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Extreme Temperature, Rad-Hard Power Management ASIC

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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2010 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Ridgetop Group, Inc.
AZ Tucson, AZ 85741-2276
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: Extreme Temperature, Rad-Hard Power Management ASIC
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX10CF03P
Award Amount: $99,997.00


Ridgetop Group will design a rad-hard Application Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC) for spacecraft power management that is functional over a temperature range of -230 to +130 oC. This ASIC is intended to work in conjunction with a Fuel Cell power system and battery back-up to provide uninterrupted power to critical modules in Space. Ridgetop will combine Radiation Hardening (RH) techniques with Large Scale Integration (LSI) methodologies to build a power management system for spacecraft applications onto a single monolithic circuit. The significance of this innovation is a single reliable component (ASIC) that will meet platform requirements for high voltage, wide operating temperature range, and radiation tolerance (minimum 100 krads Total Ionizing Doze (TID), 100 MeVcm2/mg Single Event Latchup (SEL). During phase 1, we will select two functional blocks from within a representative NASA power management system as test cases. Designs for these blocks will be developed and validated through SPICE circuit and radiation simulations, using technology files provided by a commercial foundry. In phase 2, Ridgetop will deliver working prototype integrated circuits (ICs) that meet and exceed the above requirements.

Principal Investigator:

Ronald Carlsten
Principal Investigator

Business Contact:

Milena Thompson
Business Official
Small Business Information at Submission:

Ridgetop Group, Inc.
6595 North Oracle Road Tucson, AZ 85704

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