NASA SBIR 2012 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 12-2 E3.03-8875
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Extreme Environments Technology
PROPOSAL TITLE: Extreme Environment Circuit Blocks for Spacecraft Power & Propulsion System & Other High Reliability Applications

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Chronos Technology (Div. of FMI, Inc.)
15302 Bolsa Chica Street
Huntington Beach, CA 92649 - 1245
(714) 373-8100

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Kouros Sariri
15302 Bolsa Chica Street
Huntington Beach, CA 92649 - 1245
(714) 373-8100

CORPORATE/BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Kouros Sariri
15302 Bolsa Chica Street
Huntington Beach, CA 92649 - 1245
(714) 373-8100

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 3
End: 4

Technology Available (TAV) Subtopics
Extreme Environments Technology is a Technology Available (TAV) subtopic that includes NASA Intellectual Property (IP). Do you plan to use the NASA IP under the award?

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
Chronos Technology (DIv of FMI, Inc.) proposes to design, fabricate, and deliver a performance proven, and commercially available set of extreme high operating temperature PWM controller and circuit blocks (EXTEC1). These rad-hard (TID, SEU, ELDERS) components are intended to be used in a variety of spacecraft power and propulsion systems (PPU) along with smart power sub-assemblies for a wide range of both manned and unmanned space missions and payloads. The resulting devices would meet and exceed the required performance under extreme environment, high temperature while being offered commercially in very light, small and rugged package sizes and footprints. The described performance would be superior to any present-day alternatives that may only be available at much lower operating temperatures with no provisions for radiation hardness. The proposed range of circuit blocks that will be fabricated in Silicon Carbide (SiC) technology includes monolithic Pulse Width Modulator (PWM) controller as well as basic circuit blocks such as logic gate(s), counter(s), multivibrator, ramp generator, voltage reference, oscillator, buffer(s) and driver circuits. Logically and synergistically, many of the aforementioned circuit blocks would be used in the integrated PWM design.The significant points of innovation that we propose to bring to realization are:
1-Design and fabrication of a SiC MSI (medium-scale integration) Mixed-Signal ASIC. The proposed PWM controller ASIC is a mixed-signal system.
2-Design and fabrication of a precision, high-temperature capable, voltage reference on SiC at the integrated circuit level (used in the PWM and other applications).
3-Design and fabrication of precision, extreme high-temperature capable, timing circuits on SiC at the integrated circuit level (used in the PWM and other applications).
4-Common approach to the yield packaged extreme environment component encapsulation among the various devices designed and fabricated in the project

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Spacecraft power and propulsion (PPU) system requirements as well as other related smart power module applications is the main driver behind this proposal. A number of NASA centers have been working on such applications. Published work such as the recent paper by NASA Kennedy space center, Langley Research Center and JPL (IEEE 978-1-4673-1813-6/13) captures the closest perspective to the needed innovation for solar electric propulsion. Given that most of the attention is taken on the high power side of the utilized circuit blocks, the proposed work here would offer the best match to meet and exceed the NASA objectives. In parallel with offering response to meet the PPU demand, other future NASA mission targets with some emphasis on "hot planets" could be well served not only by the integrated PWM controller but also the standalone circuit blocks could play pivotal role in mitigating the challenges for electronic circuit operation at extreme high temperatures and in small form-factors. pulse width modulator (PWM) controller could be used in smart power (inverter/converter) applications in NASA missions with diverse base of power generation and distribution schemes. Missions to hot planets, atmospheric probes, deep space missions and any missions requiring space propulsion cover the potential application base for the PWM controller. The standalone devices will have additional application in motor controllers, timers and stable clocks in extreme high temperature environments

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
The potential non-NASA applications are divided into non-NASA space applications on the one side while other avionics, jet engine controller, down-hole and various advanced "all electrical" vehicle for defense and other industrial automotive applications would round up the segment. The non-NASA space applications would follow the NASA applications closely. The variety of DC-DC converters and solar power inverters are quite common examples. Our direct market observations and discussions indicate that there are a variety of smart power module designs for commercial space and non-NASA scientific space applications that would benefit from the availability of reliable and radiation hardened PWM controllers for power inverter applications.
The potential market segments within the non-radiation hardened area are rather diversified. Down-hole oil and gas exploration and geothermal energy generation represent a serious market for the PWM controller. FMI has received very positive written statements of interest from the leading companies in that industry. FMI has already made efforts at the prototype level for timing control applications in the jet engine control market segment. It is a logical approach to leverage such effort to introduce the performance results of the proposed SiC devices to the jet engine control market. Electric vehicle applications could be another potential for the developed devices. This includes the DOD's next generation, all electrical combat vehicle.

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.)
Actuators & Motors
Air Transportation & Safety
Airship/Lighter-than-Air Craft
Atmospheric Propulsion
Autonomous Control (see also Control & Monitoring)
Avionics (see also Control and Monitoring)
Chemical/Environmental (see also Biological Health/Life Support)
Circuits (including ICs; for specific applications, see e.g., Communications, Networking & Signal Transport; Control & Monitoring, Sensors)
Coatings/Surface Treatments
Command & Control
Condition Monitoring (see also Sensors)
Destructive Testing
Entry, Descent, & Landing (see also Planetary Navigation, Tracking, & Telemetry)
Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Propulsion
In Situ Manufacturing
Lifetime Testing
Man-Machine Interaction
Manufacturing Methods
Materials (Insulator, Semiconductor, Substrate)
Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS) and smaller
Models & Simulations (see also Testing & Evaluation)
Photon Sails (Solar; Laser)
Pressure & Vacuum Systems
Process Monitoring & Control
Processing Methods
Robotics (see also Control & Monitoring; Sensors)
Sensor Nodes & Webs (see also Communications, Networking & Signal Transport)
Simulation & Modeling
Software Tools (Analysis, Design)
Sources (Renewable, Nonrenewable)
Space Transportation & Safety
Spacecraft Instrumentation & Astrionics (see also Communications; Control & Monitoring; Information Systems)
Spacecraft Main Engine
Surface Propulsion
Tools/EVA Tools
Vehicles (see also Autonomous Systems)

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