Magnetic Operational Environment Sensor

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-06-M-8060
Agency Tracking Number: O053-A05-1182
Amount: $99,948.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solitcitation Year: 2005
Solitcitation Topic Code: OSD05-A05
Solitcitation Number: 2005.3
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
 Peter Eames
 Research Scientist
 (952) 918-1155
 peames@nve.com
Business Contact
 Richard George
Title: CFO
Phone: (952) 996-1602
Email: dickg@nve.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
This Phase I SBIR program will design and manufacture an environmental sensor that is sensitive to the earth's magnetic fields. The device is ideal for "black-box" attacks because it is sensitive to changing environmental conditions with and without power. The sensor requires no internal power supplies or batteries. The device is microelectronic compatible which allows it to be very small and extremely versatile. The "black box" can be many sizes and shapes from miniaturized microelectronic systems to large shipping containers. The device can be custom packaged or fully integrated with other ICs at the wafer level. The device works by storing one vector component of the earth's ambient magnetic field in a magnetically unstable array of lithographically patterned magnetic elements. When the protected volume is rotated, turned, or tilted, the sensor is exposed to varying ambient magnetic fields. This upsets the alignment of the magnetic elements, which can then be read when power has been restored. The sensor could be used to signal a self-destruct of critical systems or signal the erasure of important data.

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