Prompt-Dose Hardened Non-Volatile Re-Programmable FPGA
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DOD / MDA
There is currently significant effort in designing and developing microelectronic test structures, sub-circuits, models, and design techniques leading to a space radiation hardened re-programmable non-volatile Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA). In this MDA Phase I effort, Structured Materials Industries, Inc. (SMI) will build upon existing work to evaluate a re-programmable FPGA FLASH based switch for intrinsic hardness to prompt dose radiation, identify improvements by utilizing Hardened By Design (HBD) techniques, and investigate novel hardening techniques (such as minimizing the electric field by using a poly-silicon field plate) in order to design the basic prompt-dose hardened FPGA cell for Phase II demonstration. Our Phase II effort will build upon Phase I results by developing and building test chip structures of the FLASH switch cells with a target radiation tolerance of 1Mrad(Si) or greater and prompt dose tolerance greater than 1.0E10 Rad(Si)/sec. These test circuits, as well as the resulting FPGA, will be targeted at the same advanced wafer process (130 nm and potentially 90 nm) and in the same merchant foundry (currently UMC) as current commercial high volume FPGAs. In Phase III SMI, with its partners, will market high-density re-programmable prompt-dose hardened FPGA devices utilizing low-cost foundry manufacturing to incorporate various known and novel (HBD) techniques for a strategically hardened version of commercial re-programmable non-volatile FPGA.
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STRUCTURED MATERIALS INDUSTRIES
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