Notice of Intent To Seek Partners for a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement and Licensing Opportunity for Smoothed Symbol Transition Modulation Invented by U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command, 5095-5096 [2015-01760]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 20 / Friday, January 30, 2015 / Notices reimbursement with the Defense Health Program, TRICARE, which includes the Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Uniformed Services (TRICARE/ CHAMPUS). TRICARE/CHAMPUS is a health benefits entitlement program for the dependents of active duty members of the Uniformed Services, and deceased sponsors, retirees and their dependents, of the Department of Homeland Security (Coast Guard) sponsors and certain North Atlantic Treaty Organization, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and Public Health Service eligible beneficiaries. Use of the UB–04/CMS– 1450 continues TRICARE/CHAMPUS commitments to use the national standard claim form for reimbursement of medical services/supplies provided by institutional providers. pool of respondents. Licensing of background technology related to this CRADA opportunity is also available to potential collaborators. DATES: Interested candidate partners must submit a statement of interest and capability to the AMRDEC point of contact before March 8, 2015 for consideration. Dated: January 27, 2015. Aaron Siegel, Alternate OSD Federal Register Liaison Officer, Department of Defense. Questions about the proposed action can be directed to Ms. Cindy Wallace (256) 313–0895, Office of Research and Technology Applications, email: cindy.s.wallace.civ@mail.mil. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 1. Project Description. AMRDEC seeks to ensure that technologies developed by AMRDEC are expeditiously commercialized and brought to practical use. The purpose of a CRADA is to find partner(s) to facilitate the development and commercialization of a technology that is in an early phase of development. Respondents interested in submitting a CRADA proposal should be aware that it may be necessary for them to secure a patent license to the above-mentioned patent pending technology in order to be able to commercialize products arising from a CRADA. CRADA partners are afforded an option to negotiate an exclusive license from the AMRDEC for inventions arising from the performance of the CRADA research plan. 2. Technology Overview. Conventional modulation techniques have step changes between symbols. The step changes embed rectangular windowing functions, with poor power spectral density function characteristics, into the modulated waveform [1], [2], [3]. Smoothed symbol transition modulation (SSTM) [1], [2], [3], [4] waveform consists of half cycle raised cosine waveforms and zero slope line segments waveforms concatenated together to create a smooth waveform. All SSTM symbol transitions occur at zero slope points. The SSTM waveform requires less bandwidth and has a much faster power spectral density convergence than conventional modulation. Binary SSTM and 16 quadrature amplitude modulation SSTM (QAM– [FR Doc. 2015–01793 Filed 1–29–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 5001–06–P DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Department of Army Notice of Intent To Seek Partners for a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement and Licensing Opportunity for Smoothed Symbol Transition Modulation Invented by U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command Department of Army, DoD. Notice of Intent Seeking Partners. AGENCY: ACTION: The U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command (AMRDEC) is seeking Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) partners to collaborate in transitioning smoothed symbol transition modulation (SSTM) into commercial and/or government application(s). SSTM references approved for public release are provided [2–4]. Interested potential CRADA collaborators will receive detailed information on the current status of the project after signing a confidentiality disclosure agreement (CDA) with AMRDEC. Guidelines for the preparation of a full CRADA proposal will be communicated shortly thereafter to all respondents with whom initial confidential discussions will have established sufficient mutual interest. CRADA applications submitted after the due date may be considered if a suitable CRADA collaborator has not been identified by AMRDEC among the initial asabaliauskas on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:50 Jan 29, 2015 Jkt 235001 Comments and questions may be submitted to: Department of Army, US Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center, ATTN: RDMR–CST, Office of Research and Technology Applications (Ms. Wallace), 5400 Fowler Road, Redstone Arsenal, AL 35898. ADDRESSES: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: PO 00000 Frm 00016 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 5095 SSTM) simulations demonstrate the utility of the modulation technique [1], [2], [3], [4]. Smoothed symbol transition modulation simply adds one more block before the output (final) modulation stage [1], [2], [3], [4]. SSTM offers opportunities for improved performance under