Electronic Modeling and Design for Extreme Temperatures

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$564,327.00
Award Year:
2009
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
NNX09RA09C
Award Id:
84010
Agency Tracking Number:
066191
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
7101 Poplar Avenue, Takoma Park, MD, 20912
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
784794930
Principal Investigator:
James McGarrity
Principal Investigator
(240) 432-6535
jmcgarrityarl@yahoo.com
Business Contact:
Neil Goldsman
Business Official
(240) 432-6535
neilgoldsman@gmail.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
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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