Ultra Low Power, Radiation Hardened, Reconfigurable Analog-to-Digital Converter

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: HQ0147-11-C-7512
Agency Tracking Number: B103-032-0103
Amount: $99,963.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: MDA10-032
Solicitation Number: 2010.3
Small Business Information
3100 S. Vista Ave, Suite 230, Boise, ID, -
DUNS: 076338677
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Dale Wilson
 Director, Design and Test
 (208) 336-2773
Business Contact
 Lorelli Hackler
Title: Chief Financial Officer
Phone: (208) 336-2773
Email: lhackler@americansemi.com
Research Institution
The goal of this project is to develop an ultra low power (ULP), radiation hardened, reconfigurable analog-to-digital converter (ADC) in the 130nm Flexfet Independently Double Gated SOI CMOS process. Satellites include a large number of sensors which perform both generic system functions and specific mission needs. For these various sensors, the required resolution for the associated ADC may be as low as 8-bits or as high as 22-bits while the bandwidth can range from a few kHz to several MHz. A new Hybrid Pipelined Delta-Sigma (HPDS) ADC will be developed as this particular hybrid architecture shows great promise with regards to programmability, reconfigurability, and radiation-immunity. Similarly, American Semiconductor"s Flexfet process is ideally suited for the design of rad-hard ULP, reconfigurable circuits. Flexfet transistors provide a wide range of dynamic threshold voltage adjustment which supports dynamic reconfigurability and performance tuning. The Flexfet technology provides an innovative solution for superior environmental characteristics to meet temperature and radiation tolerance requirements with ability to fine tune the power and performance for high levels of integration like a microprocessor. Implementing the HPDS ADC architecture in the Flexfet technology will provide a superior ADC solution for the unique requirements and environmental challenges of multi-year space missions.

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