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Radiation Effects Characterization Tool for SiGe Processes

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Department of Defense
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2012 / SBIR
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Ridgetop Group, Inc.
3580 West Ina Road Tucson, AZ 85741-2276
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2012
Title: Radiation Effects Characterization Tool for SiGe Processes
Agency: DOD
Contract: HDTRA1-12-P-0038
Award Amount: $148,309.00


Ridgetop Group will develop a low-cost reliability and radiation effects characterization tool for state-of-the art silicon-germanium (SiGe) fabrication processes. The significance of this innovation is that SiGe bipolar complementary metal oxide semiconductor (BiCMOS) integrated circuits (ICs) have demonstrated extremely high performance for critical DOD applications, and SiGe has also been shown to have low susceptibility to total dose and displacement damage radiation effects, making SiGe a strong candidate for space applications. Ridgetop"s ProChek characterization tool will support the wider application of SiGe circuits in advanced spacecraft and missile systems, which can improve production yield and help reduce costs. SiGe BiCMOS circuits offer many benefits compared to their silicon CMOS counterparts for space microelectronics engineering. SiGe implementations have an advantage in terms of higher circuit speed, better transistor matching, and better noise performance. They also operate significantly better in extreme temperatures and are very robust against total ionizing dose (TID) radiation effects. The work will concentrate on IBM"s newest SiGe BiCMOS offering, the 9HP process, which provides ultra-fast SiGe hetero bipolar transistors (HBTs) to 300GHz fT and 385 GHz fMAX, as well as 90 nm CMOS devices. The result will be a more comprehensive reliability and performance characterization that can be incorporated into more precise design models having more accuracy.

Principal Investigator:

Esko Mikkola
Sr. Principal Engineer
(520) 742-3300

Business Contact:

Douglas Goodman
President and CEO
(520) 742-3300
Small Business Information at Submission:

Ridgetop Group, Inc.
3580 West Ina Rd Tucson, AZ -

EIN/Tax ID: 860979220
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No