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Advanced Digital Readout for Starting Focal Plane Arrays

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-23-C-0060
Agency Tracking Number: N211-061-0052
Amount: $599,499.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N211-061
Solicitation Number: 21.1
Solicitation Year: 2021
Award Year: 2023
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2022-11-07
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2023-11-15
Small Business Information
100 Frederick Lopez Rd.
Santa Barbara, CA 93117-1111
United States
DUNS: 831934414
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Nishant Dhawan
 (805) 617-0337
Business Contact
 Lilia Barbosa
Phone: (805) 284-0570
Research Institution

Senseeker Engineering will develop a high dynamic range (HDR) large format digital readout integrated circuit (DROIC) that significantly improves the detection and tracking of distant dim targets and small fast-moving targets. Senseeker’s proposed solution for wide field of view MWIR sensors is based upon an innovative dual-gain pixel concept that is optimized for HDR search and track by providing unique multi-windowing capabilities and operating modes. To simplify prototyping and enable cost-efficient FPA testing, Senseeker will develop a 10 µm pitch, 2k x 2k solution that will be compatible with an existing MWIR detector array. The new Senseeker DROIC design will be a stitch-compatible architecture that can be easily extended to formats up to 6k x 4k. This is intended to support rapid transition of the technology to Navy and Government Programs. Senseeker’s solution is a ‘clever’ rather than a ‘brute force’ approach to object tracking that will exceed the objectives of the SBIR solicitation by implementing a novel pixel design that supports innovative smart-sensing modes. The dual integrators, along with various noise-reduction techniques, will facilitate significant improvement in dynamic range allowing objects to be identified and tracked much farther out than existing solutions. In addition, the DROIC will support an unlimited number of windows operating simultaneously with full-frame search to enable the tracking of a large number of fast-movers. This simultaneity will significantly reduce data overhead without compromising critical information.

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