Near Infrared Monolithic Focal Plane with Per pixel A/D

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Missile Defense Agency
Amount:
$65,000.00
Award Year:
2001
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
DAAB07-01-C-L530
Award Id:
53045
Agency Tracking Number:
01-0263
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
1875 Angus Ave., Unit C, Simi Valley, CA, 93063
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
874778418
Principal Investigator:
William Mandl
President
(805) 577-0583
wmandl@aol.com
Business Contact:
William Mandl
President
(805) 577-0583
wmandl@aol.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
MOSAD, Multiplexed Oversample Analog to Digital conversion, is a patented improvement of the well known delta sigma A/D technology. It was specifically developed for large staring sensor applications to provide low power on focal plane A/D conversion. Newcommercial silicon germanium biCMOS technology is now available that produces germanium bipolar transistors on substrate with silicon CMOS devices. Depending on the density ratio of germanium to silicon, the IR sensitivity of the material will be extendedbeyond the 1.1 micron limit of silicon to the 1.8 micron limit of germanium. This technology can be used in the design of the MOSAD photo diode focal plane in a monlithic format to build a near infrared, NIR, camera. The advantage of MOSAD is that a highfill factor can be achieved for the germanium photo diode providing optimum quantum efficiency. Compared to the expensive uncooled InGaAs and HgCdTe alternatives, this new camera will dramatically reduce cost, opening up greater applications and providingmajor cost savings to the Government. The proposed study will provide a design approach for integrating commercial silicon germanium into a monolithic near infrared focal plane array.General requirements exist in the automotive industry for improved safetyrelating to impaired vision driving and to occupancy sensing. The use of low cost near infrared cameras represent a method to deliver eye safe illumination and improved vision for night driving and inclement weather driving. High contrast ratio displaysare also required, the demand for which can be satisfied with the MOSAD and stream vision imaging capability. The potential use of this type of camera system in this cost sensitive market alone can reach 60 million units annually.

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