Miniature MEMS-based Data Recorder for PHM

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-10-C-0008
Agency Tracking Number: N092-100-0406
Amount: $79,936.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: N092-100
Solicitation Number: 2009.2
Small Business Information
Ridgetop Group, Inc.
6595 North Oracle Road, Tucson, AZ, 85704
DUNS: 157955597
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Justin Judkins
 Principal Investigator
 (520) 742-3300
Business Contact
 Douglas Goodman
Title: President and CEO
Phone: (520) 742-3300
Research Institution
This SBIR Phase I proposal requests support for Ridgetop Group, Inc. to demonstrate the feasibility of producing a microelectromechanical system (MEMS) sensor with a CMOS embedded technology. This proposal responds to Navy Topic N092-100, “Analysis of Prognostic Sensor Technologies for MEMS Applications in Military Systems.” An experienced provider of advanced prognostics, Ridgetop will introduce the first known low cost, low power, and lightweight data monitoring solution for prognostic health management (PHM). This innovative solution uses a MEMS-first process methodology to fabricate MEMS sensors for temperature, shock, and vibration onto a single substrate that also contains sub-micron scale CMOS devices for the associated read-out and storage electronics. Phase I activities include the study and design at transistor level of the smart MEMS sensor. The research will performed at Ridgetop Group, Inc. and laboratories at University of Arizona, Tucson AZ will be utilized to develop and test the MEMS sensor. Phase II activities will focus on the pre-production of the prototype. The principal investigator, Justin Judkins, Ph.D., is well qualified to perform this work and has lead similar projects involving CMOS embedded system, data acquisition, sensor interface, and power management for extended battery life application.

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