U.S. Air Force Awards Contract to Camgian

February 8, 2011

The $9.2 million research project will develop low-power RF transceiver and asynchronous DSP chips to provide significant power savings for military electronic sensor systems.

STARKVILLE, MS /BUSINESS WIRE/ -- Camgian Microsystems Corp., provider of advanced electronic systems and semiconductor technologies, announced it has been awarded a 3-year, $9.2 million Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase 3 project by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) in Dayton, OH.

This SBIR project will develop two revolutionary, ultra-low-power application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs) aimed at providing significant power savings for a range of military electronic sensor systems, such as radar and infrared cameras. The RF transceiver ASIC will integrate Camgian's low-power radar architecture with intellectual property from AFRL on radar-on-a-chip technology. The DSP architecture will be based on Camgian's asynchronous NULL Convention Logic, which inherently provides data-driven, self-timed circuits and supports advanced power management through sub-threshold transistor operation, coupled with power gating plus dynamic power supply control.

"The goal of this program is to radically improve the operational endurance of key ground and airborne ISR sensor assets while increasing both sensor performance and onboard digital signal processing capabilities," said Gary Butler, President and CEO of Camgian Microsystems. "With this new chip set, we are aiming to drive down the size, weight, power, and cost of the systems while providing an ultra-energy efficient sensor and signal processing platform."

By minimizing energy consumption in logic circuits during active computation, Camgian has demonstrated the ability to achieve power consumption levels in key digital signal processing operations for infrared imaging systems that are approximately 20 times lower than existing integrated circuit technologies. The first phase of the AFRL research initiative will build on these results and focus on the key architectural components of the test chips, which are expected to tape-out in 2011.

About Camgian
Camgian Microsystems Corp. is a leader in developing advanced sensors, microelectronics, and semiconductor technologies and solutions. From microcontrollers to systems-on-a-chip, Camgian engineers are pioneering leading-edge innovations, enabling a new generation of low-power, high-performance electronic systems and products for the defense, security, and industrial markets.

Camgian, a HUBZone-certified small business, is headquartered in Starkville, MS, with division offices located in Maitland, FL, and Dulles, VA.

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