Smart Infrared Focal Plane Arrays and Advanced Electronics

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: HQ0147-11-C-7576
Agency Tracking Number: B103-010-0047
Amount: $99,870.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: MDA10-010
Solicitation Number: 2010.3
Small Business Information
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DUNS: 100328348
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Rex Baird
 Senior Engineer
 (717) 725-4092
Business Contact
 Emilia Mata
Title: Contracts Administration
Phone: (858) 487-2172
Research Institution
Observing faint objects moving at a distance as well the"man behind the burning tank"requires both a high maximum signal level and a high dynamic range. A simple, yet game changing approach, the distributed analog-to-digital converter (Distributed ADC), provides nearly unlimited upper signal level without corrupting the noise floor at low amplitudes. This will add 3 bits of resolution and improve the signal to noise ratio (SNR) by 18 dB. The Distributed ADC described is very important in the context of shrinking unit cells, as there just is no space to accommodate a large capacitor. The target deliverable for the proposed program is a 1k x 1k MWIR digital-ROIC with 32 on-chip ADCs and with a buttable architecture that is rad hard (>300 krad and SEE immune). Target unit cell size is 15 microns. Nu-Trek is collaborating with L3/Cincinnati Electronics (CE), a leading supplier of IR cameras, to provide a direct commercialization path. In particular, the proposed innovations are slated for an upgrade of one of the NightConqueror cameras. Nu-Trek is setting aggressive Phase I goals, and will leverage work in progress to tape out a chip containing representative circuitry in Phase I.

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