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Monolithic Ultra-High Efficiency DC-DC Converter

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Army
Award ID:
92081
Program Year/Program:
2009 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
A091-001-0046
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
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: 2009
Title: Monolithic Ultra-High Efficiency DC-DC Converter
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Contract: W31P4Q-09-C-0489
Award Amount: $69,993.00
 

Abstract:

Ridgetop Group, Inc. will develop a unique and innovative capacitance-only switching power converter with efficiencies over 99%. Power efficiency and battery life are vital concerns for the modern war-fighters who rely on portable electronic technology to enhance their effectiveness. Batteries used for radios, rangefinders, and night vision equipment contribute weight and reduce net carrying capacity. The proposed monolithically integrated power supply unit will alleviate this burden by providing ultra-high efficiency DC-DC conversion in a small package. Weight reductions will be achieved in required batteries and conversion electronics. Achieving small package size and efficiencies above 95% are extreme challenges for a conventional inductive switch-mode power supply. Ridgetop will develop a capacitive-only switching supply based on a charge-pump and charge capacitor approach. Recent advances in semiconductor processing, including low-power, high-voltage devices, will enable new designs to achieve efficiencies greater than 99%.

Principal Investigator:

Ronald Carlsten
Principal Investigator
5207423300
ronald.carlsten@ridgetopgroup.com

Business Contact:

Douglas Goodman
President and CEO
5207423300
doug.goodman@ridgetopgroup.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

RIDGETOP GROUP, INC.
6595 North Oracle Road Tucson, AZ 85704

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