Design Modified Commercial CMOS for MDA IR FPAs

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: W9113M-10-C-0068
Agency Tracking Number: B083-013-0482
Amount: $1,199,780.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solitcitation Year: 2008
Solitcitation Topic Code: MDA08-013
Solitcitation Number: 2008.3
Small Business Information
Black Forest Engineering, LLC
12930 Morris Trail, Colorado Springs, CO, 80908
Duns: 621633296
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Stephen Gaalema
 (719) 593-9501
Business Contact
 Vivian McDonald
Title: Officer Manager
Phone: (719) 593-9501
Research Institution
Foreign missile threat will increase as ballistic missile technology becomes available on an international scale. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) requires high performance, high sensitivity and low noise infrared sensors for space based sensing applications that operate in environments where radiation hardness is essential to mission operation. Radiation hard by design (RHBD) readout integrated circuits (ROICs) decrease the overall cost of focal plane arrays (FPAs) by exploiting existing commercial foundries rather than relying on increasingly scarce and costly “proven” foundries that offer radiation hard by process (RHBP). Black Forest Engineering will utilize commercially available 180 nm CMOS to provide ROIC radiation hardness >300kRads (Si) and mitigate single-event upsets and latch-up. The RHBD concept utilizes thin gate oxide in critical circuitry, enclosed gate NFETS, FET guard rings, low resistance well/substrate ties, and optimized/adaptive well bias voltage to meet a wide range of detector operating temperatures and also optimize the circuit performance over a large total dose exposure range. The Phase II development will demonstrate ROICs and FPAs optimized for low background LWIR HgCdTe detectors.

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