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Analog Co-Processors for Complex System Simulation and Design

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: D16PC00085
Agency Tracking Number: D15C-002-0014
Amount: $149,630.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: ST15C-002
Solicitation Number: 2015.0
Solicitation Year: 2015
Award Year: 2016
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2016-03-31
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2017-06-30
Small Business Information
411 Wolf Ledges Parkway, STE 100
Akron, OH 44311
United States
DUNS: 080012207
HUBZone Owned: Yes
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Dale Mugler
 (330) 968-9228
Business Contact
 Steve Nichols
Phone: (330) 201-2209
Research Institution
 University of Akron
 Elyse Ball
302 Buchtel Common \N
Akron, OH 44325
United States

 (330) 972-6532
 Nonprofit College or University

The objective is to design an analog (time-continuous) radiofrequency (RF) computation platform in the form of a software-defined RF integrated-circuit (IC) with supplementary digital logic for solving differential equation based simulations at speeds that are 1-2 orders of magnitude greater than available digital high-performance computation platforms. The maximum speed that the state-of-the-art digital systolic processors can operate is typically in the range of 2-3 GHz, whereas combination of modern RF micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) and available deep sub-micro 32 nm RF complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) or Bi-polar CMOS mixed (BiCMOS) technology, which has a characteristic cut-off frequency (fT ) of 445GHz, can be used to fabricate high speed tunable analog computational processors that would lead to massive throughputs around 100 GHz. The proposed RF-IC analog computational platform solves a variety of highly-relevant MD linear and non-linear partial differential equations. The resulting product of this investigation is envisioned to be a device that will be a remarkable leap in the computation time for a solver of a general system of linear partial differential equations that allows wide applicability in many fields.

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