Design-Hardened Radiation Tolerant Microelectronics

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9453-08-M-0007
Agency Tracking Number: F073-094-0591
Amount: $99,976.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: AF073-094
Solicitation Number: 2007.3
Small Business Information
2904 44th Avenue North, Saint Petersburg, FL, 33714
DUNS: 806504044
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Stephan Athan
 Chief Engineer
 (727) 548-0522
Business Contact
 Nancy Crews
Title: President
Phone: (727) 497-1801
Research Institution
This proposal describes an innovative radiation hardened by design approach for improving integrated circuit reliability while minimizing impact on area overhead, power consumption, and electrical performance degradation over indigenous libraries. The approach is based on an innovative built in current sensor (BICS) technique designed to provide portability across alternative foundries, newly developed processes, and diverse combinational and sequential digital, analog, and mixed signal design architectures including full custom, semi custom, standard cell, and programmable array integrated circuits. The BICS approach will be characterized and validated against a standard set of metrics, including design, area overhead, performance, and power consumption, and will determine its efficacy within a system integration recovery (SIR) environment developed by L3, our DEC teammate. Phase I will include simulation and modeling of feasible designs, process variations, subthreshold leakage, radiation effects, and reliability monitor. Design portability will be investigated for digital/analog full custom, semi custom, standard cell, and programmable array architectures. These results will become the baseline research for a transition into a Phase II contract. With the effective modeling and simulation approach conducted in Phase I, the Phase II project will develop the detailed design, fabricate and validate the BICS solution set.

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