Single-Chip Read-Out IC for High-Time-Resolution Megapixel-Class Imaging Systems

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$149,855.00
Award Year:
2013
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
DE-FG02-13ER90546
Agency Tracking Number:
84426
Solicitation Year:
2013
Solicitation Topic Code:
26 b
Solicitation Number:
DE-FOA-0000760
Small Business Information
Alphacore, Inc.
6700 W Chicago St, Ste 5, Chandler, AZ, 85226-3337
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
808480086
Principal Investigator:
Justin Judkins
Dr.
(520) 248-1585
research@alphacoreinc.com
Business Contact:
Justin Judkins
Dr.
() -
research@alphacoreinc.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
Alphacore Inc. will design a monolithic multichannel readout integrated circuit (ROIC) that combines low-noise preamplifiers and fast shaping amplifiers with low-power 200MS/s flash analog to digital converters (ADCs). Such monolithic ROIC is currently not available and it is critically needed to provide an order of magnitude improvement to the effective event count rate of the existing imager systems that use micro channel plates in combination with cross strip anodes. This improvement in count rate is needed by NNSA in their current remote sensing systems and it also provides benefits to other time-dependent imaging applications. The challenging design specifications are met by employing innovative circuit techniques that take advantage of the performance enhancement possibilities provided by advanced compound-semiconductor technologies. Alphacore plans to bring significant value to the customers by providing a technically superior readout solution by reducing the dead-time and event pile-up and enabling to work with much higher event rates due to the new preamplifier and high-speed ADC designs. Examples of commercial applications are: Time-dependent imager applications for airborne/space borne platforms. Nuclear power industry safety monitoring applications Radiation diagnostics and therapeutic equipment Biological fluorescence imaging applications

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