intersymbol interference, multipath signal conditions, dispersive channel conditions and timing jitter conditions. In terms of digital signal processing, SSTM is low cost, and offers significant performance improvements over conventional rectangular windowing function limited modulators. Under the CRADA, further research and development will be conducted on current and new algorithm(s) and further development in characterization is also needed. Based on the results of these experiments and other data, the program will then develop a target product profile. The developed algorithm(s) might be further improved to address specific aspects of this target product profile and, if necessary, to optimize its computation requirements and performance. The CRADA scope will also include studies beyond candidate selection including all aspects of algorithm studies, developments, simulations, optimization, and performance testing leading to a successful smoothed symbol transition modulation application. Collaborators should have experience in the development of digital signal processing algorithms, digital modulation, software defined radios, communications systems, and technology transition. The target end products include government and commercial communications systems, wireless applications (radio, television, WiFi, telecom, cell phones, data, satellite communications, et al.), radar, internet applications (cable modems), medical imaging, and other unique applications identified by the CRADA partner. The full CRADA proposal should include a capability statement with a detailed description of collaborators’ expertise in the following and related technology areas: (1) Conventional digital modulation, digital signal processing, software defined radios, communications systems, testing and evaluation of communications systems, etc.; (2) communications theory, information theory, and bit error rate; (3) expertise in windowing functions; (4) collaborators’ expertise in successful technology transition; and (5) collaborator’s ability to provide adequate funding to support some project studies is strongly encouraged. A preference will be given to collaborators E:\FR\FM\30JAN1.SGM 30JAN1 5096 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 20 / Friday, January 30, 2015 / Notices who shall manufacture smoothed symbol transition modulation systems in the United States. Collaborators are encouraged to properly label any proprietary material in their CRADA proposal as PROPRIETARY. Do not use the phrase ‘‘company confidential.’’ 3. Publications. a. P. Jungwirth: ‘‘Smoothed Symbol Transition Modulation,’’ US Patent Application 14/181221, February 14, 2014. Not yet published. b. P. Jungwirth: ‘‘Smoothed Symbol Transition Modulation,’’ AlaSim International Conference & Exposition,’’ Huntsville, Alabama, pp. TBD, May 2014. http://www.almsc.org/alasiminternational.shtml. c. P. Jungwirth: ‘‘Smoothed Symbol Transition Modulation DSP Algorithm,’’ TAPR Conference, Austin, TX, pp. 32–51, September 2014. https://www.tapr.org/pdf/ DCC2014SmoothedSymbolTransitionModulationPatrick-Jungwirth.pdf. d. P. Jungwirth: ‘‘Smoothed Symbol Transition Modulation 16 QAM, Submitted to The Forum for Communications Experimenters, December 2014. (email Ms. Wallace at cindy.s.wallace.civ@mail.mil to request a copy of this paper). Brenda S. Bowen, Army Federal Register Liaison Officer. 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DoD invites comments on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of DoD, including whether the information will asabaliauskas on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:50 Jan 29, 2015 Jkt 235001 have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the estimate of the burden of the proposed information collection; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the information collection on respondents, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has approved this information collection requirement for use through May 31, 2015. DoD proposes that OMB extend its approval for use for three additional years. DATES: DoD will consider all comments received by March 31, 2015. 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Affected Public: Businesses or other for-profit and not-for-profit institutions. Annual Burden Hours: 1,464. Number of Respondents: 491. Responses per Respondent: Approximately 2. Annual Responses: 1,062. Average Burden per Response: 1.5 hours. Frequency: On occasion. Summary of Information Collection This information collection pertains to information, as required in DFARS Parts 208, 209, 235, and associated clauses in Part 252 that an offeror must submit to DoD in response to a request for proposals or an invitation for bids or a contract requirement, except that provision 252.209–7001 was recently relocated to 252.225–7050. The 1 burden hour for this provision will be transferred to OMB clearance 0704– 0229 (part 225) the next t ime that clearance is renewed. In particular, the information collection covers the following DFARS requirements: Æ 252.208–7000, Intent to Furnish Precious Metals as GovernmentFurnished Material. 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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Department of Army


