Radiation Hard Electronics for Advanced Communication Systems

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$749,927.00
Award Year:
2012
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
NNX12CA20C
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
104509
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
O1.02
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
ID, McCall, ID, 83638-2236
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
878112036
Principal Investigator:
Sterling Whitaker
Principal Investigator
(505) 980-3083
whitaker@ics-rhbd.com
Business Contact:
Joseph Feeley
Business Official
(208) 315-0029
joe.feeley@frontiernet.net
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
Advanced reconfigurable/reprogrammable communication systems will require use of commercial sub 100 nm electronics. Legacy radiation tolerant circuits fail to provide Single Event Upset (SEU) immunity at speeds greater than 500 MHz. New base level logic circuits have been demonstrated in Phase I that provide SEU immunity for sub 100 nm high speed circuits. A completely new circuit and system approach called Self Recovery Logic (SRL) is proposed for development herein which is able to function at the full speed afforded by the fabrication process and able to tolerate SEU impacts not possible with legacy circuits. Moreover, a truly fault tolerant system is projected to replace Triple Modular Redundancy (TMR) as the on-chip means for fault tolerance. With the proposed building blocks in place, advanced reconfigurable and reprogrammable high speed devices can be implemented. The proposed work herein creates a robust test circuit for fabrication and radiation testing to prove conclusively that SRL is a superior technology and then to create an SRL synthesis library that can be used with commercial synthesis tools to create advanced communication systems.

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