NASA STTR 2012 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 12-2 T15.01-9798
RESEARCH SUBTOPIC TITLE: Cross cutting Avionics for Beyond Earth Orbit Space Exploration
PROPOSAL TITLE: Radiation Hard Monolithic SDRAM to Support DDR2 and DDR3 Architectures

NAME: Space Micro, Inc. NAME: Arizona State University
STREET: 10237 Flanders Court STREET: 660 South Mil Avenue, Suite 312
CITY: San Diego CITY: Tempe
STATE/ZIP: CA  92121 - 1526 STATE/ZIP: AZ  85287 - 5287
PHONE: (858) 332-0700 PHONE: (480) 965-5479

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Dr. Bert R. Vermeire
10237 Flanders Court
San Diego, CA 92121 - 1526
(858) 332-0700 Extension :122

CORPORATE/BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Mr. David John Strobel
10237 Flanders Court
San Diego, CA 92121 - 1526
(858) 332-0700 Extension :112

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 3
End: 6

Technology Available (TAV) Subtopics
Cross cutting Avionics for Beyond Earth Orbit Space Exploration 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)
Space Micro has developed the architecture for a radiation hardened memory subsystem that targets DDR3-and-beyond generations of DRAM. The architecture combines server platform error correction and memory buffer-on-board schemes with Space Micro proprietary techniques for radiation hardening and size, weight, and power reduction. During the NASA Phase I effort, Space Micro demonstrated two key elements of the architecture: (1) a scalable error correction coding (ECC) scheme that optimizes the robustness vs. efficiency vs. chip count tradespace, and (2) a Rad Hard By Design (RHBD) timing circuit for advanced DRAM fly-by routing. Space Micro has developed a Phase II plan for developing a server platform-like bridge chip that integrates ECC, interface logic, and timing circuitry into a high performance, low size, weight, and power (SWaP) memory subsystem suitable for next generation spacecraft computing.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Virtually all NASA space programs have a demand for this proposed technology and memory product. NASA applications range from science missions, space station, earth sensing missions e.g. (EOS), and deep space missions. NASA programs/missions that will benefit include new lunar landers and orbiters, Mars missions (MAVEN), solar system exploration e.g. (Titan, Juno, Europa, comet nucleus return, New Discovery, and Living with a Star (LWS). NASA programs which may continue to be funded by Congress include the Next generation heavy launch vehicle being developed out of NASA MSFC called SLS, the Orion Multipurpose Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV), Commercial Crew Development Vehicle (CCDev2) and Commercial Orbiter Transportation Service (COTS) would benefit. Memory IC products evolving from this SBIR , and marketed by Space Micro, would have been enabling for NASA programs such as RBSP, GRAIL, LADEE, IRIS, Dawn, SDO, Aquarius, Kepler, Ocean Vector Winds, and space interferometry (SIR). New missions which hopefully will be funded include BARREL, CLARREO, GEMS, solar orbiter, solar probe plus, and ILN.
Space Micro would be using these new memory devices in our next generation space communications SDR hardware such as that flown on the NASA GSFC IRIS program and the NASA Ames LADEE program, if the devices were qualified and available today.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
This cross cutting technology and evolving Space Micro memory products will also benefit many commercial space platforms, both LEO and GEO telecommunication satellites, including Intelsat, Direct TV, XM radio, Orbcomm, and Iridium Next telecom constellation replenishment, plus standard industry busses including Lockheed's A2100, and Boeing's HS-702. Civil earth sensing applications such as weather/metrology applications e.g. (NOAA GOES and Landsat) can also benefit.
The large DoD space industry, including USAF, MDA, NRO, and new Army nanosat programs at SMDC will directly benefit. Among these programs are AEHF upgrades, GPS follow-ons, MDA's STSS and PTSS, USAF TacSat family, Plug and Play (PnP) sats, Operationally Responsive Space (ORS), and Army SMDC nanosat family. The entire CubeSat initiative including NRO's Colony program would benefit.
Our memory product will also address emerging MDA radiation threats. These programs include CKV, AKV, THAAD, AEGIS, MKV, and GMD for Blocks 2017 and beyond. A specific example here is the Common Kill Vehicle (CKV) where the advanced interceptor needs dense SDRAM. With the new challenge of atmospheric neutrons to High Altitude Airship (HAA) programs and NASA or Air Force UAV programs, this memory product could be a timely solution.
Other military applications may include strategic missiles (Trident and Air Force Minuteman and MX upgrades), as well as many DoD tactical weapon programs with nuclear survival levels.

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.)
Circuits (including ICs; for specific applications, see e.g., Communications, Networking & Signal Transport; Control & Monitoring, Sensors)
Microfabrication (and smaller; see also Electronics; Mechanical Systems; Photonics)
Models & Simulations (see also Testing & Evaluation)

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