Prognostic Capabilities for Field Effect Transistors (FET)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-06-C-0200
Agency Tracking Number: N061-007-0283
Amount: $149,848.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: N06-007
Solicitation Number: 2006.1
Small Business Information
6595 North Oracle Road Suite 153B, Tucson, AZ, 85704
DUNS: 157955597
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Russell Graves
 Principal Investigator
 (520) 742-3300
Business Contact
 Douglas Goodman
Title: President and CEO
Phone: (520) 742-3300
Research Institution
The proposed ePHM module for MOSFETs utilizes a group of prognostic cells and devices to monitor the parametric shift of critical MOS parameters and gain insight into way that the physical mechanisms responsible for degradation and aging impact the progression of fault to failure and remaining useful life of MOS electronics. Candidate parameters to be monitored are threshold voltage (VT), saturation current (Idsat), leakage current (IL), transconductance (gm), and on-resistance (RDSON). The excursion of these parameters is intimately connected to performance degradation and aging due to electrical, thermal, and radiation stress of electronic components due to mechanisms such as Time Dependent Dielectric Breakdown (TDDB), Negative Bias Temperature Instability (NBTI), Hot Carrier Injection (HCI), Electrostatic Discharge (ESD), and radiation Total Ionizing Dose (TID)BENEFITS: The prognostics market is represented by military and commercial firms that have critical needs for advanced warning of problems and associated recovery methods. Ridgetop’s initial thrust for commercialization of the technology has been through the application of prognostics on critical processing systems supporting missile electronics. Ridgetop has established good working relationships with Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, and Raytheon Missile Systems. Both firms have expressed a strong interest in providing technology insertion opportunities for Ridgetop. Ridgetop has also worked with firms such as Honeywell and Boeing on joint proposals addressing critical system designs for commercial and military aircraft.

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