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Compact Lightweight Smart Battery Charger

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Army
Award ID:
63006
Program Year/Program:
2003 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
A022-1883
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
NVE CORP. (FORMERLY NONVOLATILE ELECTRONICS, INC.
11409 Valley View Road Eden Prairie, MN -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2003
Title: Compact Lightweight Smart Battery Charger
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Contract: DAAB07-03-C-G80
Award Amount: $69,993.00
 

Abstract:

The Objective Force soldier is going to depend heavily on electronic systems, such as the Medium Weight Thermal Weapon Sight and the Land Warrior System, that require rechargeable batteries to supply the necessary power. To support the soldier's chargingneeds, a lightweight, compact, versatile charger is needed. The current Army charger is large and heavy, weighing 11 pounds at a volume of 973 cubic inches. This charger can only charge 2 identical batteries at a time, and it requires different adaptersfor each type of battery that is to be charged. The tremendous chasm between this charger's capability and the needs of the Objective Force soldier provides the opportunity for the development of a compact and versatile charger. The proposed developmentprogram will result in an SMBus compliant smart charger that will weigh less than 1.5 pounds in a volume of less than 50 cubic inches, will operate from either a 24 VDC source or a 100-250 VAC source, will function from -30 to 55 degrees Celsius, will bemodular and scalable up to charging 10 batteries at once, will provide a battery status monitor, and will be able to charge a Land Warrior lithium-ion battery in under 3 hours. The smart charger provides a lighweight, versatile, quick charging capabilitythat is suitable for both military and commercial applications. Both the Medium Weight Thermal Weapon Sight and the Land Warrior System will benefit from the charger's capabilities. In the commercial markets, the smart charger could find application withportable computers (laptops) and battery operated tools.

Principal Investigator:

Russell Beech
Dir. of Gov't Programs
9529961613
beech@nve.com

Business Contact:

James Daughton
CTO
9529961607
daughton@nve.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

NVE CORP. (FORMERLY NONVOLATILE ELECTRON
11409 Valley View Road Eden Prairie, MN 55344

EIN/Tax ID: 411424202
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No