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Company Information:

Company Name:
Tanner Research, Inc.
Address:
825 S. Myrtle Ave.
Monrovia, CA 91016-
Phone:
N/A
URL:
EIN:
954163780
DUNS:
195754056
Number of Employees:
50
Woman-Owned?:
Yes
Minority-Owned?:
No
HUBZone-Owned?:
No

Commercialization:

Has been acquired/merged with?:
N/A
Has had Spin-off?:
N/A
Has Had IPO?:
N/A
Year of IPO:
N/A
Has Patents?:
N/A
Number of Patents:
N/A
Total Sales to Date $:
$ 0.00
Total Investment to Date $
$ 0.00
POC Title:
N/A
POC Name:
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POC Phone:
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POC Email:
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Narrative:
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Award Totals:

Program/Phase Award Amount ($) Number of Awards
SBIR Phase I $8,335,117.13 106
SBIR Phase II $18,382,525.00 33
STTR Phase I $616,871.00 6
STTR Phase II $2,297,560.00 3

Award List:

PARALLEL OUTPUT IMAGING SENSOR

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1987 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$55,706.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator:
Dr John E Tanner
Abstract:
N/a

PARALLEL OUTPUT IMAGING SENSOR

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1989 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$499,986.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator:
Dr John E Tanner
Abstract:
We propose to investigate and develop a parallel output imaging sensor based on a custom mos integrated circuit. the sensor will have an imaging resolution of approximately 256 x 256 pixels and operate at frame rates greater than 2000 frames/second. the high bandwidth requirements will necessitate… More

NEURAL NETWORK BASED TARGET RECOGNITION

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1989 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$49,866.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
John Tanner
Abstract:
Real-time object acquisition, tracking and recognition require massive computational bandwidth. we propose to research and develop custom integrated circuits that will perform these tasks at the focal plane, using integrated photosensors and analog computing networks. phase i will include the design… More

IC DESIGN HARDWARE/SOFTWARE PROTOCOLS AND FORMATS

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1989 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$49,775.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
John Tanner
Abstract:
A variety of hardware and software vendors supply partial solutions to the navy's needs for cae/cad workstations for integrated circuit design. serious problems arise when portions of a design need to be transferred between workstations of different vendors. valuable engineering time is lost and… More

PHOTODETECTORS FOR OPTICAL SIGNAL PROCESSING

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1989 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$49,866.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
John Tanner
Abstract:
N/a

PHOTODETECTORS FOR OPTICAL SIGNAL PROCESSING

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1990 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$160,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
John Tanner
Abstract:
We propose to investigate, develop, and have fabricated a high-speed imaging sensor based on a custom mos integrated circuit. the sensor will have analog-to-digital converters on-chip to produce high speed digital video data for transmission off-chip. this sensor will be an extension of our current… More

THE USE OF ULTRA VIOLET RADIATION TO IMPROVE CHIPS USED IN NEURAL NETWORKS

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1990 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$49,946.00
Agency:
NSF
Principal Investigator:
Dr John E Tanner , President
Abstract:
N/a

THE USE OF ULTRA VIOLET RADIATION TO IMPROVE CHIPS USED IN NEURAL NETWORKS

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1991 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$224,553.00
Agency:
NSF
Principal Investigator:
Dr John E Tanner , President
Abstract:
Analog quantities in on-chip long-term storage can be used to compensate for fabrication variations and to provide variable synapses in neural networks. the voltage on floating polysilicon gates of a standard cmos integrated circuit can be set by shining uniform ultraviolet light on the chip and… More

MICRO POWER VLSI CELL LIBRARY

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1991 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$54,369.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator:
John Tanner , Principal Investigator
Abstract:
We propose to develop a parameterized cmos cell library specifically for micro-power circuits. during phase i we will create the library generation software, generate a typical cell set, incorporate the cells into a test chip, have the test chip fabricated by mosis, test the chip, and document the… More

A REAL-TIME HIGH DENSITY CCD ARCHITECTURE

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1991 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$54,808.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator:
John Tanner , Principal Investigator
Abstract:
We propose to design and develop an architecture for ccd readout that will allow a single high-density ccd sensor to generate real-time readoff rates over multiple parallel output pins or slower readoff rates over a smaller number of pins (e.g. one). a simple modification to the output structure… More

NEURAL NETWORK CONTROLLED AUTOMATIC GAIN CONTROL FOR LOW COST IR SENSORS.

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1991 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$54,458.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
Massimo Sivilotti , Principal Investigator
Abstract:
Low-cost smart sensors will be an integral part of nextgeneration weapons systems. we propose to research and develop advancgd neural network architectures suitable for integration with ir sensors, either at the focal plane itself or tightly coupled to existing imagers, to provide the highbandwidth… More

ANALOG CMOS NEURAL CIRCUITS FOR SPEECH RECOGNITION

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1991 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$49,994.00
Agency:
NSF
Principal Investigator:
John Tanner Ph.d , President
Abstract:
N/a

Bidirectional Modifiable Synaptic Element for Artificial Neural Networks (ANNs)

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1992 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$55,136.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
Massimo Sivilotti
Abstract:
To build fast inexpensive artificial neural network hardware, a high-performance but compact synapse circuit is required. Digital implementations require large synapse circuits. Existing analog synapse designs are highly non- linear or require expensive fabrication processes. Our new linear synapse… More

DATA CONSISTENCY NETWORK SERVICES

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1992 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$54,936.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator:
Rodney Morison
Abstract:
We propose to define a data consistency network service, including the protocols, formats, programming interfaces and utilities needed to support the service. we will also develop a prototype implementation. the data consistency network service (dcns) will address the problem of general purpose… More

A NOVEL LINEAR SYNAPSE DESIGN FOR ANALOG NEURAL NETWORKS

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1992 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$49,894.00
Agency:
NSF
Principal Investigator:
John Tanner , President
Abstract:
N/a

ANALOG CMOS NEURAL CIRCUITS FOR SPEECH RECOGNITION

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1993 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$249,946.00
Agency:
NSF
Principal Investigator:
John Tanner Ph.d , President
Abstract:
Real-time recognition of speaker-independent connected speech has proven to be a difficult problem for electronic systems. low-precision highly-parallel analog neural networks have been shown to recognize speaker-dependent small-vocabulary connected speech using standard components. the regent will… More

