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The IARPA Proposers’ Day for SuperCables on Nov. 7, 2017


Proposers Day Conference

The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) will host a Proposers’ Day Conference for the SuperCables program on November 7, 2017 in anticipation of the release of a new solicitation. The Conference will be held from 8 AM to 4 PM EST in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. The purpose of the conference will be to provide information on SuperCables and the research problems the program aims to address, to address questions from potential proposers, and to provide a forum for potential proposers to present their capabilities for teaming opportunities.

This announcement serves as a pre-solicitation notice and is issued solely for information and planning purposes. The Proposers’ Day Conference does not constitute a formal solicitation for proposals or proposal abstracts. Conference attendance is voluntary and is not required to propose to future solicitations (if any) associated with this program. IARPA will not provide reimbursement for any costs incurred to participate in this Proposers’ Day.

Program Description and Goals

The goal of SuperCables will be to develop technologies that will enable energy-efficient high-data-rate interconnect between a superconducting data processor at 4 kelvins and a room temperature control system. The SuperCables program is primarily interested in components for the data egress system. A possible later program will also consider data ingress, and will integrate components into a complete data transmission system.

The superconducting system represents digital zeros and ones by either the absence or presence of a single flux quantum (SFQ). SFQ circuits produce voltage pulses that are about 1 mV tall and 2 picoseconds wide. The ideal data egress system would require dissipation of no more than a few tens of attojoules in the 4 kelvins environment to convert the SFQ information into a form that can be transmitted to room temperature. The data ingress system should have comparable efficiency. IARPA is most interested in systems that can be scaled to beyond petabits per second.

A possible solution will have photonic components at 4 kelvins coupled to optical fiber running to room temperature, but IARPA will consider other approaches.

The SuperCables program is expected to run for two years and to address the following tasks:

  • A pulse conditioner that takes SFQ input and produces output suitable for driving a range of photonic devices
  • A channel bonding technique
  • Energy-efficient high-data-rate electro-optic modulator
  • Other possible egress devices

IARPA anticipates one or more single-site awards for each of these tasks, but does not preclude some level of teaming, or a proposer working on more than one of these tasks. IARPA will arrange for Lincoln Laboratory to provide foundry service to fabricate niobium-based integrated circuit chips for the superconductor circuits.

Registration Information

Attendees must register no later 5PM EST on October 31, 2017, at Directions to the conference facility and other materials will be available on that website. No walk-in registrations will be allowed.

Due to space limitations, attendance will be limited to the first 100 registrants and to no more than 3 representatives per organization without approval. All attendees will be required to present government-issued photo identification to enter the conference.

Additional Information

The morning session will include an overview of the program goals, technical challenges, and expected participation requirements. A description of how the solutions will be evaluated will be provided.

The afternoon will include a poster session to provide an opportunity for attendees to present their organizations’ capabilities and to explore teaming arrangements. Attendees who wish to present organization capabilities for teaming opportunities may submit a request through the registration web site. Details on the poster format, and the procedure for submitting a request to present, will be provided after approval to register for the conference has been granted. These presentations are not intended to solicit feedback from the Government, and Government personnel will not be present during the presentations.

This Proposers’ Day is intended for participants who are eligible to compete on the anticipated Broad Agency Announcement (BAA). Other Government Agencies, Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs), University Affiliated Research Centers (UARCs), or any other similar organizations that have a special relationship with the Government, that gives them access to privileged or proprietary information, or access to Government equipment or real property, will not be eligible to submit proposals to the anticipated BAA nor participate as team members under proposals submitted by eligible entities. While such entities are not prohibited from attending the Proposers’ Day, due to space limitations, preference will be given first to those organizations that are eligible to compete. IARPA will not provide reimbursement for costs incurred to participate in this conference. By registering on the Federal Business Opportunities (FBO) website, conference participants may choose to add their contact information to the Interested Vendors List on FBO for the purpose of teaming, or exchange information during the conference. A separate attendees list will not be provided.

Questions concerning conference & registration can be sent to Questions regarding the program can be sent to

Contracting Office Address

Office of the Director of National Intelligence
Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity
Washington, DC 20511
United States

Primary Point of Contact

Marc Manheimer
Program Manager

Solicitation Status: N/A

Proposers’ Day Announcement on FedBizOpps
Proposers’ Day Date: November 7, 2017


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