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High Power MEMS Switch for Use in Exploding Foil Initiator Applications

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-22-C-0191
Agency Tracking Number: N172-140-0458
Amount: $999,505.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N172-140
Solicitation Number: 17.2
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2022
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2022-01-20
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2023-12-26
Small Business Information
1851 Huntington Blvd
Duarte, CA 91010-2635
United States
DUNS: 195754056
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Nate Selden
 (626) 471-9724
Business Contact
 Linda Tanner
Phone: (626) 471-9777
Research Institution

Tanner Research will develop, implement, and test a MEMS fabricated hybrid solid-state electronic switch for Phase I proof-of-concept demonstration of reliably initiating an EFI detonator for embedding into an electronic S&A device (ESAD). Tanner Research’s Phase I proof of concept hardware development is focused on developing and implementing the proof of concept high voltage switch, and secondly on integrating the switch into a COTS-type TRL-7 ESAD for empirical demonstration. Accordingly, the solid state discharge switch, with no moving parts, will provide accurate single- or multipoint timing, and repeatable operation for warhead and rocket motor fuzing applications. Objectively, the silicon-based discharge switch is being developed for reliable, low-cost insertion in electronic fuzing architectures, as well as providing robustness in high-G and high-radiation environments, along with repeatable operation for multi-option fuzing applications. Fundamental to this approach is the need for cost effective alternatives to existing solid-state trigger switches that have increased electronic fuzing costs to the point of infeasibility.

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