Sub-Picosecond Resolution Time-to-Digital Converter

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-FG02-06ER84493
Agency Tracking Number: 81125S06-I
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: 47
Solicitation Number: DE-FG01-05ER05-28
Small Business Information
27 Via Porto Grande, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, 90275
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Vladimir Bratov
 (310) 528-9110
Business Contact
 Vladimir Katzman
Title: Dr.
Phone: (310) 528-2532
Research Institution
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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