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A Very Low Power, Highly Integrated Multichannel Scaler

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
56846
Program Year/Program:
2002 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
002198
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
ASRC RESEARCH & TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS
6303 Ivy Lane Suite 130 Greenbelt, MD 20770
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2002
Title: A Very Low Power, Highly Integrated Multichannel Scaler
Agency: NASA
Contract: NAS5-02007
Award Amount: $0.00
 

Abstract:

Multichannel Scaler (MCS) electronics are currently used in lidar-based remote sensing applications for photon counting and histogramming functions. As front-end photon detector technology improves, the need for advanced, high-performance multichannel scalers will increase so as to not limit system performance. This proposal describes a high-speed, low power MCS chip design and circuit board that incorporates multiple, popular processor interfaces and other on-chip functionality such as storage memory. The proposed innovation will provide improved time resolution, smaller size, and lower power than comparable industry implementations. By integrating multiple interfaces in a single device, the proposed chip could be used as a building block for other MCS programs wherein specific program needs dictate size constraints, data transfer rates, or performance criteria. Phase-I provides a two-fold opportunity. First, it provides for a study to determine current industry trends and user needs and to trade-off design issues so as to provide the most useful functionality in the Phase-II development. Second, it provides for the development of a prototype in order to validate the conceptual basis for the final Phase-II proposal. The proposed innovation will aid in expanding the measurement capabilities of current airborne, spaceborne, and ground-based lidar systems.

Principal Investigator:

Edward Leventhal
Manager, Electronic Products
3013454500
ed.leventhal@akspace.com

Business Contact:

Richard E. Ambrose
President and CEO
3013454500
rich.ambrose@akspace.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

ASRC Aerospace Corporation
6301 Ivy Lane, Suite 300 Greenbelt, MD 20770

EIN/Tax ID: 522055828
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No