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DEVELOPING
THE FUTURE

EXPERIENCED    •   PERFORMANCE   •   TECHNOLOGY
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ABOUT US

Silver Bullet Technology “SBT” is a small team of senior engineers with broad experience building consumer, industrial, medical and defense products. Through flawless performance on product design, consulting service and government R&D contracts, the company was able to bootstrap itself into rapid cash-flow positive status early on. With a focus on embedded computing, consumer electronics and communications systems, its broad customer base lies across the consumer, medical, defense and other government markets. Working with Silver Bullet’s engineering design services allows customers to focus on their core business: from developing specialty components to complete products.  SilverBullet was acquired by COMSovereign Holdings, LLC in 2019. 

WHAT WE DO

Silver Bullet’s experienced team can step into projects at any stage. During product definition, it can research technology options, develop product requirements, define system architecture, and construct a development plan that will reduce technology risks and accelerate time to market. The engineering design services include:

● Turnkey Product Development
● Analog Hardware Design
● Digital Hardware Design
● RF Hardware Design
● FPGA Design Services
● Operating System Software Platform Development
● Embedded Systems Software Design
● Wireless Design
● Project Management Services
● Compliance Testing Consulting
● System Development Services
● High Volume Manufacturing Transfer

CORE CAPABILITIES

The SBT personnel have deep experience and specific expertise in both hardware and software design and development including embedded designs, high-speed digital and RF PCB design, FPGA and ASIC design, large scale network protocol development and software-defined

radio systems. In wireless communications, they have been frontrunner designers in tactical comm systems, automotive telematics, cellular comm systems, municipal WiFi/WiMAX, security systems, seismic detection and consumer electronics. Specific toolset skills
and capabilities are shown below.

SOFTWARE CAPABILITIES

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Real-time OS

  • FreeRTOS, Xenomai, TI-RTOS, MQX, ThreadX, RT-Linux

  • Platform porting

  • Application software development

Linux OS

  • Boot loader porting (u-boot, LK)

  • Platform porting and custom device drivers

  • Tool chain management

  • Over-the-air (OTA) software/system updates

  • Multicore SMP/AMP configuration

Android

  • AOSP platform porting to Qualcomm Snapdragon

  • File system and application customization

  • Service development

Programmable Logic/FPGA Design

  • Verilog/VHDL design

  • Xilinx, Altera, Lattice, Quicklogic and Actel tool suites

  • Programmable SoC design

Software Configuration Management

  • Product release cycle management

  • Source code version management: Subversion, Monotone, git, repo, gerrit

  • Atlassian project management tools

Cloud based IoT services

  • Amazon AWS

  • Microsoft Azure

HARDWARE CAPABILITES

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Hardware System Architecture

  •  Application driven component selection

  • SWaP-C, and reliability driven designs

  • ARM Cortex A/M, x86, PowerPC and numerous other microprocessor and microcontroller architectures

  • Power systems

  • PICMG and VITA form factor design

Schematic Design Capture

  • ERC validation

  • Part generation and document control

PCB Design Layout

  • RF and analog design

  • DFM, DFT driven

  • Advanced interconnect

Hardware Emulation

  • Cadence Palladium ASIC validation

Manufacturing Capabilities

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Test & Validation

  • Temperature, vibration, EMI, HALT

  • Certification laboratory compliance testing: FCC, ETSI, UL, MIL-STD

Contract Manufacturing and ODM Relationships

  • Turnkey design handoff

  • On-shore and Off-shore options

  • Prototype to full manufacturing

SOFTWARE DEFINED RADIO
"SDR" COMMERCIALIZATION

Small form factor SDR-DC

  • Comprehensive processing (OS, RTOS, Programmable Logic) coupled to four channel Rx/TX XCVR

  • Flexible solution, abstracts band specific front end to an ASFE

  • Designed and built via overseas ODM for the DoD

Backplane based SDR-M1

  • SRIO and PCIe based SDR

  • Integrated with TI Keystone and NXP QorIQ

  • Enhanced time synchronization features

  • MicroTCA form factor

  • Waveform development framework supporting open software such as and OpenBTS and GNU radio

U.S. GOVERNMENT  •  TECHNOLOGY AREA

SBT has a developed a range of embedded processing and communication systems for DARPA STO, recently supporting the Adaptable Sensor System (ADAPT) Program, the Computational Leverage Against Surveillance Systems (CLASS), and the Communication in Contested Environments (C2E). Within the ADAPT program, SBT managed the development of a compact Software Defined Radio (SDR), working with a Taiwanese ODM to enable rapid design and manufacturing, while partitioning this system development for use in Defense systems. Further in ADAPT, SBT has developed a range of energy aware operating system and driver technologies, and leveraged those technologies to develop a low cost, unattended ground sensor system. This UGS device packs the dual core ADAPT core module, commercial communications (4G, Bluetooth, and WiFi), 900MHz ground radio, GPS, 3-axis magnetometer, 3 axis accelerometer, 3 PIRs, 2 cameras, 2 microphones, 1 geophone, and a rechargeable battery rated for 14 days of operation, into the compact 4cm x 8cm x 9cm device.

Within the CLASS program, SBT supported tens of development teams as they use the ADAPT SDR, providing a robust development environment leveraging state of the art open development models and tools. To date SBT has at their customer direction supplied over a hundred SDR systems to 17 different government and contractor teams. To support the software development on these system SBT has provided the contractor and government teams a detailed wiki providing interaction examples (encompassing hundreds of pages), full source access in a cloud hosted repository, detailed issue tracking, as well as email, phone, and in person support. Finally, in the C2E program, SBT developed three variations of an SDR platform, including implementation of reference networking solutions operating on that SDR for communication between unmanned and manned airborne platforms.

ADVANCED RADIO TECHNIQUES LEADING TO UBIQUITOUS RADIOS

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Department of Defense (“DoD”) ISR Programs

SBT was engaged to develop, and delivered, the largest peer-to-peer radio network involving ISR (Intelligence Surveillance & Reconnaissance) in the DoD. It was required to be self- forming, symmetric and to have low average power, instant response and no infrastructure.

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Self-Forming Peer-to-Peer Network

 

LARGEST PEER TO PEER NETWORK SHOWN

Self forming, symmetric, low average power, instant response, no infrastructure

  • Field test of 210

  • Simulation of 600+

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Sensor reports (4 PIR, 2 radar, seismic, 2 acoustic, magnetic, tamper per device) fused into tracks

  • Tracks cue cameras (2 visible and 2 IR per device)

  • Motion detection triggers upload to command center

Another ISR program involved the development and enablement of a friendly force “shield” that created a safe bubble, by reporting and enablement munitions states by a specified user with the command center also notified.

Friendly force shield creates safe bubble

Munition state reported to user and command center

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Our engineers have extensive industry experience and advanced degrees in cutting edge technologies. Our team members average over 15 years of industry experience in adiverserange of industries. This expertise provides our customers the confidence that Silver Bullet can design the right solution to fit any need. In addition, most of our research team holds Doctorate degrees in Electrical Engineering or Computer Science. They are highly educated in advanced engineering topics including: Electromagnetics and Waves, Embedded Systems Design, and Signal Processing. Our team is therefore able to leverage the most recent advances in technology to solve even difficult engineering challenges. Several have been intimately involved in supporting the multiple DARPA program developments. In addition they have worked in a variety of wireless sensor network systems over the past decade, including previous DARPA research programs such as SensIT, CUGF, and SHM, as well as support in range of academic test and development systems. SBT teams also include an extensive manufacturing background.