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Company Information:

Name: TLC Precision Wafer Technology, Inc.
Address: 1411 West River Road, North
Minneapolis, MN 55411-3436
Located in HUBZone: Yes
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: Yes
URL: N/A
Phone: (612) 341-2795

Award Totals:

Program/Phase Award Amount ($) Number of Awards
SBIR Phase I $1,958,244.00 24
SBIR Phase II $3,609,787.00 6

Award List:

High Efficiency Optical Detection at 1300nm to 1500nm on GaAs Substrates Using Pseudomorphic InGaAs

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Sayan Mukherjee
Award Amount: $60,000.00
Abstract:
Pseudomorphic InGaAs with high InAs concentrations on GaAs substrates are currently in use in complementary-heterostructure FET (C-HFET) digital and MODFET MMW circuits. While their bandgaps enable them to detect 1300 and 1550 nm light, the projected detection efficiency (responsivity) is very low… More

Millimeter Wave Power Generation with Quasi-Optical Power Combining Arrays

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: John Geddes
Award Amount: $98,675.00
Abstract:
A promising new approach for high power solid-state sources will be demonstrated using spatial power combining grids. Present development of high power field effect transistor (FET) based solid-state sources at millimeter-wave frequencies is hampered by the limited power output of individual sources… More

Epitaxially Grown, Germanium, Junction Field-Effect Transistor for Cryogenic Detectors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Timothy T. Childs
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
An epitaxial grown Germanium - channel Junction Field Effect Transistor (Ge-JFET) is proposed to provide the most efficient, low noise cryogenically cooled detectors operating at 2 - 4¿K. Precisioned engineered lattice and doping epitaxial growth will eliminate material defects to allow the… More

Low Cost 3" 1nP Based HEMTs for Advanced Millimeter Wave Monolithic Integrated Circuit Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Timothy Childs
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
To meet the future needs for increased capabilities in military as well as commercial space communications and radar applications, the W-Band (94 Ghz) frequency spectrum utilized. A critical issue has arisen in the development of the future W-band electronic systems technology: while InP-based… More

Advanced CHFET with GaN Insulator

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Timothy T. Childs
Award Amount: $80,000.00
Abstract:
TLC Precision Wafer Technology, Inc. (TLC) has a very aggressive plan for becoming a leading manufacturer and supplier of epitaxial GaAs and InP-based wafers for military and commercial applications. Key to our strategy is to identify, develop, and be the first at market with those advanced… More

Low Phase Noise Millimeter Wave Source

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: John Geddes
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Compact, low-cost, low-phase noise oscillators play an important role in C3 applications; such as satellite communications, intelligent vehicle highway systems (IVHS), data links for robotics control and wideband local area networks. Commonly, dielectric resonator oscillators (DROs) are… More

MBE Growth and Characterization of Radiation Hardened PHEMT Devices

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Thomas E. Nohava
Award Amount: $60,000.00
Abstract:
As the complexity of semiconductor integrated circuits increases and the power supply is scaled to lower voltages, the problems associated with radiation hardening reliability and testability are exacerbated. GaAs electronic devices exhibit a superb tolerance to total ionizing dose of radiation;… More

KA-BAND PHASE MODULATORS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Vladimir Sokolov , Mgr. Advanced Technology
Award Amount: $70,000.00

SBIR Phase I: Resonant Tunneling Strain Sensor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Vladimir Sokolov
Award Amount: $75,000.00

SBIR Phase I: In-Situ Resistivity Measurement of Molecular Beam Epitaxy (MBE)-Grown Layers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Vladimir Sokolov
Award Amount: $75,000.00

Cryogenically-Cooled T/R Module

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Vladimir Sokolov
Award Amount: $60,000.00
Abstract:
Large solid state phased array antennas used for military radar applications, including ones for mobile systems (such as the Patriot System), typically utilize thousands of transmit/receive (T/R) modules incorporating semiconductor components for the generation and reception of the radar's microwave… More

KA-BAND PHASE MODULATORS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Vladimir Sokolov , Mgr. Advanced Technology
Award Amount: $573,795.00

Low Cost Ka-Band Transmit/Recieve (T/R) module

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Robert Dwarkin
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
The technical problem to be addressed is that of designing a transmit/recieve module based on a basic GaAs MMIC chip set. Emphasis will be placed on simplicity toward the goal of a low-cost product. To reduce cost, two approaches will be considered. One is to simplify the RF circuitry and… More

IN SITU RESISTIVITY MEASUREMENT DURING EPITAXIAL GROWTH OF SEMICONDUCTORS USING MM WAVES

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOC
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $75,000.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $0.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $400,000.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Timothy T. Childs, President
Award Amount: $65,000.00

A 94 GHz Aperture Coupled Circularly Polarized Transceiver Antenna

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Sasidhar Vajha, Sr. MMIC Design Engineer
Award Amount: $99,946.00
Abstract:
"Current spaceborne communication systems and missile seeker systems require parallel advances in the W-band (94 GHz) multifunction phase array antenna systems. Relatively large aperture areas of the existing antenna systems radiate heat rapidly into spacefrom the RF components. Also, the existing… More