Notice of Intent To Seek Partners for a Cooperative Research and 
Development Agreement and Licensing Opportunity for Smoothed Symbol 
Transition Modulation Invented by U.S. Army Aviation and Missile 
Command

AGENCY: Department of Army, DoD.

ACTION: Notice of Intent Seeking Partners.

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SUMMARY: The U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command (AMRDEC) is seeking 
Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) partners to 
collaborate in transitioning smoothed symbol transition modulation 
(SSTM) into commercial and/or government application(s). SSTM 
references approved for public release are provided [2-4]. Interested 
potential CRADA collaborators will receive detailed information on the 
current status of the project after signing a confidentiality 
disclosure agreement (CDA) with AMRDEC. Guidelines for the preparation 
of a full CRADA proposal will be communicated shortly thereafter to all 
respondents with whom initial confidential discussions will have 
established sufficient mutual interest. CRADA applications submitted 
after the due date may be considered if a suitable CRADA collaborator 
has not been identified by AMRDEC among the initial pool of 
respondents. Licensing of background technology related to this CRADA 
opportunity is also available to potential collaborators.

DATES: Interested candidate partners must submit a statement of 
interest and capability to the AMRDEC point of contact before March 8, 
2015 for consideration.

ADDRESSES: Comments and questions may be submitted to: Department of 
Army, US Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, Aviation 
and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center, ATTN: RDMR-
CST, Office of Research and Technology Applications (Ms. Wallace), 5400 
Fowler Road, Redstone Arsenal, AL 35898.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Questions about the proposed action 
can be directed to Ms. Cindy Wallace (256) 313-0895, Office of Research 
and Technology Applications, email: cindy.s.wallace.civ@mail.mil.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
    1. Project Description. AMRDEC seeks to ensure that technologies 
developed by AMRDEC are expeditiously commercialized and brought to 
practical use. The purpose of a CRADA is to find partner(s) to 
facilitate the development and commercialization of a technology that 
is in an early phase of development. Respondents interested in 
submitting a CRADA proposal should be aware that it may be necessary 
for them to secure a patent license to the above-mentioned patent 
pending technology in order to be able to commercialize products 
arising from a CRADA. CRADA partners are afforded an option to 
negotiate an exclusive license from the AMRDEC for inventions arising 
from the performance of the CRADA research plan.
    2. Technology Overview. Conventional modulation techniques have 
step changes between symbols. The step changes embed rectangular 
windowing functions, with poor power spectral density function 
characteristics, into the modulated waveform [1], [2], [3].
    Smoothed symbol transition modulation (SSTM) [1], [2], [3], [4] 
waveform consists of half cycle raised cosine waveforms and zero slope 
line segments waveforms concatenated together to create a smooth 
waveform. All SSTM symbol transitions occur at zero slope points. The 
SSTM waveform requires less bandwidth and has a much faster power 
spectral density convergence than conventional modulation.
    Binary SSTM and 16 quadrature amplitude modulation SSTM (QAM-SSTM) 
simulations demonstrate the utility of the modulation technique [1], 
[2], [3], [4]. Smoothed symbol transition modulation simply adds one 
more block before the output (final) modulation stage [1], [2], [3], 
[4]. SSTM offers opportunities for improved performance under 
intersymbol interference, multipath signal conditions, dispersive 
channel conditions and timing jitter conditions. In terms of digital 
signal processing, SSTM is low cost, and offers significant performance 
improvements over conventional rectangular windowing function limited 
modulators.
    Under the CRADA, further research and development will be conducted 
on current and new algorithm(s) and further development in 
characterization is also needed. Based on the results of these 
experiments and other data, the program will then develop a target 
product profile. The developed algorithm(s) might be further improved 
to address specific aspects of this target product profile and, if 
necessary, to optimize its computation requirements and performance. 
The CRADA scope will also include studies beyond candidate selection 
including all aspects of algorithm studies, developments, simulations, 
optimization, and performance testing leading to a successful smoothed 
symbol transition modulation application.
    Collaborators should have experience in the development of digital 
signal processing algorithms, digital modulation, software defined 
radios, communications systems, and technology transition. The target 
end products include government and commercial communications systems, 
wireless applications (radio, television, WiFi, telecom, cell phones, 
data, satellite communications, et al.), radar, internet applications 
(cable modems), medical imaging, and other unique applications 
identified by the CRADA partner.
    The full CRADA proposal should include a capability statement with 
a detailed description of collaborators' expertise in the following and 
related technology areas: (1) Conventional digital modulation, digital 
signal processing, software defined radios, communications systems, 
testing and evaluation of communications systems, etc.; (2) 
communications theory, information theory, and bit error rate; (3) 
expertise in windowing functions; (4) collaborators' expertise in 
successful technology transition; and (5) collaborator's ability to 
provide adequate funding to support some project studies is strongly 
encouraged. A preference will be given to collaborators

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who shall manufacture smoothed symbol transition modulation systems in 
the United States.
    Collaborators are encouraged to properly label any proprietary 
material in their CRADA proposal as PROPRIETARY. Do not use the phrase 
``company confidential.''
    3. Publications.

    a. P. Jungwirth: ``Smoothed Symbol Transition Modulation,'' US 
Patent Application 14/181221, February 14, 2014. Not yet published.
    b. P. Jungwirth: ``Smoothed Symbol Transition Modulation,'' 
AlaSim International Conference & Exposition,'' Huntsville, Alabama, 
pp. TBD, May 2014. http://www.almsc.org/alasim-international.shtml.
    c. P. Jungwirth: ``Smoothed Symbol Transition Modulation DSP 
Algorithm,'' TAPR Conference, Austin, TX, pp. 32-51, September 2014. 
https://www.tapr.org/pdf/DCC2014-SmoothedSymbolTransitionModulation-Patrick-Jungwirth.pdf.
    d. P. Jungwirth: ``Smoothed Symbol Transition Modulation 16 QAM, 
Submitted to The Forum for Communications Experimenters, December 
2014. (email Ms. Wallace at cindy.s.wallace.civ@mail.mil to request 
a copy of this paper).

Brenda S. Bowen,
Army Federal Register Liaison Officer.
[FR Doc. 2015-01760 Filed 1-29-15; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 3710-08-P