Radiation Hard FPGA With Embedded MRAM

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: DASG6003P0276
Agency Tracking Number: 031-0641
Amount: $69,981.00
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 CORP. (FORMERLY NONVOLATILE ELECTRON
11409 Valley View Road, Eden Prairie, MN, 55344
DUNS: 114264351
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Russell Beech
 Director of Gov't Program
 (952) 996-1613
 beech@nve.com
Business Contact
 James Daughton
Title: Chief Technology Officer
Phone: (952) 996-1607
Email: daughton@nve.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Ballistic missile defense systems, as well as military and commercial space systems, such as communication satellites, require radiation hard electronics that can survive long term radiation exposure, and that can survive high dose rate burst events andrapidly reset following such a single event upset. This requirement provides the opportunity for the development of new FPGA devices that have higher radiation tolerance. NVE's innovative approach is to integrate radiation hard program memory into atypical FPGA design. This will provide FPGA program memory that is immune to long term and burst radiation, and that will accurately reload the FPGA following a burst event. The proposed Phase I effort will develop an MRAM cell design that is suitablefor integration into the programmable logic array of an FPGA. This cell will provide power-on configuration capability and nonvolatile, radiation hard storage of the FPGA configuration. Circuit simulations will be used to demonstrate the feasibility ofthe MRAM cell, while a schematic design will show the feasibility of integrating the MRAM into the programmable logic array. A Phase II effort would build upon the Phase I effort by designing and fabricating prototype FPGA devices with integrated MRAM forprogram storage and device configuration. The proposed development effort will results in a radiation hard programmable logic component that will be useful in both military and commercial space applications, and in missile applications. The availabilityof radiation hard programmable logic will allow on-board reconfigurability, increase the flexibility and upgrade capability, and decrease the development time of the space and missile electronic systems.

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