog-to-Digital Converter (ADC). Proposed is a chipset that would allow a high-speed, resolution-agnostic ADC to operate remotely at the end of an optical fiber without any of the usual overhead at the source normally associated with digital fiber-optic links.

Primary Application Area: Electronics, Sensors & Communications

Technology Development Status: Prototype

Technology Readiness Level: TRL 5

FIGURES OF MERIT

Value Proposition: This technique offers lower sensor-node overhead, enabling leaner front-ends and larger imaging arrays with minimal potential for self-interference. Also lends itself naturally to resolution-agnostic digitizing sensor systems which can adjust bit-resolution dynamically in response to changing conditions.

SHOWCASE SUMMARY

Organization Type: Academic/Gov Lab

Showcase Booth #: 739

Website: https://info.nrao.edu/tt/

GOVT/EXTERNAL FUNDING SOURCES

Government Funding/Support to Date: NRAO is funded by the National Science Foundation via a Cooperative Agreement with Associated Universities, Inc.

Primary Sources of Funding: Federal Grant

Looking for: Both Funding and Development Partners