Novel Concepts for Next Generation Infrared (IR) Focal Plane Arrays (FPAs)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: HQ0006-06-C-7335
Agency Tracking Number: 044-1425
Amount: $750,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: MDA04-173
Solicitation Number: 2004.4
Small Business Information
200 Westside Square Suite 320, Huntsville, AL, 35801
DUNS: 129074840
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Michele Banish
 (256) 562-0087
Business Contact
 David Chenault
Title: President
Phone: (256) 562-0087
Research Institution
Polaris Sensor Technologies, Inc. places image preprocessing into the Read Out Integrated Circuit for next generation focal planes. The FPGAs within the ROIC/SEA present opportunities to qualify data during read out. This effort builds a flight-like algorithm testbed to determine how to divide image pre processing functions among the ROIC and the SEA. Emulators, simulation, and COTS components will create a flexible environment representing prime contractor architectures. Novel image processing algorithms are optimized to remove the cascade of functions across multiple boards and connections that add noise, add cost and increases complexity; thus impacting overall system reliability. The THAAD, Si:BIB (Blocked-Impurity-Band) and super lattice focal plane arrays utilize COTS ROICs, and this, coupled with the cascade of interfaces, compromises performance. The proposed approach is the most cost effective, lowest risk approach to improve seeker sensitivity and acquisition range. Neural networks and complementary algorithms are specifically applied to extract data of interest in low SNR MDA data. Operating in the SNR range of 2 may increase the seeker acquisition range by as much as 70%. The outcome supports new ROIC/SEA designs appropriate for flight hardware and this effort is tightly coordinated with ongoing MDA efforts.

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