A NOVEL LINEAR SYNAPSE DESIGN FOR ANALOG NEURAL NETWORKS

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1993 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$249,936.00
Agency:
NSF
Principal Investigator:
John Tanner , President
Abstract:
To build fast inexpensive artificial neural network hardware, a high-performance but compact synapse circuit is required. digital implementations require large synapse circuits. existing analog synapse designs are highly non-linear or require expensive fabrication processes. our new linear synapse… More

Real Time Image Enhancement with Resistive Grids

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1993 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$50,100.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
Andrew Moore
Abstract:
The dynamic range of modern image sensors can exceed the range of a video monitor by an order of magnitude or more. This means that fast and intelligent range compression and image enhancement must be interposed between the sensor and display for effective surveillance and target tracking. Digital… More

AFFORDABLE INTEGRATED CIRCUIT MANUFACTURING USING SHARED-MASK GATE ARRAYS

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1993 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$49,663.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
Massimo Sivilotti, Ph.d.
Abstract:
We propose to design and develop a system of manufacturing integrated circuits in small and medium volume using shared masks. Current gate array manufacture dedicates high cost masks to each chip design. For high volumes, this cost is acceptable because it is amortized over a large number of chips.… More

Application Specific Electronic Design Synthesis: Neural Network Silicon Compiler

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1993 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$52,246.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Massimo A. Sivilotti
Abstract:
N/a

ANALOG CMOS NEURAL CIRCUITS FOR SPEECH RECOGNITION

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1993 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$51,794.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Dr. Massimo Sivilotti
Abstract:
N/a

High Speed Image Filtering for Arament Research

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1993 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$73,250.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Andrew Moore, Ph.d.
Abstract:
N/a

Real-Time Data Compression Using Optical Flow

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1993 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$49,859.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
John Tanner
Abstract:
N/a

ANALOG CMOS NEURAL CIRCUITS FOR SPEECH RECOGNITION

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1994 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$145,500.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Dr. Massimo Sivilotti
Abstract:
In order to become a feasible human interface technology suitable for operational deployment, real-time speech recognition requires orders-of-magnitude improvement in processing capability and an affordable implementation. We are currently developing analog CMOS speech recognition chips combining… More

Application Specific Electronic Design Synthesis: Neural Network Silicon Compiler

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1994 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$375,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Massimo A. Sivilotti
Abstract:
Future weapon systems require significant advances in computing systems scale and functionality. Neural networks hold considerable promise to deliver very high performance and powerful new capabilities, as well as compact physical size, low power and high reliability. Such electronic neural networks… More

High Speed Image Filtering for Arament Research

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1994 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$344,728.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Andrew Moore, Ph.d.
Abstract:
The dynamic range of modern image sensors can exceed the range of a video monitor by an order of magnitude or more. This means that fast arid intelligent range compression and image enhancement must be interposed between the sensor and display for effective surveillance, target acquisition, and… More

Image Signal Processing for Armament Research

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1994 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$79,917.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Dr. Andrew J. Moore
Abstract:
To attain high levels of accuracy and robustness advanced seekers require increasingly sophisticated image signal processing. Much of the signal processing needed is difficult to do efficiently with digital hardware, as it involves billions of simple operations per second. A digital processor is… More

Design Automation for Low-Power Digital Electronics

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1994 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$79,992.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Massimo Sivilotti, Phd
Abstract:
Asynchronous circuits offer the potential for significant power savings over traditional clocked logic. We propose to develop an electronic design, synthesis, and management tool targeted at low-power, asynchronous circuit design. We will DELIVER a functional prototype tool during Phase I. The Phase… More

HIGH-PERFORMANCE ANALOG CMOS CONVOLVER

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1994 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$64,937.00
Agency:
NSF
Principal Investigator:
Massimo A Sivilotti
Abstract:
Researchers are designing and fabricating a high-performance convolver integrated circuit, that can be coupled to a digital stochastic neural network classifier. the architecture has a predicted single-chip performance of 50 billion multiply/accumulates per second. unlike competing neural network… More

Image Object Recognition Processor

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1994 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$69,976.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
Massimo Sivilotti
Abstract:
We propose to design and fabricate a high-performance convolver integrated circuit, that can be coupled to a digital stochastic neural network classifier. Our architecture is optimized for image processing, and has a predicted single-chip performance of 50 billion multiply/accumulates per second.… More

Airborne Sensor Front End Signal Processing Unit

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1994 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$69,976.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
Massimo Sivilotti
Abstract:
High resolution focal plane sensors typically exhibit significant pixel-to-pixel nonuniformities. These display artifacts are often larger than the minimum resolvable intensity variation in a single pixel, and consequently, limit the resolution of the system to a fraction of its potential. We… More

Acceleramoter-Based Input Devices for Hand-Held Computing

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1994 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$99,996.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator:
Douglas Kerns
Abstract:
N/a

Low-Energy Architectural, Circuit, and Signaling Techniques for General Purpose Scalable Computing

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1994 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$99,995.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator:
Massimo Sivilotti
Abstract:
N/a

Low-Cost Integration Circuit Manufacturing Using Shared-Mask Gate Arrays

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1994 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$69,981.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
Massimo Silivotti, Ph.d.
Abstract:
N/a

RETINA FOR REAL-TIME COMPUTATION OF IMAGE FLOW

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1994 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$49,983.00
Agency:
DOC
Principal Investigator:
Andrew J Moore
Abstract:
N/a

Compact High-Speed Video Camera Using MCMs

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1994 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$99,980.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator:
Michael Emerling
Abstract:
N/a

Analog-to-Digital Converters on Infrared Focal Plane Arrays

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$69,998.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator:
Douglas Kearns
Abstract:
In this effort we will design a 64x64 element ROIC with on-chip ADCs. The architecture and ADC type will be chosen that best meets the needs of the Army. We will simulate the design at cryogenic and room temperatures. We will design, layout, and fabricate a test chip with pixel readout and… More

Real-Time Image COMDression with Edge Feature for Airborne Reconnaissance

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$68,232.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
Michael Emerling, Ph. D.
Abstract:
We propose to develop an advanced motion-compensated video compression that uses optical-flow motion estimation and segmentation to high compression rates while maintaining critical image features such as edges and textures. Optical-flow is the apparent two-dimensional flow of intensity changes in a… More

Performance of Asynchronous Speed-Independent, Clock-Free Digital Circuits

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$99,995.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator:
Drazen Borkovic
Abstract:
Asynchronous digital circuits offer the potential for significant design advantages over traditional clocked logic, including elimination of timing-based faults such as races and skew. We proposed to quantify the performance of asynchronous designs relative to equivalent synchronous ones. To do so,… More

