Low Cost Universal Reliability System On-A-Chip for Multi-Channel Characterization

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-12-M-1462
Agency Tracking Number: F121-166-1421
Amount: $149,091.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2012
Solicitation Topic Code: AF121-166
Solicitation Number: 2012.1
Small Business Information
4380 Viewridge Avenue, Suite D, San Diego, CA, -
DUNS: 132355582
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Roland Shaw
 (858) 449-9750
Business Contact
 Roland Shaw
Title: President
Phone: (858) 449-9750
Email: rws@accelrf.com
Research Institution
ABSTRACT: As more and more RF systems push for higher frequency and faster bit-rate application, the capability to perform RF reliability testing on new devices and integrated modules will have a drastic impact on technology insertion, standards for circuit and process evaluation, and product application assurance. Indeed, system reliability concerns are imperative to future military sensor, electronic warfare, and communication systems. In essence there remains one primary and significant issue that limits the widespread implementation of RF reliability assessment on a large scale. The issue is cost. One way to reduce cost is to integrate functions in fewer boxes or packages. Possible implementation architectures would most probably combine a system in-a-package (SIP) mother-board with a group of system-on-chip (SOC) monolithic building blocks specific to frequency, power level, and DC bias/sensing requirements. By segmenting circuit functions by semiconductor technology-attributes it is possible to create universal"building-block"monolithic devices. This Phase I effort will focus on implementing a universal reliability system configuration that has a goal of significantly reducing the cost per site of RF accelerated life test systems. BENEFIT: Development of low cost Power Amplifier Module reliability test system. Applicable to RF-HTOL and performance degradation assessment. Turn-key, automated accelerated life test system platform for technology and device reliability assessment.

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