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DARPA Microsystems Technology Office – Processor Reconfiguration for Wideband Spectrum Sensing (PROWESS) BAA – HR001123S0006

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DARPA Microsystems Technology Office – Processor Reconfiguration for Wideband Spectrum Sensing (PROWESS) BAA – HR001123S0006

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The PROWESS program will enable “just-in-time” synthesis of processing pipelines in uncertain environments where pre-programmed solutions are likely to fail. PROWESS will allow receivers to continuously explore algorithm space, optimizing performance for both measured spectrum conditions and the needs of cognitive RF decision logic.
PROWESS program goals are to develop and demonstrate:
  • Run-time reconfigurable processors with 200 giga-operations per second per square millimeter (GOPS/mm2 ) compute density and 50 nanosecond program switch time
  • Real-time schedulers that manage 100 parallel programs at 90% processor utilization
  • Scaling to continuously monitor 40 GHz total input bandwidth for important signals.
Achieving these goals requires overcoming two technical challenges:
  1. Maximize compute density (>200 GOPS/mm2 ) while minimizing program switch time (<50 nanoseconds).
  2. Real-time program scheduling that maximizes detection of important signals across wide bandwidths.
    PROWESS is a 60-month, three-phase program with an 18-month Phase 1 (Base), a 24-month Phase 2 (Option), and an 18-month Phase 3. Phase 1 will focus on the development of device and software designs, using risk reduction experiments to mature these designs to the level of a preliminary design review (PDR). Phase 2 will further mature designs to the level of a critical design review (CDR) and demonstrate prototype devices and software. This call is soliciting proposals for Phase 1 and 2 only.

-Abstracts due 3 November 2022; full proposals due 19 December 2022

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