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

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$599,991.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
NNX11CC02C
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
094063
Solicitation Year:
2009
Solicitation Topic Code:
X1.03
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
AZ, Tucson, AZ, 85704-5645
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
Y
Duns:
157955597
Principal Investigator:
John Bush
Principal Investigator
(520) 742-3300
justin.judkins@ridgetopgroup.com
Business Contact:
Milena Thompson
Business Official
(520) 520-3300
milena@ridgetop-group.com
Research Institution:
Stub




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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