Innovative Computational Mitigation of Radiation Effects in Nano-technology Microelectronics

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Threat Reduction Agency
Contract: HDTRA1-12-P-0009
Agency Tracking Number: T103-002-0050
Amount: $150,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: DTRA103-002
Solicitation Number: 2010.3
Small Business Information
18378 Redmond Fall CIty Road, Redmond, WA, -
DUNS: 010947088
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Lili Zhou
 Senior Member of Technical Staff
 (425) 702-9196
Business Contact
 Tracey Luo
Title: Board Director
Phone: (425) 702-9196
Research Institution
Orora Design Technologies, Inc. proposes to develop an innovative computer-aided design (CAD) based methodology and enabling tools for rapid radiation-hardened prototyping and migration of military satellite microelectronics. A key innovative tool to be explored is automated generation and validation of behavioral models for complex analog, digital and mixed-signal circuits, including radiation effects, that offers 100-1000x faster than the state-of-art. This allows the modeling of device reliability in the target---often finer feature sized---process that is different from the obsolescent process. The second innovation is to develop an optimization-based design tool that reads the design data base of an obsolescent part (GDS-II layout for analog and mixed-signal circuits), extracting automatically the circuit functionality as well as design constraints, radiation-hardening circuitry, and then re-optimizes and generates automatically a new design for the target fabrication process to meet the form, packaging, function, power and timing requirements; this parallels re-synthesis using radiation-hardened standard cell libraries for digital functionalities. This methodology will be demonstrated, together with Boeing Solid-State Electronics Development, by automated synthesis and migration of a commonly used class of satellite microcircuits and characterizing for radiation hardness, operating temperature range, functionality and reliability.

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