CAD Oriented HEMT and HBT Models for Mullimeterwave Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$79,996.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Scott Wedge
Abstract:
Millimeterwaves offer the promise of large information bandwidths for communications and excellent resolution for surveillance and remote sensing systems. An impediment to millimeterwave technology advancement has been the lack of adequate computer-aided design (CAD) models for active devices. The… More

A Communication System for Analog and Digital Neural VLSI Microchips and Boards

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$69,997.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
Massim Sivilatti, Ph.d.
Abstract:
Future weapon systems require significant advances in computing systems' scale and functionality. Neural networks hold considerable promise to deliver very high performance and powerful new capabilities, as well as compact physical size, low power and high reliability. Such electronic neural… More

Focal Plane Array For Staring Laser Radar

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$69,998.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator:
Massimo Sivilotti
Abstract:
New developments in focal-plane electronics permit massively parallel signal processing on or near the image detection surface itself. Tanner Research proposes to develop a staring array with per-pixel laser radar processors, in addition to conventional light-intensity-based imaging. This focal… More

RETINA FOR REAL-TIME COMPUTATION OF IMAGE FLOW

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1995 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$199,994.00
Agency:
DOC
Principal Investigator:
Andrew J Moore
Abstract:
We propose to develop an advanced optical-flow motion estimation and segmentation algorithm for use with mobile robots. based upon our earlier work on optical-flow image analysis, an advanced optical-flow segmentation algorithm, using discontinuity information in both velocity and intensity domains,… More

Computerized Lab Instruments for Middle School Science

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$64,996.00
Agency:
NSF
Principal Investigator:
Douglas Kerns
Abstract:
N/a

Comprehensive Array Design System for Printed-Circuit Antennas

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$69,994.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator:
Peter Parrish
Abstract:
N/a

Enhanced Algoriths for Cockpit Voice Recognition Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$79,993.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Ron Benson Phd
Abstract:
N/a

Compact High-Speed Video Camera Using MCMs

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1996 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$374,613.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator:
Michael Emerling
Abstract:
Traditionally, the recording of high speed phenomena has required the use of film cameras; though providing very fast frame rates and high resolution, film is bulky, heavy, expensive, and requires considerable processing delay before the results from an event can be viewed. In recent years, advances… More

Low-Energy Architectural, Circuit, and Signaling Techniques for General Purpose Scalable Computing

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1996 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$367,427.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator:
Massimo Sivilotti
Abstract:
Asynchronous circuits offer the potential for significant power savings over traditional clocked logic. We propose to develop an electronic design, synthesis, and management tool targeted at low-power, asynchronous circuit design. We will Deliver a functional prototype tool during Phase I. The Phase… More

Enhanced Algoriths for Cockpit Voice Recognition Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1996 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$740,811.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Ron Benson Phd
Abstract:
In order to become a feasible human-interface technology suitable for operational deployment in high-noise environments, real-time speech recognition requires robust algorithms. Robust speech processing would function as an intuitive interface to relieve crew work load and enhance crew safety,… More

Radiation-Hardened Field-Programmable Gate Arrays

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1996 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$64,993.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator:
Mass Sivilotti, Ph.d.
Abstract:
Field-programmable gate arrays offer significant cost savings, and faster design cycles, than conventional space-qualified electronic designs. We propose to develop a rad-hard FPGA integrated circuit, and EDA tools to program it. Phase I will deliver a prototype integrated circuit. During Phase II,… More

Comprehensive Array Design System for Printed-Circuit Antennas

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1996 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$599,964.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator:
Peter Parrish
Abstract:
Printed-Circuit antennas offer the potential for high gain, efficient, compact, light-weight, conformal antenna array systems. We propose to develop a Design Automation system consisting of design, simulation and synthesis tools targeted at Printed-Circuit array antenna development. We will… More

Speech-Recognition Software for Air Traffic Control

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1996 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$99,988.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
Ojvind Bernander, Ph.d.
Abstract:
Air traffic control (ATC) is a complex task that is taxing on the human operator. It has long been recognized that voice input can greatly simplify the operator's task and reduce fatigue. Current real-time ATC training systems rely on expensive, special-purpose hardware. A portable all-software… More

Monolithic Multiple Degree of Freedom Micromachined Inertial Sensors for Structure Monitoring

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1996 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$69,992.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
Doug Kerns
Abstract:
Recent advances in microfabrication technology enable us to build monolithic multiple axis inertial sensors (MMAxIS) with response from DC to several kilohertz. Because NMAxIS devices are physically very small (less than 1 cubic centimeter, including readout electronics) and are constructed… More

A low-power DSP MOM for Mine Warfare

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1996 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$69,157.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
Michael Emerling, Ph.d.
Abstract:
Multi-chip module (MCM) technologies address numerous shortcomings of printed circuit boards (PCB) based designs. The short trace lengths afforded by an MCM implementation markedly improve both analog signal and digital signal integrity in high bandwidth/clock-rate designs. Reductions in… More

Robust Speech Recognition for Virtual Realities using Multi-Stream Fusion

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1996 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$69,995.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator:
Ron Benson
Abstract:
This phase I project aims to develop a continuous-speech recognition system that works robustly in noisy environments. This goal will be achieved by fusing multiple processing streams. The high parallelism of this approach lends itself well to implementation in very large scale integration (VLSI)… More

Performance Optimization of Low-Power Asynchronous Digital Circuits

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1996 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$99,971.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Drazen Barkovic
Abstract:
Asynchronous circuits offer the potential for significant power savings over traditional clocked logic. We propose to develop a tool that would enable design of such low-power circuits without sacrificing circuit speed. We will DELIVER a functional prototype tool during Phase I. The Phase… More

SBIR Phase I: Low-Cost Automated Speaker Verification Using Gamma Filters

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1996 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$74,991.00
Agency:
NSF
Principal Investigator:
Ronald Benson
Abstract:
N/a

Acceleramoter-Based Input Devices for Hand-Held Computing

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1997 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$498,964.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator:
Douglas Kerns
Abstract:
We propose to research, develop, and deliver a prototype of a non-contact graphical input device based on integrated accelerometers. Phase II micromachined implementations will be so small and light as to invite wholly new methods of interaction with the computer. The pointer will consist almost… More

Low-Cost Integration Circuit Manufacturing Using Shared-Mask Gate Arrays

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1997 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$300,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
Massimo Silivotti, Ph.d.
Abstract:
We propose to design and develop a system of manufacturing integrated circuits in small and medium volume using shared masks. Current gate array manufacture dedicates high cost masks to each chip design. For high volumes, this cost is acceptable because it is amortized over a large number of chips.… More

