NASA SBIR 2010 Solicitation

FORM B - PROPOSAL SUMMARY


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 10-1 X6.02-8218
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Radiation Hardened/Tolerant and Low Temperature Electronics and Processors
PROPOSAL TITLE: 1 Gb Radiation Hardened Nonvolatile Memory Development

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Scientic, Inc.
555 Sparkman Drive, Suite 214
Huntsville, AL 35816 - 3440
(256) 319-0858

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Jeff A Dame
jeff.dame@scientic.us
555 Sparkman Drive, Suite 214
Huntsville, AL 35816 - 3440
(256) 319-0860

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 2
End: 3

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
The objective of this effort is to identify, characterize and develop advanced semiconductor materials and fabrication process techniques, and design and produce a Gigabit (GB)-scale high density, radiation hardened (RH), SONOS-based nonvolatile memory (NVM) in a standard, high density CMOS technology with feature sizes approaching the 90nm technology node. Highly reliable, RH SWAP-efficient, high-density NVM provides for the deployment of more capable, flexible and responsive hardware designs leading to improved mission performance and enhanced data storage capability with less system operational complexity and reduced system vulnerability to natural and weapons generated radiation environments. By leveraging state-of-the-art (SOA) commercial NVM technologies and implementing a combination of these elements with the proper memory cell architecture, radiation hardened device design, and advanced fabrication processes, we are confident we can produce a 1Gb RH NVM using currently available CMOS process modules at or below the
90 nm fabrication technology node. The unique materials and process technologies to be investigated in our approach include composite high-k dielectric thin-film oxide materials, shallow trench isolation, atomic layer deposition, p-channel silicon-insulator-nitride-oxide-silicon (SINOS) NVM architecture, and RH CMOS peripheral circuitry.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Using fewer memory devices to achieve greater memory storage capacity reduces overall system size, weight, and power (SWAP) requirements while improving system cost effectiveness. Highly reliable, radiation hardened SWAP-efficient, high-density NVM provides for the deployment of more capable, flexible and responsive hardware designs leading to improved mission performance and enhanced data storage capability with less system operational complexity and reduced system vulnerability to natural and weapons generated radiation environments.

Non-volatile storage of critical data is essential to mission success. Any system operating in either a natural space or a nuclear weapons system radiation environment needs non-volatile memory for program and mission critical data storage. Radiation hardened NVM devices ensure mission critical data remains uncorrupted as a result of a system power failure or radiation exposure, and allows proper system boot-up and configuration as necessary. Potential NASA applications for this device include navigation, communication, command and control, and data acquisition and storage for launch vehicles, payloads, satellites, and any other space flight systems requiring survivability in natural space radiation environments.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Using fewer memory devices to achieve greater memory storage capacity reduces overall system size, weight, and power (SWAP) requirements while improving system cost effectiveness. Highly reliable, radiation hardened SWAP-efficient, high-density NVM provides for the deployment of more capable, flexible and responsive hardware designs leading to improved mission performance and enhanced data storage capability with less system operational complexity and reduced system vulnerability to natural and weapons generated radiation environments.

Non-volatile storage of critical data is essential to mission success. Any system operating in either a natural space or a nuclear weapons system radiation environment needs non-volatile memory for program and mission critical data storage. Radiation hardened NVM devices ensure mission critical data remains uncorrupted as a result of a system power failure or radiation exposure, and allows proper system boot-up and configuration as necessary. Potential non-NASA applications for this device include navigation, communication, command and control, and data acquisition and storage for missile defense interceptor systems, defense and commercial satellites, and other military and space flight systems requiring survivability in natural and weapons generated radiation environments.

TECHNOLOGY TAXONOMY MAPPING (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.)
Avionics (see also Control and Monitoring)
Characterization
Circuits (including ICs; for specific applications, see e.g., Communications, Networking & Signal Transport; Control & Monitoring, Sensors)
Data Processing
Ionizing Radiation
Lifetime Testing
Manufacturing Methods
Materials (Insulator, Semiconductor, Substrate)
Microfabrication (and smaller; see also Electronics; Mechanical Systems; Photonics)
Models & Simulations (see also Testing & Evaluation)
Space Transportation & Safety


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