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Crested Tunnel Barriers for Fast, High Density, Nonvolatile Memory Devices

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
52590
Program Year/Program:
2001 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
F013-0070
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Advanced Fuel Research, Inc.
87 Church Street East Hartford, CT 06108-3728
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2001
Title: Crested Tunnel Barriers for Fast, High Density, Nonvolatile Memory Devices
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: F49620-01-C-0059
Award Amount: $99,494.00
 

Abstract:

Crested multi-layer tunnel barriers have been proposed, which offer a revolutionary solution to overcome density to speed trade-offs characteristic of present data storage technologies. Practical implementation of the proposed technology will involve useof thin film materials which are readily manufacturable and CMOS-compatible. A critical need exists for experimental verification of the theoretical predictions regarding these advanced structures. In addition, challenges lay ahead in developing asuitable deposition technology for fabrication of the ultra-thin graded or multilayered structures involved. Advanced Fuel Research, Inc., and the State University of New York at Stony Brook will develop a technology for fabrication of crested tunnelbarrier devices based on promising thin film material combinations. Phase I will demonstrate barrier tunneling in asymmetric, two-layer barrier structures in good agreement with theoretical predictions. Phase I will also conduct a study to assesscritical manufacturing issues such as suitable deposition methods required for fabrication of the ultrathin layer crested barrier devices in a production environment. Phase II will support continued theoretical development, develop scalable depositionprocesses, and demonstrate prototype memory devices.Successful development of the proposed high density, fast memory technology will have immediate impact in portable electronic components that require low cost, minimal power consumption, nonvolatilememory, i.e. flash memory. As the demand for increased memory and functionality continues, faster, higher density flash memory technology will be required. It is expected that a fast, high density, low power, nonvolatile memory technology will alsocompete with DRAM technology presently used in personal computers. The commercial potential is enormous, with both flash memory and DRAM representing multi-billion dollar per year markets.

Principal Investigator:

David G. Hamblen
Vice-President
8605289806
dhamblen@AFRinc.com

Business Contact:

Michael A. Serio
President
8605289806
mserio@AFRinc.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

ADVANCED FUEL RESEARCH, INC.
87 Church Street East Hartford, CT 06108

EIN/Tax ID: 061016313
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
STATE UNIV. OF NEW YORK STONY BROOK
Office of Sponsored Programs, SUNY @ Stony Brook
Stony Brook, NY 11794
Contact: Ivar Strand
Contact Phone: (631) 632-4402
RI Type: Domestic nonprofit research organization