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Machine Diagnostics System on a Chip

Award Information

Department of Defense
Defense Microelectronics Activity
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2010 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
Solicitation Year:
Solicitation Topic Code:
DMEA 10-001
Solicitation Number:
Small Business Information
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: 2010
Title: Machine Diagnostics System on a Chip
Agency / Branch: DOD / DMEA
Contract: H94003-11-P-1102
Award Amount: $99,984.00


Under this SBIR program, Ridgetop Group will introduce the first single-chip, low-cost, low-power, and lightweight data monitoring solution for applications on rotating machinery. To develop this innovative miniature data collection platform, Ridgetop proposes to:  Provide a novel data collector using submicron integrated MEMS/CMOS fabrication processes  Define a commercialization strategy that will achieve volume pricing target of ≤$2.50 per unit, within five years  Provide a support interface for selected asset management platforms used by military and commercial customers. Ridgetop has a proven track record of delivering high-tech solutions like this one, tailored to customers' demanding end-applications. For example, we have recently designed a Data Memory Module (DMM) for commercial aircraft (Airbus A350) that has been qualified by the FAA to very rigorous DO-178B level C standards. We have also developed high-performance ASICs for other critical applications, including read-out electronics for satellite-borne camera systems, and prognostic sensors that detect wear-out in deep submicron technologies. Ridgetop has a complete Electronic Design Automation (EDA) tool-flow that enables us to function as a fabless semiconductor design house. We have successfully produced more than one dozen silicon designs over the last three years using these tools. Moreover, with our recent accreditation as a Trusted Supplier sponsored by the Defense Microelectronics Activity (DMEA), Ridgetop is now able to provide trusted design services for our DoD customers. Our facility and personnel are currently approved at SECRET level.

Principal Investigator:

Justin Judkins
Principal Investigator

Business Contact:

Douglas Goodman
President and CEO
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