NASA SBIR 2007 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 07-2 X1.03-8300
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Radiation Hardened/Tolerant and Low temperature Electronics and Processors
PROPOSAL TITLE: Radiation-Tolerant Reprogrammable FPGA for Digital Signal Processing Circuits

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Structured Materials Industries, Inc.
201 Circle Drive No., Suite 102-103
Piscataway, NJ 08854 - 3723
(732) 301-9274

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Gary S. Tompa
201 Circle Drive North, Suite 102/103
Piscataway, NJ 08854 - 3723
(732) 302-9274

Expected Technology Readiness Level (TRL) upon completion of contract: 4

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
Field Programmable Gate Arrays are a widely used technology; however, they are generally limited in reprogrammability. Radiation hard, low power and high density ReProgrammable FPGAs (RP-FPGAs) would be a tremendous asset in long duration missions. The ability to adapt to changing mission profiles and on board capabilities is highly desirable. We are developing a RP-FPGA technology for flight use. In Phase I we have proven basic device concepts—increasing temperature stability, demonstrating scalable production process, and developing refining Phase II tasks. We have achieved this success by working with a leading FPGA manufacturer, and the enabling materials technology inventor and others. The range of technical interactions has also been increased as a result of the Phase I effort. In Phase II we will develop a viable demonstration prototype that will enable routine Phase III device manufacture. Present work has shown the desired end should be well achievable.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Long duration missions often must adapt to changes in mission capabilities and mission profiles. This project will provide NASA mission planners (and prime contractor builders) with a significant enhancement in device programming capability. The ReProgrammable FPGA will serve (1) near- and far-Earth orbit missions, (2) return to moon mission, (3) go to Mars missions, and (4) other interplanetary missions. The technology developed will further NASA's contributions to the nation's needs as a whole

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
FPGAs serve a wide range of applications as an alternative to ASICs. Highly desirable is a reprogrammable FPGA. Product revisions / upgrades are often constrained by past programmed logic or suffer from extra cost as programmed arrays must be replaced. A reprogrammable gate array would be a significant benefit to product designers and enable a new form of product upgrade to be easily carried out - hence offering opportunity to gain a significant market share. Radiation resistant applications span DoD, DoE, and civilian space use. Non-hardened devices are useful to commercial consumers in general.

NASA's technology taxonomy has been developed by the SBIR-STTR program to disseminate awareness of proposed and awarded R/R&D in the agency. It is a listing of over 100 technologies, sorted into broad categories, of interest to NASA.

Radiation-Hard/Resistant Electronics
Ultra-High Density/Low Power

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