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3 Phase I Selections from the 07.1 Solicitation

(In Topic Number Order)
AGILTRON CORP.
15 Cabot Road
Woburn, MA 01801
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(781) 935-1200
Dr. Matthew Erdtmann
SOCOM 07-005      Awarded: 22MAY07
Title:Megapixel Uncooled Photomechanical LWIR Imager
Abstract:Agiltron has developed a breakthrough modular IR imaging technology that employs a photomechanical effect, in which an array of micro-machined sensor pixels converts IR radiation into visible light signals that can be optically detected by commercial off-the-shelf CMOS or CCD visible-light imagers. With commercial CMOS imagers achieving multi-megapixel resolution, the resolution of the modular Agiltron IR imager is thus only limited by the number of micro-machined sensors in the sensor pixel array. Scaling to higher resolution becomes only a matter of repeating the pixel structure by conventional MEMS fabrication, which already is capable of producing multi-megapixel devices, as exemplified by the Texas Instruments DLP display chips. High frame rates are readily achieved by using low-cost off-the-shelf CMOS imagers capable of frame rates of 500 fps and higher. In this manner, the Agiltron photomechanical IR imager has the unique capability to be produced with greater than one megapixel resolution and frame rates at 30 fps and above, yet only 1 W power consumption. Sensor array packaging is also greatly simplified and robust, as no electrical connections need to be incorporated. By leveraging Agiltron's vertically integrated manufacturing model, a 1280x960 LWIR imager meeting USSOCOM needs will be demonstrated in Phase II.

NANTERO, INC.
25E Olympia Avenue
Woburn, MA 01801
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(703) 367-4188
Dr. Jonathan Ward
SOCOM 07-005      Awarded: 24MAY07
Title:High Resolution Long Wave Infrared Focal Plane Array Development
Abstract:Infrared (IR) detection is an integral part of the Global War on terrorism. Vandium Oxide based micro-bolometers are the current state of the art in uncooled IRFPA. The need for higher resolution 1280X960 arrays that operate at low power for man-portable applications include 24 hour surveillance and targeting . Carbon Nanotube (CNT) based IR detectors could fill this need. CNTs have unique electrical, optical, thermal, mechanical and chemical properties that may prove advantageous for IR sensors. Current Vandium oxide based IRFPAs are limited in sensitivity due to their noise floor. CNT technology has lower 1/f noise and thus increased sensitivity. Nantero, a leading nanotechnology company that has demonstrated capability in the fabrication of several nanoelectronic devices and has developed proprietary CNT technologies and integration methodologies using standard CMOS integration techniques such as spin-coating, lithography, reactive ion etching and metal deposition. Nantero has demonstrated the ability to integrate into the CMOS wafer fabrication processes at two major facilities. Using our CNT fabrics which can be patterned using standard CMOS lithographic techniques, large format specification compliant IRFPAs can be produced at high yield and low cost. Nantero proposes a unique pixel design that is simpler then current VOx microbolometer technology , yet capable of meeting the specifications listed in the SBIR solicitation. In addition this technology is dual use with several existing applications in the commercial market place which need large format uncooled IRFPA with increased sensitivity at low cost.

ZYBERWEAR, INC.
2114 New Victor Road
Ocoee, FL 34761
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(407) 295-5955
Mr. Oliver Edwards
SOCOM 07-005      Awarded: 11JUN07
Title:High Resolution Infrared Focal Plane Array
Abstract:A novel microbolometer focal plane array is proposed for use at 8-14 śm having very low noise, no required thermoelectric stabilization, contrast over a very wide range of object temperature, and projected low cost in manufacture.