Sub-1mm Electronics for Actuating, Controlling, and Linking Programmable Matter

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$100,000.00
Award Year:
2012
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA9550-12-C-0062
Agency Tracking Number:
F11B-T26-0188
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF11-BT26
Solicitation Number:
2011.B
Small Business Information
Ambiq Micro
303 Camp Craft Road, Suite 350, Westlake Hills, TX, 78746-
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
060924869
Principal Investigator:
Scott Hanson
CEO
(512) 485-7784
shanson@ambiqmicro.com
Business Contact:
Scott Hanson
CEO
(512) 485-7784
shanson@ambiqmicro.com
Research Institution:
University of Michigan
David Wentzloff
2417A EECS Building
1301 Beal Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI, 48109-8109
(734) 647-4499
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
ABSTRACT: The scope of this effort is to study the technical feasibility of producing electronics for programmable matter that can generate high-voltage actuation signals; receive, store, and execute a program; harvest and store energy; and wirelessly communicate with other similar devices. The target power budget for the electronics is 10W, with a form-factor of 0.1 sqmm, with no dimension being larger than 700m. BENEFIT: Electrostatically actuated microrobotic devices utilizing the electronics developed in this program will be capable of self-assembly in order synthesize arbitrary shapes and collectively perform a variety of different functions. Commercial applications for programmable matter include rapid prototyping of products, and virtual reality communication systems. Surgical procedures and other medical applications may also benefit from a digital material capable of assuming arbitrary and reconfigurable shapes.

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