Radiation-Hardened Field-Programmable Gate Arrays

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 32076
Amount: $64,993.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1996
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Tanner Research, Inc.
180 N. Vinedo Avenue, Pasadena, CA, 91107
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Mass Sivilotti, Ph.d.
 (818) 792-3000
Business Contact
Phone: () -
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Field-programmable gate arrays offer significant cost savings, and faster design cycles, than conventional space-qualified electronic designs. We propose to develop a rad-hard FPGA integrated circuit, and EDA tools to program it. Phase I will deliver a prototype integrated circuit. During Phase II, we will design and manufacture a fullscale FPGA, and deliver a state-of-the-art design environment (supporting VHDL as a hardware description language). In the Phase I effort, we will design an enhanced FPGA architecture that supports operation in a hostile radiation environment. This architecture includes built-in self-test and real-time performance monitoring capabilities. Radiation-induced latch-up detection and recovery circuits will also be included. By implementing a general purpose IC with a commercial CMOS fabrication process. The development system will provide logic synthesis capability, and will be tightly integrated into our existing low-cost commercial EDA tools. We will support industry standard CAD formats, and frameworks (e.g., CFI) where appropriate. During Phase I we will develop the FPGA architecture, in conjunction with place-and-route software to program it. We will also design and fabricate a test FPGA IC.

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