Hardware Assisted Electronic Circuit Simulation System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: W31P4Q-04-C-R195
Agency Tracking Number: 04SB1-0495
Amount: $98,770.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: SB041-029
Solicitation Number: 2004.1
Small Business Information
EM PHOTONICS, INC.
51 East Main Street Suite 3-A, Newark, DE, 19711
DUNS: 071744143
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 James Durbano
 Chief Hardware Architect
 (302) 456-9003
 durbano@emphotonics.com
Business Contact
 Dennis Prather
Title: President
Phone: (302) 456-9003
Email: dprather@ee.udel.edu
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
In this proposal, we outline an approach for performing a complete electromagnetic analysis of electrical circuits in a fraction of the time that is currently possible. As clock rates increase, the need for such analysis grows. Current tools are inadequate to handle this burden. The computational times required excessively tax tools running on even the most state-of-the-art computers. To combat this problem, we propose developing a hardware-based accelerator capable of running the necessary calculations at speeds unachievable in software. This device will solve the systems of linear equations that arise in the relevant algorithms. By offloading this portion of the analysis to a special purpose hardware engine, computation times will plummet, thus making full simulations of complex electrical circuits possible. We will explore several algorithms for solving systems of linear equations and, by the end of phase I, implement the most promising one in hardware.

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