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NEA Vacuum Microelectronics

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: HQ0860-21-C-7060
Agency Tracking Number: B20C-T004-0014
Amount: $124,892.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: MDA20-T004
Solicitation Number: 20.C
Solicitation Year: 2020
Award Year: 2021
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2021-04-30
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2021-10-29
Small Business Information
20 New England Business Center
Andover, MA 01810-1111
United States
DUNS: 073800062
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Jonathan Rameau
 (978) 738-8265
Business Contact
 B. David Green
Phone: (978) 689-0003
Research Institution
 Brookhaven National Laboratory
 Ivar Strand
PO Box 5000
Upton, NY 11973-0000
United States

 (631) 344-7549
 Federally Funded R&D Center (FFRDC)

Physical Sciences Inc. (PSI), in partnership with Brookhaven National Lab (BNL), will develop vacuum channel-based microelectronic analogues of the classic vacuum diodes and triodes, as well as novel single element logic gates. Proposed devices possess an inherent physical and data-fault tolerance of extreme conditions such as ionizing radiation and temperature. The key advance embodied by the proposed devices is the use of materials possessing stable, robust negative electron affinity (NEA) surfaces, enabling design of circuit elements with ultra-low operating voltage and power usage, resistance to self-induced electrical discharge damage and high operating speed while retaining an exceptionally low cost to manufacture. During the Phase I program, PSI will carry out computational modeling of various device types before designing a series of solid-state vacuum diodes, triodes and other devices to be fabricated by BNL at its Center for Functional Nanomaterials (CFN). Test devices will be evaluated at PSI for switching speed, voltage and power consumption, high power tolerance and their ability to support analogue operations such as amplification. In Phase II the most promising device families will be incorporated into representative Integrated Circuits (ICs), a miniaturizing fab process developed and the resulting circuits tested under operation at the BNL-hosted NASA Space Radiation Laboratory. Approved for Public Release |21-MDA-10789 (21 Apr 21)

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