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STTR Phase I: Magnetically Enhanced Tunable RF Inductors

Award Information

Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
88501
Program Year/Program:
2008 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
0740937
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Carley Technologies, Inc.
128 North Craig Street Pittsburgh, PA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2008
Title: STTR Phase I: Magnetically Enhanced Tunable RF Inductors
Agency: NSF
Contract: 0740937
Award Amount: $149,710.00
 

Abstract:

This Small Business Technology Transfer Phase I research project will develop die-area-efficient tunable magnetically enhanced inductors for use in Radio Frequency (RF) Integrated Circuits (IC). This project is to explore magnetic materials and inductor geometries with the goal of achieving area efficient, tunable, high Q inductors that operate at frequencies up to 6 GigaHertz (GHz) or more. In particular, the project will explore the use of magnetic alloys with ferromagnetic resonance that is significantly higher than that of permalloy in order to allow high-Q operation at frequencies up to 6GHz. The project will also explore multiple geometries for the magnetic cores, the current carrying conductors, and the inductance control conductors. As demand for RF communications bandwidth continues to increase, the need for frequency agile radios is growing. As feature sizes shrink, RF front end ICs in cell phones require up to 80% of their die area for inductors and area under inductors must be empty, increasing cost of future multi-band radios. This project could lead to the creation of frequency agile radios and could greatly reduce the cost of radios (allowing many radios to be integrated together at the cost of a single radio today). RF front end circuits that employ magnetically enhanced inductors have the potential to achieve much smaller die area, less cross talk compared to inductors used in today's cell phone RF front end ICs.

Principal Investigator:

David F. Guillou
DEng
4129538818
carleytech@verizon.net

Business Contact:

David F. Guillou
DEng
4129538818
carleytech@verizon.net
Small Business Information at Submission:

Carley Technologies, Inc.
1924 Glen Mitchell Road Sewickley, PA 15143

EIN/Tax ID: 611532891
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-
Contact: Susan Burkett
Contact Phone: (412) 268-2000
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university