Gallium Nitride (GaN) based 28 VDC Circuit Protection and Distribution

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W56HZV-18-C-0019
Agency Tracking Number: A2-6942
Amount: $494,004.13
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: A16-087
Solicitation Number: 2016.0
Solicitation Year: 2016
Award Year: 2018
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2018-07-12
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-07-11
Small Business Information
3000 Kent Avenue, Suite C1-100, West Lafayette, IN, 47906
DUNS: 161183322
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jason Wells
 (765) 464-8997
Business Contact
 Eric Walters
Phone: (765) 464-8997
Research Institution
Recent advances in commercially available Gallium Nitride (GaN) MOSFETS offer significant advantages compared to traditional Silicon devices for circuit protection and power distribution applications including the availability of devices in advanced packaging options, lower on-state resistances, and improved performance in harsh electromagnetic environments.To demonstrate these advantages of GaN in military platforms, in this SBIR effort, PCKA proposes to design a 28Vdc, 32-channel GaN based power distribution box capable of operating across all military ground vehicles.It is anticipated that the proposed box will be able to achieve target maximum current throughput with reduced size, weight, and cooing requirements compared to a similarly designed Silicon based distribution box.Further, it is assumed that all of these capabilities shall be met while maintaining or improving upon the safety, efficiency, robustness, and stability requirements that would be essential for a modernized combat vehicle.In the Phase I effort, PCKA demonstrated key aspects of the proposed GaN power distribution technology through a combination of advanced modeling, simulation, and analysis (MS&A) and hardware prototyping. In the Phase II effort, PCKA has proposed a development and demonstration plan with associated qualification testing to mature the technology to TRL 6+ and transition to field unit production.

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