Imagaing System and Lipreading Technique for Cockpit Voice Recognition

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$99,992.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Mr. Dan Fain
Abstract:
Voice command will increase the effectiveness of future military aircraft by providing a fast, intuitive, hands-free user interface. For this technology to gain acceptance, systems must recognize speech quickly and accurately in an adverse environment.Human speech perception is strongly influenced… More

Continuous Wavelet Decomposition in Real-Time for Multi-Resolution Analysis

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$69,993.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
Thomas Bartolac, Ph.d.
Abstract:
Wavelet representations of images has proven valuable for Multi-Resolution Analysis, but application of this technique has been limited by the computational requirements of the wavelet transform. The continuous wavelet transform can be formulated as a convolution, with a typical choice for kernel… More

On-Chip Real-Time Wavefront Sensor Array Development

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$99,900.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Dr. Mass Sivilotti
Abstract:
New developments in focal-plane electronics permit massively parallel signal processing on or near the image detection surface itself. Tanner Research proposes to develop a 1-D focal-plane array (FPA) with per-pixel laser radar processors, in addition to conventional light-intensity-based imaging. … More

Very Low Cost Custom Radiation Hard CMOS Integrated Circuit Manufacturing Process

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$59,996.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator:
Doug Kerns, Ph.d.
Abstract:
We propose to develop a method to manufacture high-performance, low-cost, radiation hard digital integrated circuits (IC) on-demand in small and medium volumes. Our manufacturing approach integrates a unique micromachining etch process with the best cost, performance, and rapid-reaction features of… More

SBIR Phase I: A CMOS-Based MicroElectroMechanical Systems Fabrication Service

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$75,000.00
Agency:
NSF
Principal Investigator:
Michael Emerling
Abstract:
N/a

Imaging System and Lipreading Technique for Cockpit Voice Recognition

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1998 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$749,987.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Mr. Dan Fain
Abstract:
Voice command will increase the effectiveness of future military aircraft by providing a fast, intuitive, hands-free user interface. For this technology to gain acceptance, systems must recognize speech quickly and accurately in an adverse environment.Human speech perception is strongly influenced… More

Motion-Detecting Imager Based on Insect Vision for Autonomous Seeker Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$99,996.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Dr. Thomas J. Bartolac
Abstract:
Tanner Research is proposing to develop analog VLSI circuitry for a motion-detecting imager based on the biological paradigm of insect vision, for application to a new class of seekers for autonomous guided weapons.Our hardware development is proposed in the context of eventual application in a … More

Low Cost Rad-Hard CMOS Gate Arrays for Low Power Analog and Mixed Signal Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$99,993.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Tbd
Abstract:
Many spaceborne electronic systems sensors are used to collect data on the environment or to determine whether an action is required. While computation is always performed with digital circuits, the sensor interface generally requires analog signal conditioning. Size, weight, and power consumption… More

Passive Detection of Low-Contrast Moving Point Targets

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$99,996.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator:
Dr. Thomas Bartolac
Abstract:
Sensor advances toward large format, high resolution focal planes with fast frame times are limited by read-out bandwidth and processor throughput. Biological vision systems overcome this difficulty by only operating on information relating to the target. Tanner Research has developed a… More

Reconfigurable Computing

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$69,994.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
Matthew Newlin, Ph.d.
Abstract:
Tanner Research proposes to develop a powerful and flexible reconfigurable computer and deliver a completely functional prototype by the end of Phase I. Because it will have a modular architecture, our reconfigurable computer will be significantly more cost-effective than traditional reconfigurable… More

ADVANCED MEA SYSTEM RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$99,994.00
Agency:
HHS
Principal Investigator:
Emerling, Michael R
Abstract:
N/a

INTERNET BASED NUCLEAR MEDICINE IMAGE ANALYSIS SOFTWARE

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$99,996.00
Agency:
HHS
Principal Investigator:
Chinn, Garry
Abstract:
N/a

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1999 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$744,763.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Dr Mass Sivilotti
Abstract:
N/a

Chemical Energy Enhanced MEMS Safing Device

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$99,957.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Patrick Chu PhD
Abstract:
N/a

Tracking Cruise Missiles and Low Contrast Targets

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$64,988.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator:
Jayant Shukla
Abstract:
N/a

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$0.00
Agency:
HHS
Principal Investigator:
Michael R. Emerling
Abstract:
N/a

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2000 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$410,281.00
Agency:
HHS
Principal Investigator:
Michael R. Emerling
Abstract:
N/a

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$69,966.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
LeRoy J. Fisher II, Project Manager
Abstract:
N/a

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$69,995.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator:
Jayant Shukla, Ph.D.
Abstract:
N/a

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$0.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator:
Massimo Sivilotti
Abstract:
N/a

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2000 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$445,846.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator:
Massimo Sivilotti
Abstract:
N/a

Elementary Motion Detection with Contrast Adaptation

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$59,940.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Patrick Shoemaker, Senior Scientist
Abstract:
Insects display remarkable capabilities for guidance and directed flight based on their visual sense. If duplicated in autonomous flying weapons, these capabilities could greatly enhance their effectiveness. We propose a collaborative effort between aninsect neurobiologist and VLSI technologists to… More

Advanced Algorithms for Point Target Detection

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$99,977.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Thomas Bartolac, Senior Scientist
Abstract:
New developments in neuromorphic concepts permit massively parallel signal processing co-located with the cryogenic focal plane detector array. The Wave Process is a low-contrast moving point target detection algorithm that is efficiently implemented in acompact analog VLSI circuit. It reduces the… More

On-Board Wind Tunnel Model Data Acquisition System

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$99,978.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Michael Emerling, Director, Tanner EPD
Abstract:
In order to develop new optical wind-tunnel measurement techniques, model-mounted sensors are used as references. However, existing sensor instrumentation is expensive, bulky, and difficult to install, limiting the user's ability to rapidly swap modelsduring tests. In order to meet the needs of… More

MEMS-based Low Cost Mortar Fuze with Integrated Safe and Arm Mechanisms

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$69,895.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator:
Patrick Chu, MEMS Scientist
Abstract:
Existing miniature fuzes tend to be costly, inaccurate, difficult to use, and insufficiently small or sophisticated for advanced munition applications. In alliance with fuze manufacturing experts, Tanner Research proposes to develop a novel mortar fuzewith integrated safe and arm (S&A), and fuzing… More

