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Prognostic for Process-Related Integrated Circuits (IC)

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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 for Process-Related Integrated Circuits (IC)
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N68335-06-C-0199
Award Amount: $149,932.00


Avionics suppliers are necessarily turning to Commercial-off-the-Shelf (COTS) electronic components and subsystems for three main reasons: the lack of military qualified parts, to take advantage of the high-performance components available in the COTS market, and according to Ralph Lachenmaier, the JSF program office's ICP and common components lead, "COTS reduces development risk and ensures an upgrade path." Ridgetop will develop a dedicated integrated circuit containing sensitive prognostic monitors that can be used with COTS devices on circuit boards to permit detection of impending failures. The integration of electronic prognostic health management (ePHM) capabilities required to accomplish this task also provides the potential to reduce the total cost of ownership and increase the mission capable rate of complex electronic systems, by providing estimates of remaining life and corresponding uncertainty.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 missiles. 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