NASA SBIR 2020-I Solicitation

Proposal Summary

 20-1- S3.08-5323
 Command, Data Handling, and Electronics
 Rad-Hard ASIC-Controlled GaN-Based Multichannel POL Converter
SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
QorTek, Inc.
5933 North Route 220 Highway
Linden, PA 17744
(570) 322-2700

Principal Investigator (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)

Dr. Gregory Bower
1965 Lycoming Creek Road, Suite 205 Williamsport, PA 17701 - 1251
(570) 322-2700

Business Official (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)

Zachary Stimely
5933 N Route 220 Hwy Linden, PA 17744 - 7703
(570) 322-2700
Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) :
Begin: 2
End: 4
Technical Abstract (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)

QorTek is proposing to design, develop, and demonstrate a rad-hard ASIC-controlled GaN-based multichannel POL Converter to significantly reduce size/weight costs by utilizing high frequency, rad-hard GaN switching technology (which miniaturizes magnetics) and incorporating key control features onto a custom controller ASIC which will eliminate the need for additional large ICs to perform functions such as power sequencing. Each channel will comprise selectable 0.9V to 3.3V outputs of a high-performance synchronous buck converter supplying 10A. We plan to develop a multichannel rad-hard ASIC controller/modulator that is a follow-on to our existing single channel rad-hard ASIC controller/modulator.

Potential NASA Applications (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)

Much of the development aims at supplying NASA and the space community with rad-hard multichannel POL regulators providing the very tight regulated voltages needed for on-board FPGAs aimed at beyond LEO missions.  Specific targets are NASA New Frontiers missions such as LOP-G cislunar Orbiter/Surface Exploration/Surface Habitat following onto Mars habitat missions that will probably employ a combination of radio isotope (nuclear fission) and solar based power supplies. Another prime target is beyond LEO deployed SmallSat/CubeSat platforms.

Potential Non-NASA Applications (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)

Proposed Hi-Rel versions of the multi-output POL regulator and associated multichannel ASIC will find ready markets in military underwater and land systems, As commercial and military aircraft switch from mechanical and analog systems, to "more-electric" configurations they will have increasing POL needs to meet aircraft secondary power, power converters and digital control electronics needs.

Duration: 6

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