Elementary Motion Detection with Contrast Adaptation

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2002 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$637,770.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Patrick Shoemaker, Senior Scientist
Abstract:
Insects display remarkable capabilities for guidance and directed flight based on their visual sense. If duplicated in autonomous flying weapons, these capabilities could greatly enhance their effectiveness. We propose a continuing collaborative effortbetween an insect neurobiologist and VLSI… More

Advanced Algorithms for Point Target Detection

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2002 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$690,713.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Thomas J. Bartolac, Senior Scientist
Abstract:
New developments in neuromorphic concepts permit massively parallel signal processing co-located with the cryogenic focal plane detector array. The Wave Process is a low-contrast moving point target detection algorithm that reduces the data rate todownstream sensor processing, while providing data… More

Mass Fabricated Technology Integration for use in Miniature Interceptor Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$69,890.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator:
Thomas J. Bartolac, Senior Scientist
Abstract:
"Fully autonomous miniature interceptors,

Mass Fabricated Tunable Optical Filtering for Micro Miniature Multi-Mode and Hyperspectral Sensors

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$69,890.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator:
Ravi Verma, Senior MEMS Scientist
Abstract:
"Tunable MEMS-based optical filters, critical for use in multi-mode sensors, can be batch fabricated to develop hyperspectral compact lightweight optics for use in miniature kill vehicles. The MEMS-based tunable filter is an effective, low-cost approach toproviding compact lightweight optics with… More

Mass Fabricated Digital Array Micro Thrusters for Miniature Interceptor Divert and Attitude Control Systems (DACS)

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$69,952.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator:
Amish Desai, Senior Scientist
Abstract:
"New developments in MEMS-based fabrication concepts permit dense packaging of micro thrusters collocated with the microelectronics required to provide digital control. The MEMS-based DACS is a low-cost approach to providing digital micro propulsion thatgreatly reduces the DACS footprint and mass… More

Biological Motion Processing for Low-Light-Level Multi-Spectral Sensors

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2002 / STTR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$69,967.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
Patrick Shoemaker, Senior Scientist
Research Institution:
University of Washington
RI Contact:
Thomas Daniel, PhD
Abstract:
Modern warfare is increasingly conducted during conditions of low/no visibility, often using small autonomous weapons platforms requiring miniature sensor systems for navigation and guidance. Flying insects provide excellent models from which guidance,navigation, and moving target detection/tracking… More

Point Target Detection for Missile Warning

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$99,424.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Tomas Bartolac, Senior Scientist
Abstract:
Tanner Research is developing an IR sensor algorithm that is crucial to the missile warning mission: detecting dim moving point targets. Its enhancement of dim target signatures increases the probability of detection, and provides for longer rangeacquisition of incoming threat missiles. Its compact,… More

Innovative Manufacturing Process for Passive E-O Sensors

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$69,768.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator:
Michael Emerling, Senior Scientist
Abstract:
High numbers of miniature interceptors will be widely used during ballistic missile mid-course intercepts to counter reentry vehicle (RV) decoys, IR countermeasures and penetration aids. To implement any miniature interceptor concept cost-effectively willrequire access to superior hardware at… More

Low-Cost Autonomous Kinetic Energy (KE) Penetrator Payload for EX 172 Cargo Round

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$69,997.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
Amish Desai, Senior MEMS Scientist
Abstract:
Precision-guided autonomous munitions concepts are immediately adaptable for use in a low-cost kinetic energy penetrator deployed from the EX 172 Cargo Round projectile. Feasibility of implementing an autonomous KE penetrator concept can be demonstratednear-term using gun-hardened micro components… More

Tunable etalon arrays for Earth Science Measurements

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$69,994.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Abstract:
NASA requires new passive optical devices for Earth science measurements from various platforms. These components must be compact, light, reliable, with low power consumption and must be readily integrable into larger systems. One such optical component is an array of tunable Fabry-Perot etalon… More

Insect Small Target Motion Detection for Seeker Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$69,877.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
Patrick Shoemaker, Senior Scientist
Abstract:
Insects display remarkable capabilities for guidance and directed flight based on their visual sense. If duplicated in autonomous flying weapons, these capabilities could greatly enhance their effectiveness. Recent work has begun to shed light on a classof neurons present in the visual systems of… More

Multifunctional MEMS-based Safe & Arm Device Fully Integrated with an Arm Fire Device

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$69,950.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator:
Amish Desai, Senior MEMS Scientist
Abstract:
Tanner Research has over 3-years experience with MEMS-based out-of-line S&A design and fabrication, including the development of embedded micro detonators, micro initiators and digitally controlled micro thrusters. We propose to leverage this experienceto: (1) Work with missile system experts to… More

Electrowetting Droplet Microfluidics for Biochips

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$98,980.00
Agency:
HHS
Principal Investigator:
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): The increased interest in pharmaceutical, chemical, and biomedical/genetic analysis and diagnostics has led to the development of numerous micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) based fluid handling and mixing systems. The majority of these systems is based upon… More

Multifunctional MEMS-based Safe & Arm Device Fully Integrated with an Arm Fire Device

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$849,993.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator:
Amish Desai, Scientist
Abstract:
Tanner Research has over 3-years experience with MEMS-based out-of-line S&A design and fabrication, including the development of embedded micro detonators, micro initiators and digitally controlled micro thrusters. The proposed work will address the problem of having seven (7) different macro-scale… More

Low Cost Nanolithography Techniques Using Elastomer Shrinkage and/or Plasmon Confinement

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$98,990.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator:
Ravi Verma, Scientist
Abstract:
Nanolithography remains the critical hurdle in developing and commercializing new nanotechnology devices. A low cost nanolithography technique must be developed if the promise of nanotechnology is to be fully realized. Tanner Research and Stanford University are proposing two new nanolithography… More

Hybrid Micro Missile for Small Aircraft Self Protection

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$99,997.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Michael Emerling, Senior Scientist
Abstract:
Tanner Research proposes to develop a hit-to-kill micro missile concept, for small UAV self-protection, that adapts micro-scale missile technologies being developed for use in gun-launched autonomous projectiles. A nominal airframe, similar in size and aerodynamic characteristics to a gun-launched… More

Mass Fabrication of MEMS-based Micro Detonator Technology

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$119,957.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator:
Amish Desai, MEMS Product Development
Abstract:
Tanner Research proposes to leverage an ongoing four-year development effort, supporting ARDEC Warhead and Energetic Directorate in part, to implement low-cost micro- energetics devices for use as `nano-scale' initiators and detonators. Tanner's micro-energetics devices are currently 2.5mm and mass… More

