DIRECT DIGITAL READOUT FOCAL-PLANES FOR PASSIVE SENSORS

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Missile Defense Agency
Amount:
$61,499.00
Award Year:
1994
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
25595
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Amain Electronics Co.
P.o. Box 5028, West Hills, CA, 91307
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
William Mandl
(818) 715-9717
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
AMAIN Electronics has recently patented an entirely new focal-plane method which directly digitizes the photo-response at each pixel within a monolithic or hybrid focal-plane. This technology is broadly applicable, and offers an opportunity to significantly advance sensor technology across the spectrum from visible to VLWIR, and in a very wide range of military, space, commercial, and evern consumer applciations. Direct digital readout eliminates need for separate analog processing, including wide dynamic range A/D conversion at video rates. In space and military sensors, elimination of the analog processor will generally achieve significant power, weight, and size reduction. The invention therefore supports two of the trends in space sensor development for the next century--utilization of large two-dimensional focal-planes in staring sensors, and reduction of the complexity, power, size, weight, and ultimately the cost of such systems through the so-called "smallsat" or "lightsat" approach.

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