Automated Analog Electronics Design Tools for Obsolete Parts

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9453-14-M-0042
Agency Tracking Number: F131-057-1776
Amount: $149,453.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2014
Solicitation Year: 2013
Solicitation Topic Code: AF131-057
Solicitation Number: 2013.1
Small Business Information
Ridgetop Group, Inc.
AZ, Tucson, AZ, 85704-5645
DUNS: 157955597
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Esko Mikkola
 Distinguished Engineer
 (520) 742-3300
Business Contact
 Doug Goodman
Title: President and CEO
Phone: (520) 742-3300
Research Institution
ABSTRACT: Ridgetop Group will develop design tools to facilitate fabrication of obsolete, radiation-hardened, precision analog components. The methodology that is developed and validated during the nine-month Phase I SBIR program will be transitioned into an easy-to-use prototype software tool during Phase II. The Ridgetop EDA tool integrates well-known commercial EDA solutions to support radiation-hardened analog IC development. The first version will use Silvaco Atlas TCAD tool for radiation effect characterization, Cadence Spectre for SPICE circuit simulations, and Cadence APS for Verilog and Verilog-A simulations. Ridgetop"s own ProChek fabrication process characterization system will be integrated as a part of the tool flow to rapidly provide very valuable test data for optimum fabrication process selection, simulation model accuracy checks and RHBD structure validation. Cadence Virtuoso will be used for layout design, design rule checks and parasitic extraction. Overall flow control and automated generation of RHBD SPICE and layout files will be managed using Perl, a feature-rich scripting language. The tool can be used for generating hardened circuits for prompt dose rate effects, neutron effects, total ionizing dose and different types of single-event effects. This approach is a low-risk solution to the problem the Air Force has described in the solicitation topic. BENEFIT: Ridgetop has received valuable support from large satellite manufacturing companies and from NASA/JPL for the technology commercialization path. These companies and institutions are very interested in Ridgetop"s design flow innovation, since it can be used for rapid design of replacements for obsolete radiation-hardened components. By the same token, the tool can be used for converting existing"terrestrial"(not hardened) design schematics over to applications that have radiation tolerance requirements, which will result in significant cost savings since existing designs can now be reused. Potential commercial applications include: Military, scientific and commercial space systems Missile applications Cargo scanners Industrial radiation-hard instrumentation Medical devices Nuclear and high-energy physics applications

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