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Prognostic Capabilities for Field Effect Transistors (FET)

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Department of Defense
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2006 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Ridgetop Group, Inc.
3580 West Ina Road Tucson, AZ 85741-2276
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2006
Title: Prognostic Capabilities for Field Effect Transistors (FET)
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N68335-06-C-0200
Award Amount: $149,848.00


The proposed ePHM module for MOSFETs utilizes a group of prognostic cells and devices to monitor the parametric shift of critical MOS parameters and gain insight into way that the physical mechanisms responsible for degradation and aging impact the progression of fault to failure and remaining useful life of MOS electronics. Candidate parameters to be monitored are threshold voltage (VT), saturation current (Idsat), leakage current (IL), transconductance (gm), and on-resistance (RDSON). The excursion of these parameters is intimately connected to performance degradation and aging due to electrical, thermal, and radiation stress of electronic components due to mechanisms such as Time Dependent Dielectric Breakdown (TDDB), Negative Bias Temperature Instability (NBTI), Hot Carrier Injection (HCI), Electrostatic Discharge (ESD), and radiation Total Ionizing Dose (TID)BENEFITS: The prognostics market is represented by military and commercial firms that have critical needs for advanced warning of problems and associated recovery methods. Ridgetop's initial thrust for commercialization of the technology has been through the application of prognostics on critical processing systems supporting missile electronics. Ridgetop has established good working relationships with Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, and Raytheon Missile Systems. Both firms have expressed a strong interest in providing technology insertion opportunities for Ridgetop. Ridgetop has also worked with firms such as Honeywell and Boeing on joint proposals addressing critical system designs for commercial and military aircraft.

Principal Investigator:

Russell Graves
Principal Investigator

Business Contact:

Douglas Goodman
President and CEO
Small Business Information at Submission:

6595 North Oracle Road Suite 153B Tucson, AZ 85704

EIN/Tax ID: 860979220
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No