Asynchronous Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) Baseband Processing Elements

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-07-M-1155
Agency Tracking Number: F071-225-3048
Amount: $99,482.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: AF071-225
Solicitation Number: 2007.1
Small Business Information
2524 Fairbrook Drive, Mountain View, CA, 94040
DUNS: 798039657
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Karl Fant
 CEO/CTO
 (408) 206-3155
 fant@theseusresearch.com
Business Contact
 Ken Wagner
Title: President
Phone: (757) 748-0600
Email: wagner@theseusresearch.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The Programmable Pipeline Array (PPA) is an asynchronous delay insensitive processor architecture implemented with NULL Convention Logic that is immune to Total Ionizing Dose radiation effects, and most Single Event Effects. The Theseus Research team will demonstrate the PPA's inherent radiation-hard properties, and will modify the PPA architecture to annunciate and recover from those few SEE's that affect correct operation, during this SBIR program. The PPA is a massively concurrent, instantly reconfigurable processor that provides a solution to the considerable computation needs of GPS. It processes flow graphs directly, expressing in hardware all of the concurrency inherent to the flow graph “program.” The PPA can nominally store 256 programs, any of which can be invoked during runtime with no loss of throughput. Theseus Research’s Invocation Language is the flow graph programming language used in conjunction with the PPA. The PPA provides GPS user equipment system designers with the power of hundreds of ASICs in one reconfigurable processor. It elevates the system design task to high level programming rather than low level ASIC design. It is a uniform hardware fabric that offers very high throughput, very low power and EMI, and which can be easily ported to new fabrication processes.

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