The development of a Single-Event upset immune, re-programmable and non-volatile field programmable gate array (r-NV-FPGA)

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Defense Threat Reduction Agency
Amount:
$750,000.00
Award Year:
2005
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
HDTRA1-05-C-0025
Agency Tracking Number:
031-1460
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
STRUCTURED MATERIALS INDUSTRIES
201 Circle Drive Suite 103, Piscataway, NJ, 08854
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
787144807
Principal Investigator:
Joseph Cuchiaro
Senior Scientist
(732) 302-9274
jcuchiaro@aol.com
Business Contact:
Gary Tompa
President
(732) 302-9274
gstompa@aol.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Radiation tolerant Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGA's) have gained wide and rapid acceptance by military and aerospace equipment suppliers; however, there are presently a limited number of chip-sets available for production and they are limited to one time programming; hence if program changes are subsequently required a backup or chip replacement is required. The lack of FPGA alternatives severely limits the range of available functions and applications that would greatly benefit from increased performance with radiation hardness. Further, FPGA technology that can be produced from common mass production techniques is highly sought after for significant cost savings on a per unit basis. We propose to use our newly invented radiation tolerant high temperature non-linear dielectric to develop a Single Event Upset (SEU) immune re-programmable and nonvolatile logic device, a small FPGA, that is immune to SEU events. In Phase I we showed proof of our high temperature non-linear dielectric concept and in Phase II we will optimize the technology for prototype demonstration in a commercial manufacturing environment using common mass production techniques, and demonstrate packaged device functionality for use in radiation environments. Phase III will be product introduction to the military and commercial space markets.

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