Electronic Modeling and Design for Extreme Temperatures

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX09RA09C
Agency Tracking Number: 066191
Amount: $564,327.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: X2.04
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
7101 Poplar Avenue, Takoma Park, MD, 20912-4671
DUNS: 78479493
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 James McGarrity
 Principal Investigator
 (240) 432-6535
Business Contact
 Neil Goldsman
Title: Business Official
Phone: (240) 432-6535
Email: neilgoldsman@gmail.com
Research Institution
We are developing CAD tools, models and methodologies for electronics design for circuit operation in extreme environments with focus on very low temperatures (<20K). These new tools and methodologies will give rise to circuit designs that minimize the requirements for external heat sources that are currently often necessary for operation of low-temperature electronics. Such technology would significantly improve reliability, performance and lifetime of electronics that are used for space applications, including satellites and space travel. This will be achieved through the development of unique circuits and simulation tools that are derived from novel physics-based modeling techniques and verified by experiment. Temperature-stable designs and design methods will be provided as well. The new cryogenic design tools will greatly reduce the chances of error during actual circuit implementation, and thus reduce the number of design cycles, thereby substantially decreasing fabrication times and expenses. Models and CAD tools are relatively inexpensive as compared to fabrication costs; thus the results of this project should provide a very large return on investment.

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