Radiation-Hard Anti-Tamper Magnetic Patch Memory

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Missile Defense Agency
Amount:
$99,986.00
Award Year:
2007
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W9113M-07-C-0089
Agency Tracking Number:
B063-050-0530
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
NVE CORP. (FORMERLY NONVOLATILE ELECTRONICS, INC.
11409 Valley View Road, Eden Prairie, MN, 55344
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
114264351
Principal Investigator:
James Deak
Senior Physicist
(952) 996-1636
jdeak@nve.com
Business Contact:
Richard George
Director, Government Contracts
(952) 996-1602
dickg@nve.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
This Small Business Innovation Research Phase I project proposal describes a program to research and develop a method for producing a radiation-hard solid-state Magnetic Patch Memory (MPM) deposited on top of a wafer from an untrusted facility and programmed in a trusted facility. MPM can be erased with zero remanence in the event of tampering to render the device it protects impossible to reverse engineer. MPM technology can be added at back end of line processing onto any silicon based complex components that might be produced in foreign foundries. It is ideal for storing encryption keys or codes for digital rights management schemes. Although MPM is a solid-state memory, it is designed using magnetic media similar to a hard disk drive that permits it to be erased with remanent signature reduction exceeding that required for erasure of media containing SECRET data. Depending in the specific application, the proposed MPM can be erased electronically by the system it protects using a current or magnetically in bulk using a degausser or permanent magnet. MPM technology uses thin film magnetic materials and spin dependent tunneling (SDT) sensors that are intrinsically radiation hard.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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