Mass Fabrication of MEMS-based Micro Detonator Technology

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$729,980.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator:
Amish Desai, Scientist
Abstract:
In Phase II, Tanner Research proposes to continue leveraging multiple ongoing projects to implement low-cost micro-energetics devices for use as `micro-scale' initiators and detonators. Tanner's novel polymer based processes allow fabrication on non-traditional substrates 100x cheaper than the… More

Low-Cost Disposable Imaging Sensors

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$69,993.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator:
Michael Emerling, Senior Scientist
Abstract:
Tanner Research is experienced in the development of sophisticated imaging devices and sensor systems. In the proposed effort, a low-cost, disposable visible color / NIR sensor node will be realized using a rapid-prototyping approach. Commercial technologies and software development approaches will… More

Electrowetting Droplet Microfluidics for Biochips

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$749,952.00
Agency:
HHS
Principal Investigator:
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): The increased interest in pharmaceutical, chemical, and biomedical/genetic analysis and diagnostics has led to the development of numerous micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) based fluid handling and mixing systems. The majority of these systems is based upon… More

Low-Cost Hit-to-Kill Munitions for Anti-Mortar, Anti-Rocket, Anti-Missile Capability

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$99,999.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
Michael Emerling, Scientist
Abstract:
Tanner Research proposes to modify an existing missile or munition, embedding an autonomous hit-to-kill intercept capability, to develop near-term a counter-munition to defeat incoming low-cost ballistic threats like mortar, rocket and missile attacks. The significant technical challenge is to… More

Low-Cost Autonomous Kinetic Energy (KE) Penetrator Payload for EX 172 Cargo Round

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2005 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$598,057.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
Amish Desai, Scientist
Abstract:
Tanner Research proposes to develop variable-sized thrusters packaged in digital-controlled arrays for high g applications in the ongoing development of exo-atmospheric hypervelocity projectiles (exo-HVP). Tanner's multifunctional thruster concept is designed to be extensible for near-term use with… More

Medium-Caliber Gun-Launched Explosive-Driven Magnetic Flux Compression Warhead

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$69,998.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator:
Michael Emerling, Scientist
Abstract:
Tanner Research proposes to demonstrate how an existing one-inch diameter ferro-electric generator (FEG) device can be enhanced to develop high-powered microwaves (HPM) for use in gun-launched medium-caliber warheads. Using a linear initiator to simultaneously detonate the explosive driver over the… More

High Speed Room Temperature IR Camera Based on Plasmon Physics

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2005 / STTR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$98,950.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator:
Ravi Verma, Senior Scientist
Research Institution:
STANFORD UNIV.
RI Contact:
Neil Morimoto
Abstract:
Several critical DoD missions require reliable, rapid, and non-cryogenically cooled long wave IR cameras. This camera, in turn, can be developed only with a new photodiode architecture wherein detector dark current is reduced by at least 3 orders of magnitude. In this proposal, Tanner Research and… More

Data Acquisition in Noisy Environments

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$69,987.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Kevin Dinniene, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
The ability to capture and record the low-level signals in the noisy environments typical of manned and unmanned space exploration missions will prove an invaluable tool in the monitoring of spacecraft health and the operation of spacecraft instrumentation. The technology now exists to create a… More

Information Protection Technology (IPT) to Safeguard Sensitive Data on Removable COTS Storage Media

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$99,998.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator:
Russ Pina, Senior Engineer
Abstract:
The ability to safeguard the sensitive data and critical information being used throughout sophisticated MDA systems is of national importance. Tanner Research has developed and demonstrated at TRL-4 an innovative Information Protection Technology (IPT) suitable for use on removable COTS storage… More

IR Sensors to Detect/Track Mortars and RPGs for 360° Light-Vehicle/Convoy Defense

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$983,552.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
Tom Bartolac, Scientist
Abstract:
Tanner Research proposes to develop and demonstrate the sensor component of a system to provide area defense for a convoy of light vehicles from mortars, and optionally, the sensor for another system to provide point defense for a light vehicle from incoming RPGs. Both sensor systems will have… More

Counter-Mortar Projectile and Gun-Launch System

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$69,998.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator:
Thomas Bartolac, Senior Scientist
Abstract:
Tanner Research (TR) and Radiance Technologies (RT) propose to implement a medium-caliber gun-launched counter-mortar projectile. The team's 20-to-40 mm projectile concept will integrate a semi-active laser (SAL) seeker system on a reactive material airframe. The `reactive' projectile relies on… More

Omnidirectional(wide FOV) high Optical power Beamsplitters for the Advanced Strapdown Seeker (ASDS)

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$99,998.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator:
Ravi Verma, Senior Scientist
Abstract:
The next generation integrated strapdown seeker system for the THAAD missile requires a number of components packaged together such that multiple detection technologies can efficiently use all incoming photons. One of the critical components is a beamsplitter that efficiently transmits the (1064… More

Micro-Scale Inertial Igniter for Miniature Thermal Battery

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$69,982.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator:
Amish Desai, Senior Scientist
Abstract:
Tanner Research, Inc. proposes to implement in Phase I a TRL-5 micro-scale inertial igniter suitable for gun-launched activation of miniature thermal batteries. Tanner's inertial device uses MEMS-based S&A functionality to close a hypergolic switch and initiate a pyrotechnic to heat and liquefy… More

Destructive Expendable Countermeasure for Aircraft Self Protection

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$79,996.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
Patrick Shoemaker, Senior Scientist
Abstract:
Tanner Research proposes to develop a dispenser-based guided airborne countermeasure (CM) capability to disable/disrupt incoming threat missiles by interfering with electronic/photonic seekers, guidance and control (G&C) subsystems or electronic S&A device (ESAD). In Phase I Tanner will embed… More

IInformation Protection Technology (IPT) to Safeguard Sensitive Data on Removable COTS Storage Media

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$749,996.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator:
Russ pina, Senior Engineer
Abstract:
Tanner Research will be extending to TRL-7 an Information Protection Technology (IPT) scheme that prevents unwanted exploitation of sensitive data found on removable storage media. Tanner's baseline IPT device was demonstrated and declared to be at TRL-5 in Phase I. Tanner's Phase II objective, in… More

