SiGe 130 nm-based Rad-Hard ADC for the JEO Mission

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$99,890.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNX11CF35P
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
104650
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
S1.09
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:
Esko Mikkola
Principal Investigator
(520) 742-3300
esko.mikkola@ridgetopgroup.com
Business Contact:
Milena Thompson
Business Official
(520) 742-3300
milena.thompson@ridgetopgroup.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
Ridgetop will demonstrate the feasibility of developing a radiation-hardened analog-to-digital converter (ADC) suitable for the Jupiter Europa Orbiter mission. This proposal responds to topic S1.09, In-Situ Sensors and Sensor Systems for Planetary Science.With this innovation, the ADC will be hardened to significantly higher levels of radiation (5 Mrads) than currently existing ADCs, and its performance will still clearly exceed the performance of ADCs used previously on NASA planetary missions. The ADC will have 12-bit resolution, 125 MSPS sampling speed, and low 150 mW power consumption. The ADC will be designed on the IBM 8HP 130 nm silicon germanium (SiGe) fabrication process, which has been shown to be tolerant to very high levels of total ionizing dose (TID) radiation and suitable for wide temperature range operation. At the end of Phase 1, the proven mixed-signal circuits will provide momentum to create an radiation-hardened, transistor-level ADC design in a follow-on SBIR Phase 2 Program, in which the ADC will be fabricated in the IBM 8HP 130 nm BiCMOS SiGe process and tested.

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