Radiation Mitigation Methods for Reprogrammable FPGA

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX09CF29P
Agency Tracking Number: 085411
Amount: $99,998.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: X1.03
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
RNET Technologies Inc
240 W Elmwood Dr, Ste 2010, Dayton, OH, 45459-4248
DUNS: 141943030
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 V. Nagarajan
 Principal Investigator
 (937) 433-2886
 vnagarajan@rnet-tech.com
Business Contact
 V. Nagarajan
Title: President
Phone: (937) 433-2886
Email: vnagarajan@rnet-tech.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
One of the needs of NASA is the development of avionic systems and components that have the capability to operate in extreme radiation and temperature environments found in deep space, as well as the lunar and Martian surfaces. As a result, spacecraft electronics will be required to be hardened against radiation environment and temperature cycling. In fact, they should withstand a total ionizing dose (TID) of at least 100 krads (Si) and provide single-event latchup (SEL) immunity of at least 100 MeV cm2/mg. As part of these needs, NASA is interested in Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) technology with reliable reprogrammability and a degree of radiation hardness. We intend to answer NASA's need for FPGA technologies suitable for future exploration systems. In Phase I, we plan to focus on the integration of radiation hardening technologies involving both the structure of the FPGA and its sub-components, as well as use of an advanced foundry process and specialized circuits to mitigate radiation.

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