Collision Avoidance and Local Guidance Based on Insect Visual Motion Processing

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$99,997.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Patrick Shoemaker, Senior Scientist
Abstract:
Tanner Research proposes to apply technology based on visual motion processing and flight control in insects to collision avoidance and guidance in autonomous vehicles and robots. The visual processing mimics adaptive motion detection as observed in flies, which has the effect of reducing detector… More

High Speed Room Temperature IR Camera Based on Plasmon Physics

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2006 / STTR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$1,447,564.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator:
Dr.Ravi Verma – (626) 471-9712
Research Institution:
STANFORD UNIV.
RI Contact:
Meredith O''Con
Abstract:
It is desirable to make focal plane arrays (or imaging arrays) with reduced pitch; doing so enables smaller, cheaper and lighter camera systems that provide the same image resolution. Currently, the lower limit on pitch is set by electron/hole diffusion and light diffraction that results in… More

MIL-STD 1901A Compliant In-Line Electrical Initiation System for Multifunctional IM/Legacy Propulsion Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$99,997.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator:
Amish Desai, Senior Scientist
Abstract:
Tanner and Special Devices, Inc. (SDI) will leverage a TRL-6 in-line Fireset/EFI device developed for future use with insensitive munitions (IM) warhead and propellant applications. In Phase I we will package and demonstrate at TRL-5 an in-line electronic Arm-Fire device (EAFD) for use in igniting… More

High speed, high resolution foveating multispectral and polarimetric sensors

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$99,993.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Ravi Verma, Senior Scientist
Abstract:
A high speed, high resolution sensor system capable of simultaneously providing spectral and polarization information would greatly enhance the ability to detect muzzle flash and other high speed events in the battlefield. Such a system requires successful integration of technologies for spectral… More

Collision Avoidance and Local Guidance Based on Insect Visual Motion Processing

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$749,948.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Patrick Shoemaker, Senior Scientist
Abstract:
Flying insects display remarkable capabilities for local guidance and obstacle avoidance based on their visual sense. If similar performance could be realized in autonomous flying vehicles and weapons, it would greatly enhance their effectiveness by enabling near-ground flight in urban, forest, and… More

Non-contact lithography based on optical superlensing at 193 nm

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$98,979.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator:
Ravi Verma, Scientist
Abstract:
We are proposing the development of a "negative-index" material at 193 nm for use as a "superlens" for high resolution lithography. Superlensing has already been demonstrated at 365 nm, and this work will simply extend the demonstrated principles to 193 nm with a new set of materials.In Phase I, we… More

Mass Fabricating S&A with Bulk Metallic Glass: Micro-Components with Nano-scale Tolerance

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$119,800.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator:
Amish Desai, Scientist
Abstract:
A state of the art technology suitable for facilitating the mass fabrication of metallic components used in high g gun-launched MEMS-based S&A devices is Bulk Metallic Glass (BMG). The emerging need for micro-scale S&A devices to complement the smart fuzing in modern munitions is jeopardized by high… More

MIL-STD 1901A Compliant In-Line Electrical Initiation System for Multifunctional IM/Legacy Propulsion Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$996,280.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator:
Amish Desai, Senior Scientist
Abstract:
Tanner Research demonstrated in Phase I a TRL-4 through-bulkhead initiator based on using a TRL-6 electric in-line initiation approach suitable for achieving Mil-Std 1901A compliance during the Phase II. Moreover, Tanner's technical approach is also suitable for achieving IM-compliance during Phase… More

High resolution multispectral imaging with plasmon lensing

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2008 / STTR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$749,996.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Ravi Verma, Senior Scientist
Research Institution:
STANFORD UNIV.
RI Contact:
Droni Chiu
Abstract:
It is desirable to make a new generation of electromagnetic wave (EM) detectors that are (a) capable of providing true multispectral imaging & (b) wavelength agile over the visible through sub-mm wave (THz) region. In Phase I, the Tanner/Stanford team demonstrated that plasmon lensing can be used… More

Mass Fabricating S&A with Bulk Metallic Glass: Micro-Components with Nano-scale Tolerance

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$729,975.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator:
Amish Desai, Senior Scientist
Abstract:
In Phase I Tanner Research has already demonstrated a state of the art technology suitable for facilitating the mass fabrication of metallic components used in high g gun-launched MEMS-based S&A devices. The emerging need for micro-scale S&A devices to complement the smart fuzing in modern munitions… More

A room temperature tunable antenna coupled intersubband terahertz (TACIT) detector for man-portable spectroscopy instruments

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2009 / STTR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$99,999.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Ravi Verma, Senior Scientist
Research Institution:
University of Calif. Santa Barbara
RI Contact:
Mark Sherwin
Abstract:
Several emerging applications require chemical fingerprinting of hidden/concealed objects (via THz spectroscopy) from man-portable or UAV platforms. While the field of THz detectors has largely been driven by the needs of the astrophysics community, where cryocooling is considered acceptable,… More

High Speed, Low Noise Nanobolometer for multispectral imaging

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$98,978.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator:
Ravi Verma, Senior Scientist
Abstract:
Several emerging applications require multispectral LWIR/MWIR imaging with an uncooled (because of weight and power concerns) imager with performance metrics (D* and speed of operation) that is comparable to those provided by cooled HgCdTe photodiodes. Unfortunately, uncooled LWIR/MWIR detectors… More

Nanolithography with negative index materials.

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$749,971.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator:
Hyesog Lee, Scientist
Abstract:
The DoD has a strong motivation to foster low cost nanolithography techniques ~ its IC requirements are in small volumes, thus tooling and masking costs cannot be amortized over large volumes and represents a very large number. The costs associated with the nanolithography step can be ascribed to… More

Ballistic Missile Defense Anti-Tamper Penalty and Response System

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$99,994.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator:
Russ Pina, Program Manager
Abstract:
The ability to safeguard critical technology from unwanted exploitation remains of national importance in the face of ever increasingly sophisticated threats. Tanner Research has developed and demonstrated elegant penalty phase anti-tamper solutions for use against the most ardent and determined… More

High Responsivity Solar Blind Detector Based On Zn

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$69,995.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator:
Hyesog (Joe) Lee, Scientist
Abstract:
Several Army applications that utilize ultra violet light emitting diodes (UV LEDs) require high responsivity solar blind detectors (SBDs) what will replace currently used PMTs. On-going development efforts in each of SiC and GaN based APDs have not yet met the performance requirements Tanner… More

Disposable MEMS-based Raman Micro-spectrometer for Improved Characterization of Waste in Tanks and Ancillary Piping

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$99,999.00
Agency:
DOE
Principal Investigator:
Abstract:
In the aftermath of the Cold War, 91 million gallons of toxic waste from the fabrication of nuclear munitions are buried in aging tanks in dozens of locations across the U.S. Given the toxicity, chemical complexity, and location of the waste, new rugged, remote, sensitive, and selective chemical… More

Plasmon Induced Photoelectrochemistry for artificial photosynthesis

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2010 / STTR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$99,999.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Ravi Verma, Senior Scientist
Research Institution:
California Institute of Technology
RI Contact:
David Boyd
Abstract:
The Air Force has a strategic need for a fuel source that is renewable (and which does not rely on foreign petroleum sources). Several approaches to a renewable fuel source have been investigated; with "artificial photosynthesis" being one example. At its core, the photosynthesis reaction is a… More

Frequency agile THz detectors for multiplicative mixing

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2010 / STTR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$100,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Ravi Verma, Senior Scientist
Research Institution:
University of Calif. Santa Barbara
RI Contact:
University of Calif. Sant
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: A system that operates at room temperature and that could scan for concealed weapons from standoff distances of >10 m would be a tremendous asset for US military homeland security personnel worldwide. THz imaging can, potentially, be used for this application, but it requires the… More

Fast Response Thrusters to Enhance PGM Accuracy

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$69,996.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator:
Amish Desai, Senior Scientist
Abstract:
Terminal accuracy is imparted into spin-stabilized precision-guided munitions (PGM) by short-duration lateral impulses applied behind the center of mass. Most important for spinning projectiles, however, the thrusters must first function very fast. Thrusters with hot-wire ignition need 1-to-3 msec… More

Optical Sensor for Proximity Fuzing

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$69,926.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator:
Pat Shoemaker, Senior Scientist
Abstract:
Tanner Research proposes to implement a fast-response optical proximity fuze for use with active protection system (APS) counter-munitions (C-M). Use of fast back-end sensor processing inherent in optical systems that implement optical-flow and looming algorithms will be critical in achieving the… More

Nanoengineered LWIR bolometers

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$749,973.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator:
Ravi Verma, Senior Scientist
Abstract:
The DoD has a strong need for LWIR/MWIR detectors that can operate at room temperatures, while providing performance metrics (D* and speed of operation) associated with cryogenically cooled detectors. Microbolometers offer room temperature operation, but limited performance metrics. Tanner… More

Coating Health Monitor System with Fiber Optic Sensors

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$79,999.00
Agency:
DOD
Principal Investigator:
Prakash Koonath, Scientist – (626) 471-9700
Abstract:
Coatings that protect the corrosion of critical infrastructure face harsh aggressive environments that lead to their degradation and failure. Monitors that can effectively assess the health of paint coatings on critical structures should provide valuable continuous information on the current state… More

Hybrid Variable Velocity Electric Gun

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$99,991.00
Agency:
DOD
Principal Investigator:
Nate Selden, Scientist – (626) 471-9700
Abstract:
Tanner Research will develop and demonstrate a prototype electric gun utilizing water as a working fluid. The baseline hybrid electric gun will be adapted from a compact high energy kinetic plasma generation technology available at Tanner, modified for the larger projectile velocity requirements of… More

Multi-Color Uncooled FPA in Silicon

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$149,998.00
Agency:
DOD
Principal Investigator:
Sangwoo Kim, Scientist – (626) 471-9700
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: Several airborne and ground-based applications require wide spectral imaging (spanning visible to LWIR) with a single uncooled FPA imager with performance metrics comparable to those provided by image intensifiers or cooled thermal imagers. A single-chip multispectral FPA is desired so… More

Hybrid Variable Velocity Electric Gun

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2012 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$734,066.00
Agency:
DOD
Principal Investigator:
Nate Selden, Scientist – (626) 471-9700
Abstract:
Tanner Research will develop and demonstrate a prototype electric gun utilizing water as a working fluid. The baseline hybrid electric gun will be adapted from a compact high energy kinetic plasma generation technology available at Tanner, modified for the larger projectile velocity requirements of… More

Biologically-inspired integrated vision systems

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2013 / STTR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$148,027.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Pat Shoemaker, Scientist – (626) 471-9700
Research Institution:
University of Maryland
RI Contact:
Sean Humbert
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: Tanner Research, Inc., in collaboration with University of Maryland, will determine feasibility and plan for development of technology based on insect visual sensing and processing, which will integrate three modes related to navigation and guidance: motion detection from imaging sensing;… More

NexGen Electro-Explosive Ordnance Device with BIT

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$98,693.00
Agency:
DOD
Principal Investigator:
Amish Desai, Scientist – (626) 471-9700
Abstract:
The most reliable one-shot electro-explosive ordnance device (EED) available for initiating next generation (NexGen) insensitive energetics is thought to be an exploding foil initiator (EFI) detonator, also called a slapper detonator. Slapper detonators are similar to exploding bridgewire (EBW)… More

Highly Elastic Sensors for High Shock Environments

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$99,989.00
Agency:
DOD
Principal Investigator:
Amish Desai, Scientist – (626) 471-9700
Abstract:
One advanced material found to survive high G-forces while making accurate inertial measurements is thermo plastic formed (TPF) Bulk Metallic Glass (BMG). Unlike MEMS-based silicon components which have historically shattered when used in higher-stress gun-launched applications, Tanner Research and… More

Stand-off Detection of Alternative Signatures of Radiation

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$149,954.00
Agency:
DOD
Principal Investigator:
Prakash Koonath, Scientist – (626) 471-9700
Abstract:
Prevention of the smuggling of radioactive material into the United States to be used by terrorists in a nuclear weapon or in a radiological dispersal device, such as in a"dirty bomb", is a key national security objective. It is desirable to have a system capable of stand-off detection to… More

Molecular Signatures of the Interaction of Electromagnetic Radiation with Energetics

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2014 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$149,996.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Prakash Koonath, Scientist – (626) 471-9700
Abstract:
Energetic materials find applications in diverse areas that affect our everyday lives. Their handling is inherently risky, and accidents have been reported that has led to the loss of lives or severe injuries to the people involved. Consequences of accidents for humans and national security make… More

Status Indicator for Downed Powerlines

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2014 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$99,997.13
Agency:
DHS
Principal Investigator:
Amish Desai, Scientist – (626) 471-9700
Abstract:
Severe weather, aging infrastructure, deferred maintenance, and other reasons contribute to calamitous events with regard to uninterrupted power supply to heavily populated urban areas. Not only are power interruptions considered a sign of poor utility infrastructure, but the events can… More