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DEVELOPMENT OF HARDWARE FOR PARALLEL ASYNCHRONOUS FOCAL PLANE IMAGE PROCESSING

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
6740
Program Year/Program:
1989 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
6740
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Microtronics Assoc., Inc.
4516 Henry Street, Ste 403 Pittsburgh, PA 15213
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: Yes
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 1989
Title: DEVELOPMENT OF HARDWARE FOR PARALLEL ASYNCHRONOUS FOCAL PLANE IMAGE PROCESSING
Agency: NASA
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $485,498.00
 

Abstract:

RESEARCH IS PROPOSED ON SILICON DEVICES WHICH PROVIDE A NATURAL BASIS FOR PARALLEL ASYNCHRONOUS FOCAL PLANE IMAGE PREPROCESSING. THE SIMPLICITY AND NOVEL PROPERTIES OF THE DEVICES WOULD PERMIT AN INDEPENDENT ANALOG PROCESSING CHANNEL TO BE DEDICATED TO EVERY PIXEL. A LAMINAR ARCHITECTURE BUILT FROM ARRAYS OF THE DEVICES WOULD FORM A TWO-DIMENSIONAL ARRAY PROCESSOR WITH A 2-D ARRAY OF INPUTS LOCATED DIRECTLY BEHIND THE FOCAL PLANE DETECTOR ARRAY. A 2-D IMAGE DATA STREAM WOULD PROPAGATE IN NEURONLIKE ASYNCHRONOUS PULSE CODED FORM THROUGH THE LAMINAR PROCESSOR. NO MULTIPLEXING, DIGITIZATION OR SERIAL PROCESSING WOULD OCCUR IN THE PREPROCESSING STAGE. HIGH PERFORMANCE IS EXPECTED BECAUSE APPROXIMATELY LINEAR PULSE CODING HAS ALREADY BEEN OBSERVED FOR INPUT CURRENTS RANGING OVER SIX ORDERS OF MAGNITUDE DOWN TO ONE PICOAMPERE WITH NOISE REFERRED TO INPUT OF ABOUT 10 FEMTOAMPERES. EXTREMELYLOW POWER DISIPATION SUGGESTS UTILITY IN SPACE AND IN CONJUNCTION WITH VERY LARGE ARRAYS. MULTISPECTRAL PROCESSING IS POSSIBLE BECAUSE OF COMPATIBILITY WITH THE CRYOGENIC ENVIRONMENT OF HIGH PERFORMANCE INFRARED DETECTORS. RESEARCH INDICATING THE FEASIBILITY OF THE APPROACH WOULD BE CARRIED OUT UNDER PHASE I AND A FULL SCALE PROTOTYPE WOULD BE BUILT, TESTED AND EVALUATED UNDER PHASE II.

Principal Investigator:

Dr Darryl D Coon

Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Microtronics Assoc
4516 Henry St #403 Pittsburgh, PA 15213

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