Space Qualified SDRAM Memory

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$99,969.00
Award Year:
2008
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA9453-08-M-0016
Award Id:
86708
Agency Tracking Number:
F073-097-1600
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
4775 Centennial Avenue, Suite 130, Colorado Springs, CO, 80919
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
619085371
Principal Investigator:
Dean Allum
Principal Investigator
(719) 531-0805
dean.allum@micro-rdc.com
Business Contact:
Karen Van Cura
Cheif Financial Officer
(719) 531-0805
karen.vancura@micro-rdc.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
The Phase 1 effort is aimed at finding the specific physical defects which prevent a Commercial SDRAM at the 512 Megabit density from being Space Qualified. The goal is to find the exact failure locations of Radiation "Soft" circuits. Scanning Laser Microscopy will locate latch-up sites. Heavy Ion Exposure will be used to find multiple bit error rates. Emission Microscopy will be used to locate leakages induced by Total Ionizing Dose exposure. During Phase 2, the design team of the Commercial SDRAM manufacturer has agreed to partner with Micro-RDC to modify the SDRAM circuits so that higher radiation levels can be tolerated. The goal is to make the Space Qualified SDRAM immune to latch-up, tolerate greater than 100 krad(Si) total ionizing dose, and work over the Mil-Spec temperature range. The SDRAM will also remain functional due to Single Event Effects, but Single Event Upsets of data bits is anticipated to be corrected at the system level using Error Detection and Correction methods. A survey of end customers of Space Qualified SDRAMs will also be conducted during Phase 1 so that the required form and function can be determined.

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