Fast, Flexible Real-Time Decision Processor for Triggering Nuclear/High Energy Experiments and Real-Time Analysis of Radar, Medical and Security Images

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-FG02-04ER86192
Agency Tracking Number: 76181B04-I
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: 14
Solicitation Number: DOE/SC-0075
Small Business Information
Northern Microdesign, Inc.
533 193 Street, Ames, IA, 50010
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Nader Badr
 Dr.
 (515) 232-0990
 nbadr@nmicrodesign.com
Business Contact
 William Black
Title: Dr.
Phone: (515) 232-0990
Email: wcblack@nmicrodesign.com
Research Institution
 Iowa State University
 Thane J Peterson
 Office of Sponsored Programs Administration
2207 Pearson, Rm. 15
Ames, IA, 50011
 (515) 294-5225
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
76181-This project will develop a cost-effective, programmable signal processor for the triggering of nuclear and high energy physics experiments. Arrays of latest generation Field Programmable Gate Arrays(FPGAs) will be configured so as to efficiently solve for real-time vertex location in nuclear and high energy physics experiments. In Phase I, algorithms for vertex determination will be developed for each of the Au-Au, proton-Au, and proton-proton collisions expected at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider. Processor architecture will be developed to efficiently carry out these algorithms. A prototype will be realized in Phase II. Commercial Applications and Other Benefits as described by the awardee: The processor should be capable of trillions of operations per second at likely production costs of less than ten thousand dollars and in a space comparable to a shoebox. In addition to applications in nuclear and high energy physics, the technology should contribute to commercial and governmental image processing problems such as synthetic aperture radar and computer tomography.

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