USA flag logo/image

An Official Website of the United States Government

Next Generation CAD Tools for Gigascale Integrated Mixed Signal System on a Chip

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Award ID:
53308
Program Year/Program:
2001 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
01SB1-0116
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
FTL Systems, Inc.
1620 Greenview DR SW Rochester, MN -
View profile »
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2001
Title: Next Generation CAD Tools for Gigascale Integrated Mixed Signal System on a Chip
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Contract: DAAH0101CR163
Award Amount: $99,000.00
 

Abstract:

This proposal demonstrates the feasibility of top-down, VHDL-based verificationof gigascale, integrated, mixed-signal system-on-a-chip for military applications.Building on FTL Systems' unique parallel-compile, parallel-execute HDLcompiler/simulator, this effort introduces novel analog solver, iterativeoptimization, parallel processing and hardware acceleration technology. Thesenovel technologies enable the gigascale, mixed-signal designer to optimizedesign parameters such as integration density, cross-talk, interconnect latency,power/thermal management and fault-tolerance using VHDL, VHDL-AMS, andVHDL-RF/MW with a 100x to 1000x verification time reduction. Since verificationaccounts for more than half the design cycle time, a 10x to 100x reductionin design cycle time results. The anticipated Phase II design targetuses 3-D die stacking technology to shrink an avionics processorand associated I/O processing complex by more than 10x with a firstpass correct-functionality objective.Ability to accurately and rapidly verify giga-scale, mixed-signaldesigns conveys key advantages for integrated avionic processorcomplexes (such as those developed for the JSF), commercial wirelesscommunication devices (such as those developed by the BluetoothConsortium) and for integrated electronic and photonic systems(such as medical image processing systems). These advantagesinclude denser packaging, lighter weight, lower-powerconsumption, higher reliability, lower design cost andlower production costs in the context of gigascale,high-frequency, mixed-signal systems. FTL Systems hasthe commercial relationships to rapidly impact allthree of these application areas with commercial products.

Principal Investigator:

John Willis
CEO
5072883154
jwillis@ftlsys.com

Business Contact:

Ruth Betcher
COO
5072883154
ruth.betcher@ftlsys.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

FTL SYSTEMS, INC.
1620 Greenview DR SW Rochester, MN 55902

EIN/Tax ID: 411818690
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No