NASA SBIR 2006 Solicitation


SUBTOPIC TITLE:Reconfigurable/Reprogrammable Communication Systems
PROPOSAL TITLE:Stackable Radiation Hardened FRAM

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
NxGen Electronics, Inc.
9765 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. Suite A
San Diego, CA 92124-1324
(858) 309-6610

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Don    Hayashigawa
9765 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. Suite A
San Diego, CA  92124-1324
(858) 309-6610

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT ( Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
Satellite and space systems designers of long duration lunar and planetary missions continue to find it difficult to provide the ever increasing amount of memory considering the impact on platform size and weight. Under SBIR contract NNG04CA25C NxGen Electronics Inc has developed a radiation hardened Ferro Electric Random Access (FRAM) memory which will have 2Mb density and radiation characteristics useful for many satellite and space applications. The design and building of prototype chips is being completed under this contract. However, funding was insufficient for full radiation characterization. In addition, feedback from potential customers, including JPL and other prime contractors, indicates that even more density would be useful in the same footprint. NxGen has been developing rugged, high reliability, light weight 3D memory stacking technology which would improve the density over a monolithic package by a factor of 8. Although other technologies, such as MRAM, are being developed with the promise of high density, our understanding is that NASA/JPL would find the FRAM technology superior from a number of perspectives including density, performance and cost. Under sub-topic O1.05, Reconfigurable & Reprogrammable Communications Systems, sub-sub-topic, "Component Technology", we believe this proposal qualifies as novel advancement in memory density.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS ( Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
NxGen has been involved in various aspects of providing advanced technology, radiation hardened components to the space and satellite agencies. We have provided: D/A converters with Polyrad lids for TID as sub-contractor to Longhill Technologies; FRAM for SEU mitigation to JPL; working with Opticom on VCSEL's with TID and SEU mitigation; and SEU mitigation based on Ion implantation with Full Circle Research. All of these efforts support NASA/JPL efforts the support upcoming programs such as: Jupiter Icy Moons; Mars Return Samples; Mars Scout 2; Mars Science Lab; and Terrestrial Planet Finder. All of the projects are expected to encounter significant radiation hazards and could benefit from a stacked FRAM design.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS ( Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
The market for radiation hardened and tolerant components beyond NASA would include European Space Agency and Japanese Space Agency as available markets. Both countries have space programs which could benefit from the proposed developments such as Aurora and BepiColombo at ESA and Lunar missions at NASDA. In the past we have found that acceptance of new technology by NASA has been a prerequisite in these two countries. Marketing efforts would be expanded internationally as a secondary activity to satisfying NASA/JPL requirements.

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.

Radiation-Hard/Resistant Electronics

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