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A LOW-COST MINIATURE VOID SENSOR

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Army
Award ID:
6417
Program Year/Program:
1987 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
6417
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
SILICON DESIGNS, INC.
1445 NW Mall Street Issaquah, WA 98027-0894
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 1987
Title: A LOW-COST MINIATURE VOID SENSOR
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $49,522.00
 

Abstract:

MECHANICAL G-SWITCHES ARE PRESENTLY AVAILABLE THAT SENSE WHEN THE ACCELERATION EXCEEDS A SPECIFIED VALUE. CONTACT RESISTANCE IS A PROBLEM EVEN WITH NEWLY FABRICATED MECHANICAL G-SWITCHES. MECHANICAL CONTACTS ARE ALSO SUBJECT TO SWITCH BOUNCE AND DAMAGE DURING THE INITIAL SHOCK OF IMPACT. SILICON DESIGNS HAS DEVELOPED A PROCESS FOR BUILDING MICROMECHANICAL SENSE ELEMENTS ON THE SURFACE OF A SILICON WAFER THAT CONTAINS SENSING CIRCUITRY FABRICATED WITH STANDARD INTEGRATED CIRCUIT (IC) TECHNOLOGY. THIS ALLOWS THE LARGE QUANTITY PRODUCTION OF ACCELEROMETERS WITH SOPHISTICATED ACCOMPANYING ELECTRONICS AT A LOW COST. EACH TRANSDUCER CHIP IS THEN PACKAGED MUCH LIKE STANDARD ICS. SENSE ELEMENTS CAN BE DESIGNED FOR A WIDE RANGE OF ACCELERATIONS. HIGH RELIABILITY, LOW-COST G-SWITCHES CAN BE BUILT WITH THIS TECHNOLOGY THAT DO NOT RELY ON METAL-TO-METAL CONTACTS. IN ADDITION, EACH SENSOR CAN BE INDIVIDUALLY CALIBRATED AFTER FABRICATION, RESULTING IN HIGH PRODUCTION YIELDS. WE ANTICIPATE THAT ELECTRONIC G-SWITCHES CAN BE MANUFACTURED USING THIS TECHNOLOGY IN HIGH VOLUMES FOR LESS THAN $5 EACH, POSSIBLY IN THE $2-3 RANGE, DEPENDING ON THE TEST REQUIREMENTS.

Principal Investigator:

John c cole
2063918329

Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Silicon Designs Inc
1445 Nw Mall St Issaquah, WA 98027

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