Magnetically Oriented Structural Color Marking for Avoidance of Counterfeit Electronic Parts

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Amount:
$149,875.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
HQ0147-13-C-7312
Solitcitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Number:
2012.2
Branch:
Missile Defense Agency
Award Year:
2013
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
B122-026-0344
Solicitation Topic Code:
MDA12-026
Small Business Information
Correlated Magnetics Research
125 Peter Lane, New Hope, AL, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
963299032
Principal Investigator
 R. Evans
 Director, R&D Programs
 (512) 689-6062
 scott@correlatedmagnetics.com
Business Contact
 Mark Roberts
Title: President
Phone: (256) 527-2696
Email: mark@correlatedmagnetics.com
Research Institution
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Abstract
Electronic component counterfeiting is a serious problem for the DOD and for electronics companies more generally. Currently available authentication techniques offer partial solutions to the problem and cannot be broadly deployed across the complex DOD supply chain. A new platform technology is needed that can inexpensively deliver secure authentication, rapid and automated screening throughout the supply chain and ultimately facilitate the elimination of purchases containing components from unknown electronics suppliers. This proposal introduces exactly that type of solution. It features inexpensive base materials, multi-spectral optical scanning (that can happen at component and board level) and a massive, easily changed information content that can be exploited for many types of extremely asymmetrical authentication processes. It is based on the novel, early stage technologies of two small companies. Correlated Magnetics Research can program magnets to emit desired, complex fields. The COLR Technology, being commercialized by Idea Zoo, is based on engineered magnetically active nanoparticles that form structured, micro-scale lattices that create color by diffracting and scattering different wavelengths of light. Combined, these technology provide a high information content, un-copyable technology that can be scanned using inexpensive cameras.

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