NASA SBIR 2018-II Solicitation

Proposal Summary


PROPOSAL NUMBER:
 18-2- S1.04-8253
PHASE 1 CONTRACT NUMBER:
 80NSSC18P2026
SUBTOPIC TITLE:
 Sensor and Detector Technology for Visible, IR, Far IR and Submillimeter
PROPOSAL TITLE:
 Digital Pixel Readout Integrated Circuit for High Dynamic Range Infrared Imaging Applications
SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Senseeker Engineering, Inc.
5383 Hollister Avenue, Suite 230
Santa Barbara, CA 93111
(805) 617-0337

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Dr. Thomas Poonnen
thomas@senseeker.com
5383 Hollister Ave. Ste. 230
Santa Barbara, CA 93111 - 2304
(805) 617-0337

BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Lilia Barbosa
lilia@senseeker.com
5383 Hollister Ave. Ste. 230
Santa Barbara, CA 93111 - 2304
(805) 617-0337

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) :
Begin: 2
End: 3
Technical Abstract (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)

This proposal outlines a digital pixel readout integrated circuit (DPROIC) to achieve extremely high dynamic range, high speed and elegant functionality for infrared image focal plane arrays. This digital pixel readout will be a complete camera-on-chip architecture when combined with single or dual polarity dual band detectors in a hybrid fashion. It will have a wide operating temperature range to support a broad range of detector architectures. The proposed DPROIC will be implemented in a mature CMOS process with much more reasonable mask costs as compared to that of state-of-the-art line width processes, saving money and broadening the possible supplier base. The final product will be flexible enough to be used as a generic readout integrated circuit for a broad range of NASA missions and other applications.

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

- Earth observing including water vapor, sea ice, land & water temperature, ecosystem dynamics, weather science, land resource mapping
- Compact and low power short duration missions such as cube satellites
- Solar System and astronomy applications such as imaging cold bodies near bright objects, measuring temperatures and atmospheres of planets
- Any application requiring two color (any combination of & from shortwave to longwave) detectors to determine precise irradiances at two different wavelengths radiating from the same area at the same time

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

- Any infrared application requiring high dynamic range and improved sensitivity
- Ground and air combat applications
- Military surveillance compatible with sun-approach warnings
- Any application requiring high dynamic range and a lower-cost system
- Homeland security applications  - Fire/disaster emergencies
- Security and surveillance in hostile scene situations
- Industrial and medical applications

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