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Advanced Passive and Active Sensors for Discrimination Seekers

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Department of Defense
Missile Defense Agency
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Program Year/Program:
2011 / STTR
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Small Business Information
16955 Via Del Campo Suite 250 San Diego, CA 92127-2110
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2011
Title: Advanced Passive and Active Sensors for Discrimination Seekers
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Contract: W9113M-11-C-0015
Award Amount: $999,915.00


Nu-Trek is teaming with Arizona State University and Raytheon Vision Systems to develop a ROIC with on-chip data conversion. The ROIC uses Nu-Trek"s ultra low power ADC buffer, ADC core, and LVDS pre-driver. The ROIC is being developed for Raytheon"s Next-Gen, dual-band, IR FPAs. Three Nu-Trek innovations that will be implemented in the ROIC are the ultra low power successive approximation register ADC that will consume between 1-2mW (1/10 the power consumption of similar ADCs on the market), a pre-LVDS driver that will consume a mere 0.5mW (in comparison to 5 mW for a standard LVDS driver, which will be outside the dewar), and a very low power ADC buffer (0.5-1 mW) that is based on the correlated level shifting technique that was invented by the Principle Investigator, Dr. Rob Gregoire. For a ROIC designed for a 512x512 pixel detector consuming ~200mW, the increase in power associated with the on-chip data conversion is between 5mW and 42mW. The first anticipated implementation of a FPA using this ROIC is an upgrade to the MDA interceptor, Standard Missile 3.

Principal Investigator:

Rob Gregoire
Senior Engineer
(406) 624-6720

Business Contact:

Kristen Zeimantz
Manager, Finance and Administration
(858) 487-2172
Small Business Information at Submission:

17150 Via Del Campo Suite 202 San Diego, CA -

EIN/Tax ID: 020632796
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
Arizona State University
P.O. Box 875001
Tempe,, AZ 85287-
Contact: Bert Vermeir
Contact Phone: (480) 727-8067