Rad Hard SiGe ADC for Detector Applications

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$99,992.00
Award Year:
2008
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
DE-FG02-08ER85055
Agency Tracking Number:
85404
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Ridgetop Group, Inc.
6595 North Oracle Road, Tucson, AZ, 85704
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
157955597
Principal Investigator:
James Hofmeister
Mr.
(520) 742-3300
hoffy@ridgetop-group.com
Business Contact:
Douglas Goodman
Dr.
(520) 742-3300
doug@ridgetop-group.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Particle accelerators require detector designs that possess high dynamic range and wide bandwidths, and are hardened to withstand radiation effects during physics experiments. A critical component in the detector is the analog-to-digital converter (ADC), which must have excellent linearity to eliminate measurement errors. This project will develop a high speed silicon germanium (SiGe)-based ADC with a switchable sampling rate up to 100 MSPS and up to 14 bits of resolution. This component not only will help improve the detection capabilities for low-level signals but also will have a switchable sampling rate. Commercial Applications and other Benefits as described by the awardee: A high-performance radiation-hard ADC for detector assemblies would survive the harsh environment of physics experiments while digitizing the low level signals to provide accurate results and excellent linearity. There are approximately 24 beam lines in North America with a large number of channels. In addition to the DOE application, the detector¿s tolerance to radiation effects would be useful for space satellites, where cosmic radiation would damage the electronics.

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