Multi-Wavelength and Built-in Test Capable Local Area Network Node Packaging
Navy SBIR 2015.2 - Topic N152-090
NAVAIR - Ms. Donna Moore -
Opens: May 26, 2015 - Closes: June 24, 2015

N152-090        TITLE:  Multi-Wavelength and Built-in Test Capable Local Area Network Node Packaging

TECHNOLOGY AREAS:  Air Platform, Electronics


The technology within this topic is restricted under the International Traffic in Arms Regulation (ITAR), 22 CFR Parts 120-130, which controls the export and import of defense-related material and services, including export of sensitive technical data, or the Export Administration Regulation (EAR), 15 CFR Parts 730-774, which controls dual use items. Offerors must disclose any proposed use of foreign nationals

(FNs), their country(ies) of origin, the type of visa or work permit possessed, and the statement of work (SOW) tasks intended for accomplishment by the FN(s) in accordance with section 5.4.c.(8) of the solicitation. Offerors are advised foreign nationals proposed to perform on this topic may be restricted due to the technical data under US Export Control Laws. 

OBJECTIVE:  Develop and demonstrate a wavelength division multiplexed (WDM) optical network node capable of 10 Gbps operation and integrated built-in test (BIT). 

DESCRIPTION:  The Navy is interested in advancing built-in test (BIT) capable digital avionics singlemode wavelength division multiplexing (WDM) local area network (LAN) node technology. Combining integrated active and passive WDM components with planar light-wave circuits (PLCs), and integrated optical time domain reflectometry (OTDR) technology will create low cost, space, weight and power (SWAP) WDM packaging technology for Department of Defense (DoD) aviation platforms. Application of BIT capable WDM technology on DoD aviation platforms will enable a drastic increase in the aggregate transmission bandwidth and network node connectivity, reliability and maintainability relative to today’s copper and single-wavelength fiber optic point-to-point link designs. Current fiber optic systems utilizing single wavelength point-to-point links limit the ability of the avionics designer to maximize network redundancy, reliability, and maintainability, while minimizing the number of onboard interconnects. This fundamental limitation of point-to-point fiber optic links for high speed digital data transmission points directly towards WDM technology as a viable solution. The inherent speed and latency advantages of optical communication in future designs trend toward ultra-high speed fiber optic WDM local area networking. The recent development of precision fiber optic component connection and OTDR application specific integrated circuit technologies and advancements in integration of ruggedized digital WDM active components and avionics WDM LAN topologies point toward an innovative research program to integrate the various components into functional packages for board level integration. It is expected that WDM LAN technology will be incorporated in future generation avionics architectures. In order to meet the needs of military avionics, the Navy is seeking innovative approaches for creating WDM LAN nodes based on hybrid-integrated BIT capable optoelectronic packages containing OTDR application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC), tunable laser, wavelength converter, fixed and tunable multiplexer/de-multiplexer, planar lightwave circuit (PLC), and advanced connection technology. Placing WDM LAN node components on a printed circuit board enables easy insertion within avionics weapons replaceable assemblies. This will advance technology readiness and thus eliminate apprehension on the part of avionics integrators to adopt WDM LAN technology in next generation designs. Successful development could also result in significantly reduced WDM LAN component packaging cost. Final packaged solutions including all electronic interface circuitry shall meet the following SWAP requirements. Size: Package height shall be less than 8 mm Threshold / 5 mm Objective. Package footprint shall be less than 100 cm2 Threshold / 50 cm2 Objective. Mass: Package mass shall be less than 1000 grams Threshold / 500 grams Objective. Power: Package shall require less than 12 W of electrical power (including cooling if needed) to meet Phase II routing objectives. 

PHASE I:  Develop and demonstrate the feasibility of a hybrid-integrated WDM LAN node package. Simulate the in-package optical routing for ring, bus, star and mesh topologies, including the performance over expected optoelectronic package assembly tolerances. Include plan to meet SWAP requirements.

PHASE II:  Develop a manufacturable prototype of the WDM LAN node package designed in Phase I. Demonstrate four optical input/outputs each supporting a minimum of 4 C-band 100 GHz spaced wavelengths per input and output port at a minimum of 10 gigabits per second per wavelength with a bit error rate no greater than 10E-12. Test both device components and the package over a -40 to +100 Celsius temperature range. Phase II has the potential to be classified, the contractor will need to be prepared for personnel and facility certification.

PHASE III:  Increase manufacturing readiness and transition to manufacturing for avionics application for both Navy and commercial usage.


1.                M. Beranek, et al. (2014). “Photonic integrated circuits for avionics network access and backbone network interface WDM LAN applications,” Proc. Of the IEEE Avionics Fiber Optics and Photonics Conference.

2.                M. Masonovic, et al. (2014). "A photonic integrated circuit based optical mesh node for avionic WDM optical networks,” Proc. of the IEEE Avionics Fiber Optics and Photonics Conference.

3.                N. Peterson, et al. (2014). “Avionic WDM LAN node utilizing wavelength conversion,” Proc. Of the IEEE Avionics Fiber Optics and Photonics Conference.

4.                C. Kuznia, et al. (2014) “Novel high-resolution OTDR technology for multi-Gbps transceivers,” Proc. Of OFC, pp. 1-3.

5.                M. Barnoski, et al. (2012). "nano-Engineered metal components for photonics applications,” Proc. Of the IEEE Avionics Fiber Optics and Photonics Conference¸ pp. 84-85.


KEYWORDS:  Avionics; Wavelength Division Multiplexing; network node; advanced packaging; built-in test; Planar Lightwave Circuit

TPOC:  (301)342-9115

2nd TPOC:  (301)757-7124

Questions may also be submitted through DoD SBIR/STTR SITIS website.


DoD Notice:  
Between April 24 and May 25, 2015 you may talk directly with the Topic Authors (TPOC) to ask technical questions about the topics. Their contact information is listed above. For reasons of competitive fairness, direct communication between proposers and topic authors is
not allowed starting May 26, 2015 , when DoD begins accepting proposals for this solicitation.
However, proposers may still submit written questions about solicitation topics through the DoD's SBIR/STTR Interactive Topic Information System (SITIS), in which the questioner and respondent remain anonymous and all questions and answers are posted electronically for general viewing until the solicitation closes. All proposers are advised to monitor SITIS (15.2 Q&A) during the solicitation period for questions and answers, and other significant information, relevant to the SBIR 15.2 topic under which they are proposing.

If you have general questions about DoD SBIR program, please contact the DoD SBIR Help Desk at 800-348-0787 or


Offical DoD SBIR FY-2015.1 Solicitation Site: