All Digital High Speed Visible Imaging Array

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: DATM05-02-C-0026
Agency Tracking Number: A012-0366
Amount: $119,926.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2002
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Amain Electronics Co., Inc.
5301 Longley Lane, Unit 122, Reno, NV, 89511
DUNS: 874778418
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 William Mandl
 (775) 825-6001
Business Contact
 William Mandl
Title: President
Phone: (775) 825-6001
Research Institution
"Amain proposes to develop a large staring array monolithic visible light camera with extremely low power analog to digital conversion, A/D, at each pixel. The approach is based on oversample A/D techniques developed for audio applications, generally knownin the industry as delta sigma A/D. Each pixel of the focal plane array will contain a patented converter named MOSAD, Multiplexed OverSample A/D. The study will focus on requirements for building a 4096X3072 array of pixel photo sensors with MOSADconverters. Ultimately the array will be designed to work at 1,000 frame/second sample rate. Data volume issues will be addressed in the initial study phase. In addition, a systolic array processor approach will be developed as a high speed parallelprocessor for image data rate reduction. Large focal plane arrays operating at high sample rates present a problem for conventional readout techniques due to the wide noise bandwidth and the power consumption. The MOSAD approach reduces noise bandwidth atthe pixel to data bandwidth. It also allows substantial power savings because of the lower noise amplitude and thus lower signal switching voltages. Applications for cost effective large array cameras exist in the consumer, commercial and military sectors.Broadcast HDTV cameras, electronic 35 millimeter cameras in the consumer area represent a substantial market potential. Surveillance, mapping and resource monitoring are a few of the application

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