Wide Temperature Rad-Hard ASIC for Process Control of a Fuel Cell System

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX11CC02C
Agency Tracking Number: 094063
Amount: $599,991.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: X1.03
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Ridgetop Group, Inc.
AZ, Tucson, AZ, 85704-5645
DUNS: 157955597
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 John Bush
 Principal Investigator
 (520) 742-3300
 justin.judkins@ridgetopgroup.com
Business Contact
 Milena Thompson
Title: Business Official
Phone: (520) 520-3300
Email: milena@ridgetop-group.com
Research Institution
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Abstract
Ridgetop Group developed a top-level design of a rad-hard application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) for spacecraft power management that is functional over a temperature range of -180 to +130<SUP>o</SUP>C. This ASIC is intended to work in conjunction with a fuel cell power system and battery backup to provide uninterrupted power to critical modules in space.Ridgetop has designed a novel integrated circuit for the power management of space systems. This design combines custom circuit modules with silicon-proven IP to create a system-on-chip solution. This application will be a single monolithic circuit designed for fabrication on the IBM 5AM SiGe process. The significance of this innovation is a single reliable component (ASIC) that will meet platform requirements for high voltage, wide operating temperature range, and radiation tolerance (minimum 100 krads total ionizing dose (TID), and 100 MeVcm2/mg single-event latchup (SEL)). Ridgetop has been working with a prime contractor to identify and flow-down mission requirements for the power management ASIC.During Phase 2, a final prototype unit will be fabricated to these specifications, and units will be packaged, tested, and silicon validation results will be produced.Estimated TRL at beginning and end of Phase 2 contract: Begin: 3, End: 6

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