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TEDCO Funds $20,000 for Second Federal Lab Partnership Agreement APL and Syntonics to Transfer Oscillator Technology

LAUREL, MD. (May 11, 2001) - The Maryland Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO) today awarded $20,000 to Syntonics LLC, which provides precision oscillators for use on spacecrafts, to perform research with The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL). This is the second agreement in TEDCO's Federal Laboratory Partnership Program, a systematic program to open the doors and connect the state's federally funded and university research labs to Maryland entrepreneurs.

At APL's annual Invention of the Year Award Ceremony, TEDCO presented Syntonics president Bruce G. Montgomery a check for short-term research and development.

"Oscillators are an important element of the precision timekeeping or radio system of a satellite," said Montgomery. "The funding from TEDCO and the knowledge of APL's researchers will help us to continue to find ways to improve upon this system the timekeeping feature, enabling new space uses."

Syntonics will work with APL researchers to analyze the ability of an ensemble of ultrastable oscillators to keep precision time. An ensemble of ultrastable oscillators would be smaller, lighter, more reliable and require less power than competitive atomic clock technologies.

"APL has continually shown its commitment to participate in technology transfer with Maryland companies," said TEDCO president Dr. Phillip Singerman. "This partnership with Syntonics and the funding from TEDCO exemplifies Maryland's efforts to utilize its vast resources in the federal labs."

APL Director Dr. Richard Roca said: "Our partnership with Syntonics allows us to match a vital market need with innovative APL technology. The TEDCO grant offers the Applied Physics Lab a fantastic opportunity to support Maryland's emerging small businesses and strengthen our state's growing technology base."

Syntonics is located in the Howard County NeoTech incubator and was named a finalist in the Maryland Incubator Company of the Year Awards in early April. Syntonics was the first spin-off company from APL.

Syntonics, the space oscillator specialist, is a privately held company, developing high performance, space-qualified time and frequency electronics. The company holds the exclusive license to sell products based on The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory's (APL) ultrastable oscillator and related technologies. APL pioneered ultrastable oscillator development more than 40 years ago and has remained a leading innovator in the field. Syntonics, founded in 1999, is the Laboratory's first commercial spin-off company.

For more information on Syntonics and its products, please see the company's website at For more information on APL technology initiatives, visit

The Maryland Technology Development Corp. was established by the Maryland General Assembly as a tool to maintain and enhance the State's reputation as a leader in technology. TEDCO's mission is to foster the development of a technology economy that will create and sustain businesses throughout all regions in the State of Maryland. Currently, TEDCO has programs that aid and promote state-funded incubators, and assist federal and university laboratories to increase technology transfer. Governor Parris N. Glendening announced the appointment of Dr. Phillip Singerman as president of the organization in 1999.

Entrepreneurs interested in obtaining more information about this program should call Steve Fritz, TEDCO Director of Technology Transfer, at 410-715-4166.