Sub-Picosecond Resolution Time-to-Digital Converter

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$100,000.00
Award Year:
2006
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
DE-FG02-06ER84493
Award Id:
78050
Agency Tracking Number:
81125S06-I
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
27 Via Porto Grande, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, 90275
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
VladimirBratov
Dr.
(310) 528-9110
bratov@comcast.net
Business Contact:
VladimirKatzman
Dr.
(310) 528-2532
traffic405@cox.net
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
Sub-picosecond-resolution time-to-digital converters are needed to satisfy the requirements of time-on-flight measurements for the next generation of high energy and nuclear physics experiments. The converters must be highly integrated, power effective, and low cost, and feature plug-and-play capabilities, in order to handle the increasing number of channels (up to hundreds of millions). Current state-of-the-art, time-to-digital-converter integrated circuits do not have the sufficient degree of integration and flexibility to fulfill these requirements. This project will develop a multiple channel, time-to-digital converter which will provide high accuracy (sub-picosecond range), low power consumption, and minimal switching noise. In Phase I, the critical components of the system, including signal delay lines and delay-locked loops with proprietary differential delay cells, will be designed and simulated. Commercial Applications And Other Benefits as described by the Applicant: The converter should find applications in electronics for high energy physics and nuclear physics experiments, radar systems, collision-avoiding devices for military and commercial aircraft, space ship docking for NASA, anti-missile defense, and measurement instrumentation.

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