Company Profile

SA Photonics LLC (AKA: Saraswati Associates~SA Photonics Inc)
Profile last edited on: 2/2/2022      CAGE: 3CAT9      UEI: YNEBKYE8ZZN7

Business Identifier: Development of complex communications, vision and mechanical systems
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Location Information

120 Knowles Drive
Los Gatos, CA 95032
   (408) 376-0252
Location: Multiple
Congr. District: 18
County: Santa Clara

Public Profile

Long term and extensively (still) SBIR involved across the full range of mission agencies, in December 2021 it was announced that SA Photonics had been acquired CACI International already having tie-ins to other SBIR participant firms. The listed purchase price was $275,000,000. Formerly known as Saraswati Associates, SA Photonics was structured around development of advanced photonics systems, including photonics applications in laser communications, satellite sensors, fiber optic gyros, and vision systems for the defense, aerospace, aeronautical, terrestrial telecommunications, and semiconductor industries. The company offers products and technologies for coherent communications, head-mounted displays, high power microwave sensors, LADAR/LIDAR systems, fast steering mirror sense and control systems, compact fiber gyros, high power pulsed fiber lasers, and RF beamformers. The company also provides high bandwidth optical communications; high power microwave sensors; and vision systems, compact fiber gyros, and mirror sense and control systems. In addition, it designs and develops body-mounted information systems for technical research in the areas of vergence mismatch, smear reduction in head mounted displays, monocular performance, and dichoptic vision. SA Photonics also works with world renowned experts in human factors, phase-locked loop design, night vision, and wireless communications. SA Photonics operates offices in Los Gatos, California and Lexington, Massachusetts

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Awards Distribution by Agency

Most Recent SBIR Projects

Year Phase Agency Total Amount
2022 2 DTRA $1,262,184
Project Title: Hardened, Optically-Based Temperature Characterization of Detonation Environments
2022 2 AF $795,972
Project Title: Trust and Situational Awareness in Augmented Reality Soldier Training
2022 2 Army $1,272,955
Project Title: Freeform Optics for Small Arms Fire Control
2021 2 AF $899,976
Project Title: Next Generation Laser Designator
2021 2 Army $658,593
Project Title: Foveated Headworn Display Demonstrator

Key People / Management

  James F Coward -- Co-Founder, President & CEO

  David Westerfeld -- President

  Michael Browne

  Michael P Browne -- General Manager, Vision Products

  Mark Carlson

  Todd Chauvin

  Jim Davey

  William Dickson

  Allen Earman

  Tim Edwards

  Michael Evans -- Vice President, Sensors & Communications

  Jack Graves

  Angus Henderson

  Ji Li

  Greg Mitchell

  Frank Muennemann -- Sr. System Engineer

  Vasudevan Nampoothiri -- Laser System Architect

  Dave Pechner -- Chief Technology Officer

  Dave Pechner -- CTO

  Michael Rowan -- former President

  Michael G Solonenko -- Principle System Architect

  Craig Swan

  Richard Tomkins

  Mark Volden

  Rick Yarussi

  Steve Yee

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