Large Format Uncooled Focal Plane Array

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$69,431.00
Award Year:
2004
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNL04AB37P
Agency Tracking Number:
034077
Solicitation Year:
2003
Solicitation Topic Code:
E1.01
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Black Forest Engineering, LLC
1879 Austin Bluffs Pkwy, Colorado Springs, CO, 80918-7877
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
621633296
Principal Investigator:
Stephen Gaalema
Principal Investigator
(719) 593-9501
sgaalema@bfe.com
Business Contact:
Stephen Gaalema
Business Official
(719) 593-9501
sgaalema@bfe.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Uncooled focal plane arrays have improved dramatically and array sizes of 320x240 elements in a 50-?m pitch are commercially available at affordable cost. Black Forest Engineering proposes to design a readout integrated circuit to allow fabrication of a large format 1024x768 element uncooled sensor. The significant innovation is the use of 0.18 ?m CMOS design rules, high duty cycle signal sampling, and power reduction techniques to create a thermal sensor that provides high sensitivity readout of large format microbolometer detection elements sensitive to 8-14 ?m infrared. The thermal IR sensor will be low weight, small volume, low power and robust making it compatible with remote sensing applications such as aircraft, balloon-borne and space flight platforms

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