The 2018 Army Science and Technology Symposium and Showcase Organized by the NDIA Selected Astrapi to Participate on the Disruptive Technologies Panel

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Dr. Jerrold Prothero, Astrapi CEO, was selected to discuss how Astrapi’s spiral modulation will empower a soldier’s success.

Dr. Jerrold Prothero will discuss Astrapi’s innovative spiral modulation, a new spectrally efficient technology for the future of radio communications. Astrapi’s Spiral Modulation provides the foundation to dramatically increase the flexibility of symbol waveform design and to use this additional flexibility to address key defense communications challenges. Warfighters are increasingly concerned with the potential of jamming and signal intercept inhibiting mission success. It is widely known that adversaries deploy jammers against GPS, SATCOM, FM, and cellular signals. Astrapi’s spiral modulation technology is resistant to interception and jamming, while providing improvements to size weight and power (SWaP).

“Spiral Modulation directly addresses signal interference, detection, and jamming, power optimization, bandwidth usage, and Size, Weight and Power (SWaP) constraints. One way of exploiting higher spectral efficiency is to reduce the power necessary to get a given error-free bit rate through a given amount of spectrum. Spiral modulation directly drives SWaP wins. For instance, one implication of SM is that antennas can become smaller for the same data rates,” said Dr. Jerrold Prothero, Astrapi Founder and CEO. “We have now started the initial testing and optimization in a Software Defined Radio (SDR) platform and are evaluating partners for the next stages of development of this exciting new technology. Our transition to the SDR deployment will eventually provide benefits for a wide variety of dual use communication systems, including satellite, defense, mobile, and Internet of Things including Cellular (4G- and emerging 5G-LTE), Wireless Local Area Network (802.11 a/g/n), Digital Audio and Terrestrial Television Broadcasting (DAB, DVB-T), Cable Service (DOCSIS 3.1), and Digital Subscriber Line (VDSL and VDSL2) among others.”

Channel capacity is a critical and limiting problem for any communication system. Astrapi now has multiple patents issued and pending among ten patent families that address how we may improve use of communications spectrum in order to meet growing demand. Spiral modulation redefines how we look at addressing those challenges through innovation in the wave form design space to address challenges in channel capacity, power constraints and interference mitigation.

ABOUT Astrapi Corporation
Astrapi is the pioneer of spiral-based signal modulation, which opens an unexplored area for innovation at the core of telecommunications. Based on a generalization of Euler’s formula, the foundational mathematics for telecom, Astrapi provides fundamentally new ways to design the symbol waveforms used to encode digital transmissions. By applying new mathematics to signal modulation, Astrapi is able to improve the trade-off between the four fundamental parameters in telecommunications: bandwidth, signal power, data throughput, and error rate. The resulting efficiency translates into higher spectral performance with more bits available at a lower cost.

ABOUT the Army Science and Technology Symposium & Showcase
Leaders at the forefront of change within the Army’s science and technology enterprise, research, development, and engineering labs, as well as industry look to field soldiers with cutting edge technology-enabled capabilities. The Army Science & Technology Symposium and Showcase will be held August 21-23, 2018, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. brings these thought-leaders, researchers, and warfighters together to discuss the latest emerging technologies for the Army. Options that enable effective, affordable capabilities to ensure success on the battlefield and beyond, options such as: Long-Range Precision Fires, Next Generation Combat Vehicles, Future Vertical Lift Platforms, Networked Hardware, Software, and Infrastructure, Air and Missile Defense Capabilities, Soldier Lethality, Future Technologies and Workforce Training / STEM outreach.     

ABOUT National Defense Industry Association
NDIA is a 501(c)3 corporate and individual membership association that engages thoughtful and innovative leaders to promote the best policies, practices, products and technology to build a more responsive and collaborative community in support of defense and national security.

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