The goal of this program is to provide an ultra-high-speed, low-power ADC that does both, provides excellent interfacing capabilities to top FPGAs and also has an optimized low-power spectrometer DSP backend available to be integrated on the same chip. Natural and human-induced changes in Earth's interior, land surface, biosphere, atmosphere, and oceans affect all aspects of life. Understanding these changes requires a range of observations acquired from land-, sea-, air-, and space-based platforms. NASA is seeking innovative technologies to support future radar and radiometer sensors missions and applications.
While the initial development of the ADC targets the stringent requirements of NASA's space-based remote sensing applications, the ADC has wider commercial applications in; radio astronomy, networking (100/400Gbps Ethernet), communication data transmission applications, defense radar and electronic warfare systems, automated test equipment (ATE), ultra-fast digital oscilloscopes, high-energy physics experiments and ultra-high speed digitizer boards. The Alphacore marketing team has already researched immediate market opportunities for the ADC, mostly in the field of radio astronomy applications. This market opportunity has a reasonable size. One of the main tasks during phase I will be to research other listed market sectors and create strong commercialization strategies for all these sectors.