Taggant-Free Secure Component Identification

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: HQ0147-13-C-7356
Agency Tracking Number: B122-026-0242
Amount: $99,917.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2013
Solicitation Year: 2012
Solicitation Topic Code: MDA12-026
Solicitation Number: 2012.2
Small Business Information
MA, Andover, MA, 01810-1077
DUNS: 073800062
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Peter Seem
 Principal Scientist
 (978) 738-8274
Business Contact
 B. Green
Title: President/CEO
Phone: (978) 689-0003
Email: green@psicorp.com
Research Institution
Physical Sciences Inc. (PSI) proposes to develop an innovative approach to detect counterfeit and remarked electronic components. The proposed solution would provide a covert, non-destructive, non-contact method for measuring and encoding information about the unique surface microstructure of each component into a Virtual Mark, read at the time of manufacture. The mark requires no consumables, no changes to the materials currently used in component manufacture and packaging, and no secret formulations or codes vulnerable to loss or theft. Through the development of a numerical model and laboratory measurements in Phase I, PSI will demonstrate the feasibility of capturing the mark, the uniqueness and repeatability of the mark, and show that it is robust against normal handling and exposure to solvents but will reject components after surface abrasion and remarking. A Phase II effort will produce a TRL 5 device able to operate at production volumes, speeds and tolerances, and which will recognize one unit out of 1,000,000 with a confidence of 99.98%.

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