Wide Temperature Range DC-DC Boost Converters for Command/Control/Drive Electronics

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX08CD19P
Agency Tracking Number: 074194
Amount: $99,740.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: S5.01
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
16411 N. Skyridge Lane, Fountain Hills, AZ, 85268-1515
DUNS: 185307266
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Joseph Ervin
 Principal Investigator
 (480) 298-1847
Business Contact
 Pamela DiSalvo
Title: Business Manager
Phone: (480) 816-8077
Email: pdisalvo@cox.net
Research Institution
We shall develop wide temperature range DC-DC boost converters that can be fabricated using commercial CMOS foundries. The boost converters will increase the low voltage supply (~ 0.7 to 3V) of an advanced CMOS integrated circuit to the higher values (3-10V) required for integrated command/control/drive electronics for sensors, actuators and instrumentation. The high voltage capability is a result of our patented, CMOS compatible transistor technology that is radiation tolerant (TID>1 MRad), SEL immune and capable of wide temperature range operation (-196C to +150C). This new transistor technology has been demonstrated at multiple foundries and advanced device models are available for circuit design and simulation. The DC-DC boost converters will be integrated directly with the CMOS components to provide a single chip solution, greatly reducing the number of active and passive components that would otherwise be required. By allowing enhanced voltage operation in future CMOS technology nodes we will be avoiding many of the obsolescence problems facing NASA missions that are dependent upon commercial electronics. The circuits will be designed to operate in low temperature environments that experience wide temperature swings such as those found on the moon, Mars, Titan, Europa and comets.

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