SBIR/STTR Phase I: Millimeter Wave Transceivers on Large Metamorphic Wafers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Timothy Childs
Award Amount: $99,998.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project will utilize an innovative high output ultraviolet (UV) lithography 0.25 mm T-gate fabrication process to develop high yield and high throughput manufacturing of millimeter-wave monolithic integrated circuit (MMIC) transceivers on 6"… More

A 94 GHz Aperture Coupled Circularly Polarized Transceiver Antenna

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Sasidhar Vajha, Sr. MMIC Design Engineer
Award Amount: $749,993.00
Abstract:
Advance millimeter wave (MMW) transceivers are needed to further enhance the U.S. military current and future communication, detection and guidance systems. TLC will develop and demonstrate a unique low-cost, wire-bond-free, 70-94 GHz W-band antennaintegrated MMIC transceiver that also meet… More

SBIR Phase I: Novel Monolithic Ka to W Band Voltage Controlled Oscillators Using on Chip Varactor Integration

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Timothy Childs
Award Amount: $99,952.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research Phase I project aims to develop novel, highly integrated, high performance series of high frequency (Ka to W-band) GaAs Monolithic Voltage Controlled Oscillators (VCO) by efficient integration of hyperabrupt varactor diode with the Pseudomorphic High Electron… More

A Radiation Hard Self Bias Low Noise Amplifier

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Sasidhar Vajha, MMIC Design Engineer
Award Amount: $99,995.00
Abstract:
Current military and commercial communication systems at lower frequencies experience spectrum crowding, and does not have wide bandwidths needed for high data rates. Broadband Low Noise Amplifiers (LNA) are crucial components in any receiver system.Although a wide variety of LNAs are currently… More

Demonstration of an Antenna Integrated MMIC Mix-mode Transceiver

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Timothy T. Childs, President
Award Amount: $69,818.00
Abstract:
TLC will develop a wire-bond free wide band (X-band to Ka-band) miniature low cost high trhoughput radar transceiver technology that integrates a circular polarized antenna array with a mix-mode (digital& RF) MMIC transceiver chip. This will be developedby systematically utilizing TLC's proven… More

Bandgap Engineered Rad-Hard Multi-Function Digital MMW/Photonic Circuits

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Timothy T. childs, Research Director
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
TLC has developed an innovative multi-component radiation hard InP HEMT based chip approach that will provide monolithic digital,millimter-wave and photnic functions for airborne, spaceborne and other military systems. During phase I we demonstrated lattice engineering, epi growth, design and… More

SBIR Phase II: Millimeter Wave Transceivers on Large Metamorphic Wafers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Timothy Childs, PI
Award Amount: $500,000.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II project will develop an innovative low-cost W-band (70-80 GHz) single chip transceiver using the metamorphic wafer technology developed in Phase I, and efficiently integrating the various MMIC components. The low cost… More

Novel Integrated X-band and Ku-band Voltage Controlled Oscillator (VCO) MMICs

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: S. Vajha, PI
Award Amount: $99,929.00
Abstract:
New fully integrated low-cost, low-phase noise microwave Voltage control oscillator MMICs will be developed after the successful demonstration of the proposed effort. TLC will integrate exclusive doping profiles of their patented varactor diode capabilities with their patented VCO MMIC desings on a… More

Reconfigurable RF/Digital/Photonic Mix-Mode T/R MMICs Series (X-Band to W-Band)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Timothy T. Childs, President
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
During Phase I, an X-Band to W-Band reconfigurable mix-mode digital/photonic/RF transceiver MMIC will be delivered that demonstrates >8 GHz of instantaneous bandwidth. The high speed digital circuits will demonstrate digital control and DSP capability on-chip with high sensitivity (low phase noise,… More

X-Band to W-Band Doppler Radar Using Reconfigurable RF T/R MMIC Series

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Timothy G. Childs, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,932.00
Abstract:
During Phase I, TLC will demonstrate and deliver a remote mixed-mode adjustable X-band to W-band transceiver chip that can perform well as a FMCW, super-heterodyne or pulse radar that meets space qualification specifications. This reconfigurable transceiver will serve as the basis for the… More

High Power Wide Bandgap Engineered MMW MMIC Transceiver

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Timothy Childs, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
During this phase I SBIR effort unique proven lattice and bandgap engineering techniques will be utilized to epitaxially grow InAlAs / InGaAs on GaN substrate for the design and fabrication of high power reconfigurable transceiver single MMIC.

X-Band to W-Band Doppler Radar Using Reconfigurable RF T/R MMIC Series

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Timothy T Childs, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $635,999.00
Abstract:
TLC demonstrated a high performance remote Doppler Radar adjustable X-band to W-band transceiver chip that can perform well as a FMCW, super-heterodyne or pulse radar that meets space qualification specifications. This reconfigurable transceiver will serve as the basis for the precipitation & cloud… More