NASA SBIR 2004 Solicitation

FORM B - PROPOSAL SUMMARY


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 04 E1.07-9445
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Thermal Control for Instruments
PROPOSAL TITLE: Miniaturized Thermal-cooler for IC Applications

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
LW Microsystem, Inc
37466 Stonewood Dr.
Fremont, CA 94536-6652
(510)209-7469

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Yin Liu
yinliu@lwmicrosystems.com
37466 Stonewood Dr.
Fremont, CA 94536-6652
(510)209-7469

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (LIMIT 200 WORDS)
This proposal is submitted for research on using MEMS technology to make unique, highly reliable, miniaturized capillary pumped coolers in the application of Thermal Control for Instruments (subtopic: E1.07). The proposed miniaturized thermal-cooler can be fabricated on Si wafer or directly on the back of the IC circuits. The proposed micro-cooler potentially has high mechanical reliability. The proposed micro-cooler has its own coolant supply and needs no extra coolant reservoir and supply.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (LIMIT 100 WORDS)
Small size, low cost micro-cooler can be implemented in any high power IC to control the temperature in NASA and general applications. It can also be used in other equipment that requires operated at low temperatures, such as micro-laser generators, etc.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (LIMIT 100 WORDS)
Small size, low cost micro-cooler has a huge application market. It can be applied at all the micro-processors in PCs to enhance the performance. The potential market can be over billion dollars. Currently, there is no similar product in the market.