Syntonics was founded in 1999 as a "technology transfer" spin-off of the The Johns Hopkins University's Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland. For the first three years, we based ourselves in the NeoTech Incubator operated by the Howard County Economic Development Authority.
» Download article on Syntonics' founding
Syntonics initially focused on radio frequency electronics for spacecraft, but in 2002 we refocused our engineering talent on specialty RF communications hardware and DoD’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. In 2003 we moved to our current location.
Syntonics provides advanced RF-over-Fiber systems and innovative RF technologies for military, civil, and industrial markets. Every Syntonics product traces its origins to a communication technology development project for DoD and the safety of the warfighter is paramount. We:
- Demonstrate the highest level of integrity in everything we do
- Are committed to high quality, reliable products and services
- Reward employee innovation, creativity, and results.
RECOGNITIONS & AWARDS
2004: Economic Development Achievement Award, Howard County Economic Development Authority
2004: Incubator Company of the Year: Best Graduate Company, Maryland Department of Business & Economic Development, Maryland TEDCO, Saul Ewing LLP, MCGladrey LLP
2005: Success Story, Technical Support Working Group
2010: Star Supplier, Lockheed Martin Electronic Systems
2013: Tibbetts Award, Small Business Administration
The Army is using "RF-over-fiber” technology with both heritage and new radios to implement an aerial layer of aerostat-based communications in Afghanistan. Other applications of the same technology can decrease the risk of electronic detection of command posts (CP); reduce the threat to communication personnel and costly radio/crypto equipment; decrease CP set-up time; enable radio-antenna configurations that are otherwise impossible; and lower maintenance response times. The physics of relevant electro-optic components are introduced. System building blocks are introduced (e.g., lasers; detectors; optical fibers, connectors, circulators, splitters, amplifiers). System design examples are presented for specific tactical radios. The tutorial concludes with a discussion of system design issues for an aerial layer of communications relays.