Miniature Intelligent Sensor Electronics

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NAS13-03008
Agency Tracking Number: 022628
Amount: $69,884.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2003
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
NVE Corporation
11409 Valley View Road, Eden Prairie, MN, 55344
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Russ Beech
 Principal Investigator
 (952) 996-1613
 beech@nve.com
Business Contact
 James Daughton
Title: CTO
Phone: (952) 996-1607
Email: daughton@nve.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The proposed system uses a combined hard-core processor/programmable-logic chip to implement the front-end control and processing functions of an intelligent sensor system. Combining these functions in a single chip is an innovation, relative to a traditional processor-only based system, because it provides re-configurable control of the sensor interface, i.e. analog and digital I/O and signal conditioning electronics, while freeing up the processor for computational tasks - yet maintaining tight coupling between the two functions. To embed intelligent functions on sensors, the proposed miniature, front-end electronics will combine at least 32 MB of RAM and a 200 MHz, 32-bit RISC processor with a flexible sensor interface that consists of two analog input and two analog output channels, with programmable gain, programmable anti-aliasing filters, and automatic calibration, and eight digital I/O channels. An Ethernet communication port will be available. The processor will be programmable using C/C++. Provisions for expansion to four each of the analog input and output channels and sixteen digital I/O channels will be included in the design. The final system will be no larger than 4 x 4 x 2. A programming kit for a PC will be part of the final development.

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