Hardware Assisted Electronic Circuit Simulation System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: W31P4Q-05-C-R181
Agency Tracking Number: 04SB1-0495
Amount: $749,834.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solitcitation Year: 2004
Solitcitation Topic Code: SB041-029
Solitcitation Number: 2004.1
Small Business Information
EM PHOTONICS, INCORPORATED
51 East Main Street Suite 203, 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
 Eric Kelmelis
Title: Vice President
Phone: (302) 456-9003
Email: kelmelis@emphotonics.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
In Phase I, EM Photonics demonstrated the viability of using a reconfigurable hardware approach to accelerating the simulation of electronic circuits based on their electromagnetic properties. In Phase II, this technology will be used to create a solver capable of analyzing mixed signal circuits 64 times faster than is currently available from equivalent software. The resulting device will shrink design cycles and allow for more rigorous analysis of the user’s problem. Consequently, devices that previously required two months to simulate, can now be run in less than a day. This advance will directly translate to products reaching the market faster and will allow for the modeling of more complex devices. The key to this technology is the use of a reconfigurable computing platform build around a field-programmable gate array (FPGA). This allows for the creation of a device capable of rivaling the speeds of large Beowulf clusters while maintaining the size of a standard desktop PC. This proposal contains details on the enabling technologies, our success to date, and our plans for realizing the final system.

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