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Deep Space Cryogenic Power Electronics

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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2005 / SBIR
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Technology Applications, Inc.
5710A Flatiron Parkway Boulder, CO 80301
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Woman-Owned: No
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Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2005
Title: Deep Space Cryogenic Power Electronics
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNC05CA61C
Award Amount: $70,000.00


Technology Application, Inc. (TAI) is proposing to demonstrate feasibility of implementing silicon germanium (SiGe) strained-gate technology in the power complementary metal oxide semiconductor field effect transistor (CMOSFET) and logic devices for a logic and power transistor controller for space-approved stepper motors at cryogenic temperature. Power electronic systems contain digital and analog circuits, and the increasing complexity of these systems required for deep space missions and naval electric-powered propulsion requires a new approach in material and processes to operate efficiently at cryogenic temperature. The metal oxide semiconductor field effect transistor (MOSFET) is the building block for both digital and analog circuits. Silicon (Si) is a good material for fabricating power MOSFET and electronic devices for operation from 300 K to 77 K. Devices made from Si suffer from carrier freeze-out below 77 K. Silicon carbide (SiC) is another material suitable for power switch transistors; however, SiC deivices suffer from carrier freeze-out at temperature higher than that of Si. SiGe heterostructure bipolar transistor (HBT) devices are good candidates for low temperature operation. However, SiGe HBT devices suffer changes in characteristics as the operating temperature gets colder. SiGe HBT device switching waveform of a dc-dc converter became distorted below 120 K.

Principal Investigator:

Ben Nguyenphu

Business Contact:

Fred Fusilier
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Technology Applications, Inc.
5445 Conestoga Court, #2A Boulder, CO 80301

EIN/Tax ID